A Brilliant Simran With an Incoherent Script!
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Kangana Ranaut has repeatedly proved her acting prowess, though she has an equal number of flops as her hits too. Hansal Mehta’s outing this time with the film ‘Simran’ is a time pass movie and cannot be compared to the standards of his earlier ventures like ‘Aligarh’ and ‘Shahid’. Simran is watchable because of an actress like Kangana because she is undoubtedly loaded with talents to essay any role which is thrown to her. She fits the bill incredibly.
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Praf aka Praful Patel is a Gujarati divorcee settled in Georgia with her homemaker mom and her father who has a small time business of selling Gujarati delicacies to his fellow migrants who have settled there like him. Praf works as housekeeping staff in Hilton who shows no visible sadness or trouble of being a divorcee. She is as sprightful as a squirrel. She cherishes to own her own apartment one day and is delighted to zero in on one under minority scheme which she is eligible to apply for. What follows is a series of hurdles to get a housing loan approved and her impulsive squabble with her father and mother on her not settling down again in life which led to a reluctant trip to Las Vegas with her recently engaged friend.
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Her trip to the sin city makes her taste success at the baccarat table in a casino and true to her nature splurges on everything that she can lay her hands on. It seems that Praf may not have heard or read what Bill Gates once said - “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose”. As the age-old Hindi adage “मरता क्या न करता” (drive someone to the wall), Praf is left with no options but to sin after her return from the sin city to pay back to her creditors a huge amount which she repeatedly lost for trying her luck at the baccarat table after her initial success.
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Simran is a film that is based on the real-life sensational story of an Indian-American Sandeep Kaur, infamously known as ‘Bombshell Queen” and “Gambling Queen”. Kangana Ranaut is brilliant as an actor but the script and the screenplay don't rise to the expectation of the audience. It seems that the controversy that surrounded in giving credit to Kangana Ranaut as ‘additional writer’ along with the original writer Apurva Asrani’ has affected the final outcome on the screen. The script is incoherent and the way Simran executes the bank robbery with ease is really funny. What is more laughable is how Simran follows the same modus operandi while the news channels telecast footage of her daredevil act. The banks are unmanned and have an easy entry as if it is an institution free for all to learn how to loot. Apurva Asrani is a talented writer and film editor who has showcased his ability in films like Satya, CityLights, Aligarh and much more.
In short, Simran is a time pass film. Maybe, Hansal Mehta wanted to make a light-hearted movie but didn’t expect him to make a movie too lightly after ‘Aligarh’. Go and watch Simran without many expectations and see the much talented Kangana Ranaut make you laugh.
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 2.5 /5
Cast: Kangana Ranaut (Simran), Soham Shah, Esha Tewari Pande, Aneesha Joshi, Mark Justice, Hiten Kumar, Manu Narayan, Rupinder Nagra, Usha Jerajani
Genre: Comedy Drama
Director: Hansal Mehta
Producers: Bhushan Kumar, Shailesh R Singh, Amit Agarwal
Written by: Apurva Asrani
Additional Writer: Kangana Ranaut
Music by: Sachin-Jigar
Cinematography: Anuj Rakesh Dhawan
Edited by: Antara Lahiri
Production Company: T Series, Paramhans Creations Entertainment, Adarsh Telemedia
Release Date: 15th September, 2017
Duration: 124 Minutes