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Simran has a perfectly flawed lead character, played almost to perfection by Kangna Ranaut, the film has a close-to-perfect climax too. If only, the plot didn't accelerate to being outland-ish mid-way.Read more
At the outset, a vibrant, open-minded lead lady from middle-class India who is sure of herself – sounds like it has been done to death in recent films. It doesn't help that this lady seems to be struggling with mental health issues and is played by Kangna Ranaut. But, the trailer still makes you want to watch it.
It is the details that add the layers – she is single because she is a divorcée – that is fairly new for a Hindi film. She confesses to being a kleptomaniac, gambler to add the nuance to the mental health angle. But, the topping is the honesty in dialogue.
Also there is a catch, but we don't know what it is. This one I am certainly looking forward to! Simran releases on 15 September, 2017
Bollywood Hungama - "3/5"
dunkdaft - ""
Film Companion - "The massy Simran soundtrack fortifies their case after the initial hiccup of Meri Pyaari Bindu "
Milliblog – A 200-worder which includes "Much like Meri Pyaari Bindu, excellent music from Sachin-Jigar"
- meeta, a part of the audience
An Indian middle-class household, only this time it is in American suburbia. That itself is a background relatively sparingly used in Indian films. The lead character, Ms. Patel (Kangna Ranaut) lands herself in more and more unbelievable situations. Yet, you want to shrug it off as the story of one of those odd, madcap people that you encounter in real life too. The craziness makes the plot fall in Hrishikeh Mukherjee, “real people in unreal situations” territory too. But, some time in the last 45 minutes it crosses a line, that makes you dislike the person that the lead lady is.
Simran has an obscure layer of gender bias that's intriguing.
Simran is no “coming of age” or “seeking / finding redemption” story. It is the story of an unapologetic, even stupid, character. But, as an after-thought, I realised that it is only a slight, figurative exaggeration of some of the people we know. Here I am pointing to those people we know who have very little financial prudence; who know they are digging themselves a deeper hole with every credit card swipe, but are lured by their supposed need for something out-of-reach – a house, a car, branded clothes, “better” lifestyle. This is why I absolutely loved the climax. It was so pleasantly unexpected, yet it stayed believable – given both the texture of the film and the similarity to some real-life people I know.
The acceleration flows well from one incident to another in our protagonist's life. All aspects of Ms. Patel's life are intertwined – her job, her love-life, her aspirations, her relationship with her parents. It would have been so easy to make these things episodic, each episode exposing an aspect of her personality. Owing to the non-standard, holistic approach, it doesn't feel like the scenes were built to prove a certain point about the character but you were seeing her life as it happens. Until it becomes a bit much to digest. A little into the second half, I had that sinking feeling that the movie is losing its plot.
But, since the film stays grounded without overt Americanisation or glamorisation and Kangna Ranaut's is restrained and real, you don't want to give up. Here, the American setting was not really necessary for the script, but the film stays matter-of-factly about it. It just is. Even the sequences in Las Vegas or the only scenes in which Ranaut is well-made-up and well-dressed are rather glitz-free. Surprisingly, the scenes with sex seemed gratuitous and thus, extraneous to the film. I am always thrown off by Kangna Ranaut's accent. So, I easily lost track of whether or not she maintained her Gujarati accent through and through. However, that matters little since she is otherwise doing a good job of making an unbelievably idiot of a character, seem possible.
Simran has an obscure layer of gender bias that's intriguing. Under the overt lines by Mr. Patel, the lead character's father, “a girl should get married”, “a daughter is property that is passed on from father to husband” was this hidden desire for a son. The sole child of this middle-class, Indian-American household, a girl has an ambiguously male-sounding name. This divorced daughter is given one of two contradictory choices – to get married as a girl ought to be or to help support household expenses as a boy ought to do. Be a girl and get out of the house or stay in the house and do what is expected of a boy. This gender bias is not satirical or incidental, it feels like a slice-of-every-girl's life.
This ought to have created sympathy. However, the various facets of Kangna Ranaut's character push you to dislike her. The commentary on financial mismangement and general irresponsibility of the millenials seem exaggerated and yet, ring true. The struggle of Indian parents and children in America to be both American and Indian at the same time isn't new. But put together, they make the film a rich experience that cannot be slotted into one genre. My heart leaped with joy at the climax. If only, the 20-30 minutes in the second half didn't distance you from the film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...Simran has come to theatres following an ugly controversy over its writing credits. The final rolls read: story, screenplay and dialogues – Apurva Asrani, additional story and dialogues – Kangana Ranaut. The truth about what went on behind the scenes may never be fully revealed, but what has emerged now that the curtains have been drawn aside is a compact, sweet, unconventional entertainer.... full review
Thumbs up, by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini : ...The Gujrati bit again is done to perfection. Even more so because it’s a Gujrati turned American accent that is far tougher to do than our Sejal in Harry met Sejal. This is a great weekend watch.... full review
Thumbs up, by Manjusha Radhakrishan, Gulf News : ...“Our society knows how to manoeuvre a male ego as it’s a centuries-old tradition and is often skilfully done. To come across a woman with an ego is such an alien concept that you only know how to demolish it but not operate around it... This film is a woman’s journey towards a free life.”... full review
Thumbs up, by Anita Iyer, Khaleej Times : ...Overall, 'Simran' is an honest film made with a true heart and totally recommended to watch this weekend. The last scene will leave a smile on your face as you leave the theatres. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Umesh Punwani, koimoi : ...Go and watch this film for Kangana Ranaut’s yet another stellar performance. This film also proves one more thing – there never could be a best for Kangana as she’s unstoppable. Hansal Mehta! Thank you for Simran.... full review
Thumbs up, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...Sameer saying, “Tumhe saans lete dekhna bhi ek tarah ki kamyabi hai (it’s a minor achievement even to watch you breathe)”. And a large one: watching Ranaut flick emotions on and off like a light switch, using that intuitive, offbeat style of hers to find humour, a little heartbreak, and zero sentimentality in the story of a stickup artist... full review
Thumbs up, by Vaihayasi Pande Daniel, Rediff : ...I don't know where Ranaut learned how to act like a maid or picked up the techniques by which a maid cleans a hotel room or maybe she viewed too many of those videos (like The Truth Behind Hotel "Cleaning" Practices Will Scare You), but I wouldn't want to stay in hotel rooms cleaned by her mentor maids!... full review
Thumbs up, Sify Movies : ...Overall, this frothy entertainer Simran is a film Kangana carries squarely on her shoulders and makes the most slipshod scenes look endearing. Watch it only for Kangana Ranaut.... full review
So-So, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, SIMRAN is a movie which can be easily skipped without any regrets. At the box office, it will turn out to be an average fare. Watch it only if you are a Kangana Ranaut fan.... full review
So-So, by Tushar P Joshi, Bollywood Life : ...Kangana delivers yet another award-worthy performance. But we wish the plot did more justice to her versatility. Simran is only a one time watch... full review
So-So, by Shanshank Shekhar, Desi Martini : ...overall this film is not everyone’s cup of tea because at the end it is difficult to extract one conclusion of the director’s vision but has the potential for a one-time watch entertainment.... full review
So-So, by Zinia Bandopadhyay, Desi Martini : ...Go and watch the film if you are a Kangana fan. You can watch it if you do not have a loooot of expectation. But if you are expecting another Queen, then this will be a major disappointment.... full review
So-So, by Josh, fullhyd.com : ...But you have the little joys like Mehta's capability to create a Gujarati environment (with great support from Hiten Kumar and Kishori Shahane as Praful's parents, and Sohum Shah as a worthy suitor), some attempts at humour which work, and Ranaut's stardom for what it's worth. It isn't a good film nor a normal film, but it isn't altogether miserable, either. ... full review
So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...Watch the film if you swear by Kangana Ranaut. She spreads her wings like the tiny butterflies in her stomach and flies, but Simran does not take off.... full review
So-So, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...Simran surrenders itself to the all-encompassing star power of Ranaut who is at peak when handling moments of silence and loneliness. Whether it is breaking down in the car after her first robbery or just raising a toast to the world on a rooftop, she beautifully shows that Praful is an enigma, a young woman who thinks from her heart than her head. She is convinced she deserves better. After all the hoopla the audiences deserved a better movie too.... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Conclusion: Simran is a film which had a gem of an idea behind it (thanks to the real life drama of one Punjabi girl in America) but trying to make it light and giving it a comedic touch doesn’t work for the betterment of the film. Simran wastes one of the better Kangana Ranaut performances because it isn’t quite sure what type of a film it eventually wants to become. It won’t be wrong to say that writer Kangana has ruined a great performance by the actress Kangana.... full review
So-So, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...One obvious concern is the film's casual tone that distracts one from being sensitised to the magnitude of the crime portrayed on screen. It's almost like the events have been exclusively gamified for an audience intolerant to tension. Pin the writer or the one who rewrote it? You decide. ... full review
So-So, by Rajeev Masand, News18.com : ...Come to think of it, the movie’s no slog. Mehta keeps the pace going, and delivers some terrific moments that’ll make you smile. I’m going with three out of five for Simran.... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Frankly, you can't emotionally invest in Simran or root for her as much as you might want to. But when you watch the film, you will find yourself warming up to her occasionally, because she's all you've got. Let's give Kangana her due... full review
So-So, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...Kangana is funny, fiesty and full of life. The audience will surely be amazed at the kind of versatility the actress has shown. There are a few songs but not the ones which you will take home after the film gets over. The title track 'Simran' by Sachin-Jigar is nice and breezy.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rahul Bharadwaj, Desi Martini : ...Stay away from this con job in the name of intellectual Cinema. If you want to see a good entertaining movie with a social message try posterboys if it is still running. That is better value for money. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Vishal Varma, Glamsham.com : ...On technical front, Anuj Rakesh Dhawan's cinematography is eye pleasing... Tiya Tejpal's production design is fine. Antara Lahiri's editing is passable. Production values are superb. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sweta Kaushal, Hindustan Times : ...None of the supporting actors - Praful’s parents, her co-workers or her suitor - get enough ground to establish their characters. Simran is a one-woman show and not a great one at that.... full review
Thumbs down, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...And why are cops and American bankers so inept? Why were the Vegas moneylenders so generous to her? A country that prides itself in surveillance it seems rather dumb for them to not recognise her car, and her. This is so implausible, you wonder if the director was absent because Kangana is an award-winning actor? Shahid, made by the same director was also carried by one actor, but you do not see this kind of indulgence in that movie. This film is all over the place, the audience had best run, run, run far away from Simran.... full review
Thumbs down, by Nandini Ramnath, Scroll.in : ...The charm is laid on thick, even when not required. Praful is famed for her cheesy humour, but she is often the only one laughing at her jokes. Since the movie does not require viewers to be a part of this private conversation between a movie star and her character, a staggering sense of disengagement is par for the course.... full review
zaynsdeewani: Simran is such a good movie kanganas acting was amazing as always
wajiitweetn: 1) #Simran was a treat to watch! great movie! realistic, super funny & kinda tragic story of a girl named Praful patel!! played brilliantly
vishalhinduja1: I Loved the Movie #Simran
vikasradhe: The surprise element of #Simran is the brilliant @s0humshah who compliments #KanganaRanaut's acting prowess.
vaibhavsalonia: #simran is different movie.its is the beginning of chnge in Blywd b
TheRroma: Watched #simran. Amazing movie. Loved every bit of Kangan #KanganaRanaut
thebombaybong: #Simran is flawed, relatable, loveable and absolutely unapologetic!! Congrats team. @mehtahansal @Apurvasrani @JaiHMehta @ShaileshRSingh
TheAnikaJain: Ok, we just switched to #simran & ok I finally got some fine stuff to watch.
teamrb_: #Simran is funny & engaging in most of its running time,#KanganaRanaut Badass+Heartwarming performance makes it even more watchable (3.5/5)
SwapiVarute: Watched #Simran #KanganaRanaut This sweet thief like Praful Patel has seen for the first time in my life @mehtahansal
sushant_godbole: With #Simran, #Kangana proves that #Queen was not hers best work !! She was the hero, heroine and the villain in #Simran
somitapal: #Simran ws a watchable movie only bcoz of stupendous performance by #KanganaRanaut, something that none of the Khans or Johars can do!
sksami123: Oh #kangana you are truly exceptional. Artist in your own special league. So overwhelmingly talented and beautiful. Loved #simran
sharada_iyer: #simranreview #Simran #KanganaRanaut Brilliant performance, Interesting plot, superb direction, must watch film,thoroughly entertaining film
ShahShahjanvi94: Simran is veryyyyy good movie
SavarSuri: Watched #Simran and #Kangana delivers a POWER packed fun filled performance!The story is raw,real n fresh.Do NOT miss it!Kudos @mehtahansal
SanilGosavi: Simran did better than Lucknow Central. Wow
sana86uk: Simran=must watch.Only time I've witnessed ppl glued to their seats during intermission for fear they'll miss a sec of the 2nd half #Simran
sahil_rt: Today watched #Simran what acting (wo)man, take a bow #KanganaRanaut
sabibhatia: #Simran must watch typical family issues & full of entertainment Kananga super entertaining gujju character just loved it must watch
rjstutee: To make us fall for a character inspite of all its shortcomings-well that is love. for achieving it #Simran steals d show&4Quints out of 5!
Rene_poulami: #Simran : one good unapologetic #kangana delivering her best natural & raw emotions on screen. It's a treat to watch her, as always!
reemapandey2888: #KanganaRanaut in top form! Girl crush <3 #Simran is a delight to watch. #simranreview
rash_som: #kangana is a treat to watch! Watch #Simran for her! She has proved yet again, her talent is not a fluke! She is for real ❤️ @SimranMovie
RachnaRch: Watched Simran yesterday. Movie is awesome as one expects from @mehtahansal. Kangana makes it gold.
Prasoontt2: " SIMRAN " भाई कमाल की फिल्म है ! कंगना कभी आओ हमारे अंगना!
prashant_kr_jha: Tanuja trivedi, Datto, Rani mehra and now as Praful patel... kangana is on fire #Simran @Rangoli_A
Pra1hamGupta: Simran was appealing in parts, Kangana is awesome.
pk0513: #Simran is a must watch movie, specially #KanganaRanaut fans!! One more #NationalAward worthy performance! Kudos
ovee84: #Simran is nice! #KanganaRanaut you nailed it again ...brilliant
OneCosmicEnergy: #simran is a must watch
Narayan94007965: #Simran is Cinema which is not made in industry till date. It's fresh and worth watch #KanganaRanaut is best we all hv 2 accept @mehtahansal
myselfkuldeep: #Simran movie is as good as #KanganaRanut acting. .go and watch.. the way she behaving nowadays u might not see such brilliant movies of her
monika_niftian: Simran ❤ What a great acting...
miafarrowww: I see a lot of people bad mouthing & trying to sabotage #Simran please watch it yourself & see what an exceptional artist Kangana Ranuat is
Me__Rakesh: #Simran A must watch movie for everyone it's a Lovely funny & Entertaining movie And best part is #Kangana what a great performance she did.
mathurshagun1: #Simran a movie with a well-built storyline & a rather enjoyable ending. Fine work by #KanganaRanaut and all!
ManasiKirloskar: Watched #Simran and loved it!! Fantastic performance by Kangana Ranaut
mahwashajaz_: #Simran is a should-watch. You should watch it for its quirky central protagonist, #KanganaRanaut's hilarious & cackle-worthy portrayal
kzeeshu: Watched Simran ystrday,wow!!actualy the only thing I remember of this muv is Kangana acting.i bet u won't b missing a good story
KRappreciation: Simran is absolutely worth a watch Cc: @apex2edge
kksaraf1: Simran is worth seeing
Kakolimrinalini: Go and watch movie Simran. You will enjoy it.
juhisureka17: Simran, a must watch. @RealKangana #BrilliantActing #Simran
JohriGunjan: Guys, for a fab performance by an actor, go watch Simran @KanganaFanClub @KanganaRanautFC . Only Kangana cd do this.
johnekka11: 'Simran' Is No 'Queen' But Kangana Ranaut Is Worth Every Penny You Spend On The Moviehttp://m.huffingtonpost.in/2017/09/15/
jinxshah248: #Simran watched the move last night amazed by the performance of kangana ranaut brilliant another national award on its way..
i_m_santo: #simran...... a beau movie.. a big high on kangana's career...
iRimjhim: 2 national award for her for sure.. One for Simran second for Rangoon
informalfanboy: Mazedaar, samajhdaar, dildaar aur audaciousdaar #simran led n co-written brilliantly by bae is a #mustwatch. Bindass jaoo. 9/10.
ImranQazii: Simran - 8/10 Kangana Ranaut ki acting - 100/10 ❤️ #Simran
iampurnp: #simran is much watch movie of d year @KanganaFanClub @KanganaRanautFC @KanganaDaily @QueenKangana share as much as possible #KanganaRanut
iamkapildhawan: Loved it Simran ❤️ You are a damn good performer #Simranmovie #simranreview #KanganaRanut
Gohilajit2Ajit: #Simran Osm Movie
friendsRforevr: Go watch Simran for yourself! Super light and happy
eses_kay: #Simran movie is a must watch if u r looking for something different and strong acting! #KanganaRanaut wins my heart again <3
Denomator: #Simran can bring on the change for every woman, especially for every actress who aspires big but do not speak out. #Simranmovie is good.
DebotriG: Kangana Ranaut is a delight to watch. An engaging one from @mehtahansal . #Simran is a must watch this weekend.
chickoo_chirag: #Simran proves why Kangana Ranaut is way ahead of any of her contemporaries. Worth a watch!
BasharatWaheed: Love you SiMRAN @KangnaRunOut
BappiDa53680342: Just watched #Simran !! What a performance !! Kangna Ranaut nailed it n proves again she is superstar.
avjankee: indian you got such talent n good cinema at your disposal. cherish her or you will lose one true talent n get same garbage cinema #simran
asliakashs: #Simran is amazing movie...guys watch it...I could totally relate and I think you too
anshuld90: No actress in bollywood cud have pulled off what #KangnaRanaut has in #simran,hats off to her acting !! 4th national award ? @Rangoli_A
AmrutaDalpatia: Kangy#simran#full of fun awsm move.kangana you just nailed it.#prafull patel love you.fadu performance.so proved it 1 more tym.
Aldrin10029: you'll fall in love with #Simran & you'll walk out of the hall smiling.. lovely movie. Another national awards avaits for #KanganaRanaut
AjeetPanigrahi: What kangana did in #Simran is pure acting skills. Loved the acting.
AAPki_jhaadu: #Simran i watched. Initially some negative reviews confused me, but its a good movie, i enjoyed. The lover boy of kangana was irritating
Vibbit12: What I thought of Kangana's Simran? 3/5
suchin545: #Simran is an uneven albeit well-acted miss fire which oscillates between endearing and plain silly.
munafno1: #Simran is a tedious film,narrative not gripping.Nw will #Kangana like to take th Credit for co writing th flm.If yes thn pl STOP writing
KdManoranjan: Kangna is in terrific form in #Simran, but that's about it... First half engrossing... Post-interval portions illogical, a complete downer.
kbrewFL: Simran was good... until the second half. Then it just got totally unrealistic and had terrible acting. Hmmm..
karan_uil: #Simran was @kangna_ranaut 's best performance so far but not her best movie. The script was a bit weak and left me wanting more of her.
beparwaah_: #Simran is such a fun movie. Woh alag baat hai k mujhe usse haqeeqat ka koi waasta nahi laga as they claim it to be.
aryansdream: I don't care who wrote the film, writing is just okay and second half is a bit downer but kangana lifts it with her aura. Kangana > Simran
akankshapndit01: Saw #Simran excellent acting/performance by #KanganaRanaut , but storyline is very weak :( @mehtahansal
Yugandhara93: #Simran Is totally an crap movie Don't waste your money
yashg: Simran is atrocious. A depressing documentary. Gave me headache!
SwapnilATalekar: #Simran #FlopFilm
secularrahu8: Nayi #Simran nakko, baigan apni purani waali better hai, ye dekho
saumyahrx: Bhai log Me #Disaster bolunga aap lok #Simran samajh lena
sanjeevkverma: Even too much of a good thing is boring.From start to finish only #KanganaRanaut.You can sleep or slip after interval #Simran
rohitjswl01: MOVIE REVIEW #Simran BELOW AVERAGE
Rohit31977932: Simran disastter
nopetara: Simran was a nope for me. Sadly.
namanjot: Kangana is so amazing that she overshadows all the flaws of a movie #simran
mumbaihigh: Jaa #Simran jaa aur bana aisi filme, duba de apni lutiya. Crap movie from a crap actress
KrushnaTiger: One advise to all don't waste your money on the #Simran maha Pakau movie hey
kamaalrkhan: Everybody tries to make good film n Kangana also tried her best so if #Simran is not good, doesn't means that ppl will start abusing her.
KaabilMunda: #OneWordReview #Simran Third class,
hemantsingh87: #Simran worst movie i ever seen... waste of money and time..
GirishGohil_: #Simran kangana is as usual brilliant but movie is not up to her lavel
DaringDeepa: Why #Simran has been named Simran ? Total crap movie. @mehtahansal
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