Queen Movie Review: Kangna’s Career Best Performance
From the core plotline perspective, the film is simple, as is conveyed in the promo itself. A girl is ditched by her fiance [Rajkummar Rao] a couple of days before her marriage. Disappointed, she still takes her honeymoon trip to Paris to escape suffocation at home. As days progress, she feels further liberated and returns home as a girl who is much more confident, sure and positive about herself.
With a subject like this, director Vikas Bahl had a job in hand to pepper the screenplay with such engaging moments that you are thoroughly entertained as an audience. The possibilities are endless but then the situations have to be realistic and controlled as well, lest it all comes across as fake, superficial and forced. To give credit to the writing team and the direction, there isn't even one such moment in the film which may look out of place.
Picture this. A girl is forced to share a room with three other guys out there in Amsterdam. It may have looked like a far fetched idea and may possibly have been debated immensely at the writing stage too. However, the way it is all presented on screen is so believable that even a momentary hesitation in mind is shrugged away. Another example - In a drunk stage, Kangna dances to a Hindi number in Paris, Hungama Ho Gaya, first in a club and then on the street in front of a complete stranger who is bewildered and indifferent in equal measures. Again, very believable!
This is where the strength of the film lies - execution. Further to this, Vikas is brilliantly supported by Kangana who makes the film her own. In a part where she delivers her career best performance till date (yes, that's right), she is just flawless. Not even once does she go overboard in the portrayal of a girl who goes through varied emotions right through the two and a half hours playing duration of the film. You smile when she smiles, you smile even when she weeps. And then you laugh out loud when she goes hysterical. One can pretty much sense that Kangana is enjoying the time of her life in front of the camera. Watch out for her drunken spur when she bares her heart out in front of Lisa, it takes care of the price of the ticket!
Lisa – Now she is another person who is enjoying like never before for a film. Lady, where were you all this while? After a decent impression in 'Aisha' and a thankless part in Rascals, she disappeared from the Bollywood radar. However the manner in which she approached her part of French-Spanish-Indian girl in Queen, rest assured even Hollywood would take notice now. She is simply excellent in her part, which is fairly large in the part, and some of the best scenes of Queen are those where she and Kangana feature together.
This is the reason why once Lisa disappears from the scene in the film's second half, as demanded by the script though, you do miss her absence for long. As a matter of fact, the situations in Amsterdam don't quite leave the kind of impact that the ones in Paris had when Lisa was around. Yes, Kangana continues to do well and her three male roommates, Mish Boyko [as Olik], Jeffrey Ho [as Taka] and Guitobh Joseph [as Tim], are adorable too. However, in the middle of the second half there is not much movement in the film as the spice goes missing. That, when the sub-plot here is all about Indian spices!
While the film seems like getting extended for 15-20 minutes here, it is Kangana's exuberance as well as some well integrated songs by Amit Trivedi that keep the ball rolling for Queen. Return of Rajkumarr is well integrated too and the master stroke is the sequence that ensues at a coffee shop between him and Kangna in the pre-climax. A clap worthy sequence which leads to a good finale, once the characters are back in India.
Queen indeed throws a very pleasant surprise. Yes, its teaser had been good and the subsequent promos that followed were interesting as well. However, it did give an impression of being an unconventional and a quirky affair. As it turns out though, these are the very factors that not just make this Kangana Ranaut starrer stand out in the crowd, they also make the film a delightful affair on screen.