Queen (2014 film)

Queen is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language comedy-drama film directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, and Madhu Mantena. The film stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role, with Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao playing supporting roles.[4] The film follows the story of Rani Mehra, a diffident Punjabi girl from New Delhi who embarks on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam by herself after her fiancé calls off their wedding.[5][6]

Queen
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Directed byVikas Bahl
Written byAnvita Dutt Guptan
Screenplay byVikas Bahl
Chaitally Parmar
Parveez Shaikh
Story byVikas Bahl
Produced byViacom18 Motion Pictures
Anurag Kashyap
Vikramaditya Motwane
StarringKangana Ranaut
Rajkummar Rao
Lisa Haydon
CinematographyBobby Singh
Siddharth Diwan (Additional)
Edited byAbhijit Kokate
Anurag Kashyap
Music byAmit Trivedi
Production
companies
Viacom18 Motion Pictures
Phantom Films
Distributed byViacom18 Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • October 2013 (2013-10) (Busan)
  • 7 March 2014 (2014-03-07)
Running time
146 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget12 crore[2]
Box officeest. 222 crore[3]

Bahl co-wrote the script of Queen with Chaitally Parmar and Parveez Shaikh. Anvita Dutt Guptan wrote the dialogues for the film. Ranaut, who was encouraged by Bahl to improvise her lines during filming, is recognized as an additional dialogue writer. Amit Trivedi provided the musical score and Guptan also wrote the lyrics. Principal photography of Queen began in 2012 and took 45 days to complete.[7][8][9] Queen received universal critical acclaim, praised for its direction, screenplay and Ranaut's titular performance, with various critics and publications citing it as the best Indian film of 2014. Made on a budget of 105 million (US$1.4 million), the film earned over 2.2 billion (US$29 million) at the global box-office, emerging as a major commercial success.[10] It is one of the highest-grossing Indian films featuring a female protagonist.[11] The film won several awards. At the 60th Filmfare Awards ceremony, the film won six leading awards, including Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress for Ranaut. At the 62nd National Film Awards ceremony, the film won the Best Hindi Film and Best Actress awards.

Queen is cited as a groundbreaking and an influential feminist film by many scholars.[12] Over the years, the film has built a strong cult following. It was named as one of the best films of the decade (2010s) by multiple publications such as Paste and Film Companion. Several publications such as O, The Oprah Magazine [13] and Cosmopolitan have named it as one of the best films of Indian Cinema.[14][13] Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express named Queen as one of India’s seventy-five most iconic and finest films that celebrate the journey of the country.[15][16] Rachel Dwyer from British Film Institute cited Queen as one of the ten greatest Bollywood films of 21st century.[17]

PlotEdit

Rani Mehra is a 24 year-old sheltered, meek, yet good-natured young Punjabi woman from Delhi. One day before her wedding, her fiancé Vijay Dhingra (Rajkummar Rao) tells her that he no longer wishes to marry her. He explains that his lifestyle has changed after living abroad, and Rani's conservative habits would be a wrong match for him. Stunned at the development, Rani shuts herself in her room for a day recalling her and Vijay's story of how they met and fell in love. Wanting to control the situation, she asks her parent's permission to go alone on her pre-booked honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam. After initially hesitating, her parents agree, thinking that a vacation might cheer her up.

In Paris, Rani meets Vijayalakshmi (Lisa Haydon), a free-spirited woman of French-Spanish-Indian descent, who works at the hotel in which Rani stays. Overwhelmed by the new city and having gotten into trouble twice – once with the local police and once with a robber – Rani intends to return to India. However, Vijayalakshmi helps her out and gives her a tour around the city. The two have a series of adventures, during which Rani relives the memories of Vijay patronizing her and forbidding her from dancing and drinking – which she's free to do in Paris. During one particular incident, Rani tries on what she considers to be a revealing outfit and accidentally sends a selfie of her wearing the attire to Vijay instead of Vijayalakshmi due to the similarity in their names. Rani quickly realizes her mistake, but unbeknownst to her, the selfie revives Vijay's interest in Rani and he decides to seek her out. Eventually, the time comes for Rani to bid an emotional farewell to Vijayalakshmi and board the Dutch Sprinter train for Amsterdam. However, when Rani arrives in Amsterdam, she finds that her hostel room is being shared with three men: Taka from Japan, Tim from France, and Oleksander from Russia. Despite being skeptical, she soon becomes good friends with them and spends time shopping, sightseeing, visiting a sex shop, going to a church, and meeting pole dancers in a club. Rani befriends a pole dancer at the club, Roxette/Rukhsar (Sabeeka Imam), a Pakistani girl who is the sole breadwinner for her family back in Lahore and who is also a friend of Vijaylakshmi.

Rani slowly begins to gain confidence by taking control of her decisions. Realizing her earning potential, she wins a cook-off by selling gol gappas. After the cook-off event, the Italian host and restaurant owner shares an intimate moment with her when she experiences her first 'Indo-Italian' kiss with him and proves that Indians are the best in cooking and even lip to lip kissing. She learns more about her friends' backgrounds and begins to understand how different life can be for people in other parts of the world. One day, the four friends find Vijay waiting for Rani in front of the hostel. Vijay apologizes to Rani and asks her to reconsider the relationship. Their conversation escalates as he tries to grab hold of Rani, but her friends retaliate, and she asks him to leave. Rani decides to miss out on a concert with her friends to meet with Vijay and discuss their future. A conservative thinking Vijay judges Rani's new friends and behavior, like drinking champagne and her choice of living with roommates of the opposite gender, and tells her that she doesn’t know foreigners. This causes her to leave abruptly, saying that she would rather speak to him after returning to Delhi. She then meets up with her friends one last time at the concert. After bidding an emotional farewell to them, Rani returns to India.

Back in Delhi, Rani visits Vijay at his home. Vijay and his family think that she has decided to forgive him and start discussing wedding plans. Instead, Rani hands Vijay her engagement ring and says "thank you,” probably suggesting that he gave her the opportunity to explore the world and develop herself by rejecting her and it did her good, highlighting her grandma’s words earlier in the movie on how things occur for the better. She walks away with a confident smile on her face.

CastEdit

  • Kangana Ranaut as Rani Mehra (Queen) , Vijay's Love Interest and Fiancé
  • Rajkumar Rao as Vijay Dhingra, Rani's Selfish and Aggressive Fiancé
  • Lisa Haydon as Vijayalakshmi
  • Mish Boyko as Oleksander (Sikander)
  • Jeffrey Ho as Taka
  • Joseph Guitobh as Tim
  • Tantrik Baba as Baba
  • Marco Canadea as Marcello, Rani's Crush
  • Yogendra Tiku as Rani's Father
  • Alka Badola Kaushal as Rani's Mother
  • Chinmaya Agrawal as Chintu Mehra, Rani's Brother
  • Tripta Lakhanpal as Dadi
  • Nayani Dixit as Sonal
  • Sabeeka Imam as Roxette (Rukhsar)
  • Alexandre Plasti Melara as flying pig drunk #1
  • Leonardo Pricoli as flying pig drunk #2

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

Producer-director Vikas Bahl made his directorial debut with Chillar Party (2011), co-directed with Nitesh Tiwari, which won three National Film Awards. Since he liked the story of Queen, he decided to direct the film himself.[18] It was eventually produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Phantom Films, which he co-owns with Anurag Kashyap and Vikram Motwane.[19]

The lead role of Rani was earlier offered to Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra, both of whom turned down the film.[20][21] As he wrote the script, he based Rani on people he had observed while growing up in Delhi. "I know life for girls is planned out for them by their families. They lose their own perspective on life and they are okay with that."[22] In a scenario where as a girl crosses 20, her family gets busy to get her "settled", she never plans anything by herself, unless as in this case of Rani, marriage plans go awry. Thus the script was developed so that in the "first half, Rani gets over the guy, and in the second, she gets over herself."[23] Bahl wrote the script keeping Ranaut in mind, however it was Anurag Basu who connected him with her and helped cast her in the film.[24]

After her audition, actress Lisa Haydon, who played an Indo-French hotel staff member, Vijaylaksmi, practiced French for a month. Other actors Mish Boyko (Alexander) and Jeffery Ho (Taka) were cast after auditions in London, while Joseph Guitobh (Tim), who played Rani's third roommate, was spotted singing on a street and was asked whether he'd be interested in working in Hindi film, though he couldn't speak English.[22]

FilmingEdit

The film was shot in late 2012 over a period of 45 days, starting with Paris, followed by Amsterdam and Delhi.[22] Despite shooting abroad, Vikas Bahl did not have a huge budget to spend on the film. He took a crew of 25 people from India to shoot the film in about 145 locations in 40 days. Locations were booked a couple of hours, before the crew would rush to another location as they often shot 3–4 locations in a day. The crew would eat their meals at nearby restaurants, and at times actors including lead Kangana Ranaut would change clothes in nearby public toilets and restaurants.[18][25] Since the film was not shot in a linear fashion, the colour of mehndi, applied to bride's hand was faded to match its natural fading.[22] During the filming upon Ranaut's suggestion some scenes were added, like the kiss scene with the Italian chef, and a small scene where Rani asks a stranger to click her picture in Amsterdam.[22] She even ended up writing a lot of her dialogue, and was given credit for the additional dialogue. In fact during filming, the director allowed all the actors to improvise their dialogue, to add realism to the film.[18][23]

The remixed version of "Hungama Ho Gaya" was shot at Club NL, in Amsterdam, where a Hindi song was played for the first time.[26][27]

However, when 90 percent of the film was already shot, cinematographer Bobby Singh died suddenly following an asthma attack on 25 December 2012, after just having completed a schedule in Delhi.[28][29] After seeing rushes of the film, Anurag Kashyap volunteered to edit the film himself and since Bahl didn't have any editors at the time, he too agreed.[18]

Allegations of sexual misconductEdit

In October 2018, in an interview with Huffington Post India, a former employee of Phantom Films accused Bahl of sexually harassing her after a promotional event for Bombay Velvet. Later, Ranaut spoke out in support of the former Phantom employee, and corroborated her version of Bahl's sexual harassment on the sets of Queen. Following this, Nayani Dixit, Ranaut's co-star in the film, also accused him of sexual misconduct. Phantom Films subsequently disbanded, and founders Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane made formal statements against Bahl and his sexual misdemeanors. Bahl, in turn, sent them legal notices, citing defamation of character.[citation needed]

MarketingEdit

The trailer of the film was released on 20 December 2013.[30]

SoundtrackEdit

The film's soundtrack is composed by Amit Trivedi, with lyrics by Anvita Dutt.[31] The album was released exclusively on iTunes on 23 January 2014,[32] followed by a release on all streaming platforms on 25 January 2014.[33] The music album was physically released on 5 February 2014 at the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival in Mumbai.[34] An additional track was released on 1 March 2014, it was the remixed version of hit cabaret number of the 1970s Hungama Ho Gaya sung by Asha Bhosle for the film, Anhonee (1973) was remixed by Amit Trivedi for the film, with additional vocals by Arijit Singh. The song was also used in end credits of the film.[26][27][35]

Critical receptionEdit

Queen, as well as Ranaut's performance, received universal critical acclaim.[36] On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, Queen has an approval rating of 90% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 8/10.[37] On the Indian film review aggregator website The Review Monk, Queen received an average score of 8.1/10 based on 31 reviews and 100% critics being in the favor.[38]

 
Ranaut's performance as the titular character garnered widespread critical acclaim winning her the National Film Award for Best Actress.

IndiaEdit

Meena Iyer from Times of India gave the film a rating of 4.5/5 and wrote, ‘‘This film belongs to its director Vikas Bahl; Bollywood should blow bugles in his honour’’. Calling Ranaut a ‘‘class act’’ she further wrote, ‘‘Ranaut's performance is outstanding; Whether she's crestfallen or ecstatic, selling golgappas or naively buying sex-toys, hiding her infatuation for an Italian restaurateur or showing deep dejection about her wimpy beau Vijay, she's a class act’’.[39] Sarita Tanwar from DNA gave the film a rating of 4.5/5 and wrote, ‘‘Queen is irresistible. Highly recommended. A must-see film. You will leave the theatre with your heart humming happily’’. Praising Ranaut's performance she further wrote, ‘‘Kangana displays a surprising capacity for both comedy and emotion. As Rani, she displays amazing vulnerability and depth that very few performers can pull off; She is a delight’’.[40] Saurabh Dwivedi from India Today gave the film a rating of 4.5/5 and called it a ‘‘must-watch’’. He praised Ranaut's performance by writing, ‘‘Kangana has a done fabulous job playing Rani; She has let her fans and audience know that she means business and is here to be taken seriously’’.[41] Devesh Sharma from Filmfare gave the film a rating of 4.5/5 and opined, ‘‘Queen is definitely a step in the right direction for Indian Cinema’’. Praising Ranaut's performance he wrote, ‘‘It's Kangana's film from frame one. The way she flits from one aspect of her character to another without breaking strides shows her maturity as an actor’’.[42]

Subhash K Jha of The New Indian Express gave the film a rating of 4.5/5 and called Queen a ‘‘near flawless inspirational tale’’. Praising Ranaut's performance he further wrote, ‘‘In Queen, Kangana is so in-sync with her character that you wonder if the story was written according to the emotions that the actress had stored away in her heart; Her performance holds the film together’’.[43] Saibal Chatterjee of NDTV gave the film a rating of 4/5 and described ‘‘Queen is spicy, balmy and uplifting. Like good gol gappas, it leaves a zesty aftertaste that lingers on until long after the ride has ended. It warms the heart and tickles the funny bone with equal force’’. Praising Ranaut's performance he further wrote, ‘‘Kangana’s is the heart and soul of Queen and she does not strike a single false note; It is a performance that should define not only her career from here on, but also the fate of any young Bollywood actress seeking to push the boundaries of what is acceptable within the framework of the commercial Hindi movie industry’’.[44] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film a rating of 4/5 and wrote, ‘‘Queen reinvents the genre with its non-formulaic screenplay and skilled direction; A charming little film, this one's made with heart and feeling and it shows’’. Praising Ranaut's performance he further wrote, ‘‘Kangana captures the nuances of her character spot-on; She's simply outstanding! The earnestness and sincerity she invests in her performance is for all to see; It won't be erroneous to state that she turns Rani into the most real woman you've encountered on the Hindi screen lately’’.[45] Anupama Chopra stated that, ‘‘Queen is about the metamorphosis of Rani’’. She gave the film a rating of 3.5/5 and wrote, ‘‘Ultimately Queen is Kangana’s triumph. I left the theater thinking about Rani and how the rest of her life would pan out. It’s not often you do that with a Bollywood character’’.[46]

Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film a rating of 4/5 and described it as a ‘‘extraordinary journey of self-discovery’’. Calling Ranaut's performance ‘‘raw’’ and ‘‘nuanced’’ he further wrote, ‘‘it's Kangana Ranaut who makes you root for Rani from the word go; The best way to describe her fabulous performance is by confessing that I forgot I was watching Kangana. It's a raw, nuanced, delicately comical performance, and Bahl rightfully builds his film around his fearless, quirky heroine’’.[47] Raja Sen from Rediff gave the film a rating of 4/5 and wrote, ‘‘Queen is a good entertainer, sure, but, more critically, it is a showcase for an actress poised to reign. This is one of those monumental moments when you feel the movies shift, and nothing remains the same; I've seen the future, baby, and it's Kangana’’. Praising Ranaut's performance he further wrote, ‘‘Ranaut is gobstoppingly spectacular; she absolutely shines and the film stands back and lets her rule. It’s a bold but immaculately measured performance, internalised and powerful while simultaneously as overt as it needs to be to moisten every eye in the house’’.[48] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 4/5 and wrote, ‘‘Queen is a significant Bollywood marker, a film that is intensely local and gloriously global, with a terrific lead performance by Kangana Ranaut, in a story that bubbles over with real feeling and meaning’’. Calling Ranaut the ‘‘Queen of Hearts’’ she further wrote, ‘‘Kangana Ranaut revels in her solidly-written role, and delivers a first rate, heart-felt performance’’.[49]

Sudhish Kamath of The Hindu wrote, ‘‘Queen explores a girl's identity as an independent entity. It's about a rooted Indian girl who goes on a holiday to find herself’’. Praising Ranaut's performance he further wrote, ‘‘Kangana Ranaut as Rani, in a role of a lifetime, makes Queen an absolutely delightful journey. She wins us over first with innocence, small-town charm, vulnerability, spirit, strength, warmth and her gradual confidence’’.[50] Namrata Joshi of Outlook India gave the film a rating of 3.5/4 and wrote, ‘‘Queen is a squarely mainstream film; Simplistic? Undemanding? Perhaps. But ultimately it is immensely warm and winsome, pressing just the right emotional buttons’’.[51] Deepanjana Pal of Firstpost called Queen a ‘‘fabulous film’’ and a ‘‘delight’’. Calling Ranaut's performance ‘‘endearing’’ and ‘‘electric’’ she wrote, ‘‘Ranaut as Rani is pitch perfect. She brings out the sweetness, the hurt, the belligerence and the head-screwed-tightly-on-her-shoulders sensibility that is the pride of the Indian middle class. The cherry on this acting cake is that this lady's got superb comic timing’’.[52]

OverseasEdit

Shafiq Ul Hasan from The Express Tribune gave the film a rating of 4/5 and wrote, ‘‘Queen is a peek into the life of a woman who embarks upon a journey, her own honeymoon to be precise, in an attempt to find herself when her wedding is cancelled at the last minute’’. Praising Ranaut and Bahl he further wrote, ‘‘This was, by far, one of Kangana Ranaut’s truest and finest performances; Vikas Bahl directed the movie with superb class, I don’t think I would change a thing about it’’.[53] David Chute of Variety wrote, ‘‘Queen seems an oddly modest film to have made such a big splash. It is charming and at times unexpectedly moving, especially in moments of cross-cultural bonding between Rani and the odd assorted group of expats who befriend her, as she wanders somewhat cluelessly around Paris and Amsterdam’’.[54] Olga Camacho of The National wrote, ‘‘There are surprisingly few clichés, romantic angles or moments of epiphany in the film – instead, we get some genuine laughs and an honest look at relationships’’.[55] Suparna Sharma of Deccan Chronicle gave the film a rating of 3/5 and wrote, ‘‘Queen is a well-meaning, well-mannered film that's funny and packs in small, elevating, but palatable messages. It challenges nothing; It just shows an Indian girl slowly, gently renegotiating life while remaining true to who she is’’. Praising Ranaut's performance she further wrote, ‘‘Kangana Ranaut has always been a powerful performer. She's an actress with lots of talent who has taken on roles that are different, challenging and out of the league of most Bollywood actresses fighting the number game. And here too she has made a bold choice and a difficult one as well. She stays true to the character she is playing, as it has been etched out, never once over-reaching and going for histrionics. She doesn’t try to grab you. She just tugs at you, with her subtle, nuanced performance; She is in complete control and is very good’’.[56]

Year-end listsEdit

Anupama Chopra of Film Companion crowned Queen as the best film of the year 2014.[8] Mihir Fadnavis of Firstpost cited Queen as one the best Bollywood films of 2014. Calling it the ‘‘biggest surprise of the year’’ he said, The film had rare ‘‘subtlety’’ and ‘‘quality’’ for a mainstream commercial film.[57] Sukanya Verma of Rediff cited it as one of the best films of 2014. She stated, ‘‘Queen’s heartening success proves women-oriented subjects are just as welcome’’.[58] Shafiq Ul Hasan of The Express Tribune listed Queen as one of the best Bollywood films of 2014.[59] Ishita Blaggan of NDTV named it as one of the top ten Bollywood hits of 2014.[60] Subramanian Harikumar of DNA listed it as one of the best Bollywood films of 2014.[61] India TV listed it as one of the best women-centric movies of 2014. Calling Ranaut's performance in the film ‘‘effortless’’ they wrote, ‘‘Queen is one of the best gifts that bollywood received on International Women's Day’’.[62] Film critic Anna M. M. Vetticad in her blog crowned Queen as the best film of the year 2014 and Ranaut as the best actress of the year 2014. Additionally, she ranked Haydon as the second best supporting actress of the year.[63] For her performance in Queen, The Indian Express named Ranaut as the best actress of 2014.[64] Hindustan Times listed Ranaut as one of the top female performers of the year 2014 in Bollywood.[65] CNN-IBN listed Ranaut's performance in the film as one of the stand-out performances of 2014.[66] Raja Sen of Rediff ranked Ranaut as the second best actress of year 2014. He wrote, ‘‘Ranaut, who has written her own dialogue in the film, fashions a character with undying spirit and verve’’.[67] Nandini Ramnath of Scroll listed Ranaut's character in the film, Rani, as one of the best roles in Hindi films of 2014.[68]

Impact and legacyEdit

ImpactEdit

According to Hindustan Times, Queen is considered to be Ranaut's calling card film. Not only did it cement Ranaut as one of the most interesting actor in the Hindi film industry but it also changed the Bollywood landscape and inspired a streak of films like, Lipstick Under My Burkha, NH10, Neerja, Piku and Pink. They further stated, ‘‘Queen's success empowered not only female actors, but also producers, who could no longer cite the lack of stars as being detrimental to their films’ chances at the box office’’.[69] Oshin Fernandes from The Free Press Journal called Queen a ‘‘niche-breaker’’ in Hindi Cinema.[70] Critics called Queen a ‘‘Game-Changer’’ and wrote, ‘‘Queen was not just a game-changer for Kangana Ranaut, but also for all the women out there who received hope and motivation to live their lives on their own terms’’.[71][72] Farhan Syed of Times of India listed Queen as one of the ten Bollywood movies that broke stereotypes.[73] Queen popularized solo trips and inspired a lot of women to have a solo trip to Europe. In 2019, Megha Sharma from Vogue India published a guide to a solo European holiday inspired by Ranaut’s Queen.[74][75]

Namrata Joshi called Queen a ‘‘Game-Changer’’. She wrote, ‘‘It was Queen (2014) that was the real game changer; The low-budget film hit a chord, quickly climbing to the top of the charts and since then, other films have featured male superstars fighting for women’s causes, such as Aamir Khan in Dangal (2016), or showing their feminist side, such as Akshay Kumar making rotis (flatbread) for his on-screen wife in Jolly LLB 2 (2017)’’.[76] About Ranaut's performance in Queen, Saibal Chatterjee opined, ‘‘It is a performance that should define not only her career, but also the fate of any young Bollywood actress seeking to push the boundaries of what is acceptable within the framework of the commercial Hindi movie industry’’.[44] Baradwaj Rangan stated, ‘‘Queen's success is validation that audiences are open to a range of women-centric films, from heavy-duty dramas to small, breezy dramedies’’.[77] Devesh Sharma of Filmfare called Queen a ‘‘step in right direction for Indian Cinema’’. He stated that, ‘‘Queen will pave the way for more story-centric films in future; After Vidya Balan and Priyanka Chopra, Kangana has staked her claim as the right choice for gutsy roles’’.[42]

LegacyEdit

Runjhun Noopur from Arré called Queen a classic film and wrote, ‘‘Queen is a rare legit classic, as relevant today as it was in 2014’’. She described Queen as a groundbreaking and an influential feminist film. Writing about Queen's legacy she opined, ‘‘Queen is a piece of art with a life of its own, a story that makes you feel connected to the world in ways few things can; Beyond the feminism, it is a story of human triumph that gives you hope and makes you want to fight for your happiness; It makes you want to believe in people, in friends, in strangers who become your fleeting accomplices in the journey of life and that is the true legacy of Queen’’.[78] Shrishti Negi from CNN-IBN cited Queen as one of the best movies of 2010s decade and the film which represents or defined the year 2014 in Hindi Cinema. She further wrote, ‘‘In Bollywood, where we are used to watching romance between a couple (man and woman), Queen shows us some other kind of love, i.e. self-love, which is not only liberating but completely fulfilling’’.[79] Anupama Chopra called Queen a ‘‘Kangana’s triumph’’.[46] Arushi Kapoor from Vagabomb called Queen the most feminist film of recent years and stated, ‘‘Queen undoubtedly made a strong statement with the central plot of a girl moving on after being left at the altar and finding herself; but even beyond the essence of the film was a multi-layered message of beautifully portrayed feminist ideals; Queen was, arguably, the most feminist film in Bollywood post the 2000’s and definitely a lesson in Feminism 101’’.[80] Shubhra Gupta from The Indian Express named Queen as one of India’s seventy-five most iconic films that celebrate the journey of the country.[16] She also featured Queen in her book called ‘‘50 Films That Changed Bollywood’’.[81] In 2017, cultural professor Rachel Dwyer named Queen as one of the seventy iconic Movies of Independent India.[82]

‘‘Queen released, changed my life and Indian Cinema forever marked the Birth of a new leading lady and woman-centric parallel cinema. Queen is not just a film for me, it was an explosion of everything I ever deserved (that) was kept away from me for 10 long years. Everything came all at once, it was overwhelming’’.

— Ranaut on the occasion of 7th anniversary of Queen.[83]

Deepanjana Pal of Firstpost stated that, ‘‘Queen is the first time Ranaut got a script that really allows her to confirm she's more than a pretty face. There's no high fashion or flattering make-up to flaunt Ranaut's physical beauty in Queen, but this is a role that allows Ranaut to showcase not just her acting talents but also her wit because Ranaut is credited with contributing additional dialogues to the film’’.[52] Aamy Kuldip of Brown Girl Magazine said Queen should be every brown girl’s favorite movie and opined, ‘‘Queen won our hearts and it started the era of brown girls with new-found confidence’’. He called Ranaut's character in Queen, Rani, the ‘‘epitome’’ of the average brown girl trying to settle in the misogynistic and hypocritical world of ours; coming to the realization that accepting yourself is the first step in having the world accept you.[84]

Ranaut's character in Queen, Rani Mehra, has become one of the most popular and recognizable characters in Hindi Cinema. India Film Project listed it as one of the four best characters from Hindi Cinema.[85] Alisha Alam of Times of India listed it as one of the strong female characters from Bollywood.[86] Filmfare listed it as one of the fifteen strongest women characters in Bollywood.[87] Hindustan Times listed it as one of the thirteen most powerful women characters portrayed in Bollywood.[88] Radhika Seth and Riya Dhankar of Vogue India listed it as one of the most empowering female characters in Bollywood.[89] Srishti Magan of ScoopWhoop listed it as one of the nineteen most relatable female characters from Bollywood.[90] Queen featured on various decade-end lists with several publications naming it as one the best Indian films of 2010s decade. Film Companion listed it as one of the twenty-five greatest Hindi films of the decade.[91] Radhika Menon of Paste listed it as one of the twenty best Bollywood movies of 2010s.[92] Avijit Ghosh of Times of India listed it as one of the eleven best movies of the decade.[93] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express listed it as one of the best Bollywood films of the decade.[94] Rajeev Masand listed it as one of the ten best Hindi films of the decade.[95] Shrishti Negi of CNN-IBN listed it as one of the best Hindi films of the decade.[79] Nandini Ramnath of Scroll cited it as one of the best Indian films of the decade.[96] The Free Press Journal cited it as one of the best Bollywood movies of the decade.[97] Srishti Magan of ScoopWhoop cited it as one of the forty-five films that redefined Bollywood in 2010s decade.[98]

Queen is cited as one the best Indian films of all-time by several publications. Emma Carey of Esquire cited it as one of the best Bollywood movies of all-time. [99] Rachel Dwyer from British Film Institute cited it as one of the ten greatest Bollywood films of the 21st century.[17] Time Out listed it as one of the hundred best Bollywood movies of all-time.[100] Ineye Komonibo of Marie Claire listed it as one of the thirty-eight best Bollywood movies of all-time.[101] Times of India cited it as one of the twenty best Bollywood movies of all-time.[102] Jasmine Ting of Cosmopolitan cited it as one of the best Indian films.[103] Radhika Menon of Paste listed it as one of the fifteen best Bollywood movies.[104] ZEE5 listed it as one of the thirty evergreen Bollywood films that one should watch before they die.[105] Prakruti Patel and Elena Nicolaou of O, The Oprah Magazine listed it as one of the best films in Indian Cinema.[13] Sonali Pimputkar of The Free Press Journal cited it as one of the fifteen must-watch female-oriented movies in Bollywood.[106]

Box officeEdit

Queen debuted with relatively low collections and grossed 2 crore (US$265,600) on the first day, grossing 33.5 million (US$440,000) on the second day, and 43 million (US$570,000) on the third day, taking the first weekend's collection to 95 million (US$1.3 million).[107] Despite a poor start, Queen held up well in the first weekdays and grossed around 25 million (US$330,000) per day during the week and ended the first week with 180 million (US$2.4 million).[108] On its second Monday it grossed 30 million (US$400,000), coinciding with a holiday in India.[109] Queen had higher collection in the second week than the first week, collecting 390 million (US$5.2 million) in two weeks.[110][111] The movie had a massive growth by far in 2014 for the third week collection by 115 million (US$1.5 million), which totals the third week collection to 505 million (US$6.7 million).[112] In the fourth week, the film managed a promising 65 million (US$860,000), which is the 11th highest gross of all time in the history of Hindi cinema for the fourth week. The final domestic collection was just above 600 million (US$8.0 million).[113][114]

In overseas market, Queen collected 67.5 million (US$900,000) in United States, 12.3 million (US$160,000) in Canada and 18.6 million (US$250,000) in United Kingdom in five weeks, totalling around 125 million (US$1.7 million) in all overseas market.[115] The movie earned over 1,080 million (US$14 million) worldwide by the end of its eighth week.[3]

Awards and nominationsEdit

At the 62nd National Film Awards, the film won the awards for Best Hindi Film and Best Actress for Ranaut.[116][117] At the 60th Filmfare Awards ceremony, Queen won a leading six awards out of a leading 13 nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress for Ranaut, Best Background Score for Amit Trivedi, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.[118] At the 2015 Screen Awards ceremony, Queen received 13 nominations, the most for any film at the ceremony, and won the awards for Best Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography.[119][120] Other nominations included Best Actress for Ranaut, and Best Supporting Actress for Haydon.[120] At the 2015 Star Guild Awards, the film won the awards for Best Director, Best Story, Best Screenplay, and Best Editing.[121] Queen also won the Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress for Ranaut at the Stardust Awards ceremony.[122] At the 16th IIFA Awards ceremony, Queen received five nominations: Best Movie, Best Director, Best Actress for Ranaut, Best Supporting Actress for Haydon, and Best Story[123] and won five awards, best actress for Ranaut, best movie, best story, best screenplay and best editing.

RemakesEdit

The film is being remade in Tamil as Paris Paris, in Kannada as Butterfly,[124] in Telugu as That Is Mahalakshmi,[125] and in Malayalam as Zam Zam.[126]

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