Stree (2018 film)

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Stree
Stree - 2018 Movie Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAmar Kaushik
Produced byDinesh Vijan
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Written byRaj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. (story, screenplay)
Sumit Aroraa (dialogues)
StarringRajkummar Rao
Shraddha Kapoor
Music bySongs:
Sachin-Jigar
Score:
Ketan Sodha
CinematographyAmalendu Chaudhary
Edited byHemanti Sarkar
Production
company
Distributed byAA Films
Jio Studios
Release date
Running time
128 minutes[4]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget23 crore[5][6]
Box officeest. 181 crore[7]

Stree (transl. Woman; Hindi pronunciation: [st̪ɾiː]) is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language comedy horror film. The film is 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. Later purchased by Reliance Jio Studios. The story of Stree is based on the Indian urban legend Nale Ba, 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.It received ten Nominations at 64th Filmfare Awards including Best Film, Best Director for Kaushik Best Actor for Rajkumar Rao Best Supporting Actor for Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurrana.

Stree had its theatrical release on 31 August 2018. It received positive reviews from critics, with praise directed to the film's ingenuity, but received some criticism for its runtime. With gross earnings of over 180 crore (US$25 million) against a budget of 23–24 crore, Stree emerged as a commercial success.[9]

Plot[edit]

The plot is based on the Indian folk legend about a female spirit who attacks men at night if 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 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, men are advised to not roam alone after 10 pm during the festive season, and move in groups for safety - a parallel of instructions men are usually told to follow for their own safety.

Vicky (Rajkummar Rao), a ladies' tailor in Chanderi, falls in love with a mysterious girl (Shraddha Kapoor), who is only seen during that festival season. Her frequent disappearances and the fact that she's not been seen by anybody else makes his friends suspicious, and they start believing that she could be Stree. After one of his friends, Jaana, is kidnapped by Stree, Vicky researches the myth to save him. He comes across a book in a library owned by a paranologist. Vicky, his friend Bittu and the librarian Rudra visit Stree's fort to find Jana. Stree drives away Bittu and Rudra and attacks Vicky but is driven away by the mysterious girl. She tells them that she has been trying to destroy 'Stree' for the last few years after losing someone close to her and that is why she only comes during the festival season. Jaana is found, but he begins behaving abnormally. More men go missing after Jaana, under Stree's control, erases the word "Tomorrow" from the protective phrase outside everyone's homes, leaving it as "O Stree, come"; an invitation.

Vicky and the girl meet the book's author, who informs them that Stree was a beautiful girl that every man in town wanted to marry. Just before her wedding night, her husband was killed and she was violated by the foul men. She has since been searching for her true love. He tells them of a prophecy pointing to a saviour. Vicky appears to have all the characteristics mentioned in the prophecy about the saviour. Vicky, his friends, and the girl make a trap to destroy Stree but Vicky realizes that Stree only desires love and respect. Instead of killing her, the mysterious girl suggests he simply cut her long braid - the source of her powers - so that she will be rendered powerless. He does so, and Stree vanishes. Vicky's mysterious girlfriend leaves the city the next day and Vicky bids her farewell without asking her name. On the bus, the girl places Stree's braid in her own hair. She then vanishes from the bus implying she herself is a witch who has been after Stree’s powers from the braid.

Stree visits again the following year and finds her statue at the town entrance with a new phrase - "O Stree, protect us" - in order to give a message to Stree to protect the people and thus Stree 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]

Soundtrack[edit]

Stree
Soundtrack album by
Released22 August 2018 (2018-08-22)[37]
Recorded2018
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length14:28
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.

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
5."Dil Ka Darji"Vayu, Prakriti Kakar2:28
Total length:14:28

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 holded quite well in week 3 and grossed 17.14 crore nett . It grossed 9.99 crore nett ind fourth week. Its total lifetime India nett 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]

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.[52] Varun Dhawan is not doing Stree sequel, denies replacing Rajkummar Rao.[53]

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 Stree Won [54]
Best Director Amar Kaushik Nominated [55]
Best Actor Rajkummar Rao Won [56][57]
Best Supporting Actor Pankaj Tripathi Won
Best Dialogue Sumit Arora Won
Most Promising Debut Director Amar Kaushik Won
Most Promising Newcomer – Male Abhishek Banerjee Nominated [58]
Zee Cine Awards 19 March 2019 Best Film Stree Nominated [59]
Filmfare Awards 23 March 2019 Best Film Stree Nominated [60]
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 Aroraa
Best Editing Hemanti Sarkar
Best Production Design Madhusudan
Best Debut Director Amar Kaushik Won

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