Director: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan, Sonu Sood, Ashutosh Rana & Siddarth Jadhav
Screenplay: Yunus Sajawal & Rohit Shetty
Dialogues: Farhad Samji
SIMMBA is an official remake of the super hit Telugu film TEMPER. Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba (Ranveer Singh) is a dishonest police officer. Nothing in life makes him more happy than money. But soon he gets transferred to a different town and that is where our story really begins. After being transferred, he falls in love with Shagun (Sara Ali Khan) at first sight as he spots her from across the street; and not to mention, soon enough, love blossoms between the two of them. Meanwhile, Sangram also develops a bond with Aakruti (Vaidehi Parashurami), a medical student who teaches poor kids. In time, she realizes that her students are being used to peddle drugs by the brothers (Saurabh Gokhale and Amrit Singh) of a powerful man, Durva (Sonu Sood). Aakruti who chose to investigate this further lands up in a pub where such illegal activities are taking place and somehow manages to capture everything on her phone, but is then caught and then faces the consequences of her bravery. What happens next forms the rest of the film.
The first half of the film was lively and packed with comic and funny elements. The second half serves to be a little more serious due to the events that transpired in the first half and also shows Simmba’s transformation from a corrupt police officer to an honest one. The introduction of Singham to come and rescue Simmba at a crucial point is one clap worthy moment. There is also another big surprise in the film for the audiences. The film is overall packed with applaud worthy elements and is going to pull in crowds specially at the single screens.
Technically, the film good. Cinematography by Jomon T. John is superb. The script has also been well adapted with changing a few key things to pander to the tastes of the audiences countrywide. The music is also great and Aankh Marey is the chartbuster for the ages as well as Tere Bin fits into the film brilliantly as well. The action in this Rohit Shetty film, as expected, is great. Editing by Bunty Nagi is okay as it could have been a little more crisp as the film seems a little more lengthy than it should have been.
The performances from everyone great. Ranveer Singh is the soul of the film. He plays this role with a lot of zest. This is yet another different role for him and he just proves how versatile as an actor he is with the kind of films he has done over the years including SIMMBA. Sara Ali Khan shines in this film just like she did in her debut. She is like a breath of fresh air whenever she comes on the screen. Sonu Sood was superb as the antagonist. He had to be on the same level as the protagonist in this film for the film to work like it has and he delivers. Ashutosh Rana is great. Siddarth Jadhav does well. There are a few cameos in the film and they will be much appreciated. Rest of the supporting players do really well.
Director Rohit Shetty once again shows why he is one of the biggest filmmakers in the country. He connects with the masses like vey few and seems to have a fair bit of idea as to what janta really wants. With SIMMBA he tries to create a MCU (Marvel Comic Universe) like feel with different cops from the same universe coming together and it works like a charm.
At the box-office
The film has taken a superb start and is going to be a sure-shot BLOCKBUSTER!!!