Having a criminal minded child in a family that hasn’t committed any crime in generations is an interesting idea and can make for a great film. After all, our upbringing plays a major role in shaping our personalities but sometimes, it’s the experiences that one goes through that also has an impact. Hansal Mehta, known for attempting novel topics, takes up this challenge and comes up with SIMRAN. That it’s inspired from a true incident increase curiosity levels too. So does Hansal Mehta manage to do justice to this unconventional plot or does it go haywire, let’s analyse.
The story penned by Apurva Asrani which has been inspired from a true incident rests on a weak pivot. Apurva Asrani’s screenplay is very faulty and incoherent. There is no relatability factor of any sort with the principle protagonist and that goes against the film heavily. Apurva Asrani’s dialogues [additional dialogues by Kangana Ranaut] are fine however but nothing memorable.
SIMRAN has a decent beginning. The first 10-15 minutes are spent in character introductions and also the Las Vegas sequence and it makes for a nice watch. But as soon as Simran turns into a habitual gambler, the film falls and never goes up again. There’s no logic to her actions and it gets bewildering after a point as to what’s going on in the film. One doesn’t feel any empathy for Praful. Neither does she seem to be a smart badass, if that was the intention of the makers. Besides, there’s too much of English and Gujarati in the film that dilutes the commercial element of the film. There are too many cinematic liberties in the movie which takes the audience for granted. Even the audio isn’t clear in certain scenes and hence certain English dialogues aren’t even audible. SIMRAN comes across as a show reel for Kangana Ranaut – notice how she is there in every scene!
Hansal Mehta’s direction is disappointing and it’s nowhere close to his earlier films like SHAHID, CITYLIGHT and ALIGARH. Few scenes have been well executed by him though. Watch out for the scene where Praful’s father watches the news and criticizes the father of Simran, not realising that he is insulting himself. It is quite funny.
Kangana Ranaut does a good job but her performance is quite inconsistent and comes across as self-obsessed. Notice how her Gujarati accent vanishes in several scenes – such goofs are not something that we expect from a powerhouse performer like her. Sohum Shah’s (Sameer) performance suffers because his character isn’t well fleshed out. He disappears completely in the middle of the film. Hiten Kumar is too loud and theatrical. He should have kept his performance restrained. Kishori Shahane is quite better. Esha Tewari (Salma) is fine in her small role. The actors playing Amber, Mike, bartender, moneylender and his henchmen are fair.
Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s cinematography is satisfactory. Tiya Tejpal’s production design is nothing special. Antara Lahiri’s editing is not great but with such kind of script and direction, there is nothing she could have done.
On the whole, SIMRAN is a movie which can be easily skipped without any regrets. At the box office, it will turn out to be an average fare. Watch it only if you are a Kangana Ranaut fan.
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