Simmba

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Simmba
Simmba poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRohit Shetty
Produced by
Written byFarhad Samji
(Dialogue)
Screenplay byYunus Sajawal
Sajid Samji
Story byVakkantham Vamsi
Starring
Narrated byAjay Devgn
Music bySongs:
Tanishk Bagchi
Lijo George - DJ Chetas
S. Thaman
Score:
Amar Mohile
Chandan Saxena
S. Thaman
CinematographyJomon T. John
Edited byBunty Nagi
Production
company
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release date
Running time
159 minutes[2]
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget80 crore[3]
Box officeest. ₹400 crore[4]

Simmba is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action film directed by Rohit Shetty and written by Yunus Sajawal and Sajid-Farhad. A spin-off of the Singham franchise the film was produced by Shetty under his banner Rohit Shetty Picturez and Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta via Dharma Productions. Reliance Entertainment also co-produced and distributed the film. It stars Ranveer Singh, Sara Ali Khan and Sonu Sood, with Ajay Devgn reprising his role of Bajirao Singham in an extended cameo role. The film follows Sangram "Simmba" Bhalerao, a corrupt police officer hailing from the same town as Singham, who is forced to lead a more righteous path after tragedy strikes those near him.

Some scenes from Simmba were inspired by those from the Telugu-language film Temper (2015).[5] Its estimated production budget was 60 crore (US$8.3 million). Principal photography began in June 2018 with most scenes filmed in Goa and Kolhapur and the remaining filmed at Hyderabad and Mehboob Studios in Mumbai. Shooting was wrapped up by early December in the same year. The film's soundtrack was composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George - DJ Chetas and S. Thaman, with lyrics written by Shabbir Ahmed, Rashmi Virag, Kumaar and Kunaal Verma. The soundtrack features remakes of two 1996 songs: "Aankh Marey" originally from the film Tere Mere Sapne, and the qawwali song "Tere Bin" by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

Simmba was released in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council on 27 December 2018. The film was released in India and other international territories on the following day; it was distributed worldwide by Reliance Entertainment. The film received mixed reviews[6] from critics, it became Singh's highest-earning opening film as of 2018; it earned 237 crore nett in India on its 24th day, and went on to gross about 400 crore worldwide.[7]

Plot[edit]

Sangram "Simmba" Bhalerao (Ranveer Singh) is an antiheroic orphan from Shivgadh, the same town where Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) was raised. He observes how policemen make money in the form of bribes, finding himself motivateds to become a police officer, and succeeds. Getting bribes from some local thieves and a jeweler, Simmba enjoys and takes full advantage of the lifestyle of a corrupt cop.

He is soon transferred to Miramar police station, where he sees Shagun Sathe (Sara Ali Khan) and falls in love with her at first sight. He meets his fellow policemen and one of his juniors, Nityanand Mohile (Ashutosh Rana), who is an honest constable, hesitates to salute Simmba as he's a corrupt cop. In order to prove his worth in Miramar, he interrupts a pub party run by Durva Yashwant Ranade's (Sonu Sood) brothers, Sadashiv "Sada" Ranade and Gaurav "Giri" Ranade and demands more money from them, whilst promising that he will let them continue with their illegal activities. Durva agrees and uses Simmba to free a land from an old person Vaaman Rao, who is forced to sign the papers by Simmba. Meanwhile, Simmba develops motherly and sisterly bonds with several women and girls, one of whom happens to be Aakruti Dave, a young woman who reminds Simmba of his teacher.

Aakruti files a complaint against Sadashiv and Gaurav for dealing illicit drugs in their pub and using children as peddlers. Simmba initially ignores this after being pacified by Durva, and Shagun in the meantime falls in love with him. Meanwhile, Aakruti learns about the drug racket in the club and goes there one night with Chotu, a mute boy who's her student. She videotapes by cell phone to show evidence to the police, but is caught by Sada and Giri. Chotu discreetly records Sada and Giri assaulting Aakruti and flees once both of them realize.

Aakruti is brutally raped by Sada and Giri. Chotu tries to tell Akruti's friend Kavya about Akruti being in danger. Kavya whilst being chased by Durva's goons goes to Simmba to file Aakruti's missing complaint. Aakruti is found injured in hospital. Simmba tries to talk to her but she dies, leaving him devastated. Police recover the phone and the video and Durva sends his goons to get the phone from Simmba, who there and then mends his ways and fights them all. Simmba finally wears his police uniform and seeing this change in Simmba, Mohile finally salutes him and soon they arrest Sada and Giri. He apologizes to Vaaman Rao, and returns the land swindled from him. In the court, Simmba is shocked to find Aakruti's video being deleted. He beats up Durva's friend who gave a false statement in the court, leading to his suspension orders. He decides to kill Sada and Giri before he goes, and plans to show it as an encounter. He shoots them both and shows as if he killed them in a act of self-defence. A committee is set up by the court, who question Simmba's encounter. In order to achieve clarity to the situation, Home Minister Vinayak Dutta appoints a senior officer to look into and handle Aakruti's case, as well as Simmba's controversial encounter.

Enraged, Durva and his goons capture Simmba. Suddenly Singham comes to his rescue and both of them beat up Durva and his men. Singham tells Simmba that he is the officer, appointed by the committee to handle his case and gives a statement that Simmba killed Sadashiv and Gaurav in an act of self-defence. He also calls Dhurva's mother and wife, who each give a statement that it was Sadashiv and Gaurav who raped Aakruti and that the brothers ran a drug racket and several other criminal activities. Singham reveals that he helped Simmba despite being against his corrupt actions, so that he could instill a fear of law in the minds of men who do not respect women.

As Singham leaves Miramar Police Station, he is talking to ACP Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar). Singham congratulates him on his new post as ATS chief, and Sooryavanshi tells him that he will meet him soon.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Some scenes from Simmba were loosely inspired by the Telugu-language film Temper (2015). Shetty said, "We wanted to take four-five scenes from Temper but... thought it's better to buy the rights".[5] The film has an estimated production budget of 80 crore (US$11 million).[3] Principal photography for Simmba began in June, 2018.[11] It was mainly filmed in Goa and Kolhapurm, with some filming in Hyderabad and extra sequences filmed at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai.[12]

On 29 June 2018, the crew filmed the song, "Simmba Aala Re Aala Simmba Aala", at Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. On Instagram, Singh noted the large scale of the production and said that it was the biggest song of his career.[13]

Legal issues surrounding the production of Khan's debut-film Kedarnath interfered with the production of Simmba. Khan was scheduled to shoot for both films around the same time. A lawsuit shut down the production of Kedarnath and Khan allotted the time to work on Simmba.[14][15] Kedarnath's director, Abhishek Kapoor, sued Khan because his film would be delayed and it would no longer mark the debut of Khan. The two settled out of court when Khan agreed to split her time between both films.[16][17]

In October 2018, lead actors Singh and Khan left for Switzerland to film a song sequence for the film.[17] By late October, the crew had returned to Mumbai to film a second song, "Aankh Marey"—a remake of a 90s classic song.[18]

Because Singh was to be married in November 2018, Shetty shot most of the major sequences before the wedding date. Only the final sequence was left to be filmed after the wedding.[19] A double for Singh was used to complete patch work of a dhaba fight scene in Goa; various camera angles were used so that the double would resemble Singh.[12]

The film wrapped shooting in early December 2018.[19]

Soundtrack[edit]

Simmba
Soundtrack album by
Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George-DJ Chetas and S. Thaman
Released27 December 2018[20]
Recorded2018
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
Length23:05
LanguageHindi
LabelT-Series
External audio
Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Tanishk Bagchi chronology
Zero
(2018)
Simmba
(2018)
Fraud Saiyaan
(2019)
Lijo George & DJ Chetas chronology
Loveyatri
(2018)
Simmba
(2018)
S. Thaman chronology
Golmaal Again
(2017)
Simmba
(2018)
Saaho
(2019)

The songs are composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George-DJ Chetas and S. Thaman while the lyrics are written by Shabbir Ahmed, Rashmi Virag, Kumaar and Kunaal Verma. The song "Aankh Maare Ladka Aankh Maare" is a remake of the song "Aankh Maare" from the 1996 film Tere Mere Sapne, originally composed by Viju Shah, sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, and picturized on Arshad Warsi and Simran; Warsi makes a cameo appearance, with Sanu's voice. The song was remade for the film, with the music reproduced by Bharat Goel, Aditya Dev and Chandan Saxena.[21][22] The song "Tere Bin" is a recreation of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's 1996 qawwali song "Tere Bin Nahin Lagda". The remake is sung by his nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with Asees Kaur.[23]

Track listing
No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Aankh Marey"Shabbir AhmedTanishk BagchiMika Singh, Neha Kakkar, Kumar Sanu03:33
2."Tere Bin"Rashmi ViragTanishk BagchiRahat Fateh Ali Khan, Asees Kaur, Tanishk Bagchi03:51
3."Aala Re Aala"Shabbir AhmedTanishk BagchiDev Negi, Goldie03:20
4."Mera Wala Dance"Kumaar, Kunaal VermaLijo George-DJ ChetasNeha Kakkar, Nakash Aziz03:20
5."Bandeya Re Bandeya"Rashmi ViragTanishk BagchiArijit Singh, Asees Kaur04:15
6."Simmba Theme 01" Tanishk BagchiTanishk Bagchi02:06
7."Simmba Theme 02" S.ThamanS. Thaman02:40
Total length:23:05

Marketing and release[edit]

Ranveer Singh and Sara Ali Khan promoting the film in 2018

Simmba was released in countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council on 27 December 2018.[24] It was released in India and other countries on 28 December.[5] It was shown on 4020 screens in India and 963 screens overseas, for a worldwide screen total of 4983 screens.[25]

On 6 June 2018, the producers announced the start of principal photography with a skit video featuring actors Singh and Khan, director Shetty, and producer Johar.[26]

On 1 December 2018, the producers released a new poster on Twitter, featuring Ranveer Singh's Bhalerao silhouetted in front of a police uniform, to announce the release of the film's trailer on 3 December.[27] On 2 December, a second poster was released, depicting a uniformed and gun-wielding Bhalerao.[28] On 3 December, the official trailer was released.[29]

On 6 December 2018, the first song from the film was released, titled "Aankh Marey," a remake of the original song from the 1996 hit film Tere Mere Sapne.[30] It is sung by Kumar Sanu (who also sung the original with Kavita Krishnamurthy), Mika Singh, and Neha Kakkar. Actor Arshad Warsi, whose film and song debut was with the original, appeared again in the video for the Simmba remake, along with several actors from another film from director Rohit Shetty, Golmaal: Kunal Khemu, Shreyas Talpade, and Tusshar Kapoor. The release date for the remake was specifically chosen to coincide with the release date of the original 22 years earlier (6 December 1996).[30]

On 6 December 2017, Singh and the film's producers tweeted a poster of Singh as a uniformed ACP Bhalerao, wearing sunglasses and standing in an open-mouthed pose.[5]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Simmba released to "mixed to positive" reviews from critics.[6] Ambica Schin of Khaleej Times gave the film four stars out of five and sums up, "If you are on the lookout for a totally masala, paisa vasool movie to end the year with a bang, we recommend you watch Simmba. The melodramatic, over-the-top film is sure to leave you on a high".[31] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama declared it a "winner" with four stars out of five, writing, "Rohit borrows the essence from Temper, but modifies a major chunk of that film... What eventually unfolds on screen is so different, in a positive way".[32] Anwesha Madhukalya of Business Today wrote, "It is indeed time to rejoice for the young star's fans for Simmba has announced the arrival of Ranveer Singh in the big league".[33]

Writing for The Times of India, Ronak Kotecha rated it three and a half stars out of five, terming the film as "a potboiler that you expect it to be, where the good surely outweighs the bad".[34] Suparno Sarkar of International Business Times also gave it three and a half stars out of five, writing, "Simmba is a complete masala entertainer that is loaded with good dialogues, humour, heart-felt emotion and high-octane action. It lacks logic at various levels, but never ceases to entertain".[35] A critic for The Economic Times agreed, also rating it three and a half stars out of five, but felt that "[t]he film takes a preachy turn in the second half and the narrative gets predictable".[36]

Writing for Hindustan Times, Raja Sen rated the film three stars out of five, writing, "[A]s it stands, Simmba is not only ahead of Singham, but far superior to Dabangg, the blockbuster that defines the genre". He appreciated Singh for the energy he brought to the role, but found Khan was restricted by her role.[37] Rajeev Masand of CNN-News18 gave the film two and a half stars out of five, finding the first half to be "a sporadically enjoyable comedy", but found the second half to be "less enjoying": "The film leaves a lot to be desired, but a star is re-born".[38] Uday Bhatia of Mint concurred with Masand: but credited Singh for playing his "cardboard creation" of a character with an "underlying sweetness that renders it more winsome than the humourless masculinity of Devgn's Singham".[39]

Box office[edit]

The box office collection figures for opening weekend of the film as presented on Bollywood Hungama are: First day It earned 20.72 crore nett in India which made it Singh's highest-opening film as of 2018.[40] On second day it collected 23.33 crore nett and 31.06 crore on third day. Total first weekend nett domestic collection was 75.11 crore. The opening week pan-India collection was 150.81 crore, which made it a hit film.[41]

In its second week on eighth day domestic collection was 9.02 crore. On ninth day collection rose to 13.32 crore. Tenth day collection is 17.49 crore. Eleventh day collection is 6.16. Twelfth day collection is 6.03. Thirteen day collection is 5.31 and ending at 4.29 crore, taking second week collection to 61.62 crore. The domestic gross is 307.90 crore. It becomes Rohit Shetty's biggest hit as it beats lifetime business of Chennai Express.[42]

The film grossed 92.10 crore (US$13 million) from overseas markets as estimated by Bollywood Hungama. The gross worldwide is 400 crore (US$56 million).[4] It became third highest grossing film of 2018.

In 23 days of its release the domestic gross of film touched 300 crore mark. It took 40 days to the film to gross 350 crore worldwide.[4]

In Pakistan, the film has collected more than ₨ 19 crore till its fifth weekend.[43]

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