PeepingMoon Exclusive: Shraddha Kapoor returns to Dinesh Vijan's horror comedy universe; to start Stree prequel in August

Shraddha Kapoor has been shooting for Luv Ranjan’s film with Ranbir Kapoor for the past 15 months now. The actress hasn’t taken up any new projects since the yet-untitled rom-com went on floors in January 2021. As the film nears completion, Shraddha has begun planning her next project, which will begin in around August-September. has learned that Shraddha’s next after the Luv Ranjan romcom will be a horror comedy for Dinesh Vijan’s banner, Maddock Films. 

"Dinesh Vijan is working on multiple horror comedies and plans to build a cinematic universe around them. He has already introduced Shraddha Kapoor as Stree and Janhvi Kapoor as Roohi and will soon present Varun Dhawan in the never-seen-before avatar of a Bhediya in Amar Kaushik’s next monster comedy. Expanding the universe further, the team is now working on the second parts of these movies to establish the lead characters before they start crossing paths in each other’s stories. Vijan’s next film in the MHCU tells the backstory of the girl who came to Stree and the complications she brought along. It's a prequel to 'Stree' and will see Shraddha reprising her role from the 2018 sleeper hit," a source close to the development told us. 

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The new film in the horror-comedy universe will be directed by Marathi filmmaker Aditya Sarpotdar, who’s known for directing films like Mauli, The Sholay Girl, Zombivali, and the Voot Select series, The Raiker Case. Interestingly, Sarpotdar is already doing a horror-comedy, titled Kakuda, with Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh, and Saqib Saleem. The Ronnie Screwvala production revolves around a legend of a strange curse in a village stuck in time, and will be released directly on a streaming platform later this year. The director has finished Kakuda’s post-production work and will soon start prepping for the Shraddha Kapoor film before they officially kick off the production in August 2022. 

Meanwhile, Shraddha’s Nagin trilogy has been postponed further. The Vishal Furia-directed film is a VFX-heavy project and requires months of preparation and workshop, thereby delaying the production to December 2022. The Nikhil Dwivedi production sees the Baaghi actress playing a shape-shifter icchadhaari who can do wonders. Shraddha’s other film, Pankaj Parashar’s Chaalbaaz In London, has also been put on the backburner due to financial constraints.