A sequel to Rajkummar Rao-Shraddha Kapoor-starrer horror comedy Stree is likely to go on floors next year with the same cast. Stree, also featuring Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurana, was one of the most commercially-successful and critically-acclaimed films of 2018. Directed by Amar Kaushik, the film was set in small town of Chanderi, Madhya Pradesh, where an evil spirit named 'Stree' abducts men in the night during festival season. It was based on the urban legend of "Nale Ba" that went viral in Karnataka in the 1990s.
Produced by Dinesh Vijan, Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, "Stree" had earned Rs 180 crore worldwide. A source close to the project said the sequel is currently in the scripting stage. "It will happen next year. We are working on the script. There are few ideas for 'Stree 2'. The expectations are high on 'Stree 2', so the team wants to give their best shot as we are not in a hurry to make it," the source said.
The core cast of Stree will be returning for the sequel, added the source. Meanwhile, Rajkummar Rao is set to star in another horror-comedy, Rooh-Afza, backed by Vijan's Maddock Films banner. The film, which also features Janhvi Kapoor in a double role, will revolve around a singing ghost who puts grooms to sleep so it can possess their brides. Rooh-Afza will reportedly share the same universe with Stree.
Confirming the cast of Rajkummar, Janhvi and Varun, Dinesh Vijan told Mumbai Mirror, “Rajkummar and Varun are actors who excel in comedy and own the space. For the leading lady, we were looking for someone who had not experimented with the genre before and Janhvi fir the bill perfectly. The script is young and wonderfully crazy and though we haven't seen Janhvi in this avatar yet, that's how she is in real life. I'm pretty sure she will pull off the casting personalities with effortless ease."
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