Director: Hansal Mehta
Cast: Kangana Ranaut, Catherine Dyer, Evette Young
Imbd ratings -7.1
Kangana Ranaut tries to inject a Bridget Jones appeal (Hollywood rom-com’s always-relatable Londoner) into her misadventures. Credit has to be given to Ranaut for injecting verve into a character whose rebellion seems displaced. Director Hansal Mehta also does a splendid job of painting a realistic milieu of the Indian immigrant diaspora. They aren’t coated with money and aren’t always jolly, as a slew of Bollywood movies has led us to believe. There’s a lot going on in this film — comedy, drama, social commentary and xenophobia in the US- and it can get messy. Reserve this for a one-time watch as it’s incredible to see Ranaut play a self-destructive rebel. But if you are looking for a cohesive cinematic piece, then you are looking at the wrong film.
Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News
Mediocre is a term that one wouldn’t easily associate with either Kangana Ranaut or Hansal Mehta. But unfortunately it is one of the many things that Simran is; this particular bit about the movie supersedes everything else. It’s a beautifully shot film but the plot, despite being innovative, is frankly too convenient. In its bait to pepper the story with breeziness, the writers – Kangana and Apurva Asrani, forget to layer the leading lady Praful Patel’s personality enough. There is no depth to her, her reasons are far from being well etched out. That, along with the very fact that Simran is a loosely edited film works against the multiple plusses of it. Simran has so much going for it that you really want to like the film, root for Praful, draw satisfaction from a stellar performance of a fine artiste like Kangana. But then, something doesn’t work for the film. Unfortunately, it’s a great one-time watch which makes you wish that the makers had fine-tuned it enough to propel it towards a huge success!