Stree Review: This year’s Funniest Horror Comedy
They say it is very tough to make a Comedy, but making a Horror-Comedy is the toughest ball game altogether. You have to tell the right story to make the viewers understand why it is a Horror. And later, you have to convince them more by making that Horror a Comedy.
Stree opens with the title card of “Based on Ridiculously True Phenomenon” and that’s where director Amar Kaushik starts tickling your funny bones.
The town of Chanderi (Himachal) is haunted by a unique legend. The spirit of an angry woman (Witch) stalks men during a festive period. During these four nights the spirit-Stree (Woman), calls out to men when they’re alone. If the men turn around, Stree takes them away, leaving behind only their clothes.
The street-smart tailor Vicky (Rajkummar Rao) falls in love with a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor) who appears only during the four days of the festive season as well. Her disappearing act gets his friends suspicious and they start believing that she could be the Stree-the Witch!
I am just trying to point out that Horror comedies are very rare in Hindi cinema (Last one to be Golmaal Again) and Stree serves up a lot of thrills, chills and laughter. The jibes at horror film legends are hilarious. The funniest character in the film is Pankaj Tripathi’s Rudra, a bookshop owner, who guides Vicky and his friends on how to cope with Stree and her haunting act. I assure you he will make you laugh till you fall.
All the performers performs tremendously well and the show stealers are obviously Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi.
The camera work, music and production is very good and so is the terrific writing.
Stree is still an entertaining film and no doubts about this fact. This is also a kind of experimental comedy, that creates scares and it is still funny and scary! Go watch it.