DIRECTOR: VIKAS BHAL | WRITTEN BY: ANVITA DUTT, KANGANA RANAUT | STARRING: KANGANA RANAUT | MUSIC BY: AMIT TRIVEDI
RATING: 5/5 [it’s the ULTIMATE DURIAN, BABY!!]
Now, Queen, where did you come from? Appearing on the news online without a warning and stealing hearts of many viewers. The film inspired us, touched us as it made us smile, laugh and cry at the same time at the journey of self-discovery of its main character, Rani (literally translated to Queen).
The film is divided into three main stages and I shall review based on this stages.
1st Stage – Rani, the Rajouri Delhi Girl
The film opened with the introduction to its heroine, Rani. Rani was a simple girl whose life goal is to spend the rest of her life with her fiance and nothing else. She was pretty much a submissive girl – submissive to her wealthy loving family, submissive to her friends and submissive to her boyfriend. She had no other dreams but to get married and her fashion sense was comparable to that of a grandma.
For Rani, she was living the perfect life she had always wished for.
Until her fiance broke off the engagement and dumped her just like that, two days before their supposed wedding.
Rani’s glass castle was shattered. Her dreams, ruined. She had nothing else.
REVIEW – I am so surprised to see Kangana pulled off the village-girl-in-a-city act so confidently. Mind you, Kangana is a super hot urban woman, rugged and rebellious. There was vulnerable in her eyes, delicacy in her body gestures and overall simplicity to her performance that made Rani such a heartfelt character.
2nd Stage – Our Rani in Paris, Carefully Walking out of Her Shell
Rani’s sadness propelled her to materialize her dream to visit her dream city, Paris. She was supposed to visit the city and Amsterdam anyway for her already-paid honeymoon. The prospect of spending the honeymoon by herself depressed her but it did not deter her spirit to experience something new… to try leaving the sadness behind. By now, Rani’s confidence was low. The man she had loved threw her away just like that.
Paris was a strange city to navigate but Rani embraced all of its weirdness with a brave yet intrigued soul. She made a friend out of the hotel staff, the mega hot Vijaylaxmi, who was there for her when she was alone. Rani slowly found the joy of life she had been missing and acquired the increasing taste of independence and freedom of her mind – either in wearing clothes she couldn’t wear before or dancing crazily in a club, an act her former fiance had always disapproved of.
REVIEW – What I love most about Rani’s Paris adventure is that notwithstanding the fact that she enjoyed the city and the new things she discovered, she remained the sweet polite Indian girl that she was. She accepted the differences in the most broad-minded of ways. How can we possibly achieve happiness if everyone is the same? Rani learned her lessons to SEEK FOR HER OWN HAPPINESS and most importantly, TO BE HERSELF. Instead of letting people define her, Rani sought for her own definition.
3rd Stage – Rani, leader of the Gang of Amsterdam
The most fun part of the film is this one!! After some soul-searching in Paris, Rani continued her travel to Amsterdam, his former’s fiance favourite city. Vijaylaxmi, her new best friend accidentally booked her a room in a hostel, meaning she had to share a room with 3 super cute guys (Oleksander, Tim and Taka). I do suspect Vijaylaxmi did that on purpose! Hehehe. Rani, though very awkward and cautious around the cuties (since she was a girl travelling on her own and there were like… 3 of them in the room), she soon warmed up to them.
Well, how could she not since they are literally the nicest and kindest men around?!! During Rani’s first night there, she took her pillow and blanket and slept on a bench outside. The three guys decided to sleep outside and ask Rani to sleep in the room instead. Within days, they became the best of friends and Rani let her guard down to them, opening them to her heart. At the same time, Rani also met a chef whom she crushed on, even kissing him!!
REVIEW – Rani, whose confidence was slowly built in Paris, had to amass courage in living with three guys she had never met before in a hostel. She did not chicken out. She stayed and she explored the city together with Oleksander (whom she affectionately called Sikander), Tim and Taka. She bonded emotionally most with the Japanese Taka, a cheerful guy from the outside but hid a great pain inside. He lost his whole family due to the tsunami. The scene where Rani hugged Taka whilst they were dancing in the room was so touching. And I cried so much watching the moment where the three guys were to leave Amsterdam – Taka hugged Rani and left, only to come back and hug her one more time!! It was sooooo sad!!!! What a strong friendship they share!!
Despite the fact that the fiance wanted her back (only after realizing that Rani is slowly transitioning to the modern fashionable woman he had always wanted), Rani rejected him. However, she did not harbour any hatred or vengeance towards him. Instead, she hugged her ex-fiance with gratitude. “Thank you,” she said to him, for if it was not for his cowardice and stupidity, she would not have found her freedom, her independence and finally, herself.
QUEEN is a beautiful film from every aspect. Kangana is amazing. Vijaylaxmi, Oleksander, Tim and Taka are amazing. Every characters, including Rani’s ultra-supportive family, are amazing. It delivers the message of love, friendship, freedom, the discovery to one’s self and appreciation of live so effectively in mere 2 and half hours. It did an amazing job, leaving us with a truly sweet and wonderful aftertaste.
Always remember – be yourself, be happy, be free…. and be a Queen!!