Kangana Ranaut has been making headlines for the past few weeks now. Information from her personal life and controversial past gave us some juicy gossip, and her film Simran, where she plays the titular role aka Praful Patel, promises an equally exciting and interesting character. The comedy-drama, directed by Hansal Mehta, and written by Apurva Asrani and Kangana Ranaut, shows the actress as a divorced, Gujarati woman in the US, working as a housekeeper at a hotel.

Though impressive, the trailers reminded us of her coming of age, free spirited, Rani in Queen (2014). Comparisons are evident. Is Kangana Ranaut able to give us something new to rave about or does Simran end up being a Queen part 2?

India.com film critic Smrity Sharma is watching Simran right now and here’s her review of the first half of the film.

Smrity says, “Praful Patel (Kangana Ranaut) is every young girl who is fighting gender bias, shouldering the burden of parents’ expectations, struggling to create her own identity and treading the thin line between need and desire. She is 30, a divorcee and works as a housekeeper at a hotel, saving each penny to buy her own house in the US. Her father sees her as a burden and his constant gibes at her make her resolve stronger. She has a decent life but what she wants and how soon she wants it forces her to take the easy path and that’s when her life turns upside down.

“The first half of Simran is fairly entertaining and Kangana Ranaut’s brilliant, effortless performance as Praful Patel makes the film a fun experience. As we reach the interval, we wait for Praful to turn into Simran and take us on an adventurous ride.”