On 31, August 2020, the hit Indian horror-comedy film, Stree completed two years of its release. Made on a modest budget of Rs 23 crore, the film went on to gross Rs 180. 76 crore at the worldwide box office. Just a few days after completing its two-year release, the movie today is releasing in Japan.
Since April, theatres in Japan had not been operating due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government had declared a nationwide emergency. However, May saw the opening up of theatres in Japan, as the restrictions got eased as per Variety.
Therefore Stree is releasing in the territory to entertain the Japanese audience amidst such difficult times. News of the film releasing in Japan was shared by the cast and crew of the film on Twitter.
While sharing this news on Twitter, Shraddha Kapoor tweeted :
#Stree is all set to conquer #Japan!🇯🇵 Releasing today, beware!👻#DineshVijan @rajndk @RajkummarRao @TripathiiPankaj @Aparshakti @nowitsabhi @Flora_Saini @amarkaushik @PVijan @MaddockFilms @jiostudios @TSeries #StreeInJapan🙏💜 pic.twitter.com/9cr0C6UfV2
— Shraddha (@ShraddhaKapoor) September 14, 2020
On the day, when the film completed two years of its release, writers Raj and DK had celebrated it with a Tweet. Even the actor of the film, Aparshakti Khurana had done the same. His tweet was as follows :
Discussing how to gatecrash Rajkummar's quarantine birthday bash. 😝 pic.twitter.com/y5hknA8FJN
— Aparshakti Khurana (@Aparshakti) August 31, 2020
Stree had released on the film’s lead actor, Rajkummar Rao‘s birthday. Apart from Rajkummar, Shraddha, and Aparshakti, it also starred Abhishek Banerjee and Pankaj Tripathi in important roles.
The film was set in the small town of Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh. In the film, an evil spirit kidnaps men at night during the festive season. It was based on the urban legend of “Nale Ba”, which went viral in Karnataka in the 1990s.
Upon release, the film was received warmly by both the audience and critics. They praised the sarcasm used in the film for commenting upon misogyny in society. Not many people, even the makers of the film expected it to be a big hit.
However, the film exceeded all expectations and became a huge hit at the box office. In the process, it also became Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor’s highest-grossing film.
At the 64th Filmfare Awards, the film got 10 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor. It won the Best Debut Director for Amar Kaushik.
Since then many have hailed it as an important film for the horror genre in Indian cinema. If reports are to be believed, then the core cast of the film might return for a sequel.
Whether this happens or not, is a future concern but right now, we all should celebrate its release in Japan. If you wish to watch it, you can do the same on Netflix.
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