Queen: Redefining the quintessential Bollywood heroine

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Vikas Bahl’s Queen, with its sweet dispositions, catches not just our attention, but manages to sway our hearts like never before. What can be termed as ‘sweet meets cute,’ the movie is all that one thought it wouldn’t be: adorable, cherubic, funny and above all entertaining. Queen is anything but another clichéd Bollywood movie, it can almost be said that this flick has carved a niche for a different genre of movies in the Hindi film industry. What is it that makes Queen so special? Well, let’s find out.

The movie, which begins just like any other Bollywood flick, with the preparations for a wedding going on in full swing amidst the loud Punjabi setting and the naach-gaana, leads us to believe that is just another English-Vinglish, telling us the story of a young woman desperately trying to earn some recognition or appreciation. Bahl breaks this illusion soon. The moment Kangana starts to narrate the story, giving us an insight into her little fantasies, is when you realize that this movie is going to be different from the usual.

The story is about a Delhi girl, Rani (Queen) who gets stood up by her boyfriend turned fiancé, a mere two days before the big day. Left with his memories and the bitter humiliation, she decides to go on her honeymoon all by herself. And ahoy! She lands in the city of love, Paris.


Being from the simple family of the mithaiwaalas, this delicate lass finds herself in a rather pitiful situation, trying to get acquainted with the new world that she’s transported into. Amidst all this confusion, the unnerving novelty and all the sheer foreignness, she meets the most exotic people in her life. Be it the sexy Lisa Haydon with her coquettish French accent or the bubbly Japanese roommate, along with the chic looking Spaniard, every character is perfectly tailored to meet the needs of our story. Queen, through its spontaneity, tells us the story of a woman who is on a journey to re-discover herself, the film talks more about connecting with your inner self than about redeeming yourself.

Being from the simple family of the mithaiwaalas, this delicate lass finds herself in a rather pitiful situation, trying to get acquainted with the new world that she’s transported into. Amidst all this confusion, the unnerving novelty and all the sheer foreignness, she meets the most exotic people in her life. Be it the sexy Lisa Haydon with her coquettish French accent or the bubbly Japanese roommate, along with the chic looking Spaniard, every character is perfectly tailored to meet the needs of our story. Queen, through its spontaneity, tells us the story of a woman who is on a journey to re-discover herself, the film talks more about connecting with your inner self than about redeeming yourself.

Vikas Bahl has done an impeccable job with Queen. At a point of time when most women-centric Bollywood movies prefer to talk about women caught in a situation, subjected to grave suffering and victimization, Bahl gives us Queen that is like a blast of fresh mint. He conveniently chooses to talk about the happy moments that make a woman than tell us the heart-wrenching suffering that woman protagonists are deemed to go through. Even amidst all the confusion and the tension, Bahl somehow makes the audience laugh through the various innuendos that he splashes the movie with. The movie is full of jokes that a very local Indian can associate with, the silliness and the simple dialogues have a sense of remembrance of an old memory that make for a deep chortle.

Kangana’s acting is beyond words. With her adorable countenance of the million feelings that she is going through, she makes the audience silently vow for her speedy recovery from the heart-break and manages to stay in their hearts by the end of the movie. She makes you grin like an idiot, throughout the movie and that is exactly when you know and realize: she has just redefined the quintessential Bollywood heroine, as one who can charm the audience regardless of how dolled up she is. Kangana, way to go girl! The movie leaves you with a sense of utter complacency and makes you want to go on a retreat yourself.

Source: http://www.coolage.in/2014/03/17/kangana-ranaut-the-female-protagonist-bollywood-needs/

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