Vikas Bahl brings out the best in Kangs and crafts a superb cinematic piece
Queen begins with a function that leads up to the actual wedding and believe us, the nuances that have been shown, describe perfectly as to what happens in an Indian wedding. Amidst the clinging of the bride’s bangles, the blinking lights of the decorations and the jittering of the relatives, enters our very own cute little bride Kangana Ranaut. The movie starts with the adrenaline pumping track London thumakda and it sets up your mood for the rest of the film. The film although doesn’t linger at all on wayward tracks of romance or tragedy and moves right to the topic of the film.
Twitter is already afloat with praises for Kangana and we too don’t have anything extraordinary to say. She is SUPERB! She plays the perfect confused Punjabi girl who has hardly ever stepped out of her house without parental escorting. Her acting is flawless and the nuances she brings to her role are awe-inspiring. It is because of her acting that, even though there has been a tragic incident in her life, you don’t get to feel that at all throughout the film. You might want to sympathise with her but her confused state allows her to enjoy the given opportunity to the hilt and you too forget all about the misery.
Vikas Bahl’s vision has come to life far better than he could have ever imagined and it is not just because of Kangana. He is equally responsible for it and you would notice his brilliance in every second of the film. Every shot has been pre-planned perfectly way before the movie began shooting. Each shot is perfect in its delivery and there are no loose endings. Every angle, every locale, every nuance has been mastered at the pre-production stage and then the filming was begun. The scenes are so well planned that even a ten second scene where Kangana and Lisa Haydon are seen burping in the car, looks fantastic. And not just the planning, even the placing of the scenes are so perfect that the audience never needs to see a shot in sepia mode for knowing that it is a flashback sequence. The romance between the lead pair has been intermingled with the normal scenes in the form of flashback and you would fall in love with their exquisite positioning. The scene where Kangana gets drunk for the first time in Paris is so breathtakingly beautiful that you would just be numbed to your senses.
All of this is intertwined amidst some fabulous music by Amit Trivedi. Starting from London thumakda, Badra bahar and O gujariya, all the numbers are superbly composed and penned in order to take the story ahead.
Vikas has through this movie tried to pass on a message to all the Indian women. He shows no matter how bad things are for a woman, she can always emerge victorious from the turmoil. Maybe she might do it in her own specific way and also do it in her own demanding terms, but she has the full capability to stand back and fight the world. A simple bag snatching scene in the film makes you believe what a woman can do if she fixes her mind onto doing something. The character of the dadi is also funny but has an underlining message in her dialogues stating everything in life happens for the good.
Talking of the shortcomings of the film, having five songs in the first half might just push you to check your pending messages on your cellphones till the time the song gets over. Also, you might complain that the movie is a bit lengthy after checking its running time. But trust us, once you start watching the film, its a breeze of fresh air and you would not want it to stop! And lastly, all Rajkummar Rao fans might just be a tad-bit disappointed as his screen presence is almost nil, but he has done the best he could in that short span too.
The Plot: A young Indian Punjabi girl, played by Kangana, from Rajouri Garden in New Delhi gets dumped by her fiancé, played by Rajkummar, two days before her wedding. Although she doesn’t get herself busy with the tedious amount of breast beating and emotional drama. On the contrary she chooses to go on the pre-booked honeymoon to France and Amsterdam on her own and thereby reinventing the woman in herself.
Verdict: It is impossible to not fall in love with Kangana’s performance as this is possibly her best performance till date. You would be glued to your seats till the last credits roll out, which by the way have been done in The Hangover style. You will get to see the parts you missed in the film by means of photographs and video snippets at the very end. In simple terms, Kangana’s acting prowess has proved that she is a ‘Queen forever’!
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Reviewed by Prateek Sur
**** Very good