- Critic's Rating - 6/106/10
Despite vividly knowing subconsciously how high expectations and disappointments have been going hand and hand lately with these apparently must – watch and grand Bollywood releases, I, with all positivity still got myself watching today, the latest Dharma – Rohit Shetty joint venture titled ‘Simmba’; while being aware beforehand of the same having a done to death template emerging straight out of the 80s Bollywood.
Thankfully, this movie not only sails seamlessly throughout, but also eventually shines; primarily due to the way with which the director Rohit Shetty has helmed it. His treatment to sensitive moments in the screenplay was the righteous one, which doesn’t make them come across as crass, not even once. Further, he ditched his infamous sequences of mindlessly blowing cars or casual sexism (which never induced comedy); hereby delivering this cop drama with sheer coherence (which lacked in most of 2018’s Bollywood releases) and conviction (which his directorials are always high on), while simultaneously retaining his style; thus making this one a highly engaging and entertaining affair, despite its forever predictable proceedings.
Under the required direction of Rohit Shetty was heading Ranveer Singh, living his titular role of a corrupt cop who becomes honest post having his “Aata Majhi Satakli” moment. Being almost in every scene of the movie, he assertively seemed to have gotten into the skin of ‘Simmba’, probably also because the character’s antics were somewhere an extension of his own personality. It was much refreshing to see a new actor (and not a 50s rigid looking star) playing such a role. His act oscillated between average to over emoting at times, clearly showing how far (No, really!) has he come from his bad YRF cop dramas’ acting. Moreover, he got a courtroom monologue to deliver here being the protagonist, which made his rare rough edges quite visible to me; though the court unlike me gave the verdict in his favour!
Playing the sunshine of the movie was Sara Ali Khan as ‘Shagun’, who was in full form delivering her sing – dance – disappear act. Especially during the first half, it was clearly evident that a song usually would follow in mere 2 minutes of her appearance on screen. Just slightly behind Kareena, who aces such roles being the usual choice, she looked completely at ease and peace with her brief screentime (Yes, it’s briefer than that of several side characters). Being a delight to watch whenever she appeared back, she did similar to what most of heroines in Rohit Shetty’s movies do.
Reprising his essential baddie role from several cinematic universes was Sonu Sood as ‘Durva Ranade’, essaying his part the way he always does; which says much about what to expect! And no, there’s none a ‘Take off your shirt and fight’ sequence of him against the hero (where he otherwise gets killed); probably to make way for a sequel in this apparent cop franchise. Ashutosh Rana was there with his on – point act as ‘I’m so honest’ old – aged cop. Because it is a Rohit Shetty movie, Ashwini Kalsekar too was a part of it. With her distinctive charm, she played this time as a court judge. Rest of the supporting appearances are forgettable.
All was proceeding normally until to generate max hoots and whistles, there came a crossover moment in this ‘RSCU’ (read: Rohit Shetty Cinematic Universe), and the audience got its ‘Singham meets Simmba’ moment to knock down the baddies. This has sharply hinted at how this RSCU is here to stay and only flourish from this point, so vast and fast that it declared its next cop drama releasing in 2019, (feat. the ‘Rowdy’ star) prior to the end credits in ala – Marvel style; because after it, our Simmba and Shagun were supposed to dance again while the end credits rolled.
The dialogues by Farhad Samji was deliberate to garner whistles all the way. The same in one of the scenes of second half between Ranveer and the girls came across as frivolous though : having a single line separately said by each girl there, which literally translated to same sentence – “Just kill them, Now!”. The soundtrack entirely was injected in the first half only, to cleverly maximize Sara’s screentime. The quintessential Swiss Romance song ‘Tere Bin’ is a visually stunning one. The background score was loud initially, but escalated to being a goosebumps fest later, especially during the crossover moments of Singham and Simmba : Ah, what blending of their respective characters’ signature tune!
In its above average entirety of about long 165 minutes, the movie delivers what it promised, right from the word go. Hardly having any dull moment, this one was high on self – awareness and kept me bound, due to its utter conviction to deliver. This one just doesn’t falter from its path, producing Roaring Entertainment all the way!
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