Simran Story: 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.
First things first, If anyone had any doubt that an actress alone cannot carry a full-fledged film, they can banish that thought at once. In Simran, Kangana Ranaut sits on a driving seat and drives the film. Everyone else in the cast follows.
The story of an Atlanta-based, divorced-at-30, searching-for- self Praful Patel gives Ranaut enough to do in the film and we are fully absorbed. A highly entertaining what-happens-in-Vegas-doesn’t-quite-stay-in Vegas episode, leads Ms Patel and the film into an adventurous ride.
Patel’s character (based loosely on a real-life person) is crafted with welcome detail. She has a job, a complicated family life, and she has ambitions. For herself. Which makes her a rare creature in mainstream Bollywood where the leading women are referenced through their men.
This is truly the quality of Simran’s readiness to be not perfect. She’s not going to play nice to get her way. She is out and out dislikeable, actually, and that makes her relatable. It's likewise the creation of a character who has an inward mystery life which is so much different to what she portrays as Praful Patel. The layers comes across as a real, solid, complex woman, someone you can reach out and touch.
Many have criticized the second half of the film but for me, it was a brilliant half. That’s the half where we a see a different praful patel. Every human has flaws and she too is no different. Every other movie where leading ladies preach about being perfect here they show the opposite, the leading lady goes out an out to steal money. She knows she is wrong yet her situation lures her into it, which is relatable.
Compared to other movies where love story is given prime importance this, movie has a different concept. The movie is a good one-time watch. If you are tired watching same love driven movies then this movie deserves your attention. This movie will make you laugh rather than preaching about feminism, which every other movie tries to highlight.