When Kangana Ranaut makes tall claims about having the ability to carry an entire film on her shoulders (a la the Khans and Kapoors of bollywood), she is completely right! But her impressive performance is let down by the poor narrative and direction of this film.
Simran is the story of Praful Patel (yeah, funny name!) aka Praf (Kangana Ranaut killing it with her Gujju-English), who works as a maid at a top Hotel in Atlanta. A 30-year old divorcee, Praf is unapologetic and does whatever she feels like. She takes a trip the sincity of USA - Las Vegas, and ends up getting addicted to gambling - making some money and losing a lot more! To repay the loan she takes from a mafia money-lender, Praf resorts to robberies and uses the alias - Simran.
Kangana is simply brilliant. She acts exceedingly well and has an amazing screen presence. Sadly, she is neither supported by an abled supporting cast, nor by a good fast-paced narrative or a strong plot. The film falls flat and it is only its protagonist who makes it a bearable watch. Among the supporting cast, only Sohum Shah manages to make his presence felt, as the devoted guy trying to get a 'Yes' from Praf.
The movie has it moments in the first half. Kangana's trip to Vegas and her flirting skills do create a few laughs. The sequence where she picks up a glass of champagne and walks to the terrace in Vegas prove how beautiful her acting abilities are. It is well-nuanced and subtly done. While watching the movie, I was reminded of Saat Khoon Maaf - another movie where the powerful performance by the protagonist was sadly not supported by the other nuances of film-making.
Simran was promoted to be a slice-of-the-life movie, whose trailers gave us all the vibes of Queen and the likes. But what worked for Queen, apart from a stellar performance by Kangana, was its crisp script, engaging screenplay and simple direction. This is where Simran falls short and makes you call it Sim-RUN!
My Rating: 2/5
Negatives: Wafer-thin plot, poor screenplay, not-engaging enough narrative and direction.