Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon, Rajkummar Rao; Director:
Vikas Bahl; Rating: ***1/2
We all have that one situation in our life, when we feel
that our life has come to an end and there is nothing else left to do. But
eventually that incident becomes the turning point of your life and that too
for the good. Queen is one such story told. Every girl can somehow relate to
this very intimidating character. Vikas Bahl does a great job with his second
film 'Queen'. He knew what he exactly wanted to showcase through the film.
Vikas gets the best out of Kangana Ranaut and there couldn't have been a better
person to portray this charismatic character on the silver screen than her. What
starts off looking like a tale of a damsel in distress takes an interesting
turn to a story you never thought it would turn up o be.
The film kicks to with a big fat Punjabi wedding scene, with
over excited aunts, screaming and
yelling uncles, budding choreographer cousins, a happy father, a crying mother
and an extremely nervous yet so beautiful to be bride. Blended into 'London Thumakda'
one can feel the joy of the marriage. Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is a very general
girl, for a conservative family, who has hardly stepped out of her house
without being escorted by someone else. Her life comes to a standstill when her
fianc Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) leaves her and calls off the wedding a day before.
She tries to battle the situation with tears and pleading but all to drains. That's
when she realizes that she has to move out of consoling loved ones. For no
actual reason but just run away, because sometimes that's all you can do.
Hence, she decides to go for the planned honeymoon all alone. The journey after
that is what builds the nucleus of the movie.
Kangana who plays the title character of the movie, has done
an excellent job, minus the diction trouble that she still has, though it can
be pardoned for her character in the movie. Her look in the movie is what works
so well. For the 1st
half of the film she has retained the frizzy
look of her hair, no makeup and clothes that seemed to have been shopped from a
flea market. Even the transformation doesn't look very jerky; minus she develops
straight hair all of a sudden. Rajkummar Rao proves it yet again that he can
comfortably pull out any role. He is shown to be a typical male chauvinist pig,
who believes he can walk all over the woman in his life and she should take it
well. You tend to dislike him in the movie which proves he did a great job.
Lisa Haydon does a small bit in the movie which is convincing, though some
people should just stick to modelling. Other characters that have small cameos
like Bokyo Mish (Olexandar), Jeffrey Ho (Taka), and Joseph Guitobh (Tim) form a
major part of the story and share an amazing friendship bond in the movie.
Amit Trivedi does a great job without forcing in any sad
songs or over romantic song. London Thumakda and Hungama are foot tapping and
full of life. Cinematography is decent and not complex. Editing is crisp with a
running time of 146 minutes.
Vikas Bahl tells a good story with hilarious moments.
half of the movie is better than the 1st
but is great eventually. In all, the movie is above average and a little less
than fabulous. Queen is a journey of self-transformation every woman, dumped at
the altar or not, must take. Watch this movie for a great story and to prove it
to yourself that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder.