Simmba Review: A Rohit Shetty Film That Will Make Every Woman Say, “Aata Majhi Satakli”

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Simmba Review: A Rohit Shetty Film That Will Make Every Woman Say, “Aata Majhi Satakli”

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ohit Shetty’s Simmba stands out for making no attempt to mask the fact that it is supposedly a film about women empowerment – helmed by men who have no idea what the term really entails. It’s the kind of film that believes that the only problem Indian women face in 2018 is feeling unsafe while returning home alone at night. And so Simbaa, inspired from the 2015 Telugu film, Temper, proudly reduces the act of violence against women into a mere plot twist.

The film’s plot is a staple of the Rohit Shetty Cinematic Universe (RSCU) – filled with flying cars and macho men – a world that is referenced unabashedly, just like statements such as “Rape hua, rape” are invoked mercilessly throughout the 160-minute-long Simmba. In the film, Simmba (Ranveer Singh), a police officer, endorses abject violence and takes the law in his hands. Just the way his godfather Ajay Devgn’s Bajirao Singham in Singham and Singham Returns shoots the villain on his posterior to coerce a confession out of him.

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