But Queen was different, whatever little I had seen in trailers and posters had convinced me that this would be a must watch.
And I was not disappointed!
A simple yet meaningful story of a jilted woman, Rani, the movie describes to us the series of transformation she undergoes post the called off wedding.
Why is Queen a feminist’s delight?
Feminist Myth #1
They want that they should be the all powering, all dominating nazi forces around.
Umm no. In most simple of terms, again NO.
In the movie Queen, Rani goes on her honeymoon to Paris and Amsterdam alone. Experiencing all that she does, she realises that she has been holding herself back all life because someone else deemed it to be. Her choices were never hers to make. This new found sense of freedom changes her mindset and opens her mind to new beginnings.
A feminist only wants that hers and her peers choices should be only theirs to make.
Feminist Myth #2
They believe that short clothes will liberate them.
Umm no. AGAIN.
Throughout the movie Rani has nowhere worn any short dress or clothes which may be deemed exposing. In fact right at the end when she returns back to India she is wearing a nice chic kurta which she laughingly tells has been bought in Paris and has written ‘Made in India’. It is a very simple scene but it shows what the story wanted to tell us. Clothes don’t make mindsets. Period.
Feminist Myth #3
They do not like household chores especially cooking.
Umm no. Though some of us don’t enjoy it out of sheer laziness.
Rani is a graduate in home science. She even earns money through her cooking in Amsterdam. And yes thoroughly enjoys it.
Feminist Myth #4
They are man eaters who only want that the entire men race should be wiped off.
Umm no. Hell no!
Rani realises in the end that the called off wedding in fact helped her grow. Her life has opened many avenues not explored because she got an opportunity to discover them. She parts with Vijay on a happier note. Yes she forgives him!
Feminists only real vendetta is that women all over should be allowed to decide for themselves. Cooking, shopping biking or mountaineering, whatever it is that they want to do should only be their prerogative. It is when terms begin to get dictated to them that the concerns rise.
As long as you let them be, they are the world’s sweetest people to be around. Don’t believe? Well then you should meet me 😀
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Ahh I so want to watch this one!!! And I agree all we want is the freedom to chose how we want to lead our lives!
Yes you better watch it!
Yu make me want to watch it even more..beautifully described
And btw, you can’t sit through a movie!!!?? That scares me…that’s my only escape form reality…or perhaps that’s my reality check! 🙂
It has become a recent addition to my moods, wonder when it will finish…
Richa , you have well-done to dispel the myths of feminism . I loved them.
Thanks Kalpana 🙂
Makes perfect sense why short clothes will liberate them is a myth. Thanks for dispelling the myth’s feminism. Great share!
Thanks Nate 🙂
Interesting – I hadn’t heard of this film, but will look out for it.
I do hope you like it 🙂
I think I’ll like this movie. A feminist is sure of herself…it doesn’t mean she disagrees with men or is a men hater!
Lovely Michelle and perfectly true!
Great post Richa! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks Joan 🙂
I watched Queen yesterday and it was an absolute delight! Quite a few myths busted there!!
It is an absolute delight, true..
I just saw the Movie, Eat, pray and love… where the actor leaves everything behind and go places for a year…. and now this… Is this a hidden sign for me…I wonder…?? 😉
Come to India and blog 😛
Quite an interesting review, from a very different perspective 🙂 And you can’t sit through a movie?
no I cannot 😛
i liked this — “As long as you let them be, they are the world’s sweetest people to be around.” 🙂
haha it is true 😀
Now, this post has further increased my desire to watch this one. And this film has passed the Bechdel Test (The Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. A popular addendum is that the two women must be named.Many contemporary works fail this test of gender bias.[Source: Wiki]) So, this film should not be missed.
P. S. You don’t like watching films in the theatre?!?! The experience, the sound effects, the sheer suspension of disbelief without any interruptions. I pity you Richa. Sad Sad.
I know it is sad na… and yes it has passed the bechdel test! go and see it 😛
I’m hearing only good things about the film! And your review just whet my appetite more. Thanks, Richa!
Shailaja go and see it, a masterpiece believe me!
This sounds like a great movie and one I would love. I wonder if it will ever be distributed here in the US. I would love to see it. ♥
I believe it is distributed there as well..
Feminists are ones who think men are no good? Lol! Heard a few good reviews about this movie…will try and watch!
do Danny and believe me you would love it!
I saw the movie yesterday and what a brilliant movie!!! Great review …
It is right?
Ahhh I’m waiting to watch this one already. After your review more so. 🙂
Go and watch it soon!
And the myths are broken. I so wish to watch the movie. Hope I get a dvd here.
I hope you get one Rajlakshmi 🙂
Hey u have beautifully highlighted the myths that float around whenever we talk about something feminist. Have been reading so nice reviews that I am all tempted to watch the movie now!
You must Shaivi you would love it!
Speaking as a Feminist from way back – 1970s – I completely agree with what you say here. Well done! ☺
Thanks a lot Debbie 🙂
I can’t wait to watch this movie!!
So many awesome reviews!!
And yea, so many myths around Feminism… the one that irritates me the most is about clothes and that we hate men! What nonsense no?!
Especially the clothes part 😐
Totally agree with every word, Richa! Well said 🙂
Thanks Gauri 🙂
I have to watch it irrespective of kids exams and a rather important marriage preparations!!! and a really short n Nice post 🙂
haha yes Kokila you must!
What a great post Richa – so funny and straight to the point! I agree with everything:-) And OF COURSE -. that film is a must-see now!! Seems lovely:-)
Eli you can always catch it in Mumbai 🙂
Yes saw it in the theater and it was worth it.
The three factors that contribute to its success :
1) Shot at actual sites Lajpat Nagar or Paris or Volendam/Amsterdam
2) Everyone underplayed their role (as against the normal Bollywood style)
3) Perfect casting (kudos to the casting scout who selected the right people for the right role)
I very much agree with point number 2!
I am not a great movie buff either, bt I really want to see this one !
Thats a good one ! I haven’t watched the movie yet, but am willing to now that I have heard so many good reviews from females mostly.
True Nupur women all over can relate to it..
I loved this movie… Though I too detest watching any movie in hall, but don’t feel like missing one with good reviews. And promos looked promising to me!
Everything about it was a plus! Liked your post here 🙂
True Shesha and on top of it a lot of us could relate to things shown in it 🙂
Shesha.. It was only your saying that Queen is worth a watch, that I have viewed its trailers. It is on my must watch list.
Richa Singh: Your review is convincing enough to make me watch it!
I am glad that Shesha and me could together convince you on the movie 😀
Well-written Richa. Now, I want to see the movie.
I hope you like it too 🙂
Intrigued to see the movie..!
Well I am sure!
That was a refreshingly different kind of review 🙂 Everyone has been saying this is a must watch, am on the lookout for tickets now.
Yes please be on a look out Seeta, you would love it!
Amidst all that sho-sha about Women’s day comes this wonderful movie!!! Yes, it just depicts the way we want to be be!! Dying to watch this one………
I like the words sho-sha 😀
Relevant points here, Richa 🙂
I loved Queen. Planning to write my Post soon 🙂
Will look forward to it 🙂
Loved your review, Richa. Now that I look back on it, I do see the points you have made!
You do right?
Good review…gives just enough hints but not really reveals anything! It has made me curious for sure 🙂
Then the purpose of the post achieved 😀
Thanks Sneh 🙂
Nicely portrayed Richa 🙂 I was not expecting this good review from everyone after watching its trailor. But now that the great writer (you) is agreeing with it. Then I must watch it now. Thank you 🙂
Awww thanks for the ‘great writer’ thingie 😀
Oh lovely! Link by link you broke off the chain of misconception. After reading this I too would watch the movie. And I really found this post nice.
Thank you so much Namrata 🙂 glad you liked it 🙂
I think Feminist or not, this movie is simply delightful….but love the way you used it to bust some popular myth on feminism.
Yes it is a fabulous movie 😀
I haven’t yet seen this movie and this post adds one more reason for me to watch this movie. I had already read a bucnh of good reviews about Queen. Your post altogether gave me a different perspective.
I liked your writing style. Am not a fan of Harry Potter. But, I hope to be regular visitor at this “Philosopher’s stone” 😉
Looks like a must watch !
I some how missed it . Shud catch up soon
Thanks for the highlights / summary of the movie
Loved this post and the movie 🙂
Well put up review! Indeed an epic watch! 🙂