Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Rajkumar Rao.
Director: Vikas Bahl
The Kangana Ranaut starrer turns out to be one of the biggest surprises of this year till now. It is a crazy entertainer and this Queen is sure to rein your hearts.
Queen is a coming of age comedy which dares to be bold and different in its own way. The story is not entirely original. In fact one can easily draw parallels to the recent success of English Vinglish. It deals with the journey of a character into self-realisation and liberation and her struggle to come in terms with a completely new culture. What sets it apart though is its quirky and unique treatment.
The movie's real beauty is in its restraint. No emotion is over the top and the humour is beautifully subtle. Even the more serious sequences of the film e.g. when Vijay breaks off the marriage or when Rani tells her story to her friend in Paris is done so meticulously that it retains the impact it should and never gets too melodramatic. Queen never gets too serious and makes an effort to retain a smile on your face throughout.
But the film is not without its share of blemishes. After the wonderful Paris act, the movie reaches Amsterdam and starts to stagnate. Even though the moments of Rani with her new found friends are fun and endearing they feel a bit formulaic which do not mix with the plot. The whole Italian chef and cookery show track does nothing for the plot and feels contrived. The climax is entirely predictable but then the charm of the film does not lie in its destination but in the journey that it takes you on.
Vikas Bahl, once again after the impressive Chillar Party, handles a simple story and conveys volumes through it. Barring the few blemishes he has a tight hold on the script and keeps the flow nice and easy. The film is filled with immensely enjoyable moments, the credit of which should completely go to the director. He keeps the feel of the film real throughout and the world he places his characters in is completely relatable.
Even though film is shot in exotic locations like Paris and Amsterdam, Vikas Bahl somehow manages to maintain the rustic Indian feel. He successfully portrays the transformation of his protagonist with utmost sensitivity and sensibility and his rare feat is to create a mesmerising balance between the emotional and fun quotient of the film.
Queen is everything that it is because of the terrific portrayal of Rani by Kangana Ranaut. She is outstanding and goes all out to get into the skin of the character. Be it desperately trying to save her bag when being mugged or meekly telling a dirty joke to foreigners, there is no trace of Kangana in the performance and all you see is Rani. The film would have fallen flat despite its superior writing if an actor with lesser caliber would have portrayed the role. She is a delight to watch in every frame and this is surely going to be one of the best performances of this year.
Lisa Haydon is an absolute revelation on the screen. She comes up with a confident act and looks absolutely stunning. She showcases her potential to the fullest. Rajkumar Rao is pleasing even though he gets very less screen time. Kangana's family and her friends in Amsterdam are ably cast and are first rate.
Music by Amit Trivedi lends terrific support to the film and is pleasing to the ear. There are important junctures in the film where music plays an important role to take the story forward. Dialogues need a special mention which are funny and well-written.
This is one of those rare films which boast the power of simplicity, something that should not be missed at any cost. Queen is a true winner!