2017 was a mixed year for Shraddha Kapoor. While ‘OK Jaanu’ had turned out to be a disappointing affair, she did have a decent success in the form of ‘Half Girlfriend’. However, her ‘Haseena Parkar’ that released later in the year met with a very poor response. This is when she chose to take it slow and wait for the right assignment to come her way. The one that made the cut was Stree!
“This is one genre that she has never attempted before,” says a close associate, “Though she has delivered successes across genres like romantic-musicals (‘Aashiqui 2’), drama (‘Ek Villain’), action (‘Baaghi’) and dance-musicals (‘ABCD 2’), horror-comedy is something that she has never tried before.”
No wonder, when producers Dinesh Vijan and Raj & DK reached out to her with ‘Stree’, she was bowled over with the concept.
“In the film she is playing a mystery woman and there is suspense element around whether she is indeed the one who scares the wits out of hapless men in the dead of the night after knocking on their doors,” our source adds, “So much has been kept under the wraps about her characterization. Audiences would be in for a surprise when they get to see what she is up to in the film.”
Shraddha’s partner-in-crime in the film is Rajkummar Rao and it is this unique ‘jodi’ that is another highlight of the Amar Kaushik directed affair.
“Shraddha has been on the top actresses amongst the current generation and it is pretty much on the cards that would strike back with a bang once ‘Stree’ hits the screens,” a trade veteran adds, “The film has all the makings of a good commercial success.”
Moreover, what works in favor of the film is its budget [Rs. 20 crore, including P&A] which has already been recovered through music, satellite and digital rights. As a result of this, whatever comes from theatrical revenue would be additional profits for the makers who are releasing the film on a commission basis through distributor Anil Thadani.
Now one waits to see how does the entertainment quotient work for the audiences once the film releases all over this Friday.