Simran movie review: Kangana Ranaut adds life to Hansal Mehta's film

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Simran movie review: Kangana Ranaut adds life to Hansal Mehta's film

Shot like sunshines by Anuj Rakesh Dhawan and ornamented with soothing music by Sachin-Jigar, the film's production values won't let you down.

"Simran" is a film about an unconventional, 30-plus Guajarati divorcee Praful Patel who lives with her parents in Atlanta, works in the housekeeping department of a plush hotel and lives life on her terms.

So what are you waiting for, go and watch the film and get a slice of life for yourself by watching the most anticipated film of Kangana Ranaut, Simran with your near and dear ones. The only place where she falters - and this is as much a fault of the direction as her acting - is in a rather silly scene that has her peeping into the window of a bank, where she looks a bit like a cartoon character. Kangana in a badass role who sets her own role delivered impressive performance. She doesn't think twice about slipping into a life of crime just to support her "character flaws". "Then it all just went down the drain", she told BBC. The movie tries to be a character centric movie at one point, and tries to be a serious thriller at other point of time. A baffling cross between straight forward and naive, Praful firmly stops her cute possession for the day in moving further in the act without a condom. "Kangana's earlier performances - be it Queen or Tanu Weds Manu - have appealed also because they were backed by a solid supporting cast which is clearly amiss in Simran". Talking about the lifetime box office prediction, taking all of Kangana's previous releases into account, Simran is expected to eventually reach the finish line with 22-25 crores in its account. The film is getting a mixed response from the film critics. The latter, who passed away in oblivion in Mumbai in January 2005 at the age of 56, was no less a rebel figure of her time. But then again, is she really to be blamed? "Simran's parents and her fiancee, Sameer (Sohum) and other actors-foreign and desi-don't quite add up".

The heartbeat of this project is Ranaut, and she justifies every single frame composed around her. She openly says that the award functions in the film industry are fake and that some directors are egoistic. She simply does not make you feel for her.

Hindustan Times felt that Simran tried to handle too many genres all at once and failed miserably at it. As a viewer, you hardly get involved in her life and soon the trouble will come and take you on a yet another adventure. She blows kisses to the cashier while robbing a bank and offers water to another who got an asthma attack triggered by panic.

What I enjoyed most about this film is that it has no pretensions to largeness, nor does it make any effort to lionise or romanticise Praful or her life. It is such a relief to see a Hindi film set in a Western country that is not packed with awful foreign extras - each actor here has been chosen with care.

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