Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Phantom Productions' latest venture, QUEEN, directed by Vikas Bahl (of CHILLAR PARTY fame) boasts of music by new age composer Amit Trivedi, who's last outing LOOTERA was indeed a superlative musical fare. One is used to hearing new sounds and melodies composed by Amit and so we expect him to come up with some heart- warming and novel musical offerings that will indeed be in keeping with the theme of the movie.
It is a chartbusting start that Amit provides through the Punjabi folk based dance number composition, 'London Thumakda'
. A totally bindaas
fun dance number that certainly urges one to shake a leg through its zabardast
rhythm. Labh Janjua is class and Neha and Sonu Kakkar come in briefly to provide the oomph and variety. Anvita's lyrics are simply superb (how she changes the evergreen, 'latthe di chadar'
is simply hilarious) with references to London's Big Ben, Queen Victoria, Madonna's 'Like a Virgin' etc.
Superb orchestrations and harmonica along with lovely Hindustani musical arrangements (sitar) are the USP of 'Badra Bahaar'
. The lively situational track that emphasizes the character of the female lead protagonist through a superb fusion of Hindustani and west. Amit Tridevi's mature, base vocals add to the philosophical lyrics.
The trance music of the party number, 'O Gujariya' reminds one of the chartbusting and now iconic dance track, 'Slowly Slowly' (GO GOA GONE) but later on the Shefali Alvares and Nikhil D'Souza sung number, changes track and the groovy rhythm does grip. The last stanza where the funky number goes all rock is classy.CHECK OUT: QUEEN - Songs Lyrics
The feel good number, 'Taanke Jhaanke'
sees the hit boy, Arijit Singh, in a totally new avatar
, and he does come out with flying colours. The simple free flowing melody endears and so do the masterly lyrics that bring out the ambience well.
Suddenly, another Vijay comes into her life, Vijaylaxmi (Lisa Haydon).This free-spirited girl who works in the same hotel where Rani is staying a guest befriends Rani and the two hit it off. Opposites attract!
From here, the film is a journey through Rani as she fights off her blues, shakes off Vijay who comes to Paris in search of her, pleading for her forgiveness and the ultimate change from within that sets her free.
Vijay will have to wait till she finishes off her 'honeymoon' and she promises to speak with him in India.
Kangana gives a standout performance handling the subtle changes within Rani with grace. No over-the-top histrionics which we have come to associate with her. This here is a different Kangana. In fact, this here is Rani. From shy and vulnerable, to bold and daring to take life by the scruff of its neck, Kangana's transformation is drastic. But her attitude remains the same. The change comes from within. I can stick my neck out to say that next year's Best Actress Award is anybody's guess. CHECK OUT: QUEEN - Songs Lyrics
Lisa Haydon is a revelation. Just like Rani's father and brother wait longingly for her to come on video-chat, so do you after she leaves the scene. Oh, how you wish she was in the second half. And it is this longing that highlight what I said earlier of how no character overstays their limit. A complete shift in performance from RASCALS; natural and perfect to the 'T'.
The actors who play Rani's roomies in Amsterdam - one from Japan, Russia and France are perfectly cast. Ditto the chef.
I can go on and on.... But I'll stop here.
This Women's Day, go out and celebrate with QUEEN. A movie worth going miles to see!