Hansal Mehta's Simran introduces us to Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut), a big-dreaming woman who aspires to have a house of her own and works in the house keeping department of a prestigious hotel under a supervisor who has a thing for her. Kangana's Praful gets a home through minority housing.
The actor perfectly compliments and owns his screen presence opposite the three-time national award winning actress Kangana Ranaut. Laced with abundance of humour, some straight- faced and witty dialogues, Kangana essays Praful Patel with her characteristic panache. Her parents live in the same town but she is adamant to have her own house. Her character in the movie is vulnerable, blunt, courageous and honest. She said the Simran actor never approached the Commission and her remarks on TV show "Aap Ki Adalat" some days back were false and misleading. After 2014's brilliant Queen that helped Kangana turn her career around, we have mostly seen her in roles that have been replete with Kangana-isms, so much so that Kangana ended up overshadowing say, a Tanuja Trivedi (Tanu Weds Manu Returns) or an Alka Singh (Revolver Rani).
While it remains to be seen how the movie does at the box office, opening day reactions are all praise for Kangana's performance. But when you watch the film, you will find yourself warming up to her occasionally, because she's all you've got. Whether she's docile or daring, the actress goes about her screen business with a flourish; getting her mannerisms pat. But there is a fun filled in the every chore, be it robbing a bank or her personal turmoil. Before she knows what hit her though, she is on a losing streak and then deeply in debt. The filmmaker doesn't even have another noteworthy star on celluloid to share the limelight. But the manner in which she rues the film's flaws justifies her 3.5-star review.
Like the yesteryear Simran, Praful too is an NRI. "If you consider these aspects and the positive word of mouth, Simran will make a decent buck", Akshaye added. But Simran doesn't take this devolution seriously enough. There is drama, comedy, romance, an emotional story and coming of age tale, all rolled into one.
However, there are occasions when even she gets carried away with the constant focus. "The last half hour has cringeworthy pacing and feels more mean-spirited than the rest of the film for no good reason". It seems far-fetched and amateurish to digest.
Sohum Shah has stood his ground strongly in front of the fiery actress Kangana Ranaut. It is such a relief to see a Hindi film set in a Western country that is not packed with bad foreign extras - each actor here has been chosen with care.