Amar Kaushik has made his directorial debut with the flourish and self-assurance of an experienced filmmaker. To venture into a genre that is as unique and complicated as a horror-comedy, is always bound to be a hit or a miss. Surprisingly, Stree has pulled off the act of portraying the perfect combination of laughs and scares on the big screen.
In the same breath as delivering a funny quip, the film manages to send a strong feminist message. It deals with the topic of male chauvinism and sexism existing in every part of the world from first world societies to third world countries.
Aside from the social commentary, the writing for this movie is excellent, especially the dialogues and their delivery. It’s no surprise that the man of every season, Rajkumar Rao has delivered another flawless performance that adds to his long resume of great roles. Shraddha Kapoor stumbles a little while navigating the role of a mysterious and beautiful woman but manages to maintain the air of mystery. Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee and Aparshakti Khurrana manage to entrance audiences despite having only a supporting role.
The biggest disappointing factor of the whole movie is the climax. The air of comedy and horror had been maintained well until the end, when it seemed to just fizzle out. But overall, this is one of the finest movies to come out of this genre, especially by Bollywood’s standards.
It’s definitely worth a watch!
Stree review: between outrageously hilarious to surprisingly terrifying