Simmba is a 2018 Indian Hindi-language action masala film directed by Rohit Shetty and written by Yunus Sajawal and Sajid-Farhad. The third installment of Shetty’s Police Universe, 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, Sonu Sood and Sara Ali Khan, with Ajay Devgn reprising his role of Bajirao Singham in a 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. The film is an official remake of the 2015 Telugu-language film Temper.
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 from critics but became Singh’s highest-earning opening film as of 2018 and went on to gross about ₹4 billion worldwide. Later, it received the Australian Telstra People’s Choice Award.
Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao is an antiheroic orphan from Shivgadh, the same town where Bajirao Singham was raised. 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.
He is soon transferred to Miramar police station, where he sees Shagun Sathe and falls in love with her at first sight. He meets his fellow policemen and one of his juniors, Nityanand Mohile, 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 Durva Yashwant Ranade’s 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 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 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 realise.
Aakruti is brutally raped and murdered 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 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 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, corporator David Cameron, 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 an act of self-defence. A SIT committee is set up by the state, who question Simmba’s encounter. To achieve clarity to the situation, Home Minister Vinayak Dutta 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 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 DCP Veer Sooryavanshi (Akshay Kumar). Singham congratulates him on his new post as ATS chief, and Sooryavanshi tells him that he will meet him soon.
Ranveer Singh as Inspector Sangram “Simmba” Bhalerao
Sonu Sood as Durva Yashwanth Ranade
Sara Ali Khan as Shagun Sathe
Ashutosh Rana as Head Constable Nityanand Mohile
Siddhartha Jadhav as Santosh Tawade
Vaidehi Parshurami as Aakruti Dave
Ulka Gupta as Nandini Mohile
Suchitra Bandekar as Mrs. Mohile
Sulbha Arya as Mrs. Iyer
Ashwini Kalsekar as Judge Smita Parulkar
Neha Mahajan as Kavya,Aakruti’s friend
Nandu Madhav as Aakruti’s father
Shri Swara Dubey as Varsha Ranade, Durva’s wife
Sarita Joshi as Bharti Ranade, Durva’s mother
Saurabh Gokhale as Gaurav “Giri” Ranade, Durva’s brother
Amrit Singh as Sadashiv “Sada” Ranade, Durva’s brother
Puja Agarwal as News Reporter
Vijay Patkar as Alok Borkar
Ashok Samartha as Lawyer Joshi
Ganesh Yadav as Lawyer Savalkar
Arun Nalawade as Vaman Rao
Uday Tikekar as Home Minister Vinayak Dutta
Vipin Sharma as Corporator David Cameron
Sahil Joshi as Chotu
Ravjeet Singh as Dheeraj, Shagun’s friend
Ronjini Chakraborty, as Poornima,Shagun’s friend, works at the catering service
Anil Mange as Purab, a rickshaw driver obsessed with Poornima
Besant Ravi as Inspector Gaekwad
Sneha James as Inspector Gauri
Aarti Kulkarni as Good Food Lady
Ajay Devgn as DCP Bajirao Singham (Cameo)
Akshay Kumar as DCP Veer Sooryavanshi (cameo appearance)
Tusshar Kapoor in a cameo appearance in the song “Aankh Marey”
Kunal Khemu in a cameo appearance in the song “Aankh Marey”
Shreyas Talpade in a cameo appearance in the song “Aankh Marey”
Arshad Warsi in a cameo appearance in the song “Aankh Marey” (the song is from his film Tere Mere Sapne)
Karan Johar in a cameo appearance in the song “Aankh Marey”
Sudha Chandran (Cameo)
Sayli Patil as daughter of Home minister Vinayak Dutta