This blog post has been long pending. Despite an innate desire to pen down my thoughts, it was tough to overcome the impending procrastinator that got the better of me each time I opened the blog. I tried to justify myself in the garb of 'too much work' and 'lack of time'. This hide and seek has been going on for almost a month now! Being the great Paulo Coelho loyalist that I am, yet again re-reading one of his quotes got me back on track. He says, “One day you will wake up & there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. Do it now.” Simple, succinct and true!
The year started on a positive note with an enjoyable romcom 'Hansee Toh Fansee'. Though I get starry-eyed when I see Siddharth Malhotra, I wasn't gung-ho about going to the theatre to watch this one. But then my movie-freak husband wanted to, and so I reluctantly obliged. (Am happy that I did.) A thorough entertainer, this light-hearted flick was more than just a love story. Good script, great chemistry between the actors and enjoyable right till the end. For me, it had a message about believing in your dream and realising it. Sid and the others were fabulous but the real star of the movie was Parineeti Chopra. I'd give her a 'Queen of Spade' for this performance. A no-nonsense, matter-of-fact personality with a mind of her own, Parineeti's character, set in the Indian context is a role model for youngsters. An effortlessly meaningful portrayal.
Queen is undoubtedly a Kangana Ranaut movie. Kangana is unassuming, unrehearsed, and unbelievably wonderful! She plays Rani, a gullible young girl who finds her true calling when she sets out to explore Europe all by herself, oblivious of the world around. Quite a lesson on staying self-motivated. Every scene has emotion, humor, thrill and Kangana's inimitable dialogue delivery :). Whether it is about Rani cracking 'santa banta' jokes with strangers, letting her hair down to 'Hungama ho gaya', or her Facebook updates, I haven't laughed this raucously in a very long time! I'd crown Kangana as the 'Queen of Hearts' for this portrayal.
One more shining star in 'Queen' was Lisa Haydon, who plays the bohemian Vijaylakshmi. For her unpretentious acting and lovable persona, I would like to give her the 'Queen of Clubs' for this entertaining cameo.
I hope we get to see some decent performances from the kings of Bollywood that can match up to these showstopper acts by their leading ladies. And I don't mean action packed trash where cinematography and visual effects are the key players ;).