‘Stree’ has better comic timing than scare tactics
Amar Kaushik's film attempts to give the folk legend of the vengeful female spirit a subversive spin
In the teaser for Stree, we were told that the events of the film are “based on a ridiculously true phenomenon". In the film, however, the onscreen text has been changed to “a ridiculous phenomenon". This is a smart swap, not only good for a laugh – the Hindi text says “vichitra ghatna", an atypical or outlandish event – but also a clue to the essentially batty nature of this horror-comedy.