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Interview: ‘I don’t like to associate myself with any camps’- Kangana Ranaut

Hungama_QueenBollywood beauty Kangana Ranaut speaks to Sunny Malik about her next release, Queen.

The film is a feel-good and female-centric flick directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. 

Queen releases in UK cinemas on 7th March 2014 through B4U.

How was your experience attending the Burberry show at the recently concluded London Fashion Week?
It was really beautiful. London was great as it didn’t rain that day. We were expecting it to rain and it didn’t. So we were quite lucky with the weather (Laughs). It was my first experience at an international fashion week and show. Burberry and I go long back as they have been dressing me for red carpet appearances and events. I was thrilled to see their collection. I loved how they received me. It was just a lovely experience.

Your film Queen was postponed from February to March and is now clashing with two other films at the UK Box Office…
The makers weren’t sure yet as we have a song called ‘Hungama Ho Gaya’ and they wanted it to become slightly more popular. They wanted to market the song more extensively which is why the release date was postponed by a week. The film is now releasing on 7th March. I think, it was a call taken by the makers, the marketing team and the distributors. They all wanted to promote the music further because it’s the kind of soundtrack that grows on you after you listen to it a few times. We don’t have clichéd Bollywood numbers inspired by the 70’s which you can’t hear ever again after liking them and listening to them a few times. Vikas Bahl, the director, told me that this music needs time to become popular.

People have been praising your performance after watching just the trailer…
I am getting amazing reactions. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan has apparently tweeted about the trailer. I also met him at a party recently. Mr. Bachchan, Mr. Aamir Khan and Mr. Salman Khan all told me that they are eagerly waiting to watch the film. What else can one ask for? It’s very important to me because I have felt accepted for the first time. I have never received such support for any of my films before.

You have never been a part of camps… Do you feel that the film fraternity has accepted you now?
I don’t like to associate myself with any camps or such. I want to do my own thing. I like to have a little personal life whenever I can. I’d like to be my own person. I don’t want to just cling onto others. I feel that everyone has their own goals. My goal is mine and I don’t need to associate that with another person’s goals. I like to keep it that way. I’d love to work with artists such as Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Mr. Aamir Khan and Mr. Salman Khan, at the same time it is not the goal of my life or career. It’s not something I am working towards. I am not sure about acceptance from the film fraternity as I don’t work for anyone. I work for myself and my own happiness. It’s alright if people don’t accept me. I won’t be unhappy about it.

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Vikas Bahl just produced Hasee Toh Phasee and is known to make exceptional films. How was your experience being directed by him in Queen?
What I love about these contemporary filmmakers is their spontaneity. They allow artists to contribute to the film in many ways. Vikas allowed me to write dialogues of the film, not that I was planning to or worked towards it. It just happened very organically. He liked what I was coming up with and he let me write my own dialogues. At the same time, he understands the needs of an artist. I remember, I was working multiple shifts and was filming for Krrish 3 and Queen simultaneously. One day when I came from the sets of Krrish 3, Vikas asked me what was wrong with me as I wasn’t behaving and walking like my character Rani. I can’t just switch on and switch off. It takes me months to get into a character and I can’t just work like a robot. He understood that and respected me as an artist. He didn’t shoot with me that day. It’s nice to work with such a director because you then put your all into his film because he respects you.

Could you relate to your character Rani?
I don’t really relate to the character. She has major issues. She believes that by changing herself, she can please people around her. Her goal is to keep everyone happy. She is really naïve. I don’t identify with these traits of her personality. But at the same time, I also come from a middle class background and I understand how and why she feels that way. I have also come from a small city to a big one. But I never had issues like low self-esteem. Everyone has these phases but it’s not something I have experiences throughout my life like Rani has.

How was your experience shooting in places like Amsterdam and Paris?
We frequently shoot abroad but mainly for songs for which we dress up quite a lot. You look like an actress and people come and take pictures with you (laughs). However, for this film I had a very girl-next-door look and honestly, looked very ordinary. People would look at me and wonder why I am so special and why would someone make a movie with me (Laughs). That was a bit different. People would ask the crew “Is she the leading actress?” You know, people have this idea of a Bollywood actress wearing a chiffon saree and her hair flying (laughs) but that wasn’t the case with me.

QUEEN What kind of roles do you want to do?
I am very happy what I am being offered. I am happy with films like Queen and Revolver Rani. I am also doing the sequel to Tanu Weds Manu. I really can’t tell what exactly I want to do in the future but I would love to do a sci-fi film after doing Krrish 3. I would love to do films like Tomb Raider or Kill Bill. I want to do films which are stylish, sci-fi and about women. It will be a good change and it would challenge me as a performer. I have been missing a stylish character after Fashion. I would love to save the world in a film (laughs).

Three big films are releasing on Friday including Queen…
It’s sad as I would have loved to have a solo release for Queen (laughs).

Bollywood films with Khans or rom-coms do really well abroad and in the UK. What are your expectations from Queen?
I can’t really tell. It’s a shame that some people abroad watch my films only on DVD. Tanu Weds Manu, Fashion and Gangster are really popular abroad but everyone has seen it on DVD or TV. It is different for an audience abroad compared to our audience in India. Indian audiences are very Bollywood oriented. They watch our films every weekend. That is the only entertainment they get here. I don’t know how it works in the UK. I hope that people like it in the UK because Queen has an international appeal.

Queen- Gujariya (3)You are not on Twitter. Why is that?
I have a website which I try to update as much as possible but I am not on Facebook or Twitter. I am not a very social person (laughs).

Your interview with Anupama Chopra went viral on social media…
I never thought that the interview would go viral. That is just how I am. I had no clue that it had gone viral for the longest time. Initially, when messages started to pour in, I would get ten messages a day. I was giving a lot of interviews during the promotions of Krrish 3 and the messages just didn’t stop at all. Then I said, ‘Which interview was it?’ and people told me that it was my interview with Anupama Chopra. Then I saw it and realised that it was really nice and they had also edited it quite nicely.

Watch the trailer here:

Bollywood loves Vikas Bahl’s ‘Queen’

queen-uk-release-b4uIt seems as if Bollywood has fallen head-over-heels for  ‘Rani’, played by Kangana Ranaut, in Queen. Celebrities on the twitter-sphere, who saw the film at a special screening recently, have not stopped praising the film and Kangana for her ace performance in it. Personal reviews for the film, all good, have been traveling far and wide.

The gorgeous Dia Mirza tweeted, “I am so proud, excited and optimistic about how we are looking at our women in film! #Queen. I wasn’t meant to watch it last night, but it beckoned me… It has been since I saw the first poster, then the trailer. #Queen.”

Bollywood’s widely acclaimed directors, Abhishek Kapoor and Nikhil Advani, have poured their hearts out on the social networking platform.

“Hearing supreme things about #Queen and Kangana. Vikas you score again. @raj_kumar31 I’m jealous we couldn’t start our project”, said Director Nikhil Advani.

A clearly impressed and definitely enthusiastic Abhishek Kapoor, tweeted “Just saw #queen , my friend Vikas Bahl has whacked it #outtathepark. The movie of the year is already here. Can’t miss this. #phantom.”

With Queen less than a week shy of its release, the fans’ excitement is scaling new heights. Bollywood’s out and out positive response has given a hint of what future holds for the movie.

“I saw #Queen two nights ago.. And it refuses to leave me.. Right up there with my fave films and Kangana is in top form.. loveddd..”, stated Huma Qureshi, who had many kind words to say.

Actress Sonakshi Sinha, who seemed all excited and star struck after watching the film, tweeted, “Just watched QUEEN. Kangana is phenomenal. Vikas what a film you’ve made. Congrats Phantom, and thank u for making such a film!!! Sona Thumakdi after watching:).” Sonakshi surely seems to be in love with Queen’s Shaadi song ‘London Thumakda’.

Queen is about a shy, simple girl from Rajauri, who has been dumped at the altar by her fiancé. However, she decides to go on her honeymoon, all alone. The movie is about her meeting new friends in an entirely new place, and having the time of her life. The movie also features Lisa Haydon and Rajkummar Rao in pivotal roles.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production. The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap.

Queen is scheduled for release on March 7, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

Watch: ‘Hungama’ from ‘Queen’ feat. Kangana Ranaut

The new song Hungama Ho Gaya from Queen has been released by T-Series.

The high-on-energy song features Kangana Ranaut, as Rani, with the outspoken Vijaylaxmi, portrayed by Lisa Haydon, letting their hair down at a nightclub.

A party anthem all the way, Hungama Ho Gaya is a remake of the original version sung by Asha Bhosle. The new video has our very own Rani from Rajauri dressed in plain-jane kurti and pair of jeans, losing all her inhibitions, dancing like there is no tomorrow, at an extravagant club in Amsterdam.

Amit Trivedi’s magic mixed into the song and Rani doing the happy dance, make one want to get up and hit the dance floor.

Queen is about a shy, simple girl from Rajauri, who has been dumped at the altar by her fiancé. However, she decides to go on her honeymoon, all alone. The movie is about her meeting new friends in an entirely new place, and having the time of her life.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production.

The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled to release in UK cinemas through B4U on March 7th, 2014.

 

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B4U to release QUEEN in UK cinemas on 7th March

queen-uk-release-b4uIndian cinema presents one of the most delightful and upbeat female-centric films of recent times, bearing all the hallmarks of an iconic piece of filmmaking. Reflecting today’s India, sitting between modernism and conservatism, from the perspective of a charismatic female protagonist, Queen releases in cinemas on 7th March 2014, to mark Women’s Day (on 8th March), produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and distributed internationally by B4U.

Directed by maverick filmmaker, Vikas Bahl, whose previous directorial projects include the globally lauded Chillar Party, Queen is a charming, romantic comedy that represents new wave Indian cinema at its best, sure to be unanimously welcomed by contemporary Indian cinema connoisseurs as well as world cinema audiences and critics globally, in the same vein as previous foreign language successes such as Amelie and the 2012 Indian film hit, English Vinglish.

At the helm of Queen and reigning over the screen is the irresistibly loveable Kangana Ranaut, delivering her most formidable role to date and set to rule the hearts of audiences with her essay of a small-town, Indian girl about to embark on a journey of self-awakening and self-discovery that will change her life forever. Joining her onscreen are two of the finest artists among the new generation of Indian film talent – Rajkummar Rao and Lisa Haydon. Queen beautifully conveys a contemporary India caught at the crossroad of modernity and traditionalism, oozing charm and feel-good warmth, perfectly accentuated by a melodious and breezy soundtrack by composer Amit Trivedi.

 

 

 

Queen- Gujariya (3)Synopsis: ‘Rani’ (Kangana Ranuat) is a 24-year-old born and brought up in a conservative, Punjabi family residing in Rajouri, New Delhi. Being the only girl in a traditional family unit, she has always been protected to such an extent that even a trip to the grocery store around the corner requires her mother asking her younger brother to accompany her. The typical, ‘Chintu, zaraa Didi ke saath chale jana’ scenario.

Rani’s sheltered life revolves around her Home Science course at college, her collective of female friends and her father’s ‘mithai ki dukaan’ (sweet shop). Like any other girl, she dreams relentlessly of the perfect guy to tie the knot with before embarking on her honeymoon – a life milestone for which she has been saving up since class 9.

When she reaches suitable age, her parents introduce her to ‘Vijay’, the son of their close family friend, and after persistent coaxing and the typical-boy-trying-to-impress-girl routine, Rani begins to fall for Vijay and, in her mind, accepts him as her beau. Engagement follows with the wedding planned for six months later, as Vijay is imminently posted to England as an engineer. So with dreams of her wedding and well-planned honeymoon on the agenda, Rani and her family kickstart the preparations.

As the dates approach, with relatives and functions in flow, Vijay returns for the wedding but calls it off at the 11th hour, citing a mismatch of interests and lifestyle. Rani is unable to come to terms with the jilt. Her entire family tries to console her with the typical reassurances. Then, taking her life and destiny in her own hands, she decides, impromptu, to go for her meticulously pre-planned honeymoon… by herself. A girl who has never been out in Delhi unescorted by her younger brother now leaves for a foreign land to embark on a life journey filled with experience and adventure.

Join Queen on her journey of self-discovery on 7th March 2014, produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and distributed internationally by B4U.

 

Kangana Ranaut couldn’t wait to be ‘Queen’

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Kangana Ranaut, who plays the role of ‘Rani’, a simple, shy Rajauri girl in Queen, was very excited about shooting for the second half of the film. When the script was first narrated to Kangana, she loved how the story progressed. However, as the story entered the second half, the excitement was written clearly on her face. Her enthusiasm about shooting for the second phase of Rani’s life was obvious.

Director Vikas Bahl admits, “Kangana’s inputs played a huge role in shaping the character of Rani. Her excitement about shooting for the film, especially the second half, was natural, as she would finally get to transform and sport her infectious smile.” 

Actor Kangana Ranaut said, “I could visualize Queen having the best time of her life in the most beautiful places on Earth. I could not wait to get on my single honeymoon.”

The movie is about Kangana going on her solo honeymoon to Paris, after being dumped at the altar by her fiancé. She finds new friends in a foreign land, lets her hair down and has the time of her life. This is the part where her character experiences a beautiful transformation.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production. The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap.

Queen is scheduled to release in UK cinemas on March 7, 2014.

 

Watch: ‘Gujariya’ from ‘Queen’

The makers of Queen have released a brand new track celebrating life and friendship-Gujariya.

 

Vibrant with buoyant beats and the fun fusion of Hindi and English lyrics, Gujariya is supported by Amit Trivedi’s beautifully crafted music. It has robust vocal performances by Shefali Alvares and Nikhil D’souza, which leave the listener instantly humming the tune. The video of the song shows Rani, played by the gorgeous Kangana Ranaut, transforming from a shy small-town damsel into an outspoken girl, ready to face the world, head on.

Rani is shown finally letting her hair down and having the time of her life with the uninhibited and outgoing Vijay Lakshmi, played by the stunning Lisa Haydon. The leggy lass makes an entry in the film as Rani’s friend and confidante.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production. The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled to release in UK cinemas on February 28, 2014

Kangana cooks Chinese for the crew of ‘Queen’

Queen image_KanganaThe latest song ‘London Thumakda’ from the Kangana Ranaut starrer Queen ended with the actress cooking Chinese for the entire unit, Delhi style!

While Kangana shot for the entire song in the coldest days of the year in the city, she made sure the shoot ended on a delicious note.

On the final day of the shoot, the actress took the entire unit by surprise when she served them all with the Chinese dishes prepared by her. The crew was exhilarated on realizing that the Chinese food was cooked with a perfect Delhi twist. Impressed by her culinary skills, the entire crew couldn’t help but compliment the food and the chef behind the delicious experience.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production.

The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled for release on February 28, 2014.

 

‘London Thumakda’, this season’s new shaadi song from ‘Queen’

The first song from Queen -London Thumakda is a fun wedding track, the video of which is now live on YouTube. Filled with the electrifying beats of dhol and quirky lyrics, the song of this wedding season is sure to have everyone dancing to its beats.

The video gives an insight into a typical Indian wedding. With its funny moments and flawlessly timed sprinkle of rib-tickling dialogues, the song video gives that perfect feeling of a shaadi environment, with a touch of humor.

Composed by Amit Trivedi, the man who weaves magic with music, ‘London Thumakda’ is penned by Anvita Dutt and sung by Labh Janjua, Sonu Kakkad and Neha Kakkad.

Presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Queen is a Phantom Production.

The Kangana Ranaut starrer is directed by Vikas Bahl, and produced by Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap. Queen is scheduled for release on February 28, 2014.

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Kangana rocks her honeymoon solo style, in the newly released trailer of ‘Queen’

Viacom18 Motion Pictures has released the official trailer of Queen on YouTube.

The two and a half minute trailer makes one fall in love with Kangana’s vibrant character, Rani. 

Rani is a typical desi girl who is shy, nervous and excited about her wedding, all at the same time.

Clad in simplicity, Rani is one lovable character who lights up the screen with her absolute innocence.

Kangana Ranaut, who plays the role of Rani, has portrayed the role impeccably, making it easy for the audience to connect with her.

The trailer catches one’s curiosity with a twist that Rani faces on her wedding day which leads to her going on her honeymoon all by herself, changing her forever.

Directed by Vikas Bahl and under the banner of Viacom18 Motion Pictures, Queen is scheduled for release on February 28, 2014.