Queen- You have to leave this film with a smile on your face, its that infectious!!!!!!


Vikas Bahl who is 1/4th of the Phantom group boasting of names such as Anurag Kashyap, Vikram Motwane and Madhu Mantena has done us a favor. The man who co directed Chillar party years back has introduced us to an actress who before this was stuck doing roles which either had her playing a melancholic character or an arm candy to a established hero. Vikas offers us Kangana Ranaut  in her purest, demure-est form and gives us a film which we root for from start to end.

Queen doesn’t boast of a novel story, it doesn’t even boast of never before seen sequences. But it exudes a certain warmth which is hard to ignore. On the lines of English Vinglish, Queen is a tale told straight from the heart and you can actually feel what Rani (Kangana) feels during the film. And in that lies the director’s victory.

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The story kicks off in saddi dilli where in our Rani is excited about her marriage which is 2 days away before her fiancee rejects us. Heartbroken, she decides to go on her honeymoon alone and grows up in the process. Meeting Vijaylakshmi (Lisa Haydon in a fabulous performance) in Paris and running into 3 boys with whom she shares her room in Amsterdam teaches Rani the true value and meaning of life. And that leads us to a climax which leaves a smile plastered on your face.

Kangana Ranaut has always displayed a spark in whatever roles she has done, but the directors have always straddled her with edgy characters. But this time, she seizes the moment and delivers a performance which I am guessing will stay on to be the best of the year unless she overdoes herself with Revolver Rani. Rajkumar rao offers able support as her fiancee Vijay, but doesn’t get much scope. The cinematography by the late Bobby Singh is eye popping and the music by Amit Trivedi is foot tapping awesome.

But it is Kangana, Kangana and Kangana who bowls you over. This woman’s day witness the birth of a Queen. What the hell, just go and watch Queen. You bloody well need a good film and this film needs an audience.

Rating- 4.5/5

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LooTera- A Marvelous Masterpiece!!!!!!


You cant really start with a mindset that I shall create a masterpiece. Masterpieces happen, not by intent but by chance. When content marries breathtaking narration,then a masterpiece emerges out of the ordinary work around us. And this is what Lootera is. It promised us a poignant romance, a sweeping saga of betrayal in love and a daft inspiration to that other masterpiece O Henry’s Last Leaf. But what emerges on screen is sheer poetry. Vikramaditya Motwane, take a bow. As Anurag Kashyap rightly mentioned, you truly are a film maker amongst directors.

This is a film which doesn’t really set out to be anything. It just takes you on a journey,sweeping you off your feet into a timeless era where love has still not lost its innocence. In fact Vikramaditya has such control over his subject that he makes this period romance appear fairy-talesque where love transcends boundaries and the world is still full of goodness.

The plot is nothing new but the freshness is what you lose your heart to. The story takes place in the early 1950’s when zamindars lived a life of royalty and pride. It introduces us to a girl who lives a protected life wherein every wish of hers is treated as a command. Therein walks into her life a price charming and sweeps her off her feet. How the romance transpires before the shocking revelation happens,forms the crux of the story. Now I shall not spoil the fun for you by divulging the plot details. In fact i shall let you experience this cinematic effort,just the way it should be. Without any preconceived notions.

The performances are so good that I for was left amazed. Ranveer Singh for starters has given us an idea of what he is capable of in that gem “Band Bajaa Baaraat’, but it is Sonakshi Sinha who blew me away. Here was this 100 crore girl (pun intended) who we are so used to watching as a 40 plus hero’s arm candy, displaying a range of emotions which i never knew she was capable of. Truly,kudos to Vikramaditya for extracting this Sonakshi out of the mindless clutter she has been appearing in film after film.

The music breathes life into the film and is truly the backbone of the film. Amit Trivedi weaves a spell with such brilliant tracks,that the songs itself ensure your money’s worth. Yes,his background score has that stolen piece from an easily forgotten film ‘One Day’, but i guess with a title like Lootera, the musician for the first time has tried his hand at westward inspiration.

The camerawork is of such terrific quality that every frame just melts into another one and the lighting is just apt to create an ambiance which shall suck you into Pakhi’s and Varun’s world. Mahendra Shetty,the man behind the lenses can well expect to be flooded with offers after this brilliant effort.

Finally,the direction. Vikaramaditya Motwane, who has assisted film makers of the ilk of Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Anurag Kashyap has married beautifully the styles of both the film makers in both of his works,namely Udaan and Lootera. His films are realistically opulent and both his films are instant classics. Infact to follow up a successful first film with an equally good or better second film is not an easy task ton achieve and most of the directors fade into oblivion when their second effort goes wrong. But Vikram belongs to a different class. he stamps his brilliance in every frame and leaves you with a lump in your throat with his cinematic masterpiece.

All, in all, if you have anything important to do this weekend which does not allow you to include Lootera in your calendar, then I strongly recommend a reschedule not because this is a must watch. It is because masterpieces are served once in a blue moon and you clearly do not want a friend of yours to recount how brilliant the film is. Trust me, you want to experience this bonanza firsthand. For me, Vikramaditya Motwane has ensured that his name shall be remembered for eons to come and if Udaan was his first stab at brilliance ,then with Lootera he climbs a step higher. To many more.

My Rating- 3.5/5

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