Frankly, the trailer of Kangana’s Simran didn’t impress much. Too much of “Queen” dejavu and encashing of Kangana’s reel image did not work. And then when the film starts with Sunidhi humming “Pinjra khol…” in the very first few reels, it almost ascertains that “Simran” will pick up from where “Queen” left off, and it is going to be a “been there-done that” trip.
But then, things take a turn. The turns keep on coming, quirkier than before and somewhere Simran’s Praful Patel takes a very different flight to Queen’s Rani.
Its hardly ever that Bollywood has celebrated such a flawed (especially female) protagonist (non-gangster…well, almost) without dropping a soapy backstory,
Simran Movie is different all the way. Praful’s father is unlike most filmy fathers but instantly relate-able to real people around you. The script is definitely distorted but then you realize it was never about the story, and the flaws in the script fit the protagonist just fine. It is as if a more precise script, even if welcome on the surface, wouldn’t have suited the theme better.
One might debate over how close the film is to “Bombshell Bandit” Sandeep Kaur’s life but Hansal Mehta gets the song going in perfect pitch if you are to consider the tune and rhythm alone. The lyrics, yes it could have been better. But when Amrish Puri and Kajol from the DDLJ climax playing on TV is contrasted against a very different father-daughter chemistry, you realize how wonderful a coming of age achievement “Simran” is and what a journey it has been for the Indian woman from Simran to Simran.
The sensational Kangana Ranaut in probably her best screen outing makes this journey worth every penny. What a performance! If for nothing else watch this for Kangana alone.
Sohum Shah is also fine, a very well written character hitting misogyny once again in line with the Ayushman Khuranna acts. When Shah’s Sameer towards the end of the film confronts Praful saying
“Mujhe jo thik laga maine kiya, tumhe jo thik lage wo tum karo”
you suddenly feel how Sameer, Simran, Shahid Azmi and Professor Siras are all but the same people struggling to fetch freedom of identity and choice in a patterned world.
“Simran” is a film for the minorities, the intrepid, for ones who would make mistakes again and again as safety was never an option over self-discovery. Don’t cry over the plot-holes, the film had to be flawed but then the devil is the details
Our Rating: 7.5 out of 10
This review was first published on the facebook page of Friendly Neighbourhood Movie Maniacs.
- Freedom, Identity and Choice: Kangana’s Simran is an unmissable journey! - September 22, 2017