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Stree and Its Politics

Stree, the blockbuster horror film, has a political message at its core and speaks for women’s rights and consent eloquently.

In a country where superstitions are deep-rooted, at times when champions of rationality are being killed, to make a film like Stree (2018) is undoubtedly an act of bravery. In Bollywood, the horror genre has always played to the gallery, using superstitions to its benefit, and has, in effect, strengthened these superstitions. Stree breaks away from this tradition and subverts this genre, and more.

Over the last few years—specifically after the 2012 Delhi gang-rape incident and the nation-wide protests that followed—Bollywood has also started catering to the newly awakened feminist thinking among the masses. If one were to look at it just as a response of popular culture to this sentiment, without diving deep into discussions about feminism and feminism in popular culture, one can say that films like Gulaab Gang (2014), Pink (2016), NH10 (2015), Queen (2013), and Highway (2014) have tried to make a point in their own ways and have attempted to puncture the prevailing patriarchal ideas and beliefs. However, all these films have been two-dimensional and have even resorted to sloganeering. Stree does what all these films attempted to do, in an engaging and convincing manner and without reducing the thought to slogans or sermons.

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