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Simran Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut is closing perfection one film at a time, though movie falls short of Hansal Mehta-spirit

Simran Movie Review: Did Kangana Ranaut-Hansal Mehta recipe create a cinematic masterpiece?

Reshu Manglik [ Updated:September 16, 2017 12:50 IST ]
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Simran Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut is the only hero of this otherwise drab tale
  • Movie Name:Simran
  • Critics Rating: 2.5 / 5
  • Release Date: 15-09-17
  • Director: Hansal Mehta
  • Genre: Comedy Drama

Kangana Ranaut’s Simran is finally out today that is on 15th September 2017. The Hansal Mehta-directorial made quite zesty headlines for firstly, Ranaut’s explosive disclosures on Bollywood biggies and secondly for alleged Kangana-Hansal fallout. The filmmaker who was once all praises for the flamboyant actress, now has an utterly dishevelled interpersonal dynamics with her. The trio, Hansal Mehta, Kangana Ranaut and Apurva Asrani grew so apart from each other that the three would vow never to work with each other in the future. All these controversies have definitely drawn some audience to a little extent. But is controversies and promotions all a movie needs to charm an audience? Let’s see, if Simran lives up to our expectations or not. 

Simran Movie Synopsis 

Simran is a comedy-drama film which is loosely based on the life of Sandeep Kaur, an NRI in United States who trod the forbidden kingdoms of gambling and robbery. She was convicted for four bank robberies and was sentenced for the same. Kangana Ranaut plays the titular role of Praful Patel, a divorced 30-year-old housemaid who can’t wait any longer to break through the shackles of parents’ restrictions. Her parents, on contrary to her personality, are level-headed and follow the conventions of an Indian society. 

To get over her mundane life, Praful indulges in casual sexual relationships with men, which includes the manager of the hotel where she works. The happy-go-lucky girl enjoys every breath she takes and live her life to fullest until she opens the door to the world of gambling (baccarat, in this case). On one random trip to Vegas, she invites trouble for herself by binge gambling, in the course of which she loses the money she saved for buying an independent house in Atlanta. 

Just like the gambling works, Praful borrows money from a hideous looking man at the Casino and lands into another trouble. Being a part of this vicious cycle of gambling and money-borrowing, she completely gets her life off-track to a point of no return. Amid this madness, she finds her temporary breathing space in Sameer, an Indian man introduced through a traditional arranged marriage setup. But for the path she has chosen, she couldn’t settle with a man like any other traditional woman, hence she lets him go. 

In the course of this complete bank robbery fiasco, she’s hit by a sudden realization of her acts when a bank manager almost loses his life due to a bomb scare staged by her. She decides to surrender, which she does. After spending 10 months in the prison, Praful is released early on behalf of good conduct. But will it bring her idiocy to end?

Simran Movie Review 

The film start on a run-of-the-mill note with a divorced housemaid trying to catch pace with her life which is contained of her job and nagging father. With the very first scene, Kangana Ranaut is looking promising, ready to deliver her another realistic acting performance. The part where the inception of gambling addiction is portrayed is rational and as simply put as it can be. The course in which Kangana Ranaut is drawn towards the murky world is undeniably the most winsome part of the movie, as the rest of the movie sways gradually away from its logical connotations. The first half of Simran amplifies our adrenaline level to some extent, but its’ the second half which brings the entire Hansal Mehta-creation down. Spooling the entire movie back in our minds, we can spot the loop holes. Let’s talk about them one at a time. Looking back at Hansal Mehta’s previous films, sample Aligarh, Citylights and not to forget Shahid, which won him the National Film Award for Best Direction. If you’ve been a witness to the artistry of this popular filmmaker, you will instantly find Simran a lacklustre as a matter-of-fact it is a Hansal Mehta film. The filmmaker has helmed the films which were firmly based around a solid topic which seemed lacking in Simran. This film, was in fact, based on a more lighter note, which wasn’t expected by the audience. 

Another crack in the script was the transition of the film from being sensible to nonsensical exponentially as it proceeds towards second half. The way Praful was robbing bank with nothing but a red lipstick and a piece of paper makes the audience wonder if the US law agencies and security works in such a daft manner. Despite the fact, Praful was a wanted criminal in Atlanta after her bank robbery episodes; still her phone was not traced. This single scene will make even crime serials of India seem sensible. 

The supporting character Sameer incites the interest of audience while he’s on screen. Kangana Ranaut is amazing in her performance as usual, which is a no surprise element in the movie. The actress has always been up to the mark, regardless of the role she has been assigned with. But when a National Award winner filmmaker collaborates with a three-time National Award winning actress, the expectations are already shooting high in the sky. Even if the film fails to get as magical as expected, it should have touched the threshold of being a momentous cinematic experience. This film takes us back to the time of Rangoon. The history repeats itself when a renowned filmmaker and a near-perfect actress fails to churn out a film that impresses the audience. 

To Watch Or Not?

If you're a die-hard Kangana Ranaut, then you can consider watching this film, but only ONCE. Watching a film deviating from reality with each passing minute isn't everyone's cup of tea. In case you're on the other end of the spectrum, and an Hansal Mehta fan, Simran is the movie you would like to give a miss. 

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