This weekend I decided to check out the movie Queen starring one of the most underrated actresses in Bollywood (I think), Kangana Ranaut. The trailer for this movie already sets it up as being hysterical, so no lie, I had high expectations.
And this movie totally delivers!
Here is the summary:
Queen is a movie about growing up. Rani (Kangana Ranaut) is a Delhi girl from a conservative family who is ditched by her fiancé just before her marriage. Shocked by this, she decides to set out on the planned honeymoon alone. As she travels the world and meets new people, she gains new experiences and discovers her own identity. (IMDB)
So here is some background about the movie: the entire thing was shot in 45 days in like 140+ locations. The budget was crazy small despite it’s massive attention. There was only a crew of like 30 people that traveled together. To save money, the actors would change in public bathrooms and the crew would eat at local restaurants. The lead had to edit and write some of her own dialog. When the movie was in editing, the cinematographer died and someone else had to take over. It wasn’t meant to be a big blockbuster production, but I’m so glad it did well in theaters!
Here are some of the reasons why I liked this movie:
1. The characters are complex. The ex boyfriend/fiance appears to be both loving at some parts and awful at others. That’s just the way humans are and it’s wonderful that a movie shows that.
2. The heroine does not have an easy journey reclaiming her independence. Self-discovery shouldn’t be something that happens overnight…or even in a fortnight.
3. The movie ends on a positive note, but you know the heroine has more growing pains ahead. Things aren’t hunky dorey, but they are better than the beginning.
4. A multicultural cast. All I can say is Oleksandr? Call me. Love you.
5. There are strip clubs and drugs and alcohol and sex, but all of that didn’t make the heroine react in an extreme way. She experienced those things, accepted it, and took the path that she was the most comfortable with.
Here are some of the reasons why I didn’t like the movie:
1. There were flashback scenes but I think they overdid them. Because of this, the first half of the movie had some pacing issues.
2. ALL FOREIGN INDIAN WOMEN AREN’T WHORES. I had to put that in caps, because that’s really what the movie felt like. Women born and raised abroad either become strippers or have random sex and produce children out of wedlock even though they are smart and have a “good heart”. Trust me, people from the motherland: we are not all like that. Not even close!
3. Um…can anyone explain to me what was up with the random Italian guy? No spoilers, but there was that one story line that could have been wrapped up better.
But that’s it! Obviously there are more things I liked about the movie than disliked. It was funny, and sweet, and it wasn’t really a love story, but a self discovery story and sometimes, self discovery after a broken heart is so much better than falling in love in the first place. I hope you guys go out to see the movie!