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SAIBAL CHATTERJEE | New Delhi, March 15, 2014 17:50
Tags : Queen | Kangana Ranaut | Rajkummar Rao | Lisa Haydon | Mish Boyko | Jeffrey Chee Eng Ho | Marco Canadea | Guithob Joseph | Adri Doppenberg | Vikas Bahl |

When a film is essentially meant to be a fun ride, it is easy for the audience to lose sight of the serious intent at its core.

However, Vikas Bahl’s Queen is crafted with such chutzpah that the viewer is able to savour both elements. It is a lively comedy that also delivers a telling blow on behalf of women-oriented cinema.

West Delhi girl Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is on the brink of losing her kingdom when Vijay (Rajkummar Rao), her long-time boyfriend and would-be husband, dumps her unceremoniously a couple of days before the wedding.
Having returned from a stint in London, the cocky boy believes he is now way too cool for this hick daughter of a Rajouri Garden mithaiwallah.   

A distraught Rani pulls herself out of the emotional trough and decides to avail of a pre-booked honeymoon ticket to Paris.

In the city of love and thereafter in the city of multiple temptations, Amsterdam, she rediscovers her zest for life in a way that no Hindi movie heroine ever has.

Queen is filled with good-natured humour and infectious energy, and with Ranaut in full flow, it achieves great momentum from the word go.

Yes, this ‘hero-less’ film is an out-and-out Kangana Ranaut show. She is terrific as the girl who learns that there is a whole world out there that is nothing like the one she has grown up in.

She is well supported by Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon. As the thoroughly unlikeable Vijay, Rao holds his own in a script that is loaded against him.

Haydon has never been better. She plays a half-Indian Parisian hotel staffer who changes lovers as often as she changes her baby’s nappies.

Queen celebrates liberation, rebellion and defiance. But it also, in the bargain, affirms the primacy of life. It is a witty, entertaining and uplifting film. Not to be missed.

Director: Vikas Bahl

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Rajkummar Rao, Lisa Haydon, Mish Boyko, Jeffrey Chee Eng Ho, Marco Canadea, Guithob Joseph, Adri Doppenberg


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