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Simran movie review: Kangana shines through an average, mildly-flawed film

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'Simran' review: Kangana Ranaut's noteworthy performance fails to rise above cliches

Simran tells the story of Praful Patel, a 30-year-old divorcee, who works at a hotel in the housekeeping department. The actress is seen playing the lead role of a Gujarati girl, Simran who is divorced and is a kleptomaniac.

But that's only as far as the film manages to go. As Praful Patel, she epitomizes the good, bad and ugly of life of a single Indian woman. "Simran" is mostly worth a watch for Kangana Ranaut's unparalleled performance. Like in politics, India's film industry has also been democratised in the last 70 years and we have voices like Kangana who refuse to suffer in silence like many of their predecessors and instead call the spade a spade. The amusing, bold yet kind Praful Patel knows what she wants from her life and is ready to take up any path to achieve what she desires. Before you can say James Bond, she loses everything she had in the world. She said the Simran actor never approached the Commission and her remarks on TV show "Aap Ki Adalat" some days back were false and misleading. At the baccarat table, with the rare touch of beginner's' luck, she wins a lot of money, but then she chose to get back to the casino to play again but minus the luck she loses everything whatever she was having.

It meanders along like a conversation over drinks between friends.

The good part about Simran is that the narrative is in place early on in the film and whatever comes after it is pretty much via (il) logical progression. And that's disappointing, considering that's exactly not what a film about a woman on the run from gambling mafia should be like.

Sohum Shah has been receiving accolades from film critics for his acting prowess and charming screen presence. So it often turns into a tedious "please find Kangana Ranaut adorable" project and that's frankly disappointing. A lot of the credit for that goes to the dialogues - witty, amusing and quietly feminist - delivered by Ranaut with disarming candour, devoid of any chest-thumping drama.

She also raised the issue of women's representation in the Police force and said women constitute only 20 per cent of total force while it is 33 per cent in BJP ruled states as Gujarat. There is no Simran in the movie.

All in all, Simran suffers from a poor writing which loses focus nearly everywhere in an attempt to get the best out of Ms. Ranaut. But Simran is hardly a Queen. And yet, she brings a freshness to a "been there, done that character" with her brilliant performance. "But how did you get a house for so less", asks Praful's colleague. Now compare this to that warm brownie of a scene in Queen, where Rani ends up in a pub looking for Vijaylaxmi. But this doesn't stop her from being ambitious. The box office collection prediction for Simran on its opening day is around 2 crores while the first weekend prediction is in the range of 7-8 crore.

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