Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut) is a divorced NRI working in USA as a hotel housekeeper where she lives with her parents. Praful goes on a trip to Vegas with her cousin Amber (Aneesha Joshi) where she gets addicted to gambling and as a result of which she falls under a debt of $50,000 to a loan shark. The loan shark gives her 10 days to pay him back or else she has to face grave consequences.
What will Praful do? Can she pay the money in time?
Positive Points: –
- The only thing good in the film is probably the fact that it is based on a true story and that it deals with the consequences of reckless gambling.
Negative Points: –
- Kangana Ranaut’s absurdly abysmal act. It’s a travesty that critics all around the country are calling this performance of her as stellar. I’ll discuss it further in the “Performances” section.
- The direction, the screenplay, absence of good dialogues, cinematography, etc etc etc. It’s worthless to waste my time in making different points for each department of the film because everyone has disappointed badly and I don’t want my fingers to hurt!
- The film fails in engaging you even for the briefest span of time even when the story is supposed to be at its most crucial moments.
- Poor character sketching especially that of the lead destroys half of the film itself. The rest half is destroyed by everyone else.
Direction, Script & Other Technicalities: –
I haven’t yet seen any other movie of Hansal Mehta except Aligarh so I can’t really compare his work in this flick with his past endeavours, but given the fact that he is quite respected for his work in the industry and the fact that Aligarh was outstanding, this movie and his work here are appalling. He seemed to have relied heavily upon the screenplay which backfired badly and the victims are the audiences who had high hopes on him as well as the cast to create some sort of magic.
The screenplay by Kangana Ranaut and Apurva Ansari is dreadful, tarnished by innumerable flaws as well as poorly constructed dialogues. The storytelling itself was substandard and the poor characterisation of Praful added to the damage. The movie fails to generate any kind of sympathy in the audience for Praful who seems to be the only asshole in the movie. However, if this is what they intended to do then I can only lament at their myopic vision and lack of understanding of cinema. The makers seemed to have been confused whether to give it a lighter tone or a darker one and the confusion has resulted a tormenting 124 minutes long film.
Anuj Rakesh Dhawan’s cinematography was strange. There were random close and long shots and uncalled shaky camera work too! What was he upto actually? I’m not going to lambaste Antara Lahiri’s editing because I understand it’s impossible to edit out the whole film! Lastly, the songs weren’t bad but neither suited the mood of the film except Baras Ja and most of them seemed forced.
It’s useless to talk about any other performances because the whole film depended on Kangana Ranaut and her performance only mattered.
I read a few reviews as well as the Wikipedia page of Simran and I’m flabbergasted to see people applauding Ranaut’s performance. I do not doubt her potential as an actor and I admit that she is very expressive, no matter what character she plays. But expressions are not everything in an actor’s performance! Body language, dialogue delivery, accent and a lot of things matter in judging someone’s act. As far as expressions are concerned, Kangana was impressive in the film but then, her Gujarati accent sucked, her English sucked (it matters a great deal here because Praful has been in USA for quite long so we expect her English to be quite polished) and her dialogue delivery sucked too as it always has been. Honestly folks, this is not Queen and Praful isn’t Rani from Queen; so we can’t forgive Ranaut for her accent and dialogue delivery. This is by far one of the most disappointing performances by any Bollywood actress in a female-centric movie.
I know the above is going to hurt a lot of people and I might be abused by a few and called names at, but this is the truth and someone has to accept it afterall. Rest is all upto you.
Final Verdict: –
Simran was one of the most anticipated movies of 2017 owing to the fame of its director as well as its lead actress and is the biggest let-down of the year. The reasons of the same have been elucidated above with heavy excoriation. Just give it a miss if you don’t want to lose your faith on the audience and the mainstream movie critics.