Queen: Healing does not come in the arms of another man, Ladies!

Published: April 4, 2014

The movie emits a profound lesson by deconstructing our so-called social structure and subverting the delegated social roles. PHOTO: IMDb

“I also want to do something in my life”

Rani says in a wishful voice to Alexander. He replies to the bewildered girl,

“So who is stopping you?”

This dialogue pretty much sums up the essence of the movie ‘Queen’.

The barriers and restrictions holding us back in life are mostly the constructs of our own mind. Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’ is not a very novel perception of abandonment and coping with it, but there are a few moments in the movie which make the experience worthwhile.

Queen, being a low budget film, has grossed almost $10 million in three weeks, without any male lead or flashy marketing campaigns promoting it. The movie became popular based purely on word of mouth and that exactly is how I came to know about it, when all my friends were recommending it and celebrities like Ranbir Kapoor applauded and praised it as ‘perfect’.

Rani’s (Kangana Ranaut) controlling fiancé Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) cancels the wedding at the last moment on the pretext of her not being a suitable match for him. Broken hearted, she decides to go on her honey moon trip alone. The narrative is predictable without any twist and turns, without much excitement to offer but the journey of self-discovery and emancipation is certainly engaging.

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We usually have a myopic vision of our problems and restrict our untapped abilities by giving the reins of our life in someone else’s hands. What if we discover that there is a world out there where these problems are trivial and there are unbelievable opportunities to explore, amazing people to meet and beautiful places to see? And that exactly is the experience which redeems Rani.

Imagine transforming your average girl next door into a modern, strong-minded and independent woman, and watch her mock the petty and meaningless restraints imposed by our society. How liberating would that experience be?

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I don’t know why but while watching the movie, I was constantly reminded of the news we hear and read daily,

“Gharelo nachaki per khudkushi

(Suicide on domestic discord)

Muhabat per nakami may khudkushi”

(Failure in love leading to suicide)

We are living in a gagged and constipated society where no counselling or awareness is presented to help the youth understand that life is far larger and beautiful than one heartbreak or domestic skirmish. Perhaps, such movies can provide that larger perspective which our society has failed to offer.

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Rani does not breakdown into any melodramatic spells, does not burn pictures of her ex and does not act outrageously as is usually seen and depicted in such situations. Instead, she evolves smoothly with a positive perspective of life, making the narrative real and relatable. She doesn’t even spew hatred when Vijay comes back to her and instead thanks him in the end.

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Every break up has some kernel of hope in it – the hope to move on as a better person, and we should certainly be thankful for it, all of it. The best part is that healing does not come from the arms of another man but from the compassion of friendship and realisation of independence.

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The audience can relate to Rani’s flashbacks of her life back home, especially the driving scene, which all Pakistani women can relate to. We have all been mocked by men in general over our driving skills since they can never fathom the joy we get when we’re behind the wheel.

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As the story unravels, she realises that the only thing holding her back is her own will to take control and that the moment she starts letting go, wisdom and happiness start pouring in.

Queen touches upon a very important feminist issue that we, as women, always see ourselves through men’s eyes and willingly let them define our existence. The movie emits a profound lesson by deconstructing our so-called social structure and subverting the delegated social roles.

Source: Queen Movie Facebook page

Kangana has always gravitated attention with her intense screen presence and this time, her casual, comic performance has done the trick and brought her in the league of exceptional female leads like Vidya Balan.

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Everything about this movie appeals to you and captivates you – the acting, the relatable story, the dialogues, the amazing cities explored, even the music. Unlike most Bollywood movies, the music and songs are not forced but timely queued.

Queen will make you laugh and cry at the same time. But most importantly, it will inspire you to reflect and not give in to the pain of heartbreak.

Fatima Majeed

Fatima Majeed

An avid reader, freelance writer and home maker.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • mimi sur

    Once a Hindi movie gets released , Pakistanis line up for judgment. It’s neither your movie not Mullahs would ban it . So stop jumping into the matter.Recommend

  • Sidra Sajid

    Love you Fatima Majeed for touching upon it so delicately and yet profoundly :) keep it up.
    Sidra.Recommend

  • Mukhtaran

    Because of these stupid movies our Youth is learning pathetic western culture which bollywoods takes from hollywood. No morals no family values no nothing. This is where we don’t like it.
    Last time I checked we have the RIGHT to do anything in this free world. Why can’t we judge? When we can say taliban are wrong & bad then we can also pass judgments on other things.Recommend

  • Annie

    So you don’t watch hollywood movies and form opinions on them? The world is called a global village for a reason.Recommend

  • hate_india_luv_bollywood???

    America hasnt beaten india 4 times in war…ao I guess fundamental differences r there.Recommend

  • nishantsirohi123

    Yes, because bollywood is the root of all evil.
    Try to Google some pushto movie song, made in Pakistan
    Recommend

  • Aditi Anirudh Sharma

    no one has beaten India 4 times in war..Recommend

  • zenia

    The writer seems to have a myopic vision about gender-related issues. Please don’t be so negative about everything. There’s beauty in marital love n relationships and there is no harm in pining for someone to love. Its not healthy to pick up little things and spew criticism just for the sake of writing something down.Recommend

  • Rakshinda

    I completely adore this movie! such a smart way of conveying a really important message! Awesome watchRecommend