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Simmba Review

U/A Action, Comedy 2 hrs 35 mins Dec 28, 2018
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2.8

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2.9

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2.4

Simmba Review & Rating

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Simmba Review: Ranveer Comes of Age as a Masala Hero

The premise

Whether you like Simmba the man or Simmba the movie is not a big deal because Simmba loves himself like no other. Be it when he is the corrupt badass or the changed man with integrity. But he is sure to charm you with his oft over the top antics and fun but seemingly wise one-liners. Simmba is the coming of age film for Ranveer Singh. He graduated from one of the lead actors to the one lead actor who carries an entire film even when it good or bad. 

Simmba is a quintessential Rohit Shetty film. It has all the trademarks of his fun entertainers blended with a socially relevant plot element. And a heroine who is just a prop. Let's dive into the world of Simmba er... I mean Singham and see how Ranveer dwelled in the world of Masala entertainers. The review follows step by step. 

Simmba's story

Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba is your in the movies corrupt but charming cop whose sole aim is to make money and his role as a cop is just the right platform for his goal. He was born and brought up, of course like a good Indian hero he is an orphan, in Shivgadh, where the legendary Bajirao Singham had learned his trade. Simmba grew up dreaming up about making it big in the world and for that, the easy ticket he could think of is as a policeman. 

When a corrupt local don or gangster (Indian films have abused the word to no extent ;-) ) in Goa asks for a cop who can help him in his day to day activities, our grown up and in good position Simmba is transferred to Goa from Shivgadh in Maharashtra (logics? Hey... this is a Rohit Shetty film). Ranger Singh as Simmba is like fish in the water. He is charming. Energetic. And a perfect fit as a hero or antihero in a masala film. 

He there joins hands with our typical Bollywood villain Durva Ranade played with verve by Sonu Sood. And as any typical Bollywood hero, moreover he's a Bollywood from the 1990s, he falls in love and stalks our heroine. Finally, it appears that she might have fallen in love with him. But just then, the girl whom our hero considers his sister is raped by the brothers of Durva. 

Like Ravan who supported his amoral sibling and instigated the fall down of Rakshasa empire, Durva wants his pet dog Simmba to save the ass of his brothers. But in the deepest of the deepest corners of their hearts, most people have the slightest bit of good in them. Sara Ali Khan as Shagun is that light of morality for Simmba. She ignites the righteousness in him and he turns a cop with integrity. How he fights Durva and his cronies who include even the local biggies and the ministers and serve justice to the wronged girl form the rest of the story. 

Writing and direction

When a highly successful Telugu film is remade in Bollywood, everyone expects the basic story to be corrupted in the idea of making it tick with North Indian audience. But Rohit Shetty did one thing that keeps this film interesting. And that is right for it too. He set this film in the world of Bajirao Singham of Singham movies. Which gave this movie a moral contrast and made our hero come to life in an already known world. An antihero in the world of a righteous Bajirao Singham. 

With this fulcrum, Rohit Shetty tried everything he wanted to and had a field day in serving up his usual masala fare. When the base is strong, or there is a properly working compass, even the crassest of the efforts turn out to be good. Rohit passed this test with flying colors like his namesake star cricketer just did yesterday in the Australia test match. The first half is entertaining or a drag based on the perspective of the audience but it is the second half which forms the heart and soul of this movie. 

This movie is advertised as an official remake of Temper but the plot has similarities to another Tollywood film which was released a couple of months before Temper, Pataas. As both of these movies, Simmba is unendingly entertaining. There are preachy dialogues which are actually good and the climactic use of Ajay Devgn's iconic cop in an expectedly electrifying cameo all make for a decent watch for those who watched the original. The movie caught the attention of this reviewer once Bajirao is revealed in the trailer. 

Ajay Devgn and Sara Ali Khan

Ajay Devgn saves this movie from mediocrity. There's even dialogue from Ranveer Singh: Aapne Bacha Liya. Is he saying this to Ajay Devgn himself? And Sara Ali Khan as Shagun is drop-dead gorgeous to look at and if this is the purpose of her in this film, she served the purpose with aplomb. But she's lucky that her debut was already made with Kedarnath. The so-called romantic scenes with Simmba are contrived. The only moment of substance for her as the lead lady was when she inspires Simmba into action. She nailed it. 

Sonu Sood is terrific as the villain. His screen presence, a passive menace all add to the positives of this movie. When he challenges Simmba or mouths the outright insulting dialogue against our hero, he is simply the necessary evil. Ashutosh Rana has good chemistry with the corrupt Simmba and the man with integrity Sangram. The scene where he salutes an upright Sangram is sure to give goosebumps and is lifted directly from the Telugu original. 

The crew

The music by song composers Tanishk Bagchi, S. S. Than and Lijo George - DJ Chetas is mediocre except for Aankh Maarey which is taken from Tere Mere Sapne. One romantic song is hotly picturized. Otherwise, it's a huge disappointment. But this cannot be said about the background score. The score by Amar Mohile, Chandan Saxena, and Thaman is first rate. The score itself is a masterclass in elevating the heroes of Masala movies. The cinematography by Jomon T. John is pretty average. The production scale is good for the big bucks spent by the producers. Editing also turned out good. 

Finally

Either it is Sangram Bhalerao or Simmba, Ranveer Singh has his heroic moment with this film. He who started the year with a bang in the form of Padmaavat has given a pataakha ending to 2018. Bollywood should thank him. If your idea of going to this film is for entertainment, it serves the purpose and Ajay Devgn's cameo and a surprise already revealed by multiple news are an added bonus. Have fun. Or if you want serious cinema, the second half serves the purpose to an extent with women safety is the prime focus. Else, give it a skip. 

Positives

  • Ranveer Singh's Simmba
  • Entertainment quotient
  • Thread about Women safety (done with sincerity)
  • Ajay Devgn's cameo

Negatives

  • Crass comedy at places
  • First half may not appeal to serious movie buffs 

Pycker Rating: 3 out of 5

Reviewed by: GitacharYa

Simmba Critic Reviews

Simmba User Reviews

  • Mohd

    28 Dec 18 @ 5:43 PM

    Boring waste of time waste of money ab movie pe paise kharab karna chhodna hoga ab first day first show nahi jaunga first day last show apne dosto ke review ke baad no any critics reviews 

  • Mohd

    28 Dec 18 @ 5:43 PM

    Boring waste of time waste of money ab movie pe paise kharab karna chhodna hoga ab first day first show nahi jaunga first day last show apne dosto ke review ke baad no any critics reviews 

  • srinivasulureddy

    12 Jan 19 @ 8:13 AM

    Good

Simmba Live Updates & Public Talk

Ranveer Singh starrer Simmba has been in the news for the last few days and rightfully the movie hits the screens amidst a lot of buzz. The Rohit Shetty directorial is advertised as a popcorn entertainer with full-on fun and action with a strong undercurrent message. With the added attraction of Ajay Devgn's cameo, Simmba started with a bang and is hailed as a paisa vasool entertainer. Ranveer Singh's performance, Sara Ali Khan's glamour, and Rohit Shetty style of entertainment all contributed to this generally positive consensus. 

Rohit Shetty's direction gets special mention from the critics and the audience alike. Ranveer Singh as Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba is hilarious and powerful at the same time. He nailed the role of a corrupt cop. He is the star of the year and proved once again that he is raising in his craft.  Ajay Devgn and Akshay Kumar's cameos make the audience go berserk. The movie has the right mix of action, comedy, emotion, and heroism. 

A solid well-packaged entertainer with a powerful message. Ranveer Singh is outstanding and the dialogues bring out whistles and claps from the audience. The choreography for the title song is awesome. Ranveer Singh's performance is a feast to both the class and the mass audience. All in all, Bollywood ends the year with a bang at the box office. 

Keep watching for more Simmba public talk, and live updates. Also, check out the review. 

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What is Simmba About?

Simmba is the official retelling (not exactly a remake) of Tollywood super hit film Temper. The movie is set in the world of Rohit Shetty's Singham movies. Ranveer Singh stars in this movie as Bhalerao, a corrupt cop whose aim in life is to make money quickly. Sara Ali Khan plays the female lead and Sonu Sood plays the lead antagonist. Dharma Productions and Rohit Shetty Picturez jointly produced this action comedy. 

Simmba tells the story of Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba who grew up wanting to become a policeman. It is in the same Shivghad where the legendary Bajirao Singham was raised. But his aim is completely different from that of Singham's. He doesn't want to be the Robin Hood who feds the poor. He became a policeman because he wants to earn as much money as possible. 

Simmba Promises

A socially relevant story with loads of entertainment

As Simmba is an official remake of Temper, the movie has a currently relevant subject matter. A corrupt cop whose sole aim is to amass money turns good when a person who is close to him suffers in the hands of the same don he serves. this transformation and the basic story are very serious in nature but all this is told with a sugar-coating of entertainment in typical Rohit Shetty format. To honor the word given to the sister of a rape victim, he even goes to the extent of sacrificing of his life. 

Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan

Ranveer Singh is a versatile actor who oscillates between period and serious films and commercial entertainers. He proved himself to be a force to reckon with by playing Bajirao and Alla Ud Din Khilji which are polar opposite in nature. Here, he plays the role which is tailor-made for him. By what we have seen in the trailer and other promo materials, he seems to have nailed the character. 

Sara Ali Khan is the star in the making and her long-anticipated debut turned out to be a good platform for her to showcase her acting talent.  Now, after playing the central role where the movie revolves around her character, now she has in her hands is a typical female lead in a commercial entertainer. This is her first masala film and her casual style of acting suits her youthful verve. 

Team assembled by Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty is known for his funfilled entertainers with action elements ha a subject which is both serious in the outlook and has ample scope or his style of entertainment. Tanishk Bagchi and the duo of Lijo George - DJ Chetas composed the musical score including the remix of Aankh Maarey from Tere Mere Sapne. The song already has become viral and the title track Aala Re Aala scored well the younger audience. Jomon T. John handles the cinematography. No need to say anything about the production scale as it is produced by the prestigious Dharma Productions. 

And Ajay Devgn as Bajirao Singham

Rohit Shetty said from the beginning that he wanted to use 5 to 6 scenes from temper and to retell the story rather than making a faithful remake. He took the basic plot element of Temper and spun a whole new entertainer set in the world of his Singham movies. So, Ajay Devgn will be seen as Bajirao Singham, one of his famous characters. He entry late in the trailer itself is goosebumpy proving that his character will have an electrifying cameo in the film. 

Keep watching for Simmba review, rating, and complete analysis. Stay tuned.