SIMMBA (2018)

  • Cast: 28/12/2018
  • Cast: Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana Ajay Devgan
  • Director: Rohit Shetty

Today’s public is annoyed with/at almost everything. People are frustrated and annoyed at subjects ranging from the failure of the system to the country’s loss in cricket matches. Crime against women that has seeped through to the soul of the nation has been one of the most outrageous and frustrating issues that has affected lakhs. In most of the cases, either the perpetrators walk scot free or justice is delayed to the extent that the oppressed lose hope of it. In an environment like this when a film like Simmba comes along that provides you that rare wish fulfillment that you always craved for, it is bound to strike a chord. Who wouldn’t like to see a bunch of rapists being beaten to a pulp? Who wouldn’t want to see the same rapist packed off to hell in the most dramatic fashion by a protagonist who is as good looking as he is charming? This is exactly the sentiment on which this film plays and it scores because of our desire to see justice served even if it is fictitious.

Sangram Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) is a corrupt police officer who is a good guy somewhere underneath the stockpiles of the currencies that he has accumulated over the years. After assuming charge of the Miramar police station he instantly falls in love with Shagun (Sara Ali Khan) who runs a tiffin service right next to the police station. He makes friends with Durva Ranade (Sonu Sood), a notorious gangster who has his hands and feet in everything unholy in the town. He also makes the acquaintance of a medical student Aakruti (Vaidehi Parshurami) who runs a free night school for orphans. As Sangram himself was an orphan and was taught by someone similar, he forms an instant emotional connection with the girl. He is happy in his corrupt existence when Aakruti meets with a gruesome end at the hands of Durva’s brothers. This incident sets Sangram on a path of self-realization and retribution that pits him against Durva and everything that he for so long had turned a blind eye to.

Ranveer Singh is a brilliant leading man and he grabs your attention from the word go. His energy is infectious and quickly rubs on to the audience. He is so charming and his character is so likable that you are stuck with his comic lines, mannerisms and devilish charm forgetting the fact that the film is taking ages to get to the point. He shares brilliant chemistry with the supporting actors namely Ashutosh Rana, Siddhartha Jadhav, and his give and takes with Sara Ali Khan are not too bad either. Some of the best portions of his acts come in the company of Ashutosh Rana who plays an honest senior constable who despises Simmba for his dishonesty and corrupt ways. Simmba constantly keeps getting on his nerves with his antiques.

As mentioned earlier, the film deals with a subject that we are all concerned about and sadly have very little to do about. Hence watching a cop beating up rapists and successfully delivering justice is pure wish fulfillment that at any point of time is enjoyable. The film also has decent action and a pulsating background score. Had it not been revealed in the trailer, Ajay Devgan’s cameo as Singham would have been an exciting affair. He does throw a few mean punches before knocking the antagonist off with his signature move. There is another big reveal just before the after credits and this sequence paves the way for another superstar to take center stage in another Rohit Shetty film in 2019

Having said all that, it still cannot be denied that Simmba is an overlong, unimaginative, and one-dimensional take on a subject matter that has been done to death. The film takes a lot of time to get to a 5-minute sequence on which the whole plot of the film anchors on. The whole first half is spent in comedy, setting up the corrupt nature of Sangram, peek into the modus oparandi of the antagonist and a few blink and miss sequences setting up the camaraderie between Sangram and Aakruti. The romantic track neither has any meat nor is essential to the plot. The three songs that come and go in between are nothing more than sticklers and should have been avoided. Had it not been for the antics of Ranveer Singh, the first half would have been difficult to sit through.

The second half has some serious actions and a lot of dialogues which after a while started getting on my nerves. The retribution happens in a matter of minutes but the build-up to it is prolonged to the extent that it nearly made me pull out my hair out of frustration. However, it must be noted that there are a few clap worthy sequences here and there in the midst of it all. The antagonists are never given enough screen time for the audiences to really hate their gut. Sonu Sood is the same old villain that he played in Dabangg and R…Rajkumar. The characters who play his brother are also ordinary enough to ignore. Hence Simmba never really gets the kind of adversary against whom he could flex his muscles and extract humongous cheers from the audiences.

Having said all that, Simmba can still be watched for Ranveer Singh’s spirited performance and his performance alone. It is a film that we have seen a million times before and brings nothing new to the table. It is entertaining in bits and would find takers among only the kind of audiences who are looking for nothing more than a few hours escape from daily drudgeries and wouldn’t bother looking for reason, logic or any other cinematic quality or believability.

Rating: 2.5/5 (2.5 out of 5 Stars)

 

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