I know! It’s a too little too late to write about a movie that had everyone raving about Kangana Ranaut and the movie itself. I too liked the movie the first time I watched it. But I watched in online right after it was released so the video quality was seriously compromised making me lose out on several precious moments. I watched it again today in HD quality and I have no words to praise the actress. I think at the moment she’s the only mainstream Bollywood heroine whom I can consider a serious actress. I realised that there simply simple no one else who could have pulled this role so masterfully and what with making a movie such a big hit solely on the basis of one not-so-senior actress.
I loved the character Rani and feel somewhere that Kangana Ranaut may well be like Rani in real life. Or she is far too good an actress to portray the role with such class and ease. The transition of Rani from a docile traditional girl whose dreams barely go beyond a wedding and who has thus far obeyed pretty much everyone in her life, as she says it to her friend herself; to an independent girl who finally isn’t afraid of crossing the role herself is very very inspiring. The portrayal of her arrival in Paris as a skittish girl who is riled up by even so much as vendors on a street to eventually opening up, making new friends who are beyond her wildest imagination is simple, straightforward and yet immensely sensitive. The character as well as the movie as a whole is very non-judgmental. I loved Rani’s family too. It’s not easy for a rather traditional family to let their girl go on her honeymoon alone. But they do let her do it just so that she feel better. This itself to me is the epitome of familial love, tolerance and understanding. Her parents are just like any other middle class parents who always abide by the rules of the society and yet come out of their comfort zone for their daughter…daughter, mind you. not son! Rani has a very wise grandma who advises her to enjoy life and not think about being abandoned by her fiance a day before the wedding when the entire family has gathered together.
The film has largely avoided sticking to any cliches and has stuck to a simple yet very challenging subject of transition of a scared-dove like girl into a fairly confident girl who has learnt to make her own decisions. Even when in Paris, Rani a girl who is barely exposed to anything outside of Rajouri is shown to enjoy her friend Vijaylaxi’s company inspite of her being a polar opposite. I loved the part where in Amsterdam when Rani is shocked to know that she’d have to share a room in a youth hostel with three other guys. She comes up with ideas like calling a fake boyfriend, indirectly suggesting the room mate to be careful as she’d have a male visitor. After that she soon becomes part of this guy gang and has the most fun. This transition and the scenes where this happens over a period of time is simply priceless.
I could go on and on if I was to talk about the scenes I liked as there are far too many. But the gist is that for a change, there’s this brilliant movie where a very strong statement is made and you don’t even realise it. There is no aggression, so pretense , no larger than life scenes and incidents. Just a beautiful story of a girl emerging a winner in a personal way narrated simply and unassumingly with very earthy and effective scenes.