'Stree' review: The movie delivers a message with Pinch of humor, horror
It’s difficult to make people laugh and scare them at the same time. Stree maintains this balance and manages to do it efficiently. Narrating a supernatural parable, the film puts forth a strong message of feminism.
The narrative is based in Chanderi, a quaint town in Madhya Pradesh. The small town has a dark secret — a spirit of an angry woman haunts men in the town during a four-day festival, leaving behind their clothes and a deterrent message on the walls.
When Vicky (Rao), a young tailor famous for his exceptional stitching skills, falls for a mysterious girl (Kapoor) who appears only during the festival period, his friends remind him of the legend of the female ghost. Vicky and his friends approach Rudra (Tripathi), a bookshop owner and know-it-all, who guides them with ways to deal with Stree.
The director does a good job of scaring the audience with some spooky moments. The comic timing of the entire cast is on point and offers several doses of laughter.
The ensemble cast fits into their roles perfectly — Rao handles the various shades of his character well. He is scared, funny and romantic all at once. Tripathi’s character will leave you wanting for more. His screen presence and dialogue delivery is a delight. Kapoor portrays her icy role efficiently and adds to the eerie atmosphere.
Horror comedies in Bollywood are rare. The makers, however, ensure that they pack a punch and deliver a strong message with Stree. The whole movie is well-executed. But for a film delivering a strong message against misogyny and chauvinism, an item number and a skimpily-clad Nora Fatehi is misplaced in the whole scenario.
Director: Amar Kaushik
Cast: Rajkummar Rao,Shraddha Kapoor,Pankaj Tripathi,Aparshakti Khurrana,Vijay Raaz,Abhishek Banerjee