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Directed byRohit Shetty
Written byScreenplay:
Yunus Sajawal
Sajid Samji
Farhad Samji
Story byVakkantham Vamsi
Based onTemper
by Puri Jagannadh
Produced by
Narrated byAjay Devgn
CinematographyJomon T. John
Edited byBunty Nagi
Music bySongs:
Tanishk Bagchi
Lijo George – DJ Chetas
S. Thaman
Amar Mohile
S. Thaman
Chandan Saxena
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release dates
Running time
158 minutes[1]
Budget80 crore[3]
Box officeest. 400.19 crore[4]

Simmba is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action film[5] directed by Rohit Shetty and produced by Rohit Shetty Picturez, Reliance Entertainment and Dharma Productions. The third installment of Shetty's Cop Universe, it stars Ranveer Singh, Sonu Sood and Sara Ali Khan with Ajay Devgn reprising his role of Singham in a cameo role. A remake of the 2015 Telugu film Temper, 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.[6]

Principal photography began in June 2018 with most scenes filmed in Goa and Kolhapur; the remaining were shot at Hyderabad and Mehboob Studios in Mumbai. The 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[7] from critics but became Singh's highest-earning opening film as of 2018 and went on to gross about 400 crore worldwide. Later, it received the Australian Telstra People's Choice Award.[8]


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

Simmba is soon transferred to the Miramar police station in Goa by Home Minister Vinayak Dutta (Uday Tikekar), 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. To prove his worth in Miramar, he interrupts a pub party run by an influential gangster named Durva Yashwant Ranade (Sonu Sood)'s brothers, Sadashiv "Sada" Ranade (Amrit Pal Singh) and Gaurav "Giri" Ranade (Saurabh Gokhale) 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 the land of an old person named Vaman Rao (Arun Nalawade), 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 (Vaidehi Parashurami), a young woman who reminds Simmba of his teacher. Aakruti files a complaint against Sada and Giri 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 Chhotu, a mute boy who's her student. She videotapes everything there by her cell phone to show evidence to the police but is caught by Sada and Giri. Chhotu discreetly records Sada and Giri assaulting Aakruti and flees once both of them realize. Aakruti is brutally raped by Sada and Giri. Chhotu tries to tell Aakruti's friend Kavya (Neha Mahajan) about Aakruti 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. The police recover Aakruti's phone and the video which she shot, and Durva sends his goons to get the phone from Simmba, who is present, mends his ways, and fights them all. Simmba finally wears his police uniform, and seeing this change in him, Mohile finally salutes him as they arrest Sada and Giri. He apologises to Vaman 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, Corporator David Cameron (Vipin Sharma), 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 the act of self-defence. An SIT committee is set up by the state, who question Simmba's encounter. Aiming to achieve clarity to the situation, Vinayak appoints a neutral officer to handle Aakruti's case, as well as Simmba's controversial encounter.

Enraged, Durva and his goons capture Simmba. Suddenly, DCP Bajirao Singham (Ajay Devgn) arrives to rescue him, and both of them beat up Durva and his men. Singham tells Simmba that he is the neutral officer appointed by the state committee to handle his case and gives a statement that Simmba killed Sadashiv and Gaurav in the act of self-defence. He also calls Durva's mother Bharti (Sarita Joshi) and wife Varsha (Shri Swara Dubey), who each state that it was Sada and Giri who assaulted Aakruti and that the brothers ran a drug racket and several other illegal activities.

As a result of these crimes, Durva is sentenced to 7 years of rigorous imprisonment by the court. Singham reveals that he helped Simmba despite being against his corrupt actions so that he could instil a fear of law in the minds of men who do not respect women. When Singham leaves Miramar Police Station, In the post-credits scene, he chats with DCP Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar) on the phone.[9] and also congratulates him on his new post as the ATS chief. Sooryavanshi tells him that he will meet him soon, thus hinting the events of Sooryavanshi.



It is a remake of 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".[6] In March 2018, R. Madhavan opted out of his role as the film's antagaonist after suffering a shoulder injury, and was replaced by Sonu Sood.[13] The film has an estimated production budget of 80 crore (US$11.7 million).[14] Principal photography for Simmba began in June 2018.[15] It was mainly filmed in Goa and Kolhapur, with some filming in Hyderabad and extra sequences filmed at Mehboob Studios in Mumbai.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18][19] 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.[20][21]

In October 2018, lead actors Singh and Khan left for Switzerland to film a song sequence for the film.[21] By late October, the crew had returned to Mumbai to film a second song, "Aankh Marey"—a remake of a 90s classic song.[22]

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.[23] 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.[16]

The film wrapped shooting in early December 2018.[23]


Soundtrack album by
Tanishk Bagchi, Lijo George – DJ Chetas and S. Thaman
Released27 December 2018
GenreFeature Film Soundtrack
External audio
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube
Tanishk Bagchi chronology
Fraud Saiyaan
Lijo George & DJ Chetas chronology
Good Newwz
S. Thaman chronology
Mr. Majnu
Ninu Veedani Needanu Nene

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 Vermaa. The soundtrack album was released on 27 December 2018.[24]

The song "Aankh Maarey" is a remake of the song "Aankh Maare" from the 1996 film Tere Mere Sapne, originally composed by Viju Shah and written by Anand Bakshi, sung by Kumar Sanu and Kavita Krishnamurthy, and picturised on Arshad Warsi and Simran; Warsi makes a cameo appearance in the Simmba version's music video, with Sanu's voice. The song was remade for the film, with the music reproduced by Tanishk Bagchi, S. Thaman and Chandan Saxena.[25][26] The song "Tere Bin" is a recreation of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan's 1996 qawwali song "Tere Bin Nahin Lagda". This is the second time the song is being recreated after 1999's film Kachche Dhaage which was titled "Tere Bin Nahin Jeena" sung by Lata Mangeshkar.[27] The remake is sung by his nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan with Asees Kaur.[28]

Track listing
1."Aankh Maarey"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 VermaaLijo George – DJ ChetasNeha Kakkar, Nakash Aziz03:20
5."Bandeya Re Bandeya"Rashmi ViragTanishk BagchiArijit Singh, Asees Kaur04:15
6."Simmba" (Theme 1) Tanishk BagchiTanishk Bagchi02:06
7."Simmba" (Theme 2) 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.[29] It was released in India and other countries on 28 December.[6] It was shown on 4020 screens in India and 963 screens overseas, for a worldwide screen total of 4983 screens.[30]

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.[31]

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.[32] 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).[32]


Critical response[edit]

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".[33] 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".[34] 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".[35]

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".[36] 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".[37] 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".[38]

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.[39] Rajeev Masand of 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".[40] 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 Devgan's Singham".[41]

Box office[edit]

The box office collection figures for the opening weekend of the film as presented on Bollywood Hungama are: The first day It earned 20.72 crore nett in India, which made it Singh's highest-opening film as of 2018.[42] On second day it collected 23.33 crore nett and 31.06 crore on third day. The 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.[43]

In its second week on the eighth day, domestic collection was 9.02 crore. On the 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 308.09 crore. It becomes Rohit Shetty's biggest hit as it beats lifetime business of Chennai Express.[44]

The film grossed 92.10 crore (US$13.47 million) from overseas markets as estimated by Bollywood Hungama. The gross worldwide is 400.19 crore (US$58.52 million).[45] It became third highest-grossing film of 2018. In Pakistan, the film has collected more than Rs. 19 crore till its fifth weekend.[46]

Animated series[edit]

Smashing Simmba, an animated television series based on Simmba was released on 14 November 2020 on Pogo TV.[47]


A skateboard running mobile video game based on Smashing Simmba, Smaashhing Simmba - Skate Rush, was released by Zapak in 2021.[48]


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