Wednesday, 16 April 2014

N Lessons From Queen

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The recent Hindi Movie ‘Queen’ has a number of lessons for you and me. 

 

Here are my N Lessons from Queen:

(Note: This Post gives away much of the plot & story of the Movie

N- New Love – New Love is tender and crazy & may be short-lived!
Vijay is mad about Rani, does crazy things for her & calls her his “Queen.” 
N- Nervousness – Nervousness is natural; But, say bye to Nervousness
Rani is nervous and fumbles when her fiancé, Vijay, informs her just a day before their wedding that he will not marry her as “their status doesn’t match anymore”. Rani asks Vijay, “Are you nervous?” But, Vijay claims he is “being practical” by calling off the wedding. But, Rani is nervous as her father is a heart-patient and how will he react?

N- New – Have the spirit to do the New & explore Newer horizons.
Rani sets out for her solo trip- her single honeymoon adventure to her dream city- Paris though she has never travelled by flight before. She checks into the pre-booked hotel-room. Her grandmother asks her to go out & explore as she has gone so far not just to watch Television! Rani makes a new friend in Vijaylakshmi, a waitress in the same Paris hotel. The experience metamorphoses her into a new person. Her outlook & priorities change as the trip proves to be a voyage of discovery and self-discovery. Rani introduces herself with a new name – Queen – ironically the same name that her fiancé called her…



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N- Nerves - Hold on to your Nerves & Never give up!
Queen holds on to her nerves and her bag when a thief tries to snatch it away. She holds on and wins!

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N- Not Comfortable – Have the guts to stand up for what you want; Never do what you are Not Comfortable doing…
Queen makes a last-minute change in their plan in Paris as she is not comfortable & ensures that Vijaylakshmi & she get a night-tour of Paris! They are responsible as they take a cab as they are drunk.
 
N- Noticed! – It is easy to get Noticed & sought after!
Queen clicks and shares Selfies of herself in clothes that get her noticed! 






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N – Nosy – Avoid Nosy & dramatic people & their regressive thoughts.
Queen has nosy & dramatically phony relatives even in Paris. Queen and her friend, Vijaylakshmi, have a good laugh after they come out :)

N- Novel – Novel experiences broaden the horizons and amaze the senses.
Queen lives with 3 men of different nationalities in the same hostel-room.
Her French friend gets introduced to “French Toast” thanks to Queen. When the French friend says that it is new for him though he has lived in France, Queen answers that “French Toast” is available only in India!

N- No Boundaries/Obstacles – Believe in yourself & achieve as though there are No boundaries.
Queen says, “I want to do something”
Her friend asks, “Who is stopping you?”
Queen remembers how her fiancé was against her taking up a job…




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N- Nod & Nail it!-  Nod, Grab & Nail challenges/opportunities that come your way
When the Amsterdam Restaurant-owner challenges Queen to prepare her “own food & sell & make money at the counter” & asks, “Do you have the guts to do it or are you scared?”, Queen nods, accepts & nails it! She successfully proves her worth & the challenger admits - “Indian Cook is best.”

N- Naïve – Sometimes being Naïve is the best bet; Being too Naïve isn’t good!
Queen is so naïve that she gets scared of the noise in her neighbouring hotel-room in Paris. Also, Queen gives naïve answers to her friend’s questions regarding the sex-toys! These lighten the gravity of the otherwise embarrassing situations.
But, I was wondering about all those toys that Queen bought as mementos for her family & friends! Being naïve can be dangerous!



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N- Natural – Be Natural & accept yourself for what you areyour fears, dreams, hopes…
Queen and her three guy-friends are all naturally afraid of the same – Lizard & scream together & clamber atop the bed spotting it! Their common fear unites them together! Shows people around the world are scared of Lizards! 
Also Queen and her three friends love to do their own thing and are free-minded individuals.
They also accept the concept of the wall & leave behind their precious memories.

N – Net-savvy - Be Net-Savvy & use the latest Technology. Distance is no barrier, as technology is here to cheer!
Being net-savvy, Queen makes great use of the Internet while she is travelling abroad. We find her regularly communicating with her parents via Skype.

N- No Idea/Clue – Others may have absolutely No idea/clue for what makes perfect sense to us!
When Rani asks for “Hing” or “Cooker”, no one in the Amsterdam restaurant has any clue!
 
N- Nurture – Nurture relationships and friendships – both the old & the new.
Queen has friends whom she can wake up at unearthly hours to know the English word for ‘Hing.’ (In case you are still wondering, ‘Hing’ is called Asafoetida in English!)
When Queen learns that Taka’s parents have perished in Japan’s Tsunami & that he is an orphan now, she hugs him tightly that speaks of her love & nurturing bonds.

N- NO – Assertively say NO in style to some people!
Queen says NO to what she doesn’t like & says YES to what she does e.g. Queen attends the Rock-Show as her friends are waiting for her!



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N- Nice/Noble – Niceness earns Niceness; Be Nice & Noble always! Niceness rubs off on others!
Queen has been a nice girl all her life. She has never cheated, told lies, done wrong things, never burped as girls are not allowed to burp!…

Queen is so nice that she instantly connects with everyone and gives gyaan to people- like asking her smart friend Vijaylakshmi to curtail drinking & that it’s unsafe to go for sex with anyone. Queen bonds with the Pole-dancer Rukhsar & invites her home.

Queen is nice enough to realize that the reason for her unhappiness may give happiness to another… She recognizes that her Japanese friend, Taka, and other friends are happily dancing seeing her pre-wedding song & dance- “London Thumakda”.
Queen also realizes that someone else is happy with less than what she has.




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N- Networking – Good Networking & friends can enhance value
Queen’s hostel-room-mates collaborate with her & help her earn & win the challenge in her Golgappa food-stall. At the end, Rani Mehra is sort of a Social Media celeb as her growing network garners lots of FB Likes for her status-messages and “Sabse Favourite Moments”!

N- National Pride – Be proud of our Nation, our Flag, our Food, our Movies, our Songs, our Heroes… We are the ambassador of our nation wherever we are.
Queen values India & all things Indian. Queen totally exudes Indianness- in her thoughts & values. The moment she hears the Hindi Movie-Song in her Paris night-out, she enthusiastically joins the stage to celebrate by dancing though she doesn’t know how to!
Queen invites all the people – both Indians & Foreigners - whom she meets on her foreign trip to visit India. She is a great ambassador of India!



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Queen is terrified that she’ll have to share the room with three men and prefers to sleep outside. She calls her Russian friend ‘Sikandar’ instead of his name- Alexander! She sees India’s Flag just by tilting the other country’s flag. She decides to serve Golgappas – the hot & spicy & yummy Indian snack- just like they are served for an Indian palate. The Western public is first taken aback, but then, they relish the Golgappas in their original form! Why should we change our originality? 

She even shares her first kiss just for India – to prove that Indians kiss best!



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Hope & wish that we all invite people to visit India. Then, our Incredible India’s tourism revenue will be up…

May we nurture the Queen in us & discover what we really want & learn & grow...

Pics Courtesy: @QueenTheFilm

70 comments:

  1. Oops, great. You made queen as queeNNN.......... :) Awesome post.

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    1. Thanks Alok:) creative comment here! AmaziNNNg :)

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  2. Wow! These are the lessons for life. Once we get to implement these, we would be living our best life. :)

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    1. Thanks Namrata. Glad you agree :)

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  3. My God!! So much in N to be learnt and followed.Good post

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  4. N Lessons! ...very innovative:)
    And quite a homework that! Great post:)

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    1. Thanks a lot, Amitji :)
      The lessons were in my mind ever since I watched Queen & I had to share them :)

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  5. You are one "cinema pujarin"! :)
    Great read.

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    1. Thanks Indrani for the cool tag :)
      Thanks for your support :)

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  6. Another blockbuster post Anita... I second Indrani... :)

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    1. Thanks Preethi :) You are also kind like Indrani :)

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  7. Queen was the best movie I have seen so far. I'm waiting for 'Q' to talk about it :D

    Lovely lessons learnt there Anita! You are the Bollywood Queen for me, without a doubt.

    :D :D

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    1. Thanks Soumya for the cool words & tag!
      Prize for a Bollywood fan :)

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  8. http://www.alkagurha.com/2014/03/queen-of-hearts.html

    That was my review of the movie. I loved it. It was about hope, fighting all odds and emerging strong. And much more.

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    1. True, Queen is about hope, strength & winning.
      Thanks Alka for sharing your review's link. Will check it out :)

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  9. I loved the movie and completely enjoyed all the N's you found in the movie.

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    1. Delighted that you liked all my Ns of Queen, Rachna :)

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  10. it was such an awesome movie and N lessons you have posted ..i power n likes for that :)

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    1. Thanks Ankur for your kind words :)

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  11. loved the movie and your post

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    1. Welcome to my Blog, Vinisha :)
      Thanks for the appreciation!

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  12. What a list! :) I am yet to watch the movie but have heard enough reviews and recommendations to watch it.

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    1. Oh Seeta! Hope my Post doesn't dilute your experience.
      I waited for long to post this as don't wanna spoil the story/surprise...
      You'll enjoy Queen for sure :)

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  13. Good takeaways..I have just watched the movie...and I agree

    N for Nauseated-Random Thoughts Naba

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  14. These are all NECESSARY lessons!
    ROG, ABCW

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    1. Thanks Roger :) Lessons are necessary!

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  15. WOW! Superb post! 'N'ever thought there could b sooooo many lessons that too with 'N'! :D

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    1. Thanks Amrita :)
      Need to watch Queen again to add any lessons I might have missed :)

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  16. Hey Anita lovely post and a great idea to write this. I loved the movie and this write up is great.

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    1. Thanks Nima for such nice words :) Delighted you liked it!

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  17. Wonderful post. I still haven't watched the film :( I know that's so bad but have heard a lot of about it. Anyways, i write @ www.movieroundup.in Pay a visit when you feel like

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    1. Thanks Haricharan for visiting my Blog! Welcome! Do stop by more often as I love writing about movies too :)
      Don't miss Queen!

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  18. Haven't watched the movie yet. Want to watch it even more now.

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    1. Queen is a must-watch, Chaitali :)
      It's still reigning at the Box-Office. Watch it soon!

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  19. You just got me back to the day i watched the movie..
    Simple.. Amazing,..!!!

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    1. Thanks Lancelot for your sweet words! I feel I have done justice to the Post n:)

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  20. Have watched the movie and quite agree with you .... what a lovely idea to compile the lessons from the movie ! loved it

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    1. Thanks for visiting my Blog! Welcome to my space :)
      Glad that you liked it!
      I love movies & write about them. I have several "Lessons we can learn from" posts :) Do check out my Movies tab for more!

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  21. Awesome post.loved the movie.saw it yesterday for the third time lol

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    1. That's wonderful to know :) Queen is cool for multiple views!

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  22. Great Post Anita !! Really Queen is a great inspirational movie for all women and you pinned down all the lessons very well :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Amruta :) Yes, you are right that Queen is a great inspirational movie.

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  23. It was a great movie and definitely we have a lot to learn from movies like these. Bollywood is experimenting and being successful as well.. Nicely written :)

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    1. Thanks Shruthi for visiting my Blog! Welcome :)
      Wonderful that Bollywood is experimenting so successfully! Thanks :)

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  24. Fabulous.. Have not seen the movie yet, but after reading your post, damn hell.. Need to see it..

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    1. Welcome to my blog, Rajesh :) Yes, you must watch Queen.
      Thanks for the nice words :)

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  25. Anita!! I love this post, its full of fun but most importantly to be oneself, dare to dream and follow the heart. Beautiful. Being Indian is such a wonderful feeling;)

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    1. Thanks Vishal!
      Yes, you are right - "be one's own self, dare to dream & follow the heart"
      Being Indian is cool & a matter of pride anywhere in the world as 'phir bhi dil hai Hindustani!' :)

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    1. Thanks a lot Swati! Welcome to my Blog! Do visit often :)

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  27. Great compilation and an awesome work :)

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    1. Thanks for the appreciation, Soundharya :)

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  28. Although i haven't watched the movie i have heard and read a lot about it. Your article was a wonderful read. i thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Totally agree with your opinion. Great work !

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    1. Thanks or your kind words, Farah!
      Do watch Queen ASAP :)

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  29. Queen is my favorite movie and your post ROCKS :)

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    1. I love Queen too! Thank you so much :)

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  30. A beautiful compilation Anita. I missed watching this movie and I have kicked myself so many times for not making it.. I will take this as a motivation to buy the dvd atleast :)

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    1. Glad you liked my post, Vinay!
      Queen is a must-watch.

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  31. Such a lovely post Anita .... more than the movie I am in love with awesome post ...

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    1. Thank you so much for your hearty appreciation :)

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