Horror Stree tickles your funny bone

Direction: Amar Kaushik

Production Company: Maddock Films

Screenplay: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K. Dialogues: Sumit Arora

Cast: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, Abhishek Banerjee, Nora Fatehi

Cinematography: Amalendu Chaudhry

Editing: Hemanti Sarkar

Music: Ketan Sodha

Hindi / Horror, Comedy / 128 Mins / India / 2018

Rajkummar Rao in Stree

Ratings: 3.5/5

Here is a genuinely funny film. The wise cracks are novel, treatment different and the genre ‘horror comedy’ (as its maker likes to define it) definitely a new one. The humour is not forced and just about everything works for Amar Kaushik’s labour of love, Stree. Based on the urban legend of Nale Ba in Karnataka – about a witch who knocks on doors at midnight and kidnaps the man of the house, the film is a great blend of spookiness served with witty one liners, haunted havelis and midnight sojourns.

Rajkummar Rao, Aparshakti Khurana, Abhishek Banerjee in a still from the film

As the sleepy little town of Chanderi comes alive during four days of festivities, gossip about Stree – a witch who stalks and kidnaps men by charming them on these nights only, starts doing the rounds. But she is a literate witch who will not knock on doors of homes whose walls say, ‘O Stree Kal Aana’. Will our hero and his friends escape her wrath? Only the climax will tell.

Shraddha Kapoor

Stree has Rao, in another very memorable performance essaying the gullible and lovable Vicky. He falls for a young, sombre girl who insists on meeting him alone (Shraddha Kapoor in a quiet but convincing role) and taking him to strange and lonely places at night, while his slightly smarter buddies fret and worry about his safety, given that their heads are swirling with ideas of Stree.

Pankaj Tripathi