Aint a movie buff, but the much hype about the movie, made me pen down as to why did not Queen – The Film appeal much to me! [respect the opinions of people who could connect to it, though - this is just my perspective of it]
So the movie starts with the guy(hero) returning from a foreign-trip, getting some incomprehensible sense of freedom within himself, and abruptly calls his marriage a quits with no clear reasons – ‘No clear reasons’ – kept me wondering in the beginning itself as to what was the solid reason behind cancelling his own marriage - just because you returned from a Foreign Land!?? - utter nonsense!
The girl reacts to this – and decides to go on a Honeymoon all by herself - some ray of hope [but I felt she was lucky to be having such a supporting family – had she stayed with them for a while – they (minus relatives) were more than enough to pull her out of this deep shit! Dadi’s strong-headedness impressed me.
Nevertheless, she goes (travel is a good thing to do – agreed!) – and she bumps into the hotel’s waitress who turns out to be a semi-Indian – and there starts the seemingly ‘woman-to-woman’ connection. Now here, I never understood ‘why’ are only the woman who are open to ‘random-encounters-and-party-hard’ are portrayed as having a ‘sense of freedom’? – please give me a break here - I don’t deny that a wardrobe-change, makeover and a drink does something to a woman’s confidence [it does so to a man too!]..but that’s not all about it!! [and if you really want me to appreciate a woman-woman bonding in such glamorous lines, I feel Cocktail (even Fashion for that matter) did a better job].
Kangana Ranaut’s dancing in front of the policeman after a hard drink, might have just triggered more ‘false-notion’ about Indians – this is what I thought honestly! [saale log khud ke country me toh police k saamne naach nahi sakte, meri gali aake drama?!] It was funny to watch it though..
Then comes her ‘Roomies’ part – i felt it a ‘close-to-a-blunder’. How can someone so blindly trust strangers?! - complete strangers from completely different cultures for that matter – shared rooms – and really had a sound sleep?!! Uffff!! [completely unrealistic and impractical I felt]. If this situation had come out of no-option-at-all, then there would have been some meaning and depth to this entire concept of stuffing 4 mixed cultures in a room and learning and making friendships – and more importantly – the girl gaining her own ‘sense of freedom’ out of it. This felt little too gloomy and sore.
Success of pani-puri shop and business-success was okkayyishhh – but we already know any Indian authentic stuff is appreciated in the west – nothing new. [I would have liked it more if she had smooched Alexander than the hotelier guy!:-|]
The only ‘Yo-girl-Do-it’ moment I felt was when she decided to join her roomies for the rock-show with the Kinare song running in the background. Some connection felt here, at last – literally at last – cz that was almost the end of the movie!
Somehow, the entire jig makes the girl feel internally free, she posts stuff on facebook and turns into a queen with her new-found friends from different cultures. Fine! Fair enough! Good and lucky for her [somehow the film-makers tended to omit the real scheme of things here!].
While I completely empathize with the 'heart-brokenness' and 'shock' of the girl who undergoes such a turmoil all of a sudden; I did not quite buy the way the movie shows her compromising on her basic value system and 'rationality' to gain her 'sense of freedom'. The fact that she suddenly decides to stay with 3 unknown guys and smooches yet another one - and then disclosing it freely to her ex and her own family - in realty - makes such a girl and family more vulnerable to Society-backstabs than the girl gaining personal freedom!
There are much better ways to explore your freedom - whether heartbroken or not - without compromising on your rationality!
With a high rise of break ups, separations among youth in this age -> a woman's 'sense of freedom' linked wit 'travel' has been among the highest selling points in the industry. And the film makers seem to have just used this formula and weaved some randomn story. There's been no impact as such.
The songs really had more meaning and communicated the concept well – the movie in its entirety failed to do so. Kangana, nevertheless, played her role well and proved herself as an actress yet again – no doubt!
P.S: But then, this all is just 'my' perspective :P