Kangana Ranaut’s ‘Simran’ vs Apurva Asrani’s ‘Simran’: How different are they?

If you haven’t watched Hansal Mehta’s movie, this analysis is not for you.

Caution: Spoilers ahead about the movie Simran.

Simran screenwriter Apurva Asrani has shared the screenplay of the film originally written by him before the shooting draft saw significant changes effected by its lead actor, Kangana Ranaut. Months before the film’s release, Asrani and Ranaut were involved in a public tussle over the actual authorship of the screenplay.

Asrani claimed that Ranaut was undeserving of the ‘Additional screenplay and dialogue’ credit, and that she hijacked the script from him. Ranaut claimed that Asrani’s script did not match her vision, which is why she had to step in.

Simran was released on September 15. Asrani shared the screenplay originally written by him on September 19 and invited all to compare it with the final film.

The 131-page script shared by Asrani shares numerous similarities with Hansal Mehta’s final film. Vast sections have made it to the final film, in addition to parts added on that highlight the character of Praful Patel (Ranaut), the hotel cleaner who becomes a bank robber to pay off gambling debts.

Praful’s relationship with her parents

Patel has more scenes with her parents in Asrani’s script than in the final movie. In Simran, Praful’s mother is seen to be a caring but submissive parent. In the script, she is portrayed as Praful’s best friend who often reaches out to her after an altercation with her father. Praful’s grievances against her father are fleshed out in Asrani’s script – that he was absent from her life for the most part, and married her off when she was 22. In the movie, the character shading is superficial. Even in the film’s final moments, as Praful is about to get caught, she has a far more emotional conversation with her parents over the phone in Asrani’s script than she does in the film.


Praful’s Las Vegas experienece

In Asrani’s script, Praful lands in Las Vegas for her friend Amber’s bachelorette party and quickly becomes addicted to gambling, just as it happens in the film. However, in the movie, Praful flirts with a man she finds at the casino. Her initial attempts to get close are awkward as she uses pick-up lines such as, “You must be tired because you are running in my mind.” The meeting and all that follows are not part of Asrani’s script.

The sequence also includes two additions: a friendly bartender and a moment between Praful and a Las Vegas shopkeeper.

Praful and Mike Mehndi

In both Asrani’s script and the final film, it is established that Praful has had a sexual relationship with her boss Mike Mehndi (Rupinder Nagra). In the film, there are two additional scenes of Praful embarrassing Mehndi as the latter tries to get too close and bossy.

In the final analysis, Simran gives Praful more scenes and lines to help her come off as a likable and sympathetic character, while Asrani’s script paints a sorry picture of her.

Single Rehne De, Simran.
Support our journalism by paying for Scroll+ here. We welcome your comments at
Sponsored Content BY 

Some of the most significant innovations in automotive history made their debut in this iconic automobile

The latest version features India's first BS VI norms-compliant engine and a host of 'intelligent' features.

The S-Class, also known as Sonderklasse or special class, represents Mercedes Benz’ top-of-the-line sedan line up. Over the decades, this line of luxury vehicles has brought significant automotive technologies to the mainstream, with several firsts to its credit and has often been called the best car in the world. It’s in the S-Class that the first electronic ESP and ABS anti-lock braking system made their debut in the 20th century.

Twenty first-century driver assistance technologies which predict driver-behaviour and the vehicle’s course in order to take preventive safety measures are also now a staple of the S-Class. In the latest 2018 S-Class, the S 350 d, a 360-degree network of cameras, radars and other sensors communicate with each other for an ‘intelligent’ driving experience.

The new S-Class systems are built on Mercedes Benz’s cutting-edge radar-based driving assistance features, and also make use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behaviour. In cities and on other crowded roads, the Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC helps maintain the distance between car and the vehicle in front during speeds of up to 210 kmph. In the same speed range, Active Steering Assist helps the driver stay in the centre of the lane on stretches of straight road and on slight bends. Blind Spot Assist, meanwhile, makes up for human limitations by indicating vehicles present in the blind spot during a lane change. The new S-Class also communicates with other cars equipped with the Car-to-X communication system about dicey road conditions and low visibility due to fog, rain, accidents etc. en route.

The new S-Class can even automatically engage the emergency system when the driver is unable to raise an alarm. Active Emergency Stop Assist brings the car to a stop if it detects sustained periods of inactivity from the driver when Active Steering Assist is switched on. If the driver doesn’t respond to repeated visual and audible prompts, it automatically activates the emergency call system and unlocks the car to provide access to first responders.

The new Mercedes-Benz S 350 d in India features another notable innovation – the country’s first BS VI norms-compliant car engine, in accordance with government regulations to control vehicular pollution. Debuting two years before the BS VI deadline of 2020, the S 350 d engine also remains compatible with the current BS IV fuels.

The S 350 d is an intelligent car made in India, for Indian roads - in the Mercedes Benz S-Class tradition. See the video below to know what drives the S-Class series by Mercedes Benz.

To know more about the 2018 S-Class, click here.


This article was produced by the Scroll marketing team on behalf of Mercedes Benz and not by the Scroll editorial team.