Simmba Movie Review : Ranveer Singh At His best.

December 28, 2018

The Ranveer Singh starrer is helmed by Rohit Shetty.Starring Ranveer Singh in and as Simmba, the film directed by Rohit Shetty has hit the theaters. Sara Ali Khan plays Ranveer’s love interest in the film and from the trailer, it looks like Ajay Devgn’s Singham will also play a significant role in the film.Akshay plays an Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) officer called Veer Suryavanshi in Simmba. 

Rohit Shetty’s films are known for being masala entertainers and so far, the audience has enjoyed the way he presents big action sequences with high drama. Shetty’s style of comedy is also loved by the viewers.With Simmba being the last big release of the year, the audience will surely be looking forward to ending their year with a bang.

This will be Ranveer Singh’s second release of the year after Padmaavat. He is being seen as a front-runner for all the awards after his performance as Khilji in Bhansali’s film.

"Sangram Bhalerao" aka Simmba (Ranveer Singh) is a dishonest police officer. Once transferred to a different town, he meets "Shagun" (Sara Ali Khan) and love blossoms between the two.

Sangram also develops a bond with Aakruti (Vaidehi Parashurami), a medical student who teaches poor kids. She realises her students are being used for drug peddling by the brothers (Saurabh Gokhale and Amrit Singh) of a powerful man, "Durva" (Sonu Sood).

Bhalerao in Shivgadh, chasing a couple of goons through a dhobi ghat. Even with the usual spot-start Shetty action, it’s a lovely sequence, brightly coloured clothes flapping and water splashing in slow motion as Simmba doles out beatings and wisecracks. Afterwards, the young cop cheerfully accepts bribes from the thieves and from the trader whose jewellery he’s recovered. It’s a part of the Singham universe, but the tiresome moral clouds of the Rohit Shetty-Ajay Devgn films are already receding.
Simmba is transferred to Miramar, Goa, a lucrative posting for a crooked officer. His first move is to seek out the local don, Durva (Sonu Sood), and promise not to interfere in his business. For a while, everything goes swimmingly, Simmba helping Durva bully people out of their property while turning a blind eye to his drug-running. He also finds time to fall for Shagun (Sara Ali Khan), a café owner who supplies lunch to the police station, and become de facto elder brother to Aakruti (Vaidehi Parshurami), a medical student who teaches underprivileged children in her free time.

The film quickly comes apart when a couple of Aakruti’s students go missing. Her search leads her to Durva’s drug-packing den, where she’s discovered by Durva’s brothers. They first try and take her phone; when she fights back, they assault and rape her. When Simmba visits her in hospital the next day, she’s barely alive. He vows revenge on Durva, changes his corrupt ways, and that’s the rest of the film.

Shagun(Sara Ali Khan) is largely absent after the intermission; she’s extra baggage in a film that has more use for women as sisters and mothers than as lovers. Her best moment—and a rare instance of female agency—is when she tells Simmba that she likes him and demands to know whether he has feelings for her (that the cocky Simmba turns out to be a shy wooer is a nice character beat). But she’s clearly an afterthought—a few hastily written lines and a backstory about a dead cop father that goes nowhere.

Singham turns up, which should surprise no one. To hear Devgn grunt his lines is to become grateful all over again for Singh’s fleet presence, even if it’s weighed down by the cartoon violence and endless posturing that make Shetty such a popular, if critically reviled, director. As a late scene makes clear, the Shettyverse isn’t done growing. But more than expanded universes, what commercial Hindi cinema needs right now is broadened world views.

In the second half, they have to show him muted, so you can tell, he has been specifically asked to play to the galleries initially.  Hello, but please wait. There is no taking away from the fact that Ranveer does his stuff with aplomb.This is one Lion Cub who will definitely be joining the ranks of a Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn eventually.  Speaking of Devgn, his cameo here is superb. 

In 20-minutes flat, he shows you the clear demarcation between the stuff that separates the men from the boys. Shagun (Sara Ali Khan) has a thankless part and two songs. Of the two ditties, Aankh Mare is electrifying and is already the season's party anthem. Sonu Sood's stab at villainy is fantastic. 

Simmba has a huge supporting cast,including the Golmal gang [Arshad Warsi, Tusshar Kapoor, Shreyas Talpade and Kunal Kemmu]. Ajay Devgn’s introduction will be greeted with whistles and claps and his act is sure to find love. Last but not the least, there’s Akshay Kumar too. Again, the viewers are in for a treat.

The soundtrack gels well with the mood of the film. ‘Aankh Maare’ is already a chartbuster, while ‘Aala Re Aala’ leaves you awestruck by its execution. Background score deserves special mention, especially the fusion of the themes of Singam and Simmba. Jomon T John’s cinematography is flawless. The action sequences are vibrant and striking.

Rohit Shetty and screenplay writer Yunus Sajawal (additional screenplay by Sajid Samji) pick and choose some memorable, clap-trap moments from Temper and give Simmba an altogether different texture. The essence of the story remains intact, but it’s made more contemporary to suit the pan India tastes.

Review Ratings:✯✯✯.85 /5

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