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STREE (Movie Review) - Ignoring the flaws, watch it for its novel premise, hilarious dialogues and Rao-Tripathi duo in particular bringing the house down. – By Bobby Sing
01 Sep, 2018 | Movie Reviews / 2018 Releases

It’s extremely difficult to deliver both a satisfying horror film and a thoroughly enjoyable comedy as two standalone projects, since a faulty execution can easily turn them into cheap, B-C grade kind of ventures focusing on the wrong elements. However, it becomes even more difficult when you decide to make a horror-comedy amalgamating the two genres, promising an unusual kind of entertainment to the dedicated fans.
 
Similar attempts have certainly been there in the recent past of Hindi cinema as BHOOL BHULAIYA, BHOOTHNATH (series), GO GOA GONE, GANG OF GHOSTS, GOLMAAL AGAIN, NANU KI JAANU and even BHOOT BANGLA back in the 60s. Still the emphasis in all these films was either on the comedy or the drama with horror taking a back seat missing the dark, scary moments. And that’s exactly where STREE scores the most beautifully mixing the two elements together in the right measure resulting in a thoroughly entertaining film.
 
So in case you wish to enjoy some sudden frightening shocks presented along a novel horror concept then the film thankfully has it all and in a good measure. But in case you wish to laugh out loud along the shivering protagonists on screen, then STREE is a triumph in that specific department, offering a lot of witty entertainment with many well written horror sequences full of hilarious one-liners.
 
In other words, a film works when both its writer and the director are in sync with each other, very well knowing what they wish to offer to their target audience. And STREE is a perfect example of the same for most of its duration, except an avoidable, forced climax.
 
It’s a winner from debutant director Amar Kaushik without any doubt, but even he seems to have bowed down to the same old commercial aspects or producers instructions hampering his own film, incorporating an unimpressive or rather clichéd climax hinting towards a sequel as usual. So in all probabilities we are sure to get STREE 2 or STREE RETURNS in the next year or so after the present film's sucess at the box office.  
 
Stating the merits, what truly works in the film experimenting with a dicey genre is its novel scary premise based on a folklore (found in more than one states in India). In Delhi too around two decades back a myth was spread of an ‘Evil spirit’ attacking houses that didn’t have two small hands painted on their doors. I still remember people panting small hands in front of their homes responding to the strange rumor. And it was not the era of whats app or social networking giving you the real picture.
 
Further, the more important elements that thoroughly keep you engrossed are its witty writing (Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK, Pawan Sony), cracking dialogues (Sumit Aroraa), engaging execution (Amar Kaushik) and praise-worthy performances especially of Rajkumar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi together bringing the house down at regular intervals. Rao once again shines in a different kind of role displaying his amazing versatility and Tripathi continues with his superb form and timing becoming the major highlight of the film right till the very end. Abhishek Banerjee, Aparshakti Khurana (friends) and Atul Srivastava (father) add their own witty charm contirbuting in the supporting cast. Especially watch out for the father-son discussion over sex, brilliantly written, directed and performed by the splendid team. Nora Fatehi yet again sizzles in her dance movements; Vijay Raaz entertains in his one-scene cameo, whereas Shraddha Kapoor is just fine without having much to do in the script playing a suspicious character.
 
A horror film also works when its build-up is conceived well with an apt cinematography and chilling background score, which again are among the key merits of STREE creating a perfect mood for the audience from the beginning itself. Plus it’s both interesting as well as encouraging to see a woman out on a hunt at night and men hiding in their houses for a change, giving a strong social message. 
 
As downers, STREE loses its energy in the second half and doesn’t have any exciting or justifying climax ending on a confused note (just to ensure a sequel ahead). The secret behind the STREE or the mystery doesn’t come up with anything highly unpredictable or shocking, seriously hampering its horror quotient.  The humour actually saves the film in these particular weak moments leaving you with fewer complaints and the songs again are entertaining but not memorable following the sad trend of our present times.
 
On the whole, STREE still turns out to a highly entertaining film which successfully manages to maintain a fine balance between horror and comedy like rarely seen before in this particular genre. So do go for it and have a great time with Rao-Tripathi and friends finding the secret behind the scary STREE taking away the men leaving their clothes behind.

Rating : 3.5 / 5 

Tags : STREE Movie Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, New Hindi Films Reviews by Bobby Sing, New Bollywood Movies Reviews by Bobby Sing, Horror-Comedies in Hindi Cinema
01 Sep 2018 / Comments ( 10 )
Vikas Saitya

Dear Bobby

I find this movie to be regressive .
Well it amazes me  that so much high rating  given by from a person of your sensibility.

Best Regards
Vikas Saitya

Bobby Sing

Dear Vikas,
Its very fine if you do not like a movie rated high at BTC and find it regressive as that is your viewpoint and you are entitled to it which I duly respect.
But please keep in mind that whenever the views of two persons don't match then that doesn't mean the other persons sensibilities need to be questioned. 

In fact it clearly means, that you will only feel respect and admiration for the other till he keeps writing with a mindset matching your own ideas/views without going against them or strongly contradicting them.
And the moment he writes in contradiction to your own viewpoint about a film, he would become insensible all of a sudden.

Dear brother, thats not how healthy conversations are supposed to be. Think about it again.
Cheers!

Vikas Saitya

Dear Bobby

Pls allow me to clear myself I had no intention of hurting you.
Well its classic case of Glass half full or Half empty,its up to one perception  how to react & act against any scenario.
I will never dare to say that you are insensible.

Best Regards
Vikas Saitya

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bobby Sing

Dear Vikas,
Its not anything hurting. Its as you said two different perspectives on a creation.
To be specific, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, whereas you couldnt for your own reasons.
However, the point here it that you expected me to write the same as you thought, which I didnt.
So you quoted the word sensibilities.

At times we dont agree and differ which is perfectly fine by me as I am writing about what I felt after watching a film, which might not be as per many readers expectations. But if a reader is only looking for an approval of his or her own perspective then he or she is bound to get disappointed more than once in a while.
Cheers!

Hitendra

hi, i realy like your article reviews.

Bobby Sing

Thank you very much.

Ashna Anand

Good review.

Bobby Sing

Thanks Aashna Anand.
Keep Visiting and Writing in,
Cheers!

Raja Shah

Dear Bobby,
After much delibrations, I ventured to see this movie with my family on a web portal. Honestly, I found the movie to be dumb and confusing. The intention was good about woman's place in the society, but the second half when the mystery begins to unravel, was very badly written with no clarity. 

- RajKumar Never Questions Shraddha about her disapperance on their night out.
- The villagers never knew the existence of a substantial purani haveli kind of structure just outside the village.
- All the vilage roads are perennialy empty even when the big Pooja Festivities going on in the village.
- The chudail Shraddha is confronting Shraddha in the end??
- The villagers are never seriuous about disappearance of its youth and take it so casually.
- Every victing is roaming alone even when they are advised not to do it and also the hero and the trio does it in the haveli just to induce bad horror.

Overall a very shaby movie where even humor quotions was never LOL moments especially with family around. I am surprised at your rating which is usually bang on! Anyways, as you mentioned your mood and anticipation of the movie could be different than mine! thank you for continuing to provide us with the right insights of movies..

Bobby Sing

Dear Raja Shah,
Difference in viewpoints can be there and should be there at times to keep the interest alive.
However here I would like to mention two points in particular about the time of watching a film and its genre to be specific.

Firstly there is a HUGE difference in watching films in the theater on its release and later after months when you already know the verdict of general public regarding it as a human mind gets easily conditioned without our knowledge.

How - It starts thinking otherwise for a HIT finding faults in it and it starts sympathizing with FLOPS finding good things in it.
Plus when a film is seen doing multi-tasking at home or along taking dinner with repeated interuptions then it can never make the impact as it could have.

In short, this difference in viewing only makes almost 25-30% change in its overall impact.

Secondly the genre of HORROR COMEDY is intentionally made to find fun in the usual scary moments which it itself dumb. And that dumbness only is the fun in HORROR COMEDIES which has to be assumed before watching such films in particulat........ as it is sure going to be silly, absurd and illogical by all means.
So the rating of a HORROR COMEDY doesnt depend on only logic but on the factor that whether it was able to make you laugh and enjoy or not.

However as I always say, the humour quotient is also subjective and its quite possible that such horror comedies are not able to provide entertainement to many friends as exceptions. So its very fine and understandable and perfectly okay. :)

Keep Visiting and Writing in,
Cheers!

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