Directed By: Amar Kaushik
Starring: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Aparshakti Khurana, Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee
Screenplay: Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K.
Story: Raj Nidimoru & Krishna D.K.
Dialogue: Sumit Arora
Dinesh Vijan and Raj & DK’s STREE which is based on ridiculously true phenomena is a brilliant film in the horror comedy genre, infect the best till date. The film is scary, funny and does full justice to its genre. The film is based in a small town named Chanderi where no man is safe in the night, they are afraid of leaving their houses in the night for fear of becoming prey to STREE, a female spirit who roams around the streets of Chanderi during the days of the Maha Puja, men are in danger during this period, as they are stripped naked and taken away by Stree. Vicky aka Rajkummar Rao who is known as the Manish Malhotra of Chanderi does not believe in all this and falls in love at first sight with Shraddha Kapoor, who comes to Chanderi only during the days of Puja, never steps inside the temple and takes Vicky to strange deserted places in the night. Vicky’s close friends Bittu (Aparshakti Khurrana) and Jana (Abhishek Banerjee) get afraid of him meeting with this unknown girl who they think is Stree. But is she? Or Stree is someone else or it is nothing but a myth. Rudra (Pankaj Tripathi) is an expert learning about the existence of Stree and helps Vicky and friends. The first half is about introducing the characters and about Stree, while the second half focuses on clarifying questions that are laid in first half. But throughout both the half, there are continuous laughs.
Technically the film is brilliant, cinematography by Amalendu Chaudhary is great and he sets the mood with his lighting with ease! Art direction by Sagar Mali and production design by N. Madhusudan is top notch. Original score by Ketan Sodha could have been better. Dialogues written by Sumit Arora, are hilarious and the one that Pankaj Triapthi says “Woh Stree hai, Purush nahi. Zabardasti nahi karti”, and adding to it the sub version of PINK movie dialogue, here it is “Yes means Yes”. The screenplay by Raj and DK has its moments of brilliance.
Performances wise Rajkummar Rao is terrific, Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee are brilliantly cast, but it is Pankaj Tripathi who elevates the film and provides most of the laughs. One wishes there was more of Vijay Raaz. Shraddha Kapoor is wonderful, her expressions and body language as the mysterious women is commendable.
Director Amar Kaushik impresses with his directorial debut. STREE has its flaws but the movie works on many a levels which is what eventually matters.