Director: Vikas Bahl
Production: Viacom 18
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon
Kangana does a brilliant job as Rani Mehra, aka Queen, the girl who is dumped by her fiance Vijay (Rajkummar Rao), on the pretext that he has changed too much for her in the last couple of years.
The distraught Rani comes from a traditional Indian conservative family, and is always accompanied by her younger brother everywhere. So when her world comes crashing down in this fashion, she does the unexpected: She decides to go on her honeymoon…alone.
So now we come to Paris, the city of love, where a girl is trying to move on with her life. Kangana portrays Queen to perfection. She proves her mettle in acting every bit the innocent, simple girl we tend to imagine Rani as.
Rani then meets the bubbly Vijaylakshmi, aka Vijay (Lisa Haydon), a waitress with French/Spanish/Indian origins, who manages to shock the naive Rani with the Parisian culture.
Vikas does a commendable job of showing Paris. The discos, bars, pubs, hotels, streets, graffiti, and its colorful people are portrayed brilliantly. Hats off to him.
From Paris, Rani visits Amsterdam, where she is forced to share a room with three men: the cute Oleksander (Mish Boyko) from Russia, Timy (Joseph Guitobh) from France and Taka (Jeffrey Ho) from Japan. Not to mention Rani’s heartthrob, Marcello (Canadea Lopez Marco), an Italian chef who challenges her to prove her culinary skills.
These four actors collaborate well with Kangana. They play excellent supporting roles, but maybe more back story should have been developed, and more limelight should have been thrown on them, to add more content to the story.
These four constantly call Rani ‘Queen’ ( a name that once her fiance used to call her affectionately) while Rani persists in calling Oleksander ‘Sikander’. These make up some of the light moments in the film.
As Rani lives with them, she understands that everybody has to overcome hurdles at some part of time and that it is no use moping over them. She decides to forget and forgive Vijay and move on with her life.
So what she does when Vijay (her fiance) calls up to make up with her forms the reminder of the film.
The music by Amit Trivedi goes well with the film. London Thumakda especially stands out. The music videos are a treat to watch.
Queen is not just about Paris, Amsterdam, fun, life, love and joy. It is about rediscovering oneself and developing self-confidence, and just trusting your heart that sometimes, it is just best to let it go.
I’d recommend this film to anyone who’d like to recover from any heartbreak or something of that kind. And also for those who’d like a desi twist in an out-of-the-box Bollywood film, which not only was a commercial success, but received rave reviews too.
Queen is indeed a royal treat to watch.