2018 was a sort of disappointment for movie-lovers, where on one side we have witnessed some extra-ordinary films like Stree, Andhadhun and others, and on the other side we have witnessed some poor movies like Race 3, Thugs of Hindostan and Zero that starred Khans. Year 2018 is ending with Rohit Shetty’s film ‘Simmba’ which is loosely inspired by the Telugu-language film Temper (2015). And now with the combination of blockbuster director Rohit Shetty and super-energetic actor Ranveer Singh, let us see whether the year 2018 is going to end on a happy note or a sad note!
The film follows Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao, a corrupt police officer hailing from the same town as Singham, who is forced to lead a more righteous path after tragedy strikes those near him.
Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) is an antiheroic orphan-turned-cop from Shivgadh, the same town where Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) was raised. Contrary to Bajirao’s integrity, Simmba enjoys and takes full advantage of the lifestyle of a corrupt cop. However, when Simmba’s loved ones are abused, he finds himself transformed and forced to choose a more righteous path.
Screenplay & Direction:
Picking up nuggets from real life events, the film mirrors society. If the first half is light and frothy that evokes constant laughter, the second half is equally intense and serious. It delivers middle-class life lessons in a blatantly effective manner.
Rohit Shetty, plays to his strengths –the comic sequences in particular, are hilarious. The film’s heart, however, is in the right place and one must point out that Shetty has carefully steered away from the old-fashioned tacky, ham-handed treatment of showcasing crime against women.
What’s commendable about the script is how the writers have effortlessly weaved in Singham into the narrative. So you do get to see a good chunk of Ajay Devgan delivering his distinctive action stuff.
Music & Other Technicalities:
Songs are melodious with catchy tunes and are well picturised. The film offers brilliant cinematography, skilfully choreographed action sequences, fine editing and intensely dazzling background score. Farhad Samji’s dialogues are key to keeping the film light for the most part.
Ranveer Singh surrenders himself completely to his role and unabashedly milks the gamut of emotions essential for a true blue Hindi film hero–from rib-tickling comedy, bone-breaking action to intense emotional moments—with consummate ease.
In his sharp moochh sticking up at ends, shiny bronzed face, broad shoulders filling out, eventually, the khakee uniform, Singh is Simmba. Striding into cop stations, wading into ‘goondas’, losing his heart to the girl across the road Shagun (Sara Ali Khan), Singh is fully alive to the moment, knowing that he is working in a template, aware that he has to keep breaking out.
Sonu Sood as Dhruva Ranade is formidable. He has his moments when he shines but is not outstanding. Ashutosh Rana as the righteous head constable Mohile is intense and Siddharth Jadhav with an expressive visage as Constable Santosh Tawde is comical. The rest of the supporting cast delivers sincerely.
So, is it Paisa-Vasool or Dabba-Gul?
Total Paisa-Vasool! The film is a dhamakedar entertainer with Singh’s flawless performance and Shetty’s masala flavor. Although it’s an outlandish, over-the-top and brainless flick, but it managed to make me clap and whistle throughout. All in all, it is arguably the most entertaining movie of the year. Recommended!