Queen Review: The triumph of movie making


What’s Good: Kangana Ranaut’s stunning acting and the dialogues which make you roll in your seats by laughter.

What’s Bad: Nearly nothing. Humor whooshes out of thin air in the second half though it doesn’t affect the flow of story. 

Loo breaks: None.

Watch it or not: Vikas Bahl takes you on a long ride from Delhi via Paris-Amsterdam and back, which is driven by the Queen itself and watching the funniest adventure makes you savor it to its fullest. It has everything that you’d want to see in a comedy film. This journey doesn’t tire you, it makes you think of what you’d do if you get caught up in a situation like this. 

ImageDelhi girl Rani’s (Kangana) wedding gets canceled, but she decides to go on her honeymoon alone to Paris. When she comes back from the tour, she winds up being a whole new person.  

Direction & Screenplay:

Vikas Bahl yet again paints a colorful world and with his prowess he persuades you to be a part of it. Its a beautiful world out there, you just have to peek and enjoy the privileges and try to savor the moments. This idea becomes the emanation of a sturdy film. When it comes to fun, the film does not hold you for long. a scene when Rani says, “mera humor kafi accha hai”, or when Rani tries to explain how the vibrator works, and it can be used to massage our shoulders. The concentric element that holds the movie together is that it is presented coherently and in a logical manner, and only pertinent humor elements are used in this film. Humor is the aorta of the film, but Vikas Bahl prevents the clot from forming.

Once again it wouldn’t hurt to pay my referential respect to the Screenplay writers. Its not everyday, when a screenplay is as simple and as invigorating as this. It sets everything on the right track. Talk about ambiance, delightful aroma or  fierce blaze. It’s not about getting heavy on inconsequential stuff, its about getting it on the spot, what people love. The dialogues too are funny, but the real secret lies in their pragmatic take in the film.

Cinematography & Music:

Clearly when a movie is shot at as many as over 145 locations you need a accomplished cinematographer to create picturesque moments. Bobby Singh and Siddhart h Diwan have fabulously captured every scene in the frame very subtly. 

Talking about the music, Amit Trivedi really makes the movie more interesting with his tunes. Amidst all “London Thumakda” and “O Gujariya” stand out. It comes out very enthusiastically and Amit does his magic again.

Star Performances:

The presence of Kangana Ranaut has worked again. The mysterious dialogue delivery, the profoundness in her character and acting takes her to another level. She has done exceptionally well in this film, if fact this is what you’d expect from an actor of this caliber. Indeed, her effort shows up on the screen. 

Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon too have lived up to the mark. They don’t get to share much screen space Kangana but they are as captivating as the latter. 

The Final Word:

Women’s day special Queen is not about weeping about the losses, its about getting up contemplating, exploring the world and yourself and savoring the moments. Queen doesn’t just talk about this, it walks this prickly path, which is enveloped by humor. Kangana makes it very special and it’s worth investing in. This one in a year movie, don’t miss it for the world. I’m going with 4.5/5  


Shaadi Ke Side Effects: Contemplating the endured marriage


What’s good: The chemistry between Farhan and Vidya, the witty depiction of and ingenuity exuded in the film.

What’s bad: The shallow and superficial base of the story. It starts off with a laugh riot but deteriorates as it follows.The second half is less intriguing, more tepid and a little tedious.

Watch it or not: Farhan and Vidya, both succeed in reaching out infiltrating the minds of audience, keeping them tethered to their seats. It goes without saying that, it is a paradigm of total fun and amusement. The protagonists deal with their roles very subtly and cling to their strengths. The unintentional trigger through delightful dialogues and implied jokes fill you up with unbridled laughter.

ImageSid (Farhan) and Trisha (Vidya) deal with their work and relationship as they desperately try to be new parents. The film showcases the changes brought by the baby to the life in a funny way. 

What after pyaar? Of course, shaadi, with it comes the side effects. The couple before marrying couldn’t avert their eyes off each other are now in their cobweb of married life. The cool things have now become a topic of apathy, the lust has turned into love and love to loneliness. 

Directing & Screenplay: 

The movies and their stories nowadays have turned crass, and the vibe of ingenuity has been lost. As much as the film is based on a cliché story, the director Saket Chaudhary has put the right ingredients so as to conjure the laugh-out-situational movie. On many occasions it gets to a level when a serious dialogue is executed and it’s received and interpreted as a comic statement. The knack of designing the scenes in just enough to ensnare the audience. The screenplay is fairly written. Writers have astutely controlled and used its periphery to not miss out any fun element. Saket manages to send us a full on laughter show, using Vidya and Farhan’s impeccable timing. But he relies on them too much to sell his dull and frivolous story. It for them the movie is revived to life and the goodies cover the gaffes. 

Star Performances:

Farhan Ahhtar as always is buoyant and holds the charismatic angle to his character. He delivers the dialogues plainly keeping the same complexion every time.  Farhan does a fair job to keep us interested with his ardor, but he succumbs to make the intended impact.

Vidya Balan’s enigma of bringing out the true colors of actor is just unfathomable. She lives up to the expectations and to her caliber. She does it flawlessly is what makes you wonder whether to watch this film again. She is enthralling in every bit right from the scene in the club enjoying the moments with Mr. Roy to the brimming emotional moments with her husband and with sunrise, she soars up in the sky and is a delight to see her. She is the crutch to this story and complements Farhan in what seems very captivating.

Ram Kapoor and Ila Arun try their best to fit in the scope of their roles. But its a sheer waste of having capable actors like Purab Kohli, Gautami Kapoor and Rati Agnihotri. 

Cinematography & Music:

Cinematographers have very interestingly worked up giving the best angles and intensity pertinent to rom-com. The project itself does not not hold much scope and draws a periphery to the point they can experiment. But overall cinematography and editing is full of life. Music tries unnecessarily to explore and disinters an unwanted ambiance. Some tracks like Harry is not a Brahmachari pull the movie down spoiling the fun. Pritam encores his tunes making it less attractive to listen to.

The Final Word:

Shaadi ke side effects is real, and fun and a full on laughter show, but its cliche and stereotypical, both at the same. This is a pertinent take on the marriage of a couple expressed comically. This film is dominated by ravishing Vidya Balan and a sturdy but a little monotonous performance of Farhan Akhtar. Watch it for the fun involved in it. Just because Saket Chaudhary makes us roll on the seats while laughing, I’m going with 3/5.