I have a strict policy in my blog: no criticism of movies. Or fashion. Because I have very limited knowledge of either. And whatever knowledge I do have is entirely an audience point of view… a “masses” PoV. But I’d still like to talk about last Friday Bollywood release “Queen”.
And I don’t want to talk about how amazing Kangana Ranaut was, how beautifully she essayed the role of a naive girl from Rajori on her honeymoon alone. Or the credibility of the director who made such a feel good movie without ever stooping down to dumb down the movie for the audience. Or the brilliant supporting cast. Or the cinematography.
No, because, frankly, I don’t really have the required aptitude to go down to it critically. And I respect critics.
I would instead, use this small space to thank this movie.
I would like to thank this movie to finally bringing into light that a woman just doesn’t have one chance at happiness – walking down the aisle or doing the seven rounds around the fire or uttering “qubool hai“. Marriage, settling down isn’t the end all or be all of my kind. A woman can find happiness in travelling just like the other half of the human population. A woman can find happiness in strangers turning into friends. And for being a movie that is a breakthrough, because now a little girl out there may get the lesson that she can find happiness in her ownself instead of the lesson that she needs to be saved. Especially coming from a place i.e, the movie industry, particularly Bollywood, which though has the means to empower and motivate women yet always chooses to objectify and suppress them.
I would like to thank the movie to show to the Indian audience the power of travelling. Alone. In unknown territories. It’s life altering power.
I would like to thank the movie to show that people need not be judged. A woman may like to have sex, drink like a whale and love her love child. A woman in prostitution need not feel like a victim of the system, and may enjoy her work. A man who has lost his everything may not want your pity. And your Grandmother also has a love story. I’d like to thank the movie because it did not succumb to stereotypes.
I would like to thank the movie for showing real, supporting family who do not put “What will society think of us?” before the well-being of their child.
And lastly I’d like to thank the movie for not giving Rani a drastic “makeover” and showing her leave her fiancee in her way – with respect, dignity and that small “Thank you” that meant so much.
P.S. Also thanks for showing such an awesome Lisa Haydon, especially after her last screen appearance.
P.P.S Have a happy holi, guys. And no ugly pranks.