Up Next After ‘Stree’: A sequel to ‘Go, Goa, Gone’

Up Next After ‘Stree’: A sequel to ‘Go, Goa, Gone’

Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, the men behind ‘Stree’ are thrilled about its success
Up Next After ‘Stree’: A sequel to ‘Go, Goa, Gone’
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK

With  collections  of Stree doubling  on Day 2, and the weekend collections expected to hit 30 crores,  this quirky shiver giver is all set to become the sleeper hit of  the year. Raj Nidimoru and Krishna  DK , the duo that directed the delightful Go Goan Gone, are back. And though Stree is directed by their assistant Amar Kaushik  the Raj-DK imprint is all over this eerie-airy  product.

In the mood for celebration Raj Nidomoru laughs, “We cracked the idea of  men in a small town being threatened  by a supernatural woman—quite  a reversal  of the gender dynamics—a few years ago. We were not sure whether we should actually show the supernatural presence on screen, or just use it as idea to create  an obscure fear that would make the audience giggle  uncomfortably. Then we  decided to go the whole hog. Why do  horror films  only  pitch the IDEA of a spirit?  Why not actually show it? We did. And it seems  to have worked.”

The  boxoffice  numbers  for  the  first  two days are  far beyond all expectations. Says  DK, “We expected the collection for  the  first day  to be between  4-5 crores. It is almost 8 crores. Far beyond what we expected. The  audiences’ response is gratifying. It means  they  got it. Our blend of  horror and laughter  is not an easy mix to pull  off. But we’ve managed to do it, it seems.”

Since the film communicates Raj and DK’s signature mood mixing mirth and  terror, how come they chose  not  to direct the film themselves? Explains  DK, “When we cracked the idea, we had the choice of either waiting until we were free to direct the subject ourselves or letting someone else direct it. We chose Amar Kaushik who  was our first assistant on Go Goan  Gone. If we had waited we might have forfeited  the  uniqueness  of  the idea. In the past, on two occasions, other filmmakers got  to  an idea before we did. Rather than wait, we decided to let Amar  do it. And we’re happy to say he has  executed our idea exactly the way we wanted  it.”

Next, Raj and DK will direct the sequel  to Go Goan Gone. “It’s been five years since Go Goan Gone. The film and its zombie theme is still talked about and  a demand for a sequel has  grown. So yeah, we are directing the sequel to Go Goan Gone  next.”

How would Raj react to being accused of propagating supernatural beliefs? He shrugs, “We make  absurdist  satirical drama because that’s the spirit that  haunts us as filmmakers. Branding us  any which way doesn’t affect us. We are  not social  crusaders. We are filmmakers.”

After  Stree  Raj and DK can now breathe a sigh of relief. Their last two films Happy Ending and A Gentleman underperformed at  the  boxoffice. Was  it because they were out of  the director-duo’s comfort zone? Protests Raj, “I wouldn’t say they were out of  our comfort zone. We enjoyed writing and directing both. The  anxiety to deliver a hit is definitely higher when you are making a film for the studio. There are stars to be considered, songs to be put in , and so on and so forth. When you producer  a film yourself—as  DK and I have  done for the  first time with Stree—there is more freedom to use   your creative  urges as you want.”

But Raj stands  by his  failures. “A Gentleman in spite of its global look, was not that expensive  a film. And we really enjoyed working with Siddharth Malhotra and Jacqueline Fernandez. They surrendered themselves  to our vision and we all had fun doing it. Like I  said we don’t write  or  direct films keeping the success-ratio in mind. If we worked that way Stree would’ve never happened.”