From big holes of boring screenplay to the shortage of convincing characters, the Hansal Mehta directed film 'Simran' fails to win audience applauds with an unusual slow story of a divorced Gujarati woman who crosses the legal lines to pay off her gambling debts. The glamorous scenes of the film are eye pleasing as the American streets and some fun whimsical moments discovered in Las Vegas are well directed under the director of photography Anuj Dhawan.
However, Kangana Ranaut is as stunning as ever bringing this majestic cheerful character of the poor English speaking Gujarati Praful Patel to life. Moreover, Praful Patel works as a housekeeper for a five-star hotel in Atlanta residing with her family. The film showcases NRI culture from the US as well. Her typical Indian parents keep suggesting her to marry again, but Praful gets messed up in debt after returning back from Vegas and she needs to pay off some serious debt to a local gangster who has given her a month time. While the clumsy Gujarati girl is desperate to get a minority house loan from the bank, she loses every single penny she saved working hard for five years in the hospitality industry.
The dialogues of the film are written by Apurva Asrani and by the matter of fact some additional dialogues are added by Kangana herself. Although they aren't that catchy to remember. The 30-year-old divorcee is seen refusing sexual intercourse with a foreigner as he doesn't want protection. Full of freedom Praful is now a slave to a gangster borrowing a huge amount from them to gamble. Simran suddenly meets Sameer, played by (Sohum Shah) and gets tangled with him spending some quality time together romancing on Arijit Singh's soundtrack Meet. Sohum Shah's character of an innocent Indian NRI IT guy character is splendid. The songs of the film are an element of entertainment.
Besides a poor plot, the screenplay and continuity seem to have some inappropriate elements in the film. The writing doesn't deliver convincing scenes and the execution is not up to the mark at all. Praful is shown robbing banks so casually that as if she goes shopping for groceries and gets away from it easily, even after leaving her finger prints and lipstick shade all over the note, these scenes from the film are literally indigestible. The American press calls her the 'lipstick bandit', while the Atlanta cops and the robbed bank employees acted like a bunch of fools, who made it look like an AL-Qaida attack. It can be assumed that Hansal Mehta's attempt of putting a casual comedy onscreen has gone in vain.