Published: Sat, September 16, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Simran Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut is brilliant but that is all

Simran Movie Review: Kangana Ranaut is brilliant but that is all

Controversial Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut's dark comedy Simran hit theatres worldwide today, with critics singing her praises even as the movie received a mixed reception. The best part about SIMRAN is Kangana Ranaut and her initial days at the Casino. It is a smart and telling adjustment.

Frankly, you can't emotionally invest in Simran or root for her as much as you might want to.

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This can be both wonderful and alarming. At the baccarat table, with that rare touch of beginner's luck, she wins a lot of money and happily splurges it all. But Simran doesn't take this devolution seriously enough. It also helped the advance booking of the film. While Praful Patel shines, it is the way the character Simran is written that fails Kangana. Of course, the whitewash for the protagonist is there - she has been reckless as a gambler, and she has lost her savings (kept to buy her own apartment), and she only wants to rob banks until she repays her angry and not very legal lenders, and not make it a habit, see? An arranged match, who is foolishly idealistic (Soham Shah, supremely unimpressive in a terribly scripted role) fizzles out. The amusing, bold yet kind Praful Patel knows what she wants from her life and is ready to take up any path to achieve what she desires. Praful's character, however, is a well-etched one. This is the meat of the film, yet the robberies soon feel repetitive. Most banks, it seems, don't even have security guards.

When Kangana said in AKA that she needs a phase of peace in her turbulent life, one senses a similarity between the lives of her and Parveen. Laced with abundance of humour, some straight- faced and witty dialogues, Kangana essays Praful Patel with her characteristic panache. She doesn't think twice about slipping into a life of crime just to support her "character flaws". This may feel like a familiar Kangana performance with a Gujarati accent thrown on, but there's something special about the way she makes the character appear constantly amused by herself.

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There's no denying the fact that Kangana Ranaut is a self-made superstar. But the point is, who are you tell me what my business is? Her interaction with the bartender is the most charming portion of the film.

The film though reportedly inspired by the real life story of 24-year-old Sandeep Kaur (often called the "Bombshell Bandit" in real life) misses out on the poignancy of the actual story of a person unapologetically wanting the high-life and committing grave errors to facilitate them. I wish she did that in a smarter way, to make the story more close to reality and convincing. There are a few songs but not the ones which you will take home after the film gets over.

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The finest scenes in Simran are the ones where Ranaut is playfully bantering with a Las Vegas bartender. But her free spirited and independent streak doesn't allow her to take them up. She asks him for free fries and, undeterred by their absence, demands and settles for free peanuts instead.

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