‘Simmba’ Movie Review: Old masala in a new bottle
If you go and watch ‘Simmba’ and expect that you’ll watch something new, you’ll only have Ranveer’s somewhat funny antics (he’s just being himself for much of the first half) to take home. Unlike last week’s ‘Zero’, this movie steers clear of any experiment. It serves old wine in a new bottle though, and the execution is pitch perfect. Ranveer does serve you his unique style of acting early on, but he too settles into the same old groove of typical masala actors as the movie moves forward.
Coming to the story, Simmba (Ranveer Singh) is an orphan who dreams of becoming a corrupt police officer one day. He achieves that dream, but a series of events leads him to reconsider his moral compass. What follows are some high octane action scenes that are high on anger as well as impact.
The screenplay, the dialogues and the background music saves the movie from being a bore, but that is all the ambition that this movie has. Sara Ali Khan stars in a few scenes and she does manage to bring in a few laughs. However, her contribution in moving the plot forward is zero.
As an Entertainment writer, I know that Ranveer has grown up on such righteous movies, and it was necessary for him to do one. He has idolized everyone from Ajay Devgn (who has a cool cameo in this) to Akshay Kumar, and his desire to be a ‘Hindi Film Hero’ gets fulfilled. That said, as an actor, he doesn’t do much. He plays himself. He is just having fun.
Sonu Sood is convincing as a villian, and there are shades of ‘Dabangg’ in his performance.
Like most Rohit Shetty movies, this may turn out to be a blockbuster too. You will enjoy it with your family. But then again, if you miss it for some reason, you’ll not miss a great film.