Simran box office collection Day 1: Kangana Ranaut’s Simran is valid proof why this lady is thriving in the industry today. If you were of the notion that showbiz is majorly a male-dominated business, Kangana is here to prove you wrong. Kangana effortlessly puts herself into the shoes of Praful Patel, the protagonist, a thirty year old Gujju, who yearns for simple pleasures in life, but whose character is marred by three flaws, alcoholic, kleptomaniac, and a gambler. Though Kangana does full justice to the character, director Ketan Mehta who is associated with critically acclaimed films like Aligarh and Citylights fails to engage his audience – the overall effect is flat and disappointing and Kangana does not manage to pull the movie up to an acceptable height on the basis of her own performance. Since the film had grabbed the advantage of Kangana’s jaw-dropping revelations on Bollywood and her in-you-face and care-less attitude, it was expected that the film would open up to a good total following which the word of mouth reviews would play their part. But that did not happen. In fact, now it would be a really big surprise if Simran manages to do even a little bit better in its opening weekend. And now for the bitter truth: Simran garnered Rs 2.77cr on the first day. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted saying, ” #Simran witnessed growth at plexes of metros… Fri ₹ 2.77 cr. India biz.” Nevertheless, if you do end up watching the movie, indubitably you will fall in love with Praful who is funny, quirky and chooses to be the man of her own life.
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Having said that, Kangana’s excellent performance is marred by the flawed writing and worse execution that causes the film’s downfall. The writing is debatable in some parts and the story becomes exhausting. Ketan Mehta tries hard to make you believe in what is taking place on screen but then you can hardly put yourself in those shoes.
The initial reports themselves had indicated where the movie was heading. Simran had opened on a disastrous note with the occupancy rate of the movie in its morning shows limited to a meager 12 per cent, as per Bollywood Hungama. The film had received less than appreciative reviews. Taran Adarsh earlier had hinted at the bad response of the audience to the new release of this week in his tweet. Will this movie recreate the Queen magic once again in the coming days? Take your guess.