Five Years of Queen: The Complicated Legacy of the Film that Celebrated Feminism

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Five Years of Queen: The Complicated Legacy of the Film that Celebrated Feminism

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ueen completes five years this week. In a rather bizarre, but completely unrelated turn of events, this is also the week Kangana Ranaut announced that she is gifting herself (and the rest of the world) 10 days of silence before her birthday. My Twitter timeline celebrated the news with a relieved sigh before quickly dissolving into a blur of loud, angry and largely misplaced arguments about feminism and our general hatred for women with opinion while unironically dragging down actual women with opinion. And that right there is a sneak peek into the legacy of Queen, a snapshot of how the world has evolved and devolved ever since its release five years ago.

Rewatching Queen is a surreal experience. And for once, it isn’t because a movie has aged so horribly, you question your own sensibility and past self for ever liking it. On the contrary, Queen is a rare legit classic, as relevant today as it was in 2014. Queen’s legacy, however, is a complicated mess, a seminal piece of art cursed to bear the burden of its creative mind who got swamped in the #MeToo wave.

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