Simmba Review: A Routine Story Saved By A Heap of Assorted ‘Masalas’

Simmba is laden with all the ‘masalas’ but lacks the soul and conviction in the script. This Simmba review unveils where this action-drama has failed to ignite the spark.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️ ½

2018 will largely be remembered for the content-rich films like Raazi, Raid, Parmanu, Stree, Andhadhun, Badhaai Ho, etc., but when it comes to core masala flicks, the count is significantly scant. However, the moment Rohit Shetty announced Simmba, the buzz start bugging the movie-lovers and now the moment has come when it hits the cinemas. What is so special about Simmba? Would it be able to live up to the expectations? Let‘s dig out.

 Story

Loosely inspired from the Telugu hit Temper, Simmba starts with the narration of Singham (Ajay) who recollects an orphan but fearless boy (Ranveer) who has now turned into a cop and is posted in Miramar, a town where Durva Ranade (Sonu Sood) with his two brothers conducts his illegal affairs. But Being a super corrupt and spineless fellow, Simmba shows no resistance against Durva despite being aware of his criminal dealings. In fact, he starts taking the bribe from them in exchange for favoring them.

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Shugun (Sara) runs a mess and delivers food to the same police station where Simmba is appointed and he falls head over heels on their very first meeting. Akruti Dave (Vaidehi Parashuerami), a medical student as well as a night teacher for poor kids, one day goes to Miramar police station and complains Simmba about the drugs mafia in which Druva is involved and ruining the lives of the boys, whom Akruti teaches, by making them his pawns in the illegal business. Soon Simmba starts treating Akruti as his younger sister, but unfortunately, Akruti was raped and murdered brutally by Dhruva’s brothers as she was caught collecting some proofs against them in their pub. Her death leads Simmba to go against Druva and his brothers and avenge Akruti.

Screenplay and Dialogues

Despite being inspired from Temper, Simmba’s first half, which comprises light-hearted moments, applauding entries, a couple of action sequences, songs is every inch the Telugu hit. But as Simmba enters the latter half, the film picks up a serious track, which is the only thing Simmba makers have executed well. Penned by Rohit Shetty, and two other writers, the story still remains quite routine, which even irritates at certain occasions. The attempt of covering a fiasco script and screenplay with a number of gimmicks can be easily observed.

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In terms of Dialogues, Simmba loses ground. It hardly has any clap worthy dialogue, which usually turns up as the biggest USP of Rohit’s films. You hardly remember any dialogue when you come out of the theatre.

Direction

Rohit Shetty who’s tagged as the king of ‘masala’ films could not see the loopholes the script had; therefore, even his prowess could not save it from being a piece of only a mediocre tale. You will witness the same exaggeration continuing whether it’s a comic scene, action or emotional moment. Rohit has tried his best to uplift a very ordinary script through his prowess but fails to offer anything novel. Yes, he could manage to bring Ajay Devgan and Akshay Kumar on board to get their cameos done.

Performances

What you remember after reaching home is Ranveer Singh who slips into Simmba’s skin so brilliantly that you actually forget once he played Bajirao or Khilji. Sara, although, did not get much space in the film, but she also has her moments. Also, she has looked quite pretty in the film. Sonu Sood, although does well as a small town don, but the loosely written script could not offer him anything new to enact. You find him the same ‘Chedi Singh’ kind of fellow from Dabangg. Vaidehi Parashuerami does a decent job in a small but very pivotal role.

Music

Another department where Simmba lags behind. Only ‘Aankh Marey’ is foot tapping while the rests are just ordinary. The background score could have been more impactful.

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Why Should I Watch?

Book tickets if you love masala films like Baaghi, Satyamev Jayate, but if you expect rich content, you will meet nothing but disappointment.

P.S. Simmba doesn’t harness the category in which Stree, Andhadhun, Badhaai Ho fall; therefore, expecting a lot from it would be a sheer innocence.

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