I have been waiting for 'Q' to talk about this movie. There is nothing outstanding about Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen, and that is what makes the movie work. The movie is not only for feminists, it is for everyone and for all ages. By now everyone knows that the movie is about a girl jilted at the alter and how she takes off alone to her honeymoon. Some call it a coming off age movie and the movie is exactly that, to a certain extent. For me, the movie was something that would make people believe in themselves. No matter how young or old, no matter educated or not. The movie mainly works because of its supporting characters and not the protagonist alone. The cast adds the necessary drama and humor to every frame, especially Rani's brother and father. This is not a review, it is a celebration. Queen undoubtedly is one of the best movies I have seen in a really long time. Bollywood and other languages included.
My pointers from the movie:
~ Lisa Haydon. She was brilliant and is the second best thing in the movie. The ease with which she portrays the role of a single mother, having random sex with her boy friends is something out of this world.
~ Rani's character. She travels from India to an unknown country, but she is not shown as a village belle. She knows English and is willing to eat the monstrous fish that she mistakenly orders. She is not shocked by Vijaylakshmi's lifestyle or by people kissing on the streets. She is totally fine with it. Reminds us that she is well educated too, but is not allowed to work by her ex-fiance.
~ I loved the way how the mehendi in Rani's hands fade as she discovers herself and lets go of her past.
~ The scene in which she stands up on stage for the 'Hungama' track. Her facial expressions as she dances is mind blowing. This, to me, defined freedom.
~ The scene in which she tries to run away from the Eiffel Tower is a beauty too. Running away never helps she learnt.
~ She makes friends with different sets of people, without judging any of them. She even stays with three men in a single room without an element of sex or anything vulgar included. Wow.
~ I felt that the gol-gappa scene was a little over the top. Too bollywoodish.
~ The scene in which she meets her ex-fiance and talks to him casually about his shirt. That shows that she still has not forgotten him, for what so ever reasons.
~ Her innocence as she picks up gifts for her parents from the sex toys shop is worth applauding. The scene shows simplicity and this is what is exactly called innocence and not ignorance.
~ She does not turn into someone modern and stylish. She remains her conservative self but tastes freedom in her own way. High point of the movie.
~ The last scene when she hugs him and thanks him for helping her discover herself. Her gait shows confidence and lets the audience know that she has found herself.
~ However the best part of the movie remains that it was not too melodramatic or tear jerking. Nobody makes her feel like her life is over or that she is jinxed. They all support her in what ever she wants to do. This is exactly what a family is expected to do.
It is just the beginning of the year and a lot more movies are to come, but Queen has definitely made a place for itself in my heart.