Rani is getting married to Vijay. And today is her mehendi. Brimmed with excitement, her mind is full of questions. Why is Chintu not taking photographs? Why Mummyji is not wearing a sari? How will her first wedding night be? Random musings of a bride.
Right from the usual cacophony of Indian weddings, to the blinking lights of the heart-shaped "Rani weds Vijay" cutout, Vikas Bahl’s Queen is like a beautiful lullaby. There are aunties, uncles, a ‘modern’ granny… almost everyone.
The film opens with Rani, brilliantly played by Kangna Ranaut musing over her wedding. After playing the role of sexy Kaya in Krrish 3, you might be pleasantly surprised by how beautifully Kangna carries out the role of demure Rani. She is bubbly and radiant. There is a certain charisma about the character that you get attached to. The moment when Vijay (Rajkumar Rao) casually cancels the wedding in a coffee shop, Rani’s expression is priceless. The way Kangna emotes in that scene is heartbreaking.
Vikas Bahl’s Queen took on a topic which is sensitive. But the way he presented the whole movie is completely delightful. The story of a young demure Indian girl, who gets dumped by her fiance. Without the usual over-dramatic Indian bride who flings herself on the bed and sobs, this bride decides to move on. She packs her bag and goes on her single honeymoon. The way the film traces Rani’s journey from Delhi to Paris and Amsterdam is awe-inspiring. Her lone trip across the world makes us believe in the age-old proverb, "Why should boys have all the fun?"
Queen without doubt belongs to Kangna Ranaut. The character might slightly remind you of Sridevi in English Vinglish, but then, why compare? Rani is a completely fresh character. And we love her! Rajkumar Rao as Vijay may disappoint you a little. But as a complete jerk- Vijay, he did his part pretty well.
Amit Trivedi weaves magic with his music. One distinct characteristic of Amit Trivedi’s music is that it is always a bit melancholic. It encompasses the audience with the various shades of the film. The movie revs-up with the song "London Thumakda". The peppy remix "Hungama Ho Gaya" where a drunk Kangna does a crazy dance atop a table in a club is an instant mood-lifter. Other tracks "O Gujariya", "Jugni", "Harjaiyaan" and Arijit’s "Taake Jhanke" perfectly blends in with the movie and the characters.
Siddharth Diwan’s cinematography gives ample visual treat. From the shaadi ka mandap… charmed streets of Paris… to happy streets of Amsterdam, it is just idyllic.
The film might be a little lengthy than you expected. However, the story of Rani is so enrapturing that it will keep you hooked.
Why must you watch Queen?
For Kangna Ranaut. Her character is so lovable that it will make your heart melt. When she bashfully says "lip-to-lip kiss" it will make you smile for her childlike innocence. Besides Rani, Director Vikas Bahl created some moments which are truly Indian. ‘Computer chat’, ‘English word for Hing‘, a NRI Punjabi granny who took French coaching from ‘Patel’s French tutorial’… just so many instances to laugh-out-loud.
Queen will definitely rule the Bollywood Box Office this Shaadi season. Don’t miss out!