A movie after a long time and that was one good movie to watch, Queen Well it’s been more than 2 weeks of the movie release and here I am writing a late review. Half of you would have already watched it but I badly wanted to write about the movie as it was running in my mind again and again.. What a fresh movie midst the teary eyed love stories of Bollywood. Well here is a bit of the story and then why I love the movie.
She lands at Paris, frightened, moping and haunted by her past. Soon she gets along with Vijayalakshmi (vjay) and they explore the city together. Vjay has sex with random people, has a son from her boyfriend, drinks and does not care a bit about what people think about her. Rani sees how it is important to live your life for yourself rather than abiding with the society or what opinion people would develop on you. From there she moves to Amsterdam and shares her room with three guys. From being reluctant to even talk to them she becomes friendly with them and they roam around the cities. She drives with confidence, she takes up a challenge, earns money and also gets her first kiss. She realizes what worse things life can bring to people and how people stride along and find happiness. Meanwhile by mistake she sends her pic in western clothes to Vijay instead of Vjay and his love for her gets awakened. He is behind her to get married and she turns him down at the end, spreading out her wings and flying away.
I cannot think of anyone in this role other than Kangana. She has lived as Rani. Cannot portray the girl next door so well. Unlike an actress who tries to flaunt their figure/skin irrespective of what character they are playing, Kangana as Rani is just one among us. A salwar, a sweater over it and a dupatta over it! She is roaming through Paris in her knee length kurta over a normal jeans, not a figure hugging one and with braided hair, in minimalist make up. She just sparkles through out film. Scenes like when she breaks down and looks lost once the marriage is called off, when she finds vjay quirky and that bar scene! Wow.. Her crazy dance moves and crazy expressions as she gets drunk, sets herself free and dances away for ‘ho gaya re hungama’, awesome is the word. She is one fine actress for sure.
What is so beautiful about this movie is, it is very unlike a bollywood movie. There are no tears, no SRK hiccuping dialogues, no shehnais playing, no ’till death do us apart’ scenes. Thankfully when a robber attacks her it is not a guy who comes to her rescue. Thankfully Rani’s character is not etched like overnight she turns into someone who hates men and bosses around. Thankfully she does not fall in love with her three roommates, they remain as friends. Thankfully she does not shout any emotional filmy dialogue at the end before she hands out the ring. Thankfully Rani does not find someone better than Vijay but she finds herself. Thankfully her family gives importance to her happiness rather than find the next guy expecting ‘hola hola hojaayega pyaar’. Thankfully she discovers herself without loosing her innocence or rather upbringing. There is so much to love about this movie.
Thanks to Vikas Bahl for giving such a good movie. He has given attention to details and its really nice to see how they have managed to do that. The mehendi gradually fades, she wears one kurta from morning to night though the scenes move across city and places, yet they have maintained the simplicity. Same with the handbag she carefully carries around. He has addressed how to overcome the common frustration all of us have, “Why me?”. In spite of being the good goody person, why is it me who has to suffer. Few things I felt could have been avoided were Vijayalakshmi’s over and above character, pole dancer, virginity vrath, potty cleaning friend in India and lousy cousins. To be liberated does not mean loosing virginity and having sex with every other person.
The songs were well gelled with the movie. All I could remember was London Thumkuda as that was the only one with dance sequence. Rest all were along with the movie just perfect. So is humor. There is plenty of everyday musings of life that makes us smile. Rani definitely has a good sense of humor 😉 Rest of the people in the movie had also done a credible job. The little Asian guy was quite enjoyable and the Italian guy was yes, handsome! The guy as Vijay, yeah jerk is his character but he played it well. But of all the people the Daadi ma rocked. She gives the ultimate timely golden wisdom, “What you are supposed to get you will get!”
If you have not yet watched the movie, watch it. For now I am listening to ‘London Thumakda’ for the nth time.