For years, we saw potential in Ranveer as a solo leading star and in Simmba, Rohit makes use of the versatility of the actor. From dancing at a club while trying to arrest some goons, to leaving everyone in tears when he wallows in self-hatred, Ranveer proves that he is a force to be reckoned with. Only he could make such an over-the-top character with 90’s cheesy one-liners and give us one of his most entertaining performances till date. Ranveer was born for the masala movies and Simmba showed us that. Sara had a brief role with forced sequences in the second half, but the newcomer showed potential and stepped toe-to-toe with the craziness of Ranveer.
I make an official petition for Sonu to play a villain in every film as he showcased yet again why he deems a perfect antagonist to the biggest of protagonists. Special mention to Ashutosh Rana and Siddhartha Jadhav, who shine along with Ranveer.
When you see Simmba stand toe-to-toe with Singham as a protege and stated, “Aap se hiseekha hai.” is when you know what a fabulous job Ranveer Singh has done. Instead of becoming a caricaturish prototype of Singham, the actor makes Simmba his own by adding the Ranveer Singh twist to it. To see a police station filled with cops and all it takes is Simmbato beat the goons with that killer side glance, Singh establishes himself as a trueblood leading hero. And without a doubt in my mind, Ranveer Singh and Rohit Shetty were a deadly ‘masala entertaining’ combo, made in heaven. Here’s my full Simmba review:
Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba (Ranveer Singh) is the bad cop you can’t help but secretly love. His passion is ‘Me, Myself and I’. When he gets transferred from Shivgad to Miramar Police Station in Goa, he finds a foil in Ashutosh Rana’s character, who’s the complete opposite of him. From the now trademark moustache to the Marathi accent (Bajirao feels) with dialogues spouted as quickly as Simmba walks, Ranveer becomes synonymous with Sangram Bhalerao. His love interest is Shagun (Sara Ali Khan) who is just the right ting of spunky to match up toSimmba. Then we have the antagonist Durva Ranade (Sonu Sood), the local goon who considers Simmba as his pet. While initially, it’s all about fun and games, things take a turn for the worse when Aakruti, who Simmba considers as his younger sister gets raped by Durva Ranade’s brothers. The second half is focused on getting justice and revenge for the fallen and for Simmba to become Inspector Sangram Bhalerao.
When it comes to the direction, Rohit uses all the tricks and trades from his previous movies; whether it be the locations or the unbelievable action sequences. However, they work like a charm. Even the cinematography was OTP but it made sense for the character as grand asSimmba. Kudos to Farhad Samji whose kickass dialogues are as magnetic as Simmba himself and contributed to the retaining factor. The background music though melodramatic at some points, kept up with the action and put us in the edge of our seats. I do have some complaint against the production design in the first few scenes that felts more like sets than locations,especially the scenes in Shivgad. The songs, which are already chart-toppers manage to keep the pace of the film at a high and Aankh Maarey is sure to get you dancing out of your seats.
How can I write a review on Simmba without mentioning Ajay Devgn, who comes in blaze and glory and does full justice to the last few minutes, which would have otherwise been a bitdraggy. To see the action sequences with Simmba and Singham teaming up has to be watched on the big screen to believe. Also, do wait for the last sequence, it was Sooryanvanshi-tastic.
Simmba is a film which needs to be watched from the heart and the funnybone in all of us. The verdict is in, Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh have officially ended 2018 with a dhamaka! I would say, Simmba was a ‘Hero’ for me, not a ‘Zero’.