Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor’s upcoming horror-comedy film Stree is all set to release on 31st August, clashing with Dharmendra-starrer Yamla Pagla Deewana Phirr Se. With Stree, debutant director Amar Kaushik is foraying into the untapped genre of horror-comedy in Bollywood. The film is based on the urban legend of Nale Ba that went viral in the Indian state of Karnataka in the 1990s. It features Shraddha Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurrana in lead roles.
Releasing this Friday, Stree is not facing any crucial competition from any other Bollywood film, except for YPD 3 which belongs to a totally different genre. The film has been buzzing around on the social media for its slapstick dialogues and the stellar star cast including Pankaj Tripathi who is still basking in the success of his web series Sacred Games. The trailer worked impressively among the audience and the hype around the film is decent, if not amazing.
As per the trade analysts, Stree is expected to rake in around Rs 3-4 crores at the box office. However, the film’s collection is expected to grow on weekend, provided the word of mouth around it goes positive.
Coming back to Stree, before you watch the film, let’s read something about the urban legend of Nale Ba. The legend went popular in the rural areas of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. The walls of the houses were seen written with O Stree Kal Aana, to ward off the evil witch, who was rumoured to prey on men. She was believed to be a bridal ghost who used to roam around in search of her husband. She used to take away the man of the house who is often the sole bread earner of the family.
On the related note, not many horror-comedy films have been helmed in Bollywood. The last film belonging to the same genre we saw was Naanu Ki Jaanu which tanked at the box office. Earlier, Golmaal Again directed by Rohit Shetty also tapped the horror genre with comedy. It, however, did great business at the BO.