Movie Review: Simmba
Ending the year with a bang, Ranveer Singh has treated his fans with yet another spectacular performance in the latest release- Simmba. Directed by Rohit Shetty, the movie remains true to his reputation- an authentic action-packed Bollywood masala. The film also stars Sara Ali Khan and Sonu Sood in the lead roles. Ranveer, truly dynamic, has delivered quite a few memorable hits this year. From a morally decayed and violent sultan in Padmavat, an upright Peshwa in Bajorao Mastani, to finally the bad-turned-good cop in Simmba, it is rather refreshing to see Ranveer performing each role with utmost elan. Though a remake of Telegu film Temper, Simmba manages to retain its own twist of orginality.
So, want to know what Simmba is all about, and if it is worthy of a weekend trip to the movie hall? Well, read on!
Directed by – Rohit Shetty
Produced by – Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar, Rohit Shetty, Apoorva Mehta
Written by – Farhad Samji (dialogues), Vakkantham Vamsi (story)
Screenplay by – Yunus Sajawal, Sajid Samji
Starring – Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Sonu Sood
Music by – Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George – DJ Chetas and S. Thaman
Cinematography – Jomon T. John
Edited by – Bunty Nagi
Production company – Dharma Productions, Rohit Shetty Picturez
Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao, or as he is popularly known, Simmba, hails from Shivgadh, which also happens to be our rowdy Singham’s hometown. However, that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Our young hero and Singham have nothing in common for miles and miles. While Singham showed us the “angry young man” who put his life on the line for justice, Simmba is a rather corrupt officer, more interested in serving himself than the society.
He fleeces the assaulter as well as the victim, and he has no qualms about doing so. So, for instance, when he recovers some stolen jewelry in one scene, he takes bribes from both the jeweler as well as the thief, for it is money that makes Simmba happy.
New “opportunities” (read: crooked ways of earning money) start to surface when he is transferred to Goa. He connives with the local goon Druva (Sonu Sood) and throws people out of their own property with threats and force. Meanwhile, Druva carries out his drugs business under Simmba’s full knowledge. Amidst the mess, enters Shagun (Sara Ali Khan), Simmba’s romantic interest who unfortunately does little more than to appear on the screen a few times, and look gorgeous. She supplies food to the police station, while we see Simmba being a defacto elder brother to Aakruti (Vaidehi Parshurami), a young medical student.
The plot takes a solemn twist when Aakruti is raped by Druva’s brothers. The heart-wrenching crime stirs something inside of Simmba, and his inner uptight “Singham” comes out, ready to explode. Swinging into action, the “bad-turned-good” cop Simmba now launches his pursuit of justice, making sure he delivers a heavy blow to the bad guys.
So, will the local don pay for his deeds and will the lovebirds, Simmba and Shagun live happily ever after? You will have to see the movie to find out.
If you speak about fresh content, well, there have been umpteen movies based on rape-revenge, and bad cop turning good, so Simmba has nothing new to offer on that spectrum. However, the movie still manages to please its audience, with the classic Rohit Shetty “larger than life” setup. Ranveer Singh has acted remarkably well, with the quirky cop often reminding us of the actor himself. His character, which oscillated between machismo and humor, makes the movie come alive. Sonu Sood has given a spectacular performance as Dhruva, the local goon and the villain of the story.
On the downside, the movie comes out to be too focused on the male lead, leaving very little scope for the female counterpart. Sara has little else to do other than looking pretty, and the two’s chemistry also fails to make us go “wow” or gush internally. It acts as a spoilsport to see the creators using the rape card, seeming insensitive to many.
Overall, the movie is racy and high on action, the direction is good and would surely pump up your adrenaline. Last but not least, there is a treat for fans of Ajay Devgan, who makes a cameo appearance at the end as our favorite Singham.
If you have a knack for Rohit Shetty films, the movie is full paisa vasool. For Ranveer Kapoor fans, watching the Bollywood-loaded cop will be a complete delight. The movie is a full package, delivering plenty of racy sequences for the action lovers. So, if that’s your cup of tea, brewed from a very Bollywood hand, Simmba just might be your perfect weekend watch.