Stree (2018 film)

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Stree
Stree - 2018 Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmar Kaushik
Produced byDinesh Vijan
Raj & D.K.
Written byStory & Screenplay:
Raj & D.K.
Dialogues:
Sumit Aroraa
StarringRajkummar Rao
Shraddha Kapoor
Pankaj Tripathi
Aparshakti Khurana
Music bySongs:
Sachin-Jigar
Score:
Ketan Sodha
CinematographyAmalendu Chaudhary
Edited byHemanti Sarkar
Production
company
Distributed byAA Films
Jio Studios
PHARS Film
Release date
Running time
128 minutes[4]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget25 crore[5][6]
Box officeest. 180.76 crore[7]

Stree (transl. Woman; Hindi pronunciation: [st̪ɾiː]) is a 2018 Indian comedy horror film directed by Amar Kaushik, written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. under the banner of Maddock Films, in association with D2RFilms. The film's plot is based on the Bangalore urban legend known as Nale Ba (English: "Come Tomorrow"), about a spirit who knocks on people's doors at night. Stree stars Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor. Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, and Abhishek Banerjee appear in supporting roles.[8]

In late November 2017, Raj and DK approached Rao to star in the maiden production. As part of the preparation for his role of a tailor, Rao learned to sew. In December, Kapoor was confirmed as the film's female lead. Raj and DK brought on their First Assistant Director from Go Goa Gone, Amar Kaushik to direct the film in January 2018. Principal photography began on 13 January 2018 in Chanderi. Filming took place in Bhopal and Mumbai; the final schedule was completed in May 2018. The soundtrack was composed by Sachin-Jigar with lyrics written by Vayu, Badshah and Jigar Saraiya.

Stree had its theatrical release on 31 August 2018. It received positive reviews with praise for its ingenuity, but received some criticism for its runtime. With earnings of over ₹180.76 crore against a budget of ₹25 crore, Stree emerged as a major critical and commercial success.[9] The film received ten nominations at the 64th Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Director for Kaushik, Best Actor for Rao, and Best Supporting Actor for Tripathi and Khurrana. It won Best Debut Director for Kaushik.

Plot[edit]

The plot is based on the Indian folk legend about a female spirit/witch who abducts men at night when they are alone and only leaves their clothes behind. The residents of a town named Chanderi believe in the spirit of an angry woman, referred to as "Stree", who stalks men and whisks them away during the four days of a religious festival every year, causing many disappearances. To protect the residents, "O Stree, come tomorrow" is written in Hindi with bat's blood on the entrances of all homes and men are advised to not roam alone after 10 pm during the festive season, and move in groups for safety - a parallel of instructions women are usually told to follow for their own safety.

Vicky (Rajkummar Rao), a ladies' tailor in Chanderi, mysteriously encounters an outlandish and charming woman (Shraddha Kapoor) who only comes to the town during the annual Durga pooja season and falls in love with her at first sight. She asks him to stitch her a lahenga. Her frequent disappearances, her shopping list including peculiar items such as a lizard's tail, white cat's furr, flowers of Datura, and suchlike presumed to be ingredients for black magic and the fact that she is not seen by anybody but Vicky makes his friend Bittu (Aparshakti Khurana) suspicious, and he starts believing that she could be Stree. After one of his friends, Janna (Abhishek Banerjee), is kidnapped by Stree, Vicky grows suspicious of the woman as well. He confronts her on which she disappears yet again.

They decide to research the history of the town and the myth of Stree, to find a way to save their friend and ask the town's librarian Rudra Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi) for help, who is also a paranologist. They come across a partially torn book in his library which mentions Stree's story and an old fort. Vicky, Bittu and Rudra visit the old fort, which Stree is supposedly inhabiting, to find Janna. Stree drives away Bittu and Rudra and is about to attack Vicky but does not, as she senses the feeling of love and respect in his eyes. She is then driven away by the mysterious woman. The woman tells Vicky and his friends that she has been trying to defeat 'Stree' for the last three years after losing someone close to her, this been the reason of her coming during the festival season when Stree haunts the town. This clarifies that The Woman & Stree are two different persons. Where the Woman is a witch who wants to defeat Stree. Stree releases Janna as requested by Vicky, but he starts having sporadic violent episodes. More men go missing after a possessed Janna, under Stree's control, erases the word "Tomorrow" from the protective phrases outside everyone's homes, leaving it as "O Stree, come"; an invitation.

Vicky, Bittu, Rudra and the woman meet the book's author Shankar Shastri (Vijay Raaz) to find a permanent solution to save the town, who informs them that Stree had once been an extremely beautiful courtesan that every man in town desired. At last she found a man who truly loved her and wanted to marry her, but on their wedding night, Stree and her husband were killed by the town's jealous men. Her spirit has ever since been searching for her true love and also seeks revenge on the town by aiming to abduct every last man in it. Shastri tells them of a prophecy pointing to a saviour and Vicky surprisingly appears to have all the characteristics describing the saviour which is also inclusive of the fact that his mother too was a courtesan who fell in love with his father and married, a story similar to Stree's, but with a fortunate end. Vicky struggles with taking on the truth, confronts his father but then feels grateful for his father's affection and efforts, and decides to save his town which accepted him and didn't denounce him. The friends and the woman make a trap to kill Stree but Vicky realizes that Stree only desires love and respect. Instead of killing her, the mysterious woman suggests Vicky simply cut her long braid - the source of her powers - so that she will be rendered powerless. He does so, and Stree vanishes. The mysterious woman leaves the city the next day and Vicky bids her farewell, forgetting to ask her name all this time. On the bus, the woman merges Stree's braid with her own hair and then vanishes from the bus, implying that she is a witch who has been after Stree’s powers from the braid.

Stree visits Chanderi again the following year and finds her own statue at the town entrance with a new phrase - "O Stree, protect us" - thus giving her respect, and she does not enter Chanderi.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On 28 November 2017, it was reported that Dinesh Vijan had finalized Rajkummar Rao to be the lead actor for his next film, which would be a horror comedy written by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K..[17][18] On 5 December 2017, Shraddha Kapoor informed through her Twitter handle that she would be working with Rajkummar Rao and Maddock Films in their next film.[19][20][21] On 11 January 2018 it was revealed that the title of the horror comedy would be Stree and Amar Kaushik would be the director of the film.[22][23] As part of preparation for the role, Rao was provided with a sewing machine and a tailor would visit him everyday for a period of 20 days so as to teach him the process of sewing clothes.[24][25]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography of the film began on 13 January 2018[26] in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh[27] and the first schedule was wrapped up on 30 January 2018.[28][29] The second schedule of shooting took place in Bhopal in the month of March.[30] According to producer Dinesh Vijan, the location in Bhopal was chosen because of the mysterious stories associated with the place. After reaching the place, the locals informed the production team about the unexplained events that had taken place in the area and the safety precautions that they must follow. Keeping in mind the advice given by the locals, a set of guidelines to be followed by everyone were created and placed in all the rooms inside the fort.[31][32] Kapoor finished filming half of her schedule within 10 days.[33] The final schedule of shooting was completed on 1 May 2018.[34][35] After completing the shooting, a promotional song was filmed in Mumbai with Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor during May 2018.[36]

This film is based on Karnataka's horror urban and folk legend 'Nale Ba'(nale-tomorrow,ba-come).

Soundtrack[edit]

Stree
Soundtrack album by
Released22 August 2018 (2018-08-22)[37]
Recorded2018
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length12:00
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
Sachin-Jigar chronology
Gold
(2018)
Stree
(2018)
Arjun Patiala
(2019)
External audio
Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music for the film has been composed by Sachin-Jigar.[38][39][40] The lyrics are written by Vayu except for one song which is written by Badshah and Jigar Saraiya. The score, which is composed by Ketan Sodha, who had previously worked on Talvar, also included an extract of the theme song of the 1996 film Mission: Impossible, with an Indian instrumentation in a comedic way.

Vipin Nair of The Hindu gave the soundtrack 2.5/5 stating that it is entertaining though familiar.[41][42] The Times of India based Debarati S Sen, in her review, said the album will "appeal to the masses."[43]

Track listing
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Milegi Milegi"Mika Singh, Sachin-Jigar2:33
2."Kamariya"Aastha Gill, Divya Kumar, Sachin-Jigar3:08
3."Nazar Na Lag Jaaye"Ash King, Sachin-Jigar3:26
4."Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe" (lyrics by Badshah, Jigar Saraiya)Badshah, Nikhita Gandhi, Sachin-Jigar2:53
Total length:12:00

Release[edit]

Stree had its trailer released on 26 July 2018.[44] It was released worldwide on 31 August 2018. Stree had collected 6.83 crore in India on the first day.[45] In its first weekend, the film crossed 32.27 crore in India, earning over its production budget of 23 crore.[45] It crossed 60.39 crore in its first week run.[45]In its second week movie grossed 35.14 crore nett. Movie held well in week 3 and grossed 17.14 crore net . It grossed 9.99 crore net in the fourth week. Its total lifetime India net was 129.90 crore. Worldwide the movie grossed 180.76 crore at end of its initial theatrical run .

Critical reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has rating of 78%, based on nine reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10.[46] The film received positive reviews, with praise directed to the film's entertainment aspect, dialogues, frightening moments, and performances, despite receiving criticism for its long runtime.[47]

Anupama Chopra of Film Companion gave the film 3.5 stars out of five, stating that "With laughs and scares, Stree delivers an important message."[48] Rajeev Masand of CNN-News18 also gave 3.5 out of 5: "Stree is especially entertaining, packed with laugh-aloud moments and a cast that’s on top of their game. It’s one of the most original films this year, and I recommend that you make the time for it."[49] Rachit Gupta of The Times of India offered 3 out of 5, noting the superlative writing and dialogues, but felt the film was a little too long and had some 'ambiguous ideas.'[50] Raja Sen of the Hindustan Times gave it a 3 out of 5 and had a more moderate tone, commending the actor's energy and collaborative efforts but noting a rushed-feeling plot: "The laughs are inconsistent, and the plotting feels sloppy and rushed. The ideas are fine, but the writing needed work."[51]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref(s)
Star Screen Awards 16 December 2018 Best Film Dinesh Vijan, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Won [52]
Best Director Amar Kaushik Nominated [53]
Best Actor Rajkummar Rao Won [54][55]
Best Supporting Actor Pankaj Tripathi
Best Dialogue Sumit Arora
Most Promising Debut Director Amar Kaushik
Most Promising Newcomer – Male Abhishek Banerjee Nominated [56]
Zee Cine Awards 19 March 2019 Viewers' Choice Best Film Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru and Dinesh Vijan Nominated [57]
Best Film [58]
Best Actor – Male Rajkummar Rao
Best Supporting Actor – Male Pankaj Tripathi
Best Actor in a Comic Role Abhishek Banerjee
Aparshakti Khurana
Best Debut Director Amar Kaushik Won
Best Dialogue Sumit Arora
Filmfare Awards 23 March 2019 Best Film Dinesh Vijan, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Nominated [59]
Best Director Amar Kaushik
Best Actor Rajkummar Rao
Best Supporting Actor Pankaj Tripathi
Aparshakti Khurana
Best Original Story Raj and DK
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogues Sumit Arora
Best Editing Hemanti Sarkar
Best Production Design Madhusudan
Best Debut Director Amar Kaushik Won

Sequel[edit]

In October 2018, director Amar Kaushik announced that he is planning a sequel to the film. According to Kaushik, the lead actors will return for the film, as well as writers Raj and DK.[60]In a interview, Dinesh vijan said that Stree 2 will release between next 5 years.

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