Stree (2018 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmar Kaushik
Written bySumit Arora
Screenplay byRaj & D.K.
Produced byDinesh Vijan
Raj & D.K.
StarringRajkummar Rao
Flora Saini
Pankaj Tripathi
Shraddha Kapoor
Aparshakti Khurana
Abhishek Banerjee
CinematographyAmalendu Chaudhary
Edited byHemanti Sarkar
Music bySongs:
Ketan Sodha
Jio Studios
Maddock Films
D2R Films[1]
Distributed byAA Films
Release dates
Running time
128 minutes[4]
Budget14 crore[5][6]
Box officeest. 180.76 crore[7]

Stree (transl. Woman; Hindi pronunciation: [st̪ɾiː]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language comedy horror film[8] directed by debutant Amar Kaushik and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Raj & D.K. It stars Rajkummar Rao as main lead alongside Flora Saini, (titular role), Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana and Abhishek Banerjee. The plot is based on the urban legend Nale Ba ("Come tomorrow") of Karnataka[9][10][11] modified as O Stree Kal Aana ("Oh Lady come tomorrow") in the film.[11][9][10]

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, Shraddha 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 high critical acclaim upon release. With earnings of over ₹180.76 crores against a budget of ₹14 crores, Stree emerged as a major critical and commercial success.[12] 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. The film is the first installment in Maddock Supernatural Universe followed by Roohi (2021) and Bhediya (2022).

A sequel, Stree 2, is in development, expected to release on August 31, 2024, exactly 6 years after the movie.[13]


The plot is based on the Indian folk legend about a female ghost 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, whispers the men's names behind their back and whisks them away after they look back at her during the four days of a religious festival every year, causing many disappearances over the years. To protect the residents from her wrath, "O Stree, come tomorrow" is written in Hindi (ओ स्त्री, कल आना) with 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, a ladies' tailor in Chanderi, mysteriously encounters an unnamed charming woman who only comes to the town during the annual Pooja season and falls in love with her at first sight. She asks him to stitch her a lehanga. Her frequent disappearances, her shopping list including peculiar items such as a lizard's tail, white cat's fur, flowers of Datura, meat, brandy and such like presumed to be ingredients for black magic and the fact that she is not seen by anybody except Vicky, makes his friend Bittu suspicious, and he starts believing that she could be Stree. After one of his friends, Janna, is kidnapped by Stree, Vicky grows suspicious of the woman as well. He confronts her but she disappears yet again.

They decide to find a way to save their friend and ask the town's librarian Rudra Bhaiya for help, who is also a paranologist. They come across a partially torn book titled "Chanderi Puran" in his library which mentions Stree's story and an old fort which Vicky claims he has seen when he was on a date with the woman. Vicky, Bittu, and Rudra then 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 unknown woman's spell. She reveals later that she has been trying to defeat 'Stree' for the last three years after losing someone close to her and that is why she comes to the town only during the festive season. This clarifies that she & Stree are two different persons. Stree releases Janna as requested by Vicky the same night; however, he starts having sporadic violent episodes. More men go missing after a possessed Janna, under Stree's control, erases the word "Tomorrow" (कल) from the protective phrases outside everyone's homes, leaving it as "O Stree, come", (ओ स्त्री, आना) an invitation.

Vicky, Bittu, Rudra and the woman decide to meet the book's author Shankar Shastri to find a permanent solution to save the town, and he informs them that Stree had once been an extremely beautiful courtesan who 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 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. Initially, Vicky believes that too until he recalls the inclusive feature of the saviour, son of a courtesan. His friends then reveal the secret of him being a courtesan's son which infuriates Vicky and he leaves in haste. In a drunken stupor, he confronts his father to which he silently agrees to upset Vicky further 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 realises that Stree only desires love and respect and hesitates with the plan. The woman then 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 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 the witch who wanted Stree's power through her 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" (ओ स्त्री, रक्षा करना) - thus giving her respect, and she does not enter Chanderi.


  • Rajkummar Rao as Vikrant Parashar/Vicky, a ladies tailor, Bittu and Jana's friend
  • Flora Saini as Stree
  • Shraddha Kapoor as The Unknown Woman
  • Aparshakti Khurana as Bittu, Vicky and Jana’s friend
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Rudra, a paranologist[14]
  • Abhishek Banerjee as Janardhan Sharma/Jana, Vicky and Bittu's friend who got possessed by Stree.[15][16]
  • Vijay Raaz as Shankar Shastri, the author of Chanderi Puran.[17]
  • Aakash Dabhade as Narendra
  • Abhishek Singh Rajput as Jana's friend
  • Atul Srivastava as Dashrath Parashar, Vicky's father
  • Ramkrishna Dhakad as the tailor's assistant
  • Sunita Rajwar as Jana's Mother
  • Nora Fatehi in a special appearance in song "Kamariya"[18]
  • Kriti Sanon in a special appearance in the song "Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe"[19]



In 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.[20][21] Raj and DK revealed that the popular myth of Oh Stree Repu Ra (transl. Oh woman, come tomorrow) was behind the core of idea of the film. They found the idea of ghost turning back upon reading the sign "absurd and funny." "We decided to take this idea further, and find a unique perspective to it. With the Stree now going after men, and men being afraid to go out in the night etc.. a sort of gender-reversal," they added.[22][23]

In December 2017, Shraddha Kapoor informed through her Twitter handle that she would be working with Rajkummar Rao and Maddock Films in their next film.[24][25][26] In 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.[27][28] As part of preparation for the role, Rao was provided with a sewing machine and a tailor would visit him every day for a period of 20 days so as to teach him the process of sewing clothes.[29][30]


Principal photography of the film began on 13 January 2018[31] in Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh[32] and the first schedule was wrapped up on 30 January 2018.[33][34] The second schedule of shooting took place in Bhopal in the month of March.[35] 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.[36][37] Kapoor finished filming half of her schedule within 10 days.[38] The final schedule of shooting was completed on 1 May 2018.[39][40] After completing the shooting, a promotional song was filmed in Mumbai with Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor during May 2018.[41]


Soundtrack album by
Released17 August 2018 (2018-08-17)[42]
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Sachin–Jigar chronology
Arjun Patiala
External audio
audio icon Official Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music for the film has been composed by Sachin–Jigar.[43][44][45] The lyrics are written by Vayu except for one song "Aao Kabhi Haveli Pe" 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 from Mission: Impossible (1996), 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.[46][47] The Times of India based Debarati S Sen, in her review, said the album will "appeal to the masses."[48]

Following the film's release, an additional song, "Dil Ka Darzi", not included on the official jukebox, was released by Maddock Films as a separate song intended for Rao's character, a ladies tailor, and was played in the film in the title credits. Written by Vayu, it featured him as the vocalist along with Prakriti Kakar.

Track listing
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"  Badshah, Nikhita Gandhi, Sachin–Jigar2:53
5."Dil Ka Darzi"VayuSachin–JigarVayu & Prakriti Kakar2.28
Total length:14:28


Stree had its trailer released on 26 July 2018.[49] It was released worldwide on 31 August 2018. Stree had collected 6.83 crore in India on the first day.[50] In its first weekend, the film crossed 32.27 crore in India, earning over its production budget of 23 crore.[50] It crossed 60.39 crore in its first week run.[50] In its second week movie grossed 35.14 crore net. Movie held well in week 3 and grossed 17.14 crore net. It grossed 9.99 crore net in the fourth week. Its lifetime India net was 129.90 crore. Worldwide the movie grossed 180.76 crore at end of its initial theatrical run.


On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 79%, based on 14 reviews, with an average rating of 6.3/10.[51] The film received positive reviews, with praise directed towards the film's direction, dialogues, screenplay, background score, storyline, performances (particularly Rao, Khurrana, Banerjee and Tripathi) and the social message.[52]

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."[53] Anna M. M. Vetticad of Firstpost rated it 3.5/5. Praising Rao's acting and the film's humor, she also wrote that "The primary reason why Stree is so effective though is that it does not caricature the people of Chanderi - they are as real and foolish and prejudiced and good as most human beings are, and could well be you or me with less sophistication."[54] Rajeev Masand of 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."[55] Rachit Gupta of The Times of India offered 3.5 out of 5, noting the superlative writing and dialogues, but felt the film was a little too long and had some 'ambiguous ideas.'[56] Raja Sen of the Hindustan Times 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."[57]

Home media[edit]

The film was originally available on Hotstar and JioCinema, but was later on also available on Netflix after Jio Studios signed a deal with the platform. The film is also available on Prime Video.


Award Date of ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
Star Screen Awards 16 December 2018 Best Film Dinesh Vijan, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. Won [58]
Best Director Amar Kaushik Nominated [59]
Best Actor Rajkummar Rao Won [60][61]
Best Supporting Actor Pankaj Tripathi
Best Dialogue Sumit Arora
Most Promising Debut Director Amar Kaushik
Most Promising Newcomer – Male Abhishek Banerjee Nominated [62]
Zee Cine Awards 19 March 2019 Best Film Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru and Dinesh Vijan Nominated [63]
Best Film (Critics) [64]
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 [65]
Best Director Amar Kaushik
Best Actor Rajkummar Rao
Best Supporting Actor Aparshakti Khurana
Pankaj Tripathi
Best Original Story Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Best Screenplay
Best Dialogues Sumit Arora
Best Editing Hemanti Sarkar
Best Production Design Madhusudan
Best Debut Director Amar Kaushik Won


In October 2018, director Amar Kaushik announced that he is planning a sequel to the film. But according to sources, the original creators Raj and D.K. will not be part of it.[66]

In February 2022, actor Rajkummar Rao revealed that the sequel to Stree is planned.[67]

In Bhediya, Abhishek Banerjee reprised his role as Janna from the movie, thus confirming the Maddock Supernatural Universe. Rajkummar Rao and Aparshakti Khurana also appeared in a mid credit scene confirming that a sequel is on the cards, while Shraddha Kapoor also made a guest appearance in the song "Thumkeshwari" as Stree.

As of March 2023, the sequel to the movie is confirmed to be in pre-production stage and will only to floors from July 2023.[68] In April 2023, the makers announced that the film will release on 31 August 2024.[69]

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