By Goher Iqbal Punn, Film Critic & Entertainment Analyst, Showbiz Bites
Director: Vikas Bahl
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon
Music: Amit Trivedi
Rating: (4 / 5)
Thanks to Bollywood’s storytellers, who have now started churning out the flicks on innovative and out of the box subjects. Vikas Bahl’s Queen too walks on the same lines though it does not fully try to be innovative and unique since you can draw parallels to Sridevi’s English Vinglish. But Vikas’ effort is applaudable and splendid for sure. Queen is set in Delhi and then in Europe – the locales of Delhi and Europe are enough to raise the spirits. Often, it is witnessed that whenever a movie is made in Delhi backdrop, it works big time and appeals to the eyes to the most (apart from the few which went really flat). Queen too appeals on many grounds.Like Sridevi in English Vinglish, Kangana Ranaut too lands on a foreign land and faces the problems. This is what is similar to English Vinglish otherwise the entire story is entirely different. The film belongs to and revolves around the pivotal character of Rani (Kangana Ranaut), a middle-class girl from Delhi. She is a shy and nervous girl who travels to Paris and Amsterdam for her honeymoon alone. She is from a Punjabi family in Delhi. She bumps into Vijay (Rajkummar Rao), the son of her family friend. He starts liking her and soon she too falls for him. They get engaged. Vijay goes to London for his job, but when he returns back, he changes totally. He cancels the marriage at the eleventh hour. Now Rani decides to go on honeymoon by her own all alone to Europe.
Story is attractive and Vikas Bahl and Chaitally Pramar should be given brawny points for the same. Script by Vikas Bahl and his team of writers – Chaitally Pramar and Parveez Shaikh is rich and catchy though carries a number of flaws. But few of them are ignorable. But the ones like insertion of many songs seems boring and the stagnation of the story in the post interval portion spoil the pleasures. Direction is first rate. Editing is above average. Cinematography by Bobby Singh is fantastic and eye-catchy. The locales of Delhi and Europe are heart-hitting. Music by Amit Trivedi is average.
As for the performances, Kangana Ranaut delivers a bravura performance. She shows that she has her own class that cannot be challenged. She steals the show with her de-glam look. Rajkummar Rao attracts with his part. Lisa Haydon is first rate. Rest of the cast lures the souls also.
On the whole, Queen is a heart-hitting film with eye-candy locales of Delhi and Europe, powerful story and brilliant direction. Also watch for Kangana Ranaut, who impresses with her bravura performance – her best performance till date. Recommended.
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