Not even a single car flying. Is this really a Rohit Shetty film? Ranveer Singh looks super excited to be ‘in and as’ Simmba and so is the audience. The story is the same one (like Temper), of self-realisation and then correcting your mistakes. Sangram Bhalerao aka Simmba (Ranveer Singh) is a boy whose childhood inspiration is a cop taking bribes, and he grows up to be one. Then what happens is in the trailer along with a few more things here and there. He is so obsessed with being a cop that he has ‘पोलीस’ inked on his arm.
How do reviews even matter when you see audience laughing their guts out at Whatsapp jokes and cheering, whistling for the same age-old sequences? That’s the power and fan following Rohit Shetty brings to the table. It’s done to death, but still fun to watch. Now when the benchmark is Singham, we expect this to at least touch it, and it does. Simmba is a standard Rohit Shetty film with action, vibrant set-ups, whistle-worthy dialogues, catchy dance numbers and 70mm hero moment slo-mos. The difference is, Singham was an action-comedy around Ajay Devgn, but Simmba has Ranveer himself being the comic relief to our day-to-day life.
Ranveer and the complete cast get the Marathi accent right. You might think Ranveer gets a little over the top in terms of acting, but then it’s a Rohit Shetty film. You can’t expect it to be subtle. About the supporting cast, Sonu Sood is comfortable playing any kind of villain now. We are introduced to him while he is talking to his son about Gandhiji and non-violence, strange, isn’t it? Sara Ali Khan is just there, no heavy lifting in her kitty this time. She disappears from the screenplay for large chunks of time, making hers a not-so-important part. Others including Siddarth Jadhav, Suchitra Bandekar, Ashutosh Rana, etc. have done their jobs well.
Though the second half is loosely written and gets too predictable with a rape case, court hearings, candle marches, witnesses being kidnapped and evidence going missing. All standard stuff, right? Then Ajay Devgn enters the screen and saves the day. Cheering went to another level on his entry! To conclude, let me tell you that Simmba surely is not a Marvel movie, but it’s just fun. And nostalgia when Simmba picks up his gun in slow motion and kills the bad boys. (Sorry, no more spoilers). Did you ever think you’d have to wait for the end credits in a masala Bollywood film? Here, you have to, the Simmba-Singham universe is announced and the next hero to enter the league too!