It’s a bright, new day in Bollywood and another brilliant film has been announced. Partnering up are – Bollywood’s most successful director Rohit Shetty, the country’s current heartthrob Ranveer Singh (after Ranbir Kapoor’s flops in the past 2 years) and the uplifter of the already uplifted – Mr. Karan Johar.
The 3 distinguished Bollywood entities are coming together to make a movie that will set so many cash registers ringing across the country, that many SBI branches are already making space in their vaults. The film called Simmba directed by Rohit Shetty, will see Ranveer Singh play a police officer (a la Bajirao Singham?). So much so that the protagonist’s name is also modelled on it – Sangram Bhalerao.
— Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 7, 2017
The makers seem to be so self-aware of their own insipid inspiration from the director’s own mostly terrible movie, that they’ve even mentioned the name of Singham in the poster. The film claims to be a remake of a Telugu film Temper starring Junior NTR, which reads eerily similar to Dabangg. And while the Abhinav Kashyap film banked on the superstar persona of Salman Khan, it seems this sure-shot collaboration worth Rs 200 crores will ride on the shoulders of the frenetic Ranveer Singh.
Personal biases aside, Rohit Shetty is obviously both terrible and successful as a filmmaker. So much so that, he made a 400-crore film merely by reuniting Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol for a romantic song. Will Simmba be more of the same Rohit Shetty bile, we’ve been subjected to in the past few years? We’ll have to wait and find out.
However, after the madness that was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘s release in 2016, and the on-going struggle that is Padmavati‘s release – both Karan Johar and Ranveer Singh could use the few hundred crores this film might possibly go on to make. And Rohit Shetty will once again be certified to make at least another one of his films.