Stree is a 2018 Indian Hindi horror comedy movie directed by debutant Amar Kaushik in his directorial debut and produced by Dinesh Vijan and Raj & D.K. It stars Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor along with Pankaj Tripathi, Aparshakti Khurana, and Abhishek Banerjee. The plot is based on a 1980s Rayalaseema legend known as Oh Stree Repu Ra (trans. Oh Woman, Come Tomorrow), about a ghost who knocks on people’s doors at night.
The plot begins with fear among the people of a town called Chanderi. They confess to attacks by a spirit called Stree, who abducts men but leaves their clothes behind. Well, this woman’s spirit is quite reverent as she does not enter houses that have ‘O Stree Kal Aana’ written on the doorstep.
The movie reverses people’s social behavior and sees that men are not advised to roam the streets alone after 10 pm. The city is a woman’s world and we are here to live for it. Men are also asked to move in groups for better security.
Stree: Movie Synopsis
The plot is based on an Indian folk legend about a witch who abducts men at night when they are alone, leaving behind only their clothes. The people of a town called Chanderi believe in the spirit of an angry woman, called “Stree”, who stalks men and drives them away every year during the four days of a religious festival, causing many disappearances over the years.
To protect the residents from her wrath, “O Stree, come tomorrow” with bat blood on the entrances of all houses, and men are advised not to wander alone after 10 pm during the festive season and to move in groups for safety – a parallel to the instructions that usually tell women to behave for their own safety.
Vicky (Rajkummar Rao), a women’s tailor in Chanderi, mysteriously meets an unnamed charming woman (Shraddha Kapoor) who comes to town only during the annual Pooja season and falls in love with her at first sight. She asks him to sew her lehenga.
Her frequent disappearances, her shopping list containing strange items such as a lizard’s tail, white cat fur, dahlia flowers, meat, brandy, and the like, which are believed to be ingredients for black magic, and the fact that no one but Vicky sees her, makes her suspect his friend Bittu (Aparshakti Khurana) and he begins to believe that she might be Stree. After Stree kidnaps one of his friends, Janna (Abhishek Banerjee), Vicky also becomes suspicious of the woman. He confronts her and she disappears again.
They decide to find a way to save their friend and enlist the help of the town librarian, Rudra Bhaiya (Pankaj Tripathi), who is also paranoid. At Rudra’s bookstore, they come across a partially torn book called “Chanderi Puran” in his library, which mentions the story of Stree and the old fort that Vicky claims to have seen when he was on a date with the woman. Vicky, Bittu, and Rudra then visit the old fort that Stree supposedly inhabits to find Janna.
Stree chases Bitta and Rudra away and is about to attack Vicky, but she doesn’t because she feels a sense of love and respect in his eyes. She is then driven away by the spell of an unknown woman. She later reveals that she has been trying to defeat ‘Stree’ for the past three years after losing someone close to her, which is why she only comes to town during the holidays.
This makes it clear that she and Stree are two different people. Stree releases Janna at Vicky’s request that same night but begins to have sporadic violent episodes. The other men disappear after the possessed Janna, under Stree’s control, erases the word “Tomorrow” from the watchwords outside everyone’s homes, leaving it as “O Stree, come”; an invitation.
Vicky, Bittu, Rudra, and the woman decide to meet the book’s author Shankar Shastri (Vijay Raaz) to find a permanent solution to save the city, and he tells them that Stree was once an extremely beautiful courtesan who was coveted by every man in the city. Eventually, 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 jealous men from the town.
Her ghost has been searching for her true love ever since and also seeks revenge on the town by trying to kidnap every man in it. Shastri tells them about a prophecy pointing to a savior and Vicky surprisingly appears to have all the characteristics describing a savior. At first, Vicky believes this as well, until she remembers the inclusive trait of the savior, the son of a courtesan. His friends then reveal the secret that he is the son of a courtesan, which infuriates Vicky and he leaves in a hurry.
He drunkenly confronts his father, which he tacitly agrees to further upset Vicky, but then feels grateful for his father’s affection and efforts and decides to save his town, which has accepted him and not judged him. The friends and the woman set up a trap to kill Stree, but Vicky realizes that Stree only wants love and respect and hesitates with the plan.
The woman then suggests to Vicky that she simply cut off her long braid – the source of her powers – to be stripped of her powers. He does so and Stree disappears. The woman leaves town the next day and Vicky says goodbye to her, all the while forgetting to ask her name. On the bus, the woman fuses Stree’s braid with her own hair and then disappears 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 entrance to the city with a new phrase – “O Stree, protect us” – giving her respect and she does not enter Chanderi.
Stree Ending, Explained: What Happened At The End?
The movie begins with Vicky falling in love with a beautiful, mysterious woman who only comes to town during the holidays. She asks him to make a lehenga for her. This unknown woman has a special shopping list. We see him ordering cat hair and a lizard tail. All these strange things make Vicky’s friend Bittu suspicious of her, and since no one can see her except Vicky, she makes him think she’s Stree.
Janna, one of their friends, is kidnapped by Stree, so Vicky and Bittu go on an adventure to save the town. They seek Rudra Bhaiya for help. In the book, they come across a tattered title called Chanderi Puran. It mentions an old fort that Vicky says he visited when he was on a date with a woman. Vicky and Bittu now visit the fort to find Janna. Stree chases Bitta and Rudra away as they fall unconscious. Although, when the demon is about to attack Vicky, she stops because she experiences the emotion of love and respect in him.
An unknown woman comes to the fortress and chases the ghost away. She then reveals to all three that Stree has taken someone very personal to her, so she tries to defeat the spirit herself. For the same reason, she only comes to town on holidays. As Vicky demands, Stree releases Janna. But he is still possessed by her magic, and at night he begins to erase the work of Kal, as in Tomorrow, from people’s walls, an invitation for Stree to come to their house. More men start to disappear this way.
They seek the help of a book writer who tells them that Stree was once a very beautiful woman who wanted to marry the man she loved. Although on their wedding day, Chanderi men found the couple and killed them out of jealousy. So she decided to kidnap every last man in the village to get revenge.
Vicky fits well into the prophecy for the city to save the people and free the spirit of Stree. As it turns out, Stree only wants love and respect from people, so Vicky rejects the plan to kill her. By simply cutting off her long braid, all her powers will be gone. He succeeds and Stree then leaves.
The woman then leaves the city the next day wearing a lehenga made for her by Vicky. As it turned out, this unknown woman was a witch, she entwined Stree’s braid in her hair and disappeared. All along she just wanted to have Stree’s powers.
We later see Stree visit Chanderi again next year. She finds her statue at the entrance with a phrase asking her to protect the people. She gets the respect she wants and leaves town without harming anyone.