Queen: Film Review

By Sayantan Dalal

Film: Queen

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Rajkummar Rao

Director: Vikas Bahl

Rating: ****1/2

'The explosively entertaining and dramatically gripping Queen gives you a cinematic high, which in turn gets you drunk on Kangana!' Book your tickets right now!"

What it is about:

Delhi girl Rani's (Kangana Ranaut) life comes crashing down when her fiancé Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) breaks their engagement, a day before their marriage. Despite all odds, a visibly heartbroken Rani decides to go on her honeymoon alone and has her own adventure which changes her life for good.

What's Good:

Queen is an exceptional film in every way, and Kangana is a revelation, giving one of her best performances as she cuts to the heart of a film that means to shake you and does.

In Queen, Kangana Ranaut de-glams with a vengeance! As a traditional to be wife, Kangana's a conservative, fun loving girl-next-door, who just wants to be loved by Vijay. The film opens with the rocking number London Thumakda, as we see Rani's wedding preparation going on. Cut to next day, director Vikas Bahl wastes no time as he introduces the groom to be Vijay, who drops a bomb on Rani as he declares that he cannot marry her, just a day before the wedding.

Ater several hours of crying, a shocked and heartbroken Rani decides to go ahead on her own to her honeymoon in France and Amsterdam.
Meanwhile, director Vikas Bahl deftly uses flashbacks to fill us in on the backstories. Bahl digs deep into Rani's relationship with Vijay and how it has afflicted her nature and other relationships, in a wonderfully affecting film that stays with you long after it ends.

The film moves fast and talks faster, a tripping journey which stays vibrantly alive, even in the second half, as we see Kangana travel in and around Paris and Amsterdam. There's lots of simple, visual humour in the clichéd, fish-out-of-water scenario that follows, as the uptight Rani suffers light-hearted humiliations at the hands of stereotyped locals, allowing the characters' true qualities to shine through. That's why Queen is so good, it gets under your skin.

The dialogues are so hilarious that you'll laugh till it hurts! Kangana, who has also been given a credit for the same, is perfect and anyone can relate to it.

Beautifully written each character in the film plays a big part in making this film special. Queen is Kangana's triumphant, and definitely not to be missed. Want to see great acting - from tragic to comic and every stop in between – then you have to see Kangana's portrayal of Rani. There have been moments when you easily empathize with her plight and moments when you will feel like jumping out of your seats and start dancing with her.

Lisa Haydon too is a pleasure to watch. Her character Vijaylakshmi is a sharp-tongued and deadpan-hilarious Indo-French girl, who becomes Kangana's pillar of support in difficult times. Even Kangana's roommates in Amsterdam are a laugh riot and add substance to Kangana's character.  

A special mention for Amit Tridevi's score, simply pure pleasure, and is perfectly in sync with the film's script.

What to do:

The explosively entertaining and dramatically gripping Queen gives you a cinematic high, which in turn gets you drunk on Kangana! Book your tickets right now!

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