Movie Review: Simran

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Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shailesh R Singh, Amit Agarwal

Director: Hansal Mehta

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Sohum Shah

Writer: Apurva Asrani, Kangana Ranaut

Music: Sachin-Jigar

There’s no arguing that Kangana Ranaut has carved a niche in Bollywood. So when she teamed up with the likes of Hansal Mehta for Simran  we expected an artistic masterpiece. But, as is often the case, these expectations aren’t met entirely. The film sometimes impresses and sometimes it doesn’t.

One of the biggest highlights of Simran is its well-written script and screenplay penned by Apurva Asrani and additionally by Kangana Ranaut herself. Inspired by the real-life story of Sandeep Kaur, who robbed banks in the USA to pay off loan sharks , the film is a fun mix of reality and fiction.

The story is about Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut), a housekeeper in a hotel, who is saving to buy her own apartment. To take a break from the drama at home, Praful goes to Las Vegas with her cousin. It is in Sin City that she gets fixated on gambling. After winning huge in one round, Praful goes back to double her kitty but ends up losing big time. She even gambles away money from her own savings, which later leads to a rejection of her mortgage application.

Drowning deeper and deeper in her addiction, Praful loses all her money and borrows some more from shady money lenders in Vegas. When she loses that too, the bad guys catch up with her and threaten her to cough up their money. In the midst of this sordid mess, Praful finds herself attracted to Sameer (Sohum Shah). While she enjoys their budding relationship, the payment threats loom over ever so menacingly. With no parental support and no legal means to get the money, Praful starts robbing banks going by the name of ‘Simran’. What follows forms the crux of the film.

The first half of the film runs smoothly as you get acquainted with the central character, her virtues and vices and how she gets tangled in a self-created mess. With crisp editing, beautiful shots and, of course, stellar performances, the time before the interval leaves you anxious to see the next.

But when the second half rolls around, the flaws crop up fast, the first and major one being that the bank robberies are unbelievable, to say the least. Praful’s first stint at stealing is when she simply struts in on an angry whim and decides to try her luck without any preparation at all! That entire scene and the few that follow show her being goofy during the heists instead of being careful. That’s a huge loophole in the script.

The biggest plus in the film is obviously Kangana Ranaut herself. After Queen, the talented actress has proved once again that she does not need a hero for her role to shine. Ranaut embodies the role of Praful with all her quirkiness, her sweetness, her pain and her power.

It is her performance that makes you relate to Praful when she goes on a Pretty Women-esque shopping spree, or laughs at herself after using cheesy pick-up lines, or when she goes through turmoil and gets caught in the crossfire with her father. She fumbles here and there while delivering her lines as Gujarati doesn’t come naturally to her but she manages all the same.

The other good thing about Simran is the way it is shot, especially the beauty captured in the close-up shots that show the joys and frustrations on Simran’s face. A naturally flowing dialogue is another advantage. While the music of the film is not on the chartbuster list, the songs are few and don’t interfere with the narrative.

Hansal Mehta gets full marks for stepping out of his comfort zone, of hard-hitting and sensitive stories, and trying his hand at something lighter. Mehta should also be applauded for giving us a heroine who is unapologetic of her flaws, which are not glorified or justified at any point. All in all, Mehta and his lead actress make sure you are smiling as you step out of the auditorium.

Performance-wise, Kangana Ranaut is excellent as usual and delivers yet another award-winning performance. Sohum Shah is good. Rupinder Nagra who plays Mike Mehndi is decent. Timothy Hickernell is fun as the bartender. The actors playing the roles of Simran’s parents, Kishori Shahane and Hiten Kumar are strong in their respective characters. The supporting cast is also decent and holds up the story line while Ranaut takes center stage.

Verdict: Don’t miss Simran.

 

 

 

Banners: T-Series, Paramhans Creations Entertainments, Adarsh Telemedia

Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Shailesh R Singh, Amit Agarwal

Director: Hansal Mehta

Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Sohum Shah

Writer: Apurva Asrani, Kangana Ranaut

Music: Sachin-Jigar

 

There’s no arguing that Kangana Ranaut has carved a niche in Bollywood. So when she teamed up with the likes of Hansal Mehta for Simran  we expected an artistic masterpiece. But, as is often the case, these expectations aren’t met entirely. The film sometimes impresses and sometimes it doesn’t.

One of the biggest highlights of Simran is its well-written script and screenplay penned by Apurva Asrani and additionally by Kangana Ranaut herself. Inspired by the real-life story of Sandeep Kaur, who robbed banks in the USA to pay off loan sharks , the film is a fun mix of reality and fiction.

The story is about Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut), a housekeeper in a hotel, who is saving to buy her own apartment. To take a break from the drama at home, Praful goes to Las Vegas with her cousin. It is in Sin City that she gets fixated on gambling. After winning huge in one round, Praful goes back to double her kitty but ends up losing big time. She even gambles away money from her own savings, which later leads to a rejection of her mortgage application.

Drowning deeper and deeper in her addiction, Praful loses all her money and borrows some more from shady money lenders in Vegas. When she loses that too, the bad guys catch up with her and threaten her to cough up their money. In the midst of this sordid mess, Praful finds herself attracted to Sameer (Sohum Shah). While she enjoys their budding relationship, the payment threats loom over ever so menacingly. With no parental support and no legal means to get the money, Praful starts robbing banks going by the name of ‘Simran’. What follows forms the crux of the film.

The first half of the film runs smoothly as you get acquainted with the central character, her virtues and vices and how she gets tangled in a self-created mess. With crisp editing, beautiful shots and, of course, stellar performances, the time before the interval leaves you anxious to see the next.

But when the second half rolls around, the flaws crop up fast, the first and major one being that the bank robberies are unbelievable, to say the least. Praful’s first stint at stealing is when she simply struts in on an angry whim and decides to try her luck without any preparation at all! That entire scene and the few that follow show her being goofy during the heists instead of being careful. That’s a huge loophole in the script.

The biggest plus in the film is obviously Kangana Ranaut herself. After Queen, the talented actress has proved once again that she does not need a hero for her role to shine. Ranaut embodies the role of Praful with all her quirkiness, her sweetness, her pain and her power.

It is her performance that makes you relate to Praful when she goes on a Pretty Women-esque shopping spree, or laughs at herself after using cheesy pick-up lines, or when she goes through turmoil and gets caught in the crossfire with her father. She fumbles here and there while delivering her lines as Gujarati doesn’t come naturally to her but she manages all the same.

The other good thing about Simran is the way it is shot, especially the beauty captured in the close-up shots that show the joys and frustrations on Simran’s face. A naturally flowing dialogue is another advantage. While the music of the film is not on the chartbuster list, the songs are few and don’t interfere with the narrative.

Hansal Mehta gets full marks for stepping out of his comfort zone, of hard-hitting and sensitive stories, and trying his hand at something lighter. Mehta should also be applauded for giving us a heroine who is unapologetic of her flaws, which are not glorified or justified at any point. All in all, Mehta and his lead actress make sure you are smiling as you step out of the auditorium.

Performance-wise, Kangana Ranaut is excellent as usual and delivers yet another award-winning performance. Sohum Shah is good. Rupinder Nagra who plays Mike Mehndi is decent. Timothy Hickernell is fun as the bartender. The actors playing the roles of Simran’s parents, Kishori Shahane and Hiten Kumar are strong in their respective characters. The supporting cast is also decent and holds up the story line while Ranaut takes center stage.

Verdict: Don’t miss Simran.

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