Queen – Of Laughs and Tears

Yesterday when me and my friend had been to a little shopping, we did an impulsive decision to go and watch the movie Queen. I had seen the trailer but couldn’t make out much from it except that the heroine of the movie is roaming around in Paris. My friend said that it had good reviews and its a comedy. Never did I expect a movie this wonderful. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t have flaws, but it had a different story line and was very very well directed. And it was a little emotional and personal for me too. There might be some strong words used because this story comes too close to that of mine in real life. So I might use it to vent out a little.

Spoiler Alert:

It is the story of a small town girl, Rani (meaning Queen), who is wooed by a boy Vijay, who eventually grows up and when he settles in London, he feels that their marriage (their affair sort of arranged and accepted by both parents) will eventually be disastrous to both ย because she is still that same small town girl and his life has changed. And this , the d-bag decides that it will be better to cancel their marriage, just a day before it. Every one in the girl’s family is broken and especially the girl who tries to hold on to him and remembers their affair from the start (thankfully it is not a full length flashback, it is done in bits and pieces where it is relevant. The only drawback is that you need a few minutes to find out if it is a flashback or not). Since he was in London, she plans her honeymoon (with all her savings) to be spent in Paris and Amsterdam. So once the breakup happened, she resolves to go there on her own and enjoy her honeymoon (sort of reminds me of an English movie, but don’t remember which one, something that had Mandy Moore in it). She has never been outside of Delhi, so once her flight is about to take off her resolve collapses, but then she has no choice but to go ahead. There starts her journey of discovery of a whole new world. God, the things she faces are hilarious and her totally-off-the-mark my-sense-of-humor-is-too-good jokes are too much to bear. She ends up (dramatically, I should add) with a (Indian+Spanish+French) housekeeping woman Vijayalakshmi aka Vijay who becomes her friend and shows her the ways of living life in Paris. Her antics after being drunk for the first time when she totally loosens up is too good. She also successfully manages to free herself from a bag snatching thief. But when she is trying out fashionable clothes one day , because of the persisting Vijay (girl) she takes a slightly bold photo and sends it to Vijay (boy) thinking it is the other Vijay. Now the light glows in the boy’s brain, thinking may be he made a mistake and spoke too soon. She then goes on her way to Amsterdam , where when she is on the train is contacted by Vijay (boy). He tells her that he wants to meet her and talk about what happened and he is repenting for what he did to her. But she ignores him and goes to Amsterdam only to find that life had more surprises for her. She had to share a hostel room with 3 guys (a painter from Russia – a handsome man I should say, a japanese guy ย and a french musician) and there too the antics of hers till she is comfortable with them and how they become her friends etc is too good. She also has her first lip-lock with a Italian Chef ๐Ÿ˜‰ Boy, that scene where it should have been all romantic was totally hilarious. I got tears out of laughing. When Vijay finally follows her and tries win her back, she avoids him nicely and sets her priorities right for once. And when she comes back she returns her engagement ring and says good bye to him finally and is happy to start her new life with full of confidence and belief that she is destined for better things or someone better than him.

So, that was the story. Kangana Ranaut was absolutely amazing. She is the pillar of this movie, because it is all about her and that is why we don’t have a well known actor for her lover’s role. She has done a pretty well job of carrying that innocence till the very end. You could literally feel the way she slowly transforms to accept the world and its ways and to know how to really start living for herself. That doesn’t mean in terms of looks or anything. Its about the inner being. How she finally does what she really wants to do for herself, which she had sort of sacrificed for her fiance and for a very long time. I can really really relate to that feeling. But it is also very scary to take that first step. I remembered myself when I saw her landing in the France airport and how different things were from her perspective. How the lifestyle of the people out there throws her out of her comfort zone but then how she sort of accepts and finds a balance between their’s and her’s, so that she is not the odd man out, but yet not fully into their culture too. Somethings are too difficult to change ๐Ÿ™‚ The places in Paris , ah, that reminded me of my trip. Being alone in the most romantic place sort of sucks, you know when you have love and PDA all around, it does get to you and makes you uncomfortable. Especially the scene where she feels the Eiffel Tower is sort of chasing her is well done. There were lot of scenes where I literally had tears in my eyes, especially when she is given some opportunity to do something that was denied to her by her fiance and family, and she is made to feel that she is worth something, she did bring out her emotions very well. At least I just had tears because I could relate to a lot of it and I have cried enough about it already, but the lady sitting beside me in the theater was sniffling. I sort of felt better about my tears actually after hearing her ๐Ÿ˜‰ The songs were also very well done and in fact were a big surprise because I hadn’t heard them before. Need to check it out. That Italian and the Russian guy’s were very easy on the eyes.

It might seem that it has been a little over exaggerated from the girl’s point of view, but the truth is that we do have such men who are confused about what kind of woman they want in their lives, still living here and especially if that girl is from small town, even though she is well educated and the only thing that she lacks is the exposure to the outer wide world. And it is indeed a story of a woman, but the irony is that when she was rejected by one guy, there were 4 who took care of her and not for her looks or anything, just for the person she was. And I know how that feels because I have felt and still feel the same. It reminded me of Kelly Clarkson’s song Stronger and the lyrics of the song, especially when she says ‘thanks’ to him at the end, I remember the lines ‘You know in the end the day you left was just my beginning’.ย For a movie which could have been a serious drama, it was treated differently with so much humor and comedy, that all we could hear in the theater was laughs for a very long time. And that in itself scores the movie for me.ย 

Hasee Toh Phasee – Average

Hasee toh Phasee – This was the movie that we went yesterday just because the bunch I went with , called friends, didn’t want to go to any other movie ๐Ÿ˜ฆ They wanted to have fun in an almost empty theater and so they veto’ed my option of Dallas Buyers Club.

Granted a couple of songs were good, like Zehnaseeb, Ishq Bulawaย & Drama Queen. But it was a very average movie for me. I am not going into the story. Not much to say and it can be read in the Wikipedia. But there were a few breathers for sure. For one, I like the actress, Parineeti Chopra. She always looks very fresh and cute and in this she is very tom boyish and a geek spouting off very high tech stuff (apart from speaking Chinese , hopefully) half of which is totally flying over the head of the hero ๐Ÿ™‚

And the hero is a very average guy who wants to make it big in business even if he is interested in IPS. And even though this heroine is the sister of the hero’s fiance and they don’t have a love angle until the half of 2nd half of the movie, it was good to see them together. Most of the time is spent in the hero getting frustrated with the antics of the heroine (and even the audiences ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) And even the declaration of love comes as a straight forward as a matter of fact statement from the girl , not the boy, who is pretty confused because he doesn’t want to be a jerk breaking off with his girl friend of 7 years and feel guilty about it , in fact he goes ahead till the last second of his marriage, when finally his fiance is totally fed up of him and gives him the much needed break (from their relationship too). Yes, the story line is slightly different, even if twisted and treatment is also refreshing in many place, it still was a little slow and had too much unwanted scenes and extensions. And no , I don’t forgive my friends for choosing this movie over the other one ๐Ÿ™‚