Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Rajkumar Haydon.
Director: Vikas Bahl
Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins approx.
A great film starts on a paper. One doesn’t simply fall for characters from a world made in movies, which we know is an unreal world. Give it to the terrific writer of QUEEN who knows every nuance that his character will have. He writes a story of a girl who turns from inhibited to uninhibited, traditionally shaped to a reckless roamer. To be honest, there is a little bit of her in every one of us. We all want to come out of some boundaries that we live in and to realize there is more to life than just heartbreaks.
The film’s pitch is high from word go. It doesn’t take its time to establish its characters or try to add any sub-plots and overdo any stuff. All that’s there is all what we want to see. From one scene to other, QUEEN shift its tone excellently. It goes wheel within wheel where you are served with rib-roaring one-liners and situations. Like the one in the sex shop where Kangana buys things oblivious of their actually utilities. I couldn’t control my horse-like laughs. And yet it has a subtle touch to the characters. It hits you hard at places where you know that life can be so tough. Her Paris expedition will leave you glued to the screen without a second of uneasiness. I thought I was watching one of the best films in my entire life.
I did feel the film was going long a very bit in second half although that’s not really a complaint. There was enough happening in the film and enough emotions to not really throw you off. Her Amsterdam friends and her adventures will leave you stunned and solaced. You feel relieved when we see that “Rani” the name of the central character is having a breathe of fresh air, finally!
Amit Trivedi yet again brings a different angle to the film with his songs. “Lonodn Thumak da” and “O Gujariya” slips comfortably into narration and elevates the already good-going film. The visuals are beautiful when the camera peeps into the sparkling Eifel Tower or even the routine visual scenarios. The writer is one of the best reasons why QUEEN is an inspiring account of a relatable character. The film also is aided by spot-on dialogues which finds place in conversational scenes. And ofcourse its Vikas Bahl who never delves into melodrama even when the character is going through solemn issues.
Kanagana surprises and how! In what I call her career best performance, she delivers incredible support to a role that demands unusual softness which is quite different from what we have been offered in Hindi films. Rajkumar Rao is too good in his role and even though he has small role, but he ensures that he does justice. Kangana’s friends from Amsterdam are all entertaining especially the Japanese guy. Although its Lisa Haydon from the supporting cast who leaves maximum impression. She is adorable.
At one point you might just think, is it the ENGLISH VINGLISH route that the film is taking? Certainly, yes! But it creates a world that is far more engaging and acceptable than that film. The film doesn’t really have any visible social message to it, but hang on, there’s a hidden tip for you, which is exploited couple of times in pasts, but very seldom as beautifully as QUEEN does. A joyride, full of sentiments and laughs and more than anything else, a hope.
Rating- 4/5Tags: Kangana Ranaut Member Reviews Queen Reviews Vikas Bahl