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Times of India
Kangana shines but Simran falters
Praful Patel (Kangana) is a 30-year-old divorcee living in Georgia with her middle-class parents. A housekeeper by profession, she gets drawn to a life of crime after her tryst with gambling at a Las Vegas casino. One bad turn leads to several more and before you know it, Praful is in a sordid mess.
The nice thing about Simran is that it ventures into an area where the Bollywood heroine offers no defence for being a badass. The protagonist, a woman with an undaunted spirit, lives and loves by her own set of rules. She refuses to have 'sex without protection' and is constantly up for adventure. She doesn't think twice about slipping into a life of crime just to support her `character flaws'. So far so good.
Besides the premise, everything else about the film is improbable. The writing falters in parts and naturally the execution follows. The way Praful goes about robbing banks and gets away scot-free, even after leaving her finger prints all over and notes scribbled with lipstick seems unbelievable. The media brands her the 'lipstick bandit', and the Atlanta cops and the victimised bank employees seem like a bunch of jokers, who keep harping on the fearless bandit's modus operandi, and yet, they fail to foil the half-a-dozen heists! It is almost like Hansal Mehta is attempting a comic story. Nothing wrong there, but if is a tale that is being recounted in lighter vein, then it should have at least made the audience laugh some more.
The only one who is having a good time here is Kangana. Whether she's docile or daring, the actress goes about her screen business with a flourish; getting her mannerisms pat. However, there are occasions when even she gets carried away with the constant focus. But then again, is she really to be blamed? The filmmaker doesn't even have another noteworthy star on celluloid to share the limelight. Simran's parents and her fiancee, Sameer (Sohum) and other actors--foreign and desi--don't quite add up.
Frankly, you can't emotionally invest in Simran or root for her as much as you might want to. But when you watch the film, you will find yourself warming up to her occasionally, because she's all you've got. Let's give Kangana her due.
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It is a movie which is well cooked and leaves no room to dislike it. The story picks up post interval and protagonist acting is superb, real life.
Best movie in indian cinema showing development of anti-social behaviors, due to addiction and adventure-seeking/ risk-taking personality. Must Watch for empathetic and serious audience. You may not find such people like Simran around, but it''s a wonderful depiction of one of the kinds of individuals that are commonly found in society. Film is meticulous in presenting an interplay of family dynamics, thrill seeking personality, and addiction.
1 word : Kangana didn''t have to act in this movie, she played her natural self! Crazy, indecisive, mostly taking wrong decisions and corrupt ways.. still gaining enough sympathy