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Kangana Ranaut in Simran

Well, that is what the actor says about his clash this week - his film Lucknow Central with the Kangana Ranaut starrer Simran. In fact, there is no Simran in the story.

Like Simran of DDLJ, Kangana's Praful wants to escape - not for a man but for herself.

"Simran" goes way beyond the viewers' expectations. Usually, in such cases, most middle-class families are biggest critics. Her mother welcomes her home with "jhadu pocha kar ke thak gai hogi" while her dad taunts her about her failed marriage, lack of a career and friends. A chance to visit Las Vegas with her cousin Amber changes her life. It is super to watch a self-assured performer vault over any challenge a script throws, but never ideal to see a script contort in order to give the actress room to show off everything she can do - including things that don't necessarily suit the film. She returns to the casino but minus the luck.

The actress who is Akshay Kumar's wife got into legal trouble during Lakme Fashion Week when she unbuttoned her husband's jeans. So anyone who thinks that a profession is of one's character and dignity is just an idiot who doesn't know how to live life. Did they do her story justice? The problem with Simran is that the movie tries too hard to follow the ivy league of Scorsese' dark comedies but completely gets derailed in the second half.

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Hansal Mehta directed film Simran starres Kangana Ranaut in the lead role. Like emotions, Simran tackles quite a few issues: the xenophobia Indian immigrants to the USA face, gender issues within the traditional Indian framework, biased notions against minorities and the like. Simran also reflects a shady face of wary and unsupportive parents who although being an NRI are still inflicted by the patriarchal setup of the society.

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To the film's credit, Praful's frustration comes across as real and believable. They wrote, "Simran begins well but is soon taken over by its chaos". Unlike his past projects, Hansal Mehta has kept the plot lighter instead of getting much into the technicalities. However what we will get to see on-screen is something different and the character has gone wrong in a narrative that fails to keep things from falling apart. Honestly, Ranaut has done far better "just let me be" scenes as an actor than in Simran. She needs to take a break from playing identical characters. But having said that, Simran is elevated above strictly average by Kangana's performance.

However, all of it seems so self-indulgent that neither the film nor the protagonist is successful in making the audience empathise or identify with her. Sure, her character's English improves and worsens inconsistently, but Ranaut makes it work, especially in brilliant moments like when, about to confess to her crimes, she compares the feeling to that of losing control of her bowels.

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