Is Kakuda Bollywood’s Another Stree in Making?

While the horror-comedy genre sees a resurgence with the trending “Stree 2,” featuring Rajkummar Rao and Shraddha Kapoor, another film is creating a buzz with a similar promise. The upcoming movie “Kakuda,” starring Riteish Deshmukh, Sonakshi Sinha, and Saqib Saleem, is positioning itself as a male-centric counterpart to the 2018 hit “Stree.” The latest promo released by the filmmakers hints at this exciting twist.

Kakuda: The Male Version of Stree?

“Ab Mard Khatre Mein Hai” – this tagline for “Kakuda” sets the stage for a new kind of horror-comedy. Sharing the fresh promo, the creators wrote, “Usey darwaza band mila, toh woh knock nahi, mardon ko knock-out kar dega!” This directly parallels the door concept central to “Stree,” where villagers were advised to keep their doors closed with the inscription, “O Stree Kal Aana.” The parallel is clear: in “Stree,” women were the target, while in “Kakuda,” it’s the men who are at risk.

Doorways of Doom in Kakuda

The promo for “Kakuda” delivers an eerie message: “Darwaaza khula rakhna warna…” Accompanying this tagline is a chilling visual of a door with a rotten body hanging behind it. The warning continues with, “Kakuda Aa Jaayega!” This setup intensifies the suspense and horror, similar to the tactics used in “Stree.” The focus on doors and the dire consequences of choosing the wrong one add a unique twist to the narrative, promising to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.

The Setting and Plot of Kakuda

“Kakuda” is set in the picturesque yet eerie district of Ratodi in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. The village is under a sinister curse, and every household has two doors – one normal and the other small. The challenge for the villagers is to choose the correct door, or else face terrifying consequences. Directed by Aditya Sarpotdar, known for his work in “Munjya,” the movie is written by Avinash Diwedi and Chirag Garg, and produced by Ronnie Screwvala. The unique setting and the curse-centric plot promise a thrilling cinematic experience.

Aditya Sarpotdar’s Influence and Previous Work

Aditya Sarpotdar, the director of “Kakuda,” has made a name for himself in the horror-comedy genre with his recent release, “Munjya,” which hit theaters on June 7. Starring Abhay Verma and Sharvari, “Munjya” has been performing well at the box office, solidifying Sarpotdar’s reputation in this niche. His expertise in blending horror with comedy is expected to shine through in “Kakuda,” offering a perfect mix of scares and laughs.

Teaser for Stree 2 and Its Expanding Universe

Earlier this week, the teaser for “Stree 2” was unveiled, adding more excitement to the horror-comedy genre. The sequel brings back Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor, Pankaj Tripathi, Abhishek Banerjee, and Aparshakti Khurana. New to the cast is Tamannaah, who promises to bring a fresh dynamic to the film. Scheduled for release on August 15, “Stree 2” continues the story that captivated audiences in the original, expanding the intriguing horror-comedy universe created by Dinesh Vijan.

Dinesh Vijan’s Horror-Comedy Universe

Dinesh Vijan’s horror-comedy universe, which began with “Stree,” has been growing with each new addition. Alongside “Stree” and “Munjya,” the universe includes other notable films like “Roohi,” starring Janhvi Kapoor, Rajkummar Rao, and Varun Sharma, and “Bhediya,” featuring Varun Dhawan and Kriti Sanon. Each film, while unique in its storyline, shares a common thread of blending horror with humor, offering a distinctive cinematic experience.

Comparing Kakuda and Stree

While “Stree” focused on a female ghost terrorizing a village and targeting men. “Kakuda” flips the script by placing men in the crosshairs of a supernatural entity. The similarities in the use of doors and warnings. Coupled with the unique male-centric angle, create an intriguing parallel between the two films. This fresh perspective on the horror-comedy genre promises to attract a wide audience. Eager to see how “Kakuda” differentiates itself from its predecessor.

Audience Expectations and Speculations

With the release of the “Kakuda” promo, audience expectations are running high. Fans of the horror-comedy genre are speculating about the plot twists. Character dynamics, and how the film will deliver its scares and laughs. The unique setting in Uttar Pradesh and the curse-inflicted village. Adds layers of mystery and suspense, making “Kakuda” one of the most anticipated films in the genre.

Role of Comedy in Horror

The blend of horror and comedy is a challenging yet rewarding task for filmmakers. In “Kakuda,” the comedic elements are expected to provide relief amidst the tension and fear, much like in “Stree.”

This balance is crucial for maintaining audience engagement and delivering a memorable cinematic experience. The performances of Riteish Deshmukh, Sonakshi Sinha, and Saqib Saleem are anticipated to bring. Both humor and depth to their roles, enhancing the overall impact of the film.


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