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An Open Letter To Vikas Bahl



March 12, 2014 10:45:43 AM IST
updated March 12, 2014 2:45:39 PM IST
By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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Dear Vikas

You must be feeling like a King after the appreciation your QUEEN has received from all quarters, without bias. (You would know that ratings sometimes get 'inflated' when big banners and even bigger stars are part of a project). But not in the case of QUEEN! The verdict has been unanimous. But Box-Office returns? Well, that is another matter!

People within the industry who know you and your early days and your initial projects speak glowingly about your work and sensibilities. They know that you are 'different'. Hatke, like Rani

You deserve every applause and I believe that next March when the Oscars are at the finishing line, QUEEN will once again be in King Land!

You exploited the talent of Kangana Ranaut to the fullest. One could see that you were in complete control of Rani (her character) and whatever change was taking place from within her.

You also gave Rajkummar Rao just enough room to exploit his talent to make Vijay come alive as this fickle-minded man who realized quite early what he missed out on, but in fact was too late to make amends. Rani by then was in a zone of her own. Her blinkers were off.

You gave a new lease of life to Lisa Haydon and showed us a side of her even she never knew existed. Truly, Lisa gave a crackling performance slicing through the story like a breath of fresh air. She left as abruptly as she came; leaving a solid impact. In RASCALS she was supposed to be this 'hot' babe, but appeared ice cold.

You did just the opposite, changing her look and giving her a warm make-up and a bindaas attitude prevalent in Paris. She delivered her dialogues with body movements to match in perfect harmony.

You also crafted an endearing character in Taka and the Russian lad.

You even showed us how an old song can be beautifully remixed and lovingly captured on screen with all its idiosyncrasies. Truly, it was a 'Hungama' moment.

Your sensibilities in film-making are different and that is summarized when the end credits roll. Facebook never looked so cool.

Looking forward to March 2015.

Brilliance will be rewarded. Hopefully, this time there will be no infighting to send a mediocre, overhyped film with no meat or meaning as India's official entry to the Oscars.

QUEEN was a lesson in filmmaking.

God Bless You
Martin D'Souza
(This weekly column tries to be as honest as honest can be...)

  


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