Queen – Movie Review

QueenDirector Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ starts off on a familiar premise – a middle class wedding in Delhi, something which has caught the fancy of film-makers post ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’. The would-be bride narrates her excitement and you feel what she must be going through while wedding preparations are on in full swing. Just when you think it might be yet  another take on modern-day marriages, there is a little twist and you have a coming-of-age story with the perfect humour and no unnecessary melodrama – a sparkling little gem of a film with its share of hiccups but excusable for a terrific lead performance.

Kangana Ranaut is Rani – a rather shy, vulnerable and less confident middle class Delhi girl born and brought up in Rajouri Garden and never stepped out of it. Born to over-protective parents, she studies Home Science at a nearby college and helps her father run his sweet shop. Son of a family friend, Vijay (Rajkumar Yadav; now rechristened Rajjkumar Rao) falls in love with Rani and woos her till she accepts his proposal. The guy shifts to London and is a changed man after that. He calls off the wedding a day before it conveying she is not good enough for him. Shocked and shattered, Rani decides to go on Queen 1her honeymoon all by herself. Passport obtained earlier and tickets to Paris and Amsterdam booked in advance, she travels towards not just a different place but in the process, discovers herself by meeting new people and making new friends.

There isn’t really much of a story here and at over two hours and thirty minutes; ‘Queen’ does tend to get a little long more so, because a few sub-plots appear irrelevant. But it never slips into a film that makes you impatient. Director Vikas Bahl (‘Chillar Party’) serves you a heady cocktail – one that will make you burst out in laughter in several scenes yet make a point for vulnerable women. I found myself in splits clapping out loud in many scenes – the funniest one being Rani’s father and chubby brother both gaping at her new super hot friend (Lisa Haydon) on video chat while the grand-mother calls it an adult movie. Dialogues make the fun funnier here and Bahl makes sure the movie never really gets serious. However, some scenes seem extended and were not really needed. Editing could have been a little crisp. ‘Queen’ also reminds you of ‘English Vinglish’ as far as story-telling is concerned; both the protagonists are weak people who gain confidence when they move out of their comfort zones in the country making firang friends. Music by Amit Trivedi sounds good while you watch the film.

Kangana Ranaut has mostly played unconventional roles with flourish and when she didn’t, Kangana Ranaut in Queenit has not been a memorable performance. In a way, this is her comeback film. With not many good roles in her kitty, she might have faded into oblivion if ‘Queen’ wouldn’t have come her way. She is phenomenal as Rani and literally lives it on screen making it her own. Her comic timing is impeccable and there is a certain sweetness she brings into her performance, making Rani a very endearingly warm character – someone you would probably like to have a laugh with. This will shut her detractors and she should be back with good roles in big films once again. Yes, ‘Queen’ is Kangana’s best performance so far. There isn’t really a room for others here to perform. Everyone else is a supporting actor and they all do well. Lisa Haydon looks stunningly hot. Rajjkumar Rao plays a very unlikeable character well but we expect him in better roles post ‘Shahid’.

Watch it or not: Definitely! A warm film with funny moments and a strong lead performance.

At the Box-Office: Will start low but pick up pace due to good reviews and word-of-mouth; won’t face any competition from the other two Bollywood releases of the week – ‘Gulaab Gang’ and ‘Total Siyappa’ but ‘300 – Rise of an Empire’ will bite into its business.

Director Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ starts off on a familiar premise – a middle class wedding in Delhi, something which has caught the fancy of film-makers post ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’. The would-be bride narrates her excitement and you feel what she must be going through while wedding preparations are on in full swing. Just when you think it might be yet  another take on modern-day marriages, there is a little twist and you have a coming-of-age story with the perfect humour and no unnecessary melodrama – a sparkling little gem of a film with its share of hiccups but excusable for…
‘Queen’ is Kangana’s show all the way… she rules well enough to rise above a film which might have been mediocre without her.

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‘Queen’ is Kangana’s show all the way… she rules well enough to rise above a film which might have been mediocre without her.

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Abhirup Dhar

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I don't watch movies... I live them! Let me introduce myself. Abhirup Dhar was born in Kolkata and is still being brought up in India. A banker by profession, he is filmy to the core and is passionate about reviewing movies and writing. He likes to live on his own… he likes to be blunt, sarcastic, famous, infamous, confident, over-confident, moody at times… he likes to be himself. He is imperfect because perfection is boring. His love for movies dates back to his childhood days when he studied in a boarding school. A three-month Winter Vacation every year… and he made sure he watched as many movies then. Parents thought it was a phase... he knew it was Passion and he knew it back then itself. The craziness to watch movies on the Big Screen began during the last two years of school when he literally bunked to town so that he could catch up with the new Hindi Movie releases. Some thought he was plain crazy. He confirmed it was Passion... yet again. The hard fact is that not always can you walk a path you are passionate about. You have expectations to fulfill and Life to be made. But Life gives you chances and you have to grab them. So... here is he... your friendly critic who will be giving you his Verdict every week so that you can decide which release is worth your moolah and which is not! See you at the Movies! Stay connected at Facebook and Twitter!
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