Simran

Simran Movie Review 2017: Run, She's Crazy

CRITIC'S RATING    2.0/5
AVG READERS' RATING:    3.0/5
Movie Name
Simran
DIRECTION
Hansal Mehta
GENRE
Crime, Drama, Romance
DURATION
02 hours 04 minutes

Simran Review

In Atlanta, an edgy 30-year-old divorcee has stormy showdowns with her well-intentioned father while her mother looks on helplessly. The story is not the ‘pro-blem'. It's also understandable that after saving up to buy her own apartment, when she turns to gambling and loses it all and more, there are loan sharks at her door.

But Apurva Asrani's credible story that gets its germ from the real-life incident of an Indian woman serving time for running up gambling debts, goes as haywire as his lead character Praful Patel. From a hard working Gujarati girl in the housekeeping department of a big hotel who lies easily to her parents, drinks and changes boyfriends, Praful degenerates into a gambler and then a thief and Hansal Mehta's direction nosedives along with her.

Praful has parallel lives, stringing along Sameer, the perfectly eligible Gujarati boy fixed up by her parents. And nobody's the wiser least of all the Atlanta police. Despite a string of amateurly executed robberies with her car parked outside and her fingerprints all over the crime scenes, the cops bumble around clueless and can't even catch up with her when they do get her.

If anybody thought Simran would be a fun film that makes a sensible point like Queen did, shelve it right there. Praful Patel is so selfishly crazy that the film offers neither comedy nor sympathy, the two essentials Hansal and Apurva strive for and fail to deliver.

The dialogues match the clunky screenplay with mothers making theplas and an overdose of ‘so-rry', ‘pro-blem', ‘hay-lo', ‘o-ffer' and ‘stoke-market', like the Gujarati girl we just saw and rejected in Jab Harry Met Sejal. The makers also attempt a comic swipe at America's Islamophobia with the cops wondering aloud if the robber is from the Middle East with links to Al-Qaeda. It could've been humorous but with the whole film collapsing, there isn't much to chuckle over.

There isn't any romantic moment either with feeble scenes like Praful and Sameer going to a scenic spot and posting like the Titanic couple. It sinks like the big ship did.

The most important point is, does Kangana Ranaut carry off Praful with panache? Unfortunately, there's an overconfidence in evidence which seems unaware that her performance comes off as fake and cartoonish, without the humor.

Analysis

    Direction
    3/5
  • Dialogues
    2/5
  • Story
    3/5
  • Music
    2/5
  • Screen Play
    2/5

The Verdict

There isn't any romantic moment either with feeble scenes like Praful and Sameer going to a scenic spot and posting like the Titanic couple. It sinks like the big ship did. The film touches neither the heart nor the funny bone and will disappoint anybody who’s looking forward to a Queen-like performance from Kangana. Simran gets a 2* rating.


 

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