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Simran - Movie Review

Verdict - "The weakly written screenplay is the culprit."

Directed by Hansal Mehta (Shahid and Aligarh fame), Simran stars Kangana Ranaut in the lead role and is loosely based on the real-life story of Sandeep Kaur, an NRI in California, U.S.A convicted of four bank robberies and was nicknamed the Bombshell Bandit. 

Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut) is an independent hard-working NRI residing in Atlanta, Georgia and is quite decisive to buy herself a new house in an established neighborhood. While expecting for her loan to get approved, Praful gets trapped in the world of poker in Las Vegas, Nevada where she loses a huge amount of money and even gets in trouble for taking money from a private money-lender. The other part of the film delves into how Praful dodges all the obstacles thrown at her by her parents, soon-to-be in-laws and the menacing mob from whom she lent the money from.

Now, this film is about the rise and fall of Praful's character, we will cheer, feel and even despise the decisions she takes throughout the film and the screenwriters did a superior job in developing character and made sure that the comedic and the emotional sequences were always counted in. So, for the towering importance given to her character, Kangana Ranaut knocked it out-of-the-park with her performance. I've seen a lot of actors struggle when their characters were filled with a wide-range of emotions, but Kangana Ranaut does it with ease and proves why she is one of the best working actors in Bollywood right now.

But, although the film had a unique storyline and an interesting character, the screenplay of the movie was not up to the mark. The second half was tiresome and felt that it was prolonged to a mind-numbing extent. And in the process of not making the film take a dark direction of anguish and hopelessness, the screenwriters twisted the storyline a little by making the villain and the opposing characters look as ludicrous as possible which was quite insipid to watch.

Overall, although Simran had the comedic chops and a captivating character which is entertaining, the screenplay of the film was a letdown and it missed an opportunity to become a good film with a memorable aspect.

My Rating - 3/5
Grade – B (Worth a watch)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) 

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