Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba (Ranveer Singh) is an unscrupulous police officer who often gets his hand dirty with filthy lucre. Upon being transferred to Miramar police station as a Sr. Inspector, he continues his exploitive activities to extract wealth from the local gang leader Durva Ranade (Sonu Sood), until one day when everything turns upside down and Simmba finds himself at loggerheads with the kingpin.
Positive Points: –
- I got to say the casting department has done the most brilliant job here. Simmba oozes with acting talent which is not only evinced in Ranveer Singh’s act but in the performances of all those around him also no matter how minute or inconsequential their roles are.
- Taking on the issue of rape of girls/women in India, Simmba resonates with the feelings of the commoners on the very issue across the country which is likely to flip one’s view on the film as a whole as Indians are known to melt down on emotions when it comes to art, music and films.
Negative Points: –
- Be it direction, screenwriting or even technical execution, Simmba exhibits a blatant dismissal of cinematic percipience from its makers which can be discerned in its numerous logical fallacies.
- It’s not just the presence of remade songs, but the very existence of songs in the film that’s nettling. The tracks serve only as narrative breaks and not anything of great importance to the story or even the issue as a whole.
- Despite having many potentially powerful characters, the makers have lent all their focus in developing the eponymous character for he gets all the best lines and even the best actions and deeds. The rest just sit and watch for most of the time-length.
The General Aspects: –
Expecting a movie that’s not over-the-top from Rohit Shetty’s bag will be criminal, so my expectations from Simmba were mediocre if not rock bottom. Shetty’s flicks are characterised by flying cars, South-styled action sequences and hilarious comic moments, and we see all of them in ample amounts in this film but that’s not all that this film offers you. It’s fun to watch especially with its quirky dialogues and the funny antics of its titular character but it also has a message to tell you and it doesn’t falter in that. This flick has more emotional thrust as compared to Shetty’s previous works and that magnifies the impact it has on the audience through its social commentary. But Simmba’s outreach to its viewer will be limited by how much the latter is in agreement to feed on its cornball nature. The makers did their best to send an important message through the film and they are largely successful but it could have been infinitely better if they took filmmaking seriously. The film is marred by so many flaws in terms of both writing and direction (and let’s not even jump to the shoddy edits) that the viewer simply accepts its irrational sequences as natural with the passage of time. There are genuinely hilarious moments in it but there are also montages where you’d laugh just at the idiocy of their execution. There’s only one character that exhibits all of the film’s force and energy and that’s the film’s appellative character Simmba. The rest have either been underwhelming in their construction or have been reduced to mere cameos regardless of their importance. Even most characters have a been written off with a stereotypical mindset, be that the antagonist, or the protagonist, or even their sidekicks, we see characters act and behave as we would expect them to in a movie like this. Simmba doesn’t do anything out of the box in any terms of filmmaking or even its theme. It’s simply clichéd and awfully restrictive in terms of its characterisation and is overburdened by some unnecessary elements such as romance and songs, which have almost nothing to do with the film’s serious theme. In simple terms, it’s a typical Rohit Shetty film. Period!
The performances of the cast have not only been instrumental in the depiction of its social message but have been a saving grace as well despite the reckless filmmaking and poor character development. Ranveer Singh is the soul of the film and that’s not only because of his acting chops but because of his character development too. He gets the best of everything, be it the action, the lines, the charms, everything and he does justice to them with great determination and confidence. Though at times Simmba’s behaviour might seem irksome, the blame would rather go to director Rohit Shetty and not Singh. Sara Ali Khan has a blink-and-a-miss role but she still makes a mark in it and has convinced me even more that she’ll be the next female superstar of Indian cinema. Ashutosh Rana, apart from Singh, is probably the only actor who has got some substance in the persona he portrays and it’s only expected from an actor of his calibre to nail a character like Mohile which he does effortlessly. Sonu Sood is wonderful as the antagonist but we have seen him in such avatars before, most notable in Dabangg, so his thinly written out character doesn’t do much novel but he surely justifies it.
Final Verdict: –
Rohit Shetty’s Simmba is everything that you’d expect from a Rohit Shetty film. It’s action-packed, hilarious, has a good substratum and yet dumb in its overall built. It has been made solely with the purpose of entertainment and it’ll succeed in its endeavour but as a film in general, it’s shoddily constructed only to be saved by the committed performances of the case and the wittily crafted dialogues by Farhad Samji. It’s not as bothersome to give it a watch because, in the name of commercial entertainment, you could always do worse.