Cast: Kangna Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Rajkummar Rao
Direction: Vikas Bahl
Producer: Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane
Music: Amit Trivedi
Kangana Ranaut’s upcoming movie ‘Queen’ has garnered rave reviews from critics and eminent personalities of Bollywood much before its release. Directed by Vikas Bahl, this movie features Kangana in a never-seen-before avatar who decides to go on her honeymoon alone.
The plot revolves around Rani (Kangana Ranaut), a typical Delhi girl living in Rajouri Garden, who is all set to tie the nuptial knot with Vijay (Rajkumar Rao). Like a typical Indian middle class girl, Rani wants very little from her life. She just wishes for a good husband and family. Hell breaks loose on Rani when her fiancé suddenly dumps her just a few days prior to their wedding.
Instead of sulking in a corner, Rani decides to go alone to London and Amsterdam on her honeymoon. During her unique journey, she explores herself and learns to tackle every situation.
How she sets on a beautiful journey of self discovery in an alien country forms the rest of the film.
From the very first scene, the film establishes a strong hold over your senses. The best thing in the film is that the director knows what he wants to do with his characters. The director has successfully conveyed his message to the audience through the narrative.
‘Queen’ is not a typical Bollywood film with melodrama and unnecessary howling. But this movie will make you glued to your seats till the end.
Kangana has done an excellent job in this movie. She manages to pull off the film with her splendid performance. It doesn’t mean that other actors have not delivered to the best of their abilities. But Kangana makes an exception by slipping into the skin of her character and bringing it alive on the screen.
Rajkumar Rao has lived up to all the expectations. Lisa Haydon has also done a good job.
Musician Amit Trivedi has once again delivered a smashing album. ‘London Thumakda’ is already topping the charts. Other tracks are also well composed.
Moreover, Queen has made its own identity among other women centric movies. The film delivers a very strong message to every woman out there – no matter how uncomfortable life may be, a woman has the power to overcome it.
Kangana Ranaut delivers a performance that marks her lightyears ahead of any of her contemporaries. She conveys most through her pitch-perfect body language. The surprises and the shocks, the ecstasy and the confidence is all brought out by her non verbal mannerisms. It boasts of quite a caliber when an actor says more by her silence than by her dialogues. And even in her dialogues she gets the right tonality for it all. ‘Queen‘ might be the birth of a legend and thank God for that!
Lisa Hayden is breathtakingly gorgeous and just as good an actor expressing with a natural flair all that she has been entrusted with.
The other actors are all superbly cast and they all play a significant role in making the film’s intensity as well as the look and feel elevate.
Words will fall short if you have to praise Vikas Bahl’s work here. If Kangana was exemplary, a large part of the success of it can be attributed to Bahl. He had done the detailing of the film with a hawk like precision. I won’t be surprised if the director had already painted in his head the image of how he will pursue every scene and every slide in the film. The technical work is rehearsed and Kangana gets her gusty impromptu nature to keep it all refreshing. The film’s pace is slow and yet not dull. And despite following a non linear track of storytelling, basing the film solely on its vivacious moments, Bahl risks not following the easier route out here and yet makes this work magically. In many aspects Queen is a director’s product.
The one memorable scene that I will quote for a long time now is when Kangana’s roomates play her mehendi’s ‘London Thumakda‘ video and her face drops down. Her friends understand her pain and yet when she looks up an energetic Taka is trying to cheer her up. Taka is a survivor of the Tsunami that wiped out his entire life. In that one moment, Kangana’s look changed perhaps with the feeling that her pain is nothing compared to his.
For multiple such scenes, the film is brilliant. Amit Trivedi’s unmatchable music is as much a part of the story as Kangana highlighting her moods rightly. Though I wish the editing was tauter but the film still scores by achieving all it had intended to and perhaps much more.