Queen is a 2014 Indian 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. Rani, an under-confident Punjabi girl from New Delhi embarks on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam by herself after her fiancé calls off their wedding.
Bahl co-wrote the script of Queen with Chaitally Parmar and Parveez Shaikh. Anvita Dutt Guptan wrote the dialogue 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. Queen received widespread 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$1.5 million), the film earned over ₹2.2 billion (US$31 million) at the global box-office, emerging as a major commercial success. 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.
Rani Mehra is a shy, meek and young Punjabi woman from Delhi. One day prior to her wedding, her fiancé Vijay (Rajkummar Rao) tells her that he no longer wishes to marry her. He explains that his lifestyle has changed after living abroad, and her conservative habits would be a wrong match for him. Stunned at the development, Rani shuts herself in her room for a day. Wanting to take control of the situation, she asks her parents 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 patronising 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 outfit to Vijay instead of Vijayalakshmi as a result of the similarity in their names. She quickly realises her mistake, but unbeknownst to her, the selfie regenerates his interest in Rani and Vijay decides to seek her out.
Eventually, the time comes for her to bid an emotional farewell to Vijayalakshmi and board the train for Amsterdam. However, when she arrives in Amsterdam, she finds to her horror 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. At the club, Rani befriends a pole dancer, Roxette/Rukhsar (Sabeeka Imam), a Pakistani girl who is the sole bread-earner 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. She also realizes her earning potential, winning a cook-off by selling gol gappas, and experiencing her first kiss with the Italian host of the cooking competition. 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, in order to meet with Vijay and discuss the future. Vijay judges Rani’s new friends and behaviour, causing her to leave abruptly, saying that she would rather speak to him after she returns 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 him her engagement ring and after saying “thank you”, walks away with a confident smile on her face.
Kangana Ranaut as Rani Mehra
Lisa Haydon as Vijayalakshmi
Rajkumar Rao as Vijay
Mish Boyko as Oleksander (Sikander)
Jeffrey Ho as Taka
Joseph Guitobh as Tim
Marco Canadea as Marcello
Yogendra Tiku as Rani’s father
Alka Badola Kaushal as Rani’s mother
Chinmaya Agrawal as Chintu Mehra
Tripta Lakhanpal as Dadi
Nayani Dixit as Sonal
Sabeeka Imam as Roxette (Rukhsar)
Alexandre Plasti Melara as flying pig drunk
Leonardo Pricoli as flying pig drunk