Simran

Simran

In Simran, the lead actress (Kangana Ranaut) loses all her cash while gambling at Las Vegas. So, she does what she believes is the cleverest thing to do: she robs a bank.

 

Starring: Kangana Ranaut, Catherine Dyer, Evette Young
Director: Hansal Mehta
Writer: Apurva Asrani
India release date: Sep 15, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Language: Hindi

 

SIMRAN screenplay—the original writer’s version | And a comparison between the original script & the film by Sweta Kaushal in the Hindustan Times.

 

 

“It’s a Hollywoody story (you can imagine the Coen Brothers taking a shot at this screwball premise with dark overtones), but with a character you aren’t meant to feel sorry for… Praful is a fabulous fuckup, and Ranaut plays these scenes so beautifully, so unapologetically, you want to shake Praful’s shoulders and make her see sense – if you could summon up the guts to approach her. ”

| Full review

Baradwaj Rangan, <blog>
Baradwaj Rangan
“On the few occasions when women have dared to step out—to rebel against patriarchy, or just give in to their bodies or whims for a night—they have paid for it with their izzat in some form or another. Heavens above and the men below have wrecked havoc on them the dayafter. Here too there’s a cost. Only Praful doesn’t care. Worse, she’s enjoying what she does.”

Rating: 2 stars | Full review

Suparna Sharma, The Asian Age
Suparna Sharma

 

“The movie exists as a testament to Ranaut’s awesomeness… The star and the character merge into one, and the movie suffers as a result… The monomania that characterises Simran—the furtherance of the assertion that Kangana Ranaut can carry off just about anything—dooms the movie to repetition and facetiousness.”

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Nandini Ramnath, Scroll
Nandini Ramnath
“One can argue that this entire adventure is about her wanting to “ji le apni zindagi” and break free. She chooses a mainstream symbol, with all its drama and noise. It’s a clunky metaphor.”

Rating: 2 stars | Full review

Rahul Desai, Film Companion
Rahul Desai

 

“There’s altogether too much of Ranaut without adequate support from the plot, which runs off in all directions in order to keep her in every frame (ironically, the leading lady has a script-and-additional-dialogues credit).”

Rating: 3 stars | Full review

Shubhra Gupta, The Indian Express
Shubhra Gupta
“Super to watch a self-assured performer vault over any challenge a script throws, but never ideal to see a script contort in order to give the actress room to show off everything she can do—including things that don’t necessarily suit the film.”

Rating: 2.5 stars | Full review

Raja Sen, NDTV
Raja Sen

 

“Meanders along like a conversation over drinks between friends… The only way one can get by the film without yawning is by actively regaling at how Ranaut manages to breathe bursts of energy into a limp storytelling. A lot of the credit for that goes to the dialogues—witty, funny and quietly feminist—delivered by Ranaut with disarming candour, devoid of any chest-thumping drama.”

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Piyasree Dasgupta, Huffington Post
Piyasree Dasgupta
“Messy mocktail of a star and a well-written, strong character gone wrong in a narrative that fails to keep things from falling apart… Looks like someone is trying to further glorify her public image, as her character is the embodiment of everything we have seen in her interviews and public statements.”

Rating: 1.5  stars | Full review

Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times
Sweta Kaushal

 

“I’d lost interest in the sniping between writer and editor Apurva Asrani and Ranaut in the run-up to the film’s release, but having watched Simran I can understand why they’d squabble over the writing credits… After all the drama of the last month, it’s nice to be reminded that offscreen Ranaut, no matter how entertaining or scandalous, cannot hold a candle to onscreen Ranaut.”

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Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
Uday Bhatia

 

 

 

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