146 Min | Comedy – Drama | March 2014
IMDB Rating: 9.1
Director: Vikas Bahl
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon
Queen Review: QUEEN is directed by Vikas Bahl, starring Kangana Ranaut, in the lead role, along with Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon. The film revolves around Rani (Kangana Ranaut), an innocent Punjabi girl, who gets dumped one day before her wedding day. She gets an idea to go on her honeymoon all by herself, and that very trip shows her road to self-empowerment while going through several comical situations. The trailer of Queen didn’t quite attract much attention, therefore, the film was extremely underrated by several critics. Queen starts off in the most mainstream desi way possible. The Big Fat Indian Wedding with relatives at every nook and corner and dance to Punjabi tunes is galore.
The calling off of the wedding takes place and you feel yourself going through the very same events as Rani. This is due to pure direction and acting. However, QUEEN takes a very sharp turn when she leaves for her honeymoon. Rani meets new friends, goes through life how a woman should, and I think it was a smart move on the director to release it on Women’s Day, because at the end of the film, the message is pretty clear. The acting is just top-notch. Kangana Ranaut, in all honesty, carries the film on her shoulders throughout the 2h30m run time. She portrays her character with such finesse that she deserves awards and utter praise for it. Rajkummar Rao played a great job as well and the rest of the foreign actors were just delightful and splendid to see.
The songs are great as well. Amit Trivedi also deserves applause for the great music as well as background score. Every single song captures a theme of the film and just blends perfectly with the several scenes in the film. ‘London Thumakada’ captures the Indian Wedding Theme, while ‘O Gujariya’ is just great to listen to. In conclusion, QUEEN is possibly one of the best films of the year. I can’t seem to see any flaw in the film; it is just complete fun. Go watch it; Highly recommended.
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