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|Product Title:||Queen (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 小失戀．大漫遊 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 小失恋．大漫游 (2014) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 小失戀．大漫遊 (Blu-ray) (香港版) Queen (2014) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)|
|Artist Name(s):||Kangana Ranaut (Actor) | Rajkummar Rao Kangana Ranaut (Actor) | Rajkummar Rao Kangana Ranaut (Actor) | Rajkummar Rao Kangana Ranaut (Actor) | Rajkummar Rao Kangana Ranaut (Actor) | Rajkummar Rao|
|Blu-ray Region Code:||A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?|
|Subtitles:||English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese|
|Country of Origin:||India|
|Picture Format:||[HD] High Definition What is it?|
|Aspect Ratio:||1.78 : 1, 2.35 : 1|
|Sound Information:||Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)|
|Disc Format(s):||Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer|
|Screen Resolution:||1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)|
|Video Codecs:||AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)|
|Publisher:||CN Entertainment Ltd.|
|Package Weight:||120 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||1 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1036378203|
When she was of the right age, her parents got her to meet Vijay (son of their close family friend) and soon after much coaxing and ‘typical boy typical boy trying to impress girl process’, Rani starts to like Vijay and in her mind has already accepted him as her Man. Engagement follows suite and the wedding planned 6 months post, as Vijay has to go to England to join his job as an engineer. So with dreams of her wedding and well planned honey moon, Rani and her family start the preparations for the wedding. As the dates reach closer, with all relatives and functions in flow and Vijay back in the country for the wedding, Vijay calls off relatives and functions in flow and Vijay back in the country for the wedding, Vijay calls off the wedding citing a mismatch of interests and life style etc.
Rani is unable to come to terms with this. This is when she decides to go for her honey moon by herself. A girl who has never been out in Delhi unescorted by her younger brother, leaves for a foreign land to go for her honey moon all by herself.
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August 28, 2014
Though its biggest hits still have women objectified as scantily-clad sex objects for men, Bollywood does create a strong female-oriented films once in a while. Enjoyable and inspiring at the same time, Queen can proudly join that pantheon, even though it uses one of the oldest Hollywood chick flick clichés in the book.
Growing up in a protected environment all her life, Rani (Kangana Ranaut) thinks that her life is practically over when her fiancé calls off their engagement just days before the wedding. Not wanting to cancel her European honeymoon plans, Rani decides to step out of her shell and take the trip on her own. In Paris, she learns to put down her sorrow thanks to encouragement by a fun-loving, easy-going half-Indian hotel maid (Lisa Haydon). In Amsterdam, she learns to make friends with her male hostel roommates and even proves her talent as a chef. Of course, she also learns a lesson about her failed relationship by the end.
The script co-written by Vikas Bahl is fairly routine in following the genre's typical story beats, but Bahl's direction – perhaps helped by the involvement of filmmaker Anurag Kashyap as co-editor and producer – is clearly stronger in the scenes shot in India. The reward of watching Queen is seeing Kangana Ranaut's breakthrough performance. The young actress – known as an outspoken fashion icon in India – disappears into Rani, embodying a shy, introverted and culture-shocked young woman who slowly matures into a new woman. Instead of transforming Rani into a version of her real-life persona, Ranaut and Bahl make sure that Rani's change is in her attitude towards life rather than in her physical traits or her personality. Rani may not be the typical strong-willed woman with a larger-than-life personality, but Ranaut and Bahl have created one of the best Bollywood heroines since Vidya Bolan's tour-de-force performance in Kahaani.
Like Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Queen also benefits greatly from the exotic European locations. Though Bahl doesn't completely avoid the tourist gaze, he also avoids overly romanticizing Paris and Amsterdam. Both cities seem like attractive vacation destinations, but no one will mistake Queen for a tourist ad produced by the European Union. Queen may ultimately be a middle-class fantasy, but it's also surprisingly down-to-earth.
As a man, I'm hardly qualified to make an authoritative statement about what makes a good chick flick. Queen presents a woman who once relied on her man to define her life, but learns to build an identity that she chooses on her own accord. The film doesn't scream "girl power" in a typical feminist manner, but considering that it was a word-of-mouth hit that slowly became a major box office hit in India, it's safe to call Queen an excellent chick flick.