Sticking to what he’s best capable of, Rohit Shetty yet again delivers a no-brain entertainer
Seems Rohit Shetty has refused to evolve as a filmmaker. But the question is- what’s wrong? Simmba fulfills every promise it made through the trailers, and that’s about it. Nothing more. Nothing less. An out and out entertainer, this one packs in a lot of energy in whatever Shetty shows on screen aiming to channelise the focus on entertainment. It rightly blends all what is needed for a masala flick to click- anti heroism, bad turning good, the overdose of herogiri, emotions, exaggerated drama, superfluous action, glossy locations, songs following the standard timeline rule book, and an ever charged Ranveer Singh. And yes, you get Singham complimentary. Should you need anything more?
The story is set in Shivgadh (of Singham fame) moving later to Goa. One day Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba (Ranveer Singh) while he was a kid decided to be a policeman after seeing a cop using his power to extract money as bribe. He’s become a policeman only to earn money, irrespective of what the source is. But a tragedy shakes him from within.
The original story by Puri Jagannadh and Vakkantham Vamsi and screenplay by Yunus Sajawal and Sajid Samji run parallely. In every frame. In fact its a draft written only for the screen it seems wherein the flow of narrative is effortless. One after the other, right from the opening sequence, you are in for an enjoyable journey with visual richness to offer.
At first, you are not able to absorb Ranveer in the character he’s slipped in, in a way that he seems fake. But once he ripens, you enjoy him thoroughly. The film remains an ode to the hero-figure literally harping on what it takes for a man to be ideal. The association of police with corruption as well as morality in general terms linked with that of the hero mould with the title of the film paying a tribute to the master Singham all make the deliverable all the way cinematic.
The signatures of Shetty are well present. Humorous Marathi slang, copious slapstick moments, speeding SUV convoys, slo-mo camera to accentuate the action, and sparkling appeal. You don’t get brownie points for making this out for its pretty clear. For you, the fans of the genre, its a treat. While the dialogues are nothing to take note of, they sound good only because they are spoken by an actor of Ranveer’s calibre. Otherwise there’s no punch in technical manner.
Its a predictable plot and you are not surprised by anything in the climax (except a glimpse of someone who you already adore- watch out). Things happen in a linear straight forward manner and the police drama is nothing like never-seen-before. But what this 159 mins film evokes is a sense of belonging to your heartthrob cop- even when he is beimaan calling out for smiles and whistles. Would definitely satisfy Shetty.
There are scenes winning you right away. Ranveer’s comic timing, his hesitation prevalent all throughout, and also his emotional side especially in the scene just before the interval connect you in just the best manner. There are also moments giving you goosebumps and also filling you with pride.
Its a film belonging to Ranveer’s energy on and off screen- an inseparable part of him. Think of his choices as an actor, and you would then want to pat his back. He’s an actor of tremendous potential. Proven already. What he does in this wafer thin plot is majorly what the end product looks like. He infact can be the only reason why the film should be watched. Its a delight for the audience to just see him perform. He’s so good in some scenes that you would wish you had a rewind button.
Sara Ali Khan has a brief and an unimportant role (this is one thing that Shetty shouldn’t be excused for). He repeats the pattern of assigning petty roles to actresses in films of this franchise. It’s high time he takes it further, atleast here. But Sara makes her mark with her confidence. You like her whenever she’s on screen. She does the job with flair but the plot reduces her to being a supporting character.
Sonu Sood is good but you see glimpses of R…Rajkumar and Dabangg, making it look like a repitition. Infact if you are shown one of his scenes from any of these films, you are likely to get confused which one is it from. Again, its the shoddy work by the writers for not etching out the character with a detail any different. You don’t dread him making him one of those supporting actors rather than a villain.
Ashutosh Rana as a righteous senior constable has done a job par excellent. He suits the role well and gives a majestic act.
Vaidehi Parshurami as Aakruti although has a brief role but is crucial to the plot. She not only looks convincing as the character but also makes the drama believable.
Music by Tanishk Bagchi runs smoothly with the plot. Hence can be termed a decent effort. Also the remakes of the songs- two of them- work in favour of the film as they have found the required connect. The background score by Amar Mohile too is pretty good making you go with the plot all through. Its definitely a thumbs up for the music team.
Cinematography by Jomon T John is rich and delicious. You consume a lot of the film through your eyes and wouldn’t mind even if it played mute. Camera has always been good friends with Shetty and he knows how to utilise it to optimum level.
Editing by Bunty Nagi is simple and routine. The film runs smooth without major highs and lows and follows a linear path. Well within the boundaries, its a good enough attempt.
Production design by Swapnil Bhalerao and Madhur Madhavan deserves claps. The film is breathtakingly beautiful and the colour palettes make it feel like its so fresh and clear.
You somewhat guessed the story from the trailers. In one liner, Simmba isn’t anything different from what you would have perceived. Hence watching it from the eye of preconceived notions will surely fail you as an audience. Its a film to be enjoyed thoroughly. Its a film scoring quite high on entertainment value with nothing obscene making it a healthy viewing. If having a good time this weekend is on your cards, go for Simmba. We bet you won’t be disappointed. Adrenaline rush comes complimentary.