On December 26, 2019, without notice, when the trailer of the film SHIMLA MIRCHI fell on the Internet, the cinegoers and trade experts were surprised. The film, directed by Sholay director Ramesh Sippy, is a long-delayed romcom that is releasing five years after its creation. Ramesh Sippy made the film in 2014 and it was a short and sweet romantic story set in Shimla. It is not yet clear why the film was delayed. However, the film which was made on a small budget, will now be released in theaters on 3 January.
Without giving any spoilers, the film is about Avi (Rajkumar Rao), who visits Shimla during his vacation and falls in love with Naina (Rakul Preet Singh). Avi does a job in the hills to take action on his love for Naina. However, his only weakness is that he is never able to accept his feelings for the woman he loves. Avi writes a love letter on the advice of his friend, who falls into the hands of Naina’s mother Rukmani (Hema Malini). Rukmani is a woman who is struggling with low self-esteem after leaving her husband for another woman and comes to the conclusion that Evie is her secret admirer. Naina, who is aware of the situation, plays in this direction to raise her mother.
Talking of the film, it is no surprise when it comes on the script of SHIMLA MIRCHI. However, the scripts (Ramesh Sippy, Kausar Munir, Rishi Virmani and Vipul Binjola) are tight and come straight to the point. What stands out the most, and the film has lights and characters and characters and dialogue in a trial style. The dialogues are good and play a huge role in engaging the audience. The stark commentary on the lead actors’ love lives is sure to generate some laughter. The film marks Ramesh Sippy’s return to directing after a long time – when he returned to directing after 20 years, he would only see his directorial film after 25 years. Ramesh Sippy focuses entirely on the central characters and does not care for these characters to indulge in the external environment. Sippy has a very good grip on the plot and at no point does he deviate from the central theme.
During the performance, at the time of filming, Rajkumar Rao was quite new in the industry and still managed to win our hearts with his performance. Unaware of Rakul Preet Singh working south, people would work as a beautiful small town girl to see Rakul, who has a thousand responsibilities to attend. However, her constant care needs to take responsibility for her mother’s life which can reach your nerves. She comes out on top many times due to her energy but when she shares the screen with Rajkummar Rao of calm temperament, it balances well. Hema Malini tops her game and revives the film with her infectious and vibrant screen presence. Shakti Kapoor as Captain Uncle does a great job. Although not much has been told about his character, he will be remembered for his situational poetry.
The music by Meet Broz Anjan sets the tone for a small town romance. The lyrics written by Kumar captured the mood of the film beautifully. It is also the last collaboration by Meat Broz Anjaan who are behind successful songs like ‘Chittiyan Kalaiyyan ‘ And ‘baby doll’.
The film is largely set in the backdrop of a house and a cafe. Cinematographer Jeetan Harmeet Singh gives this romantic journey a dreamy effect by capturing the mood of the characters with close ones. The editing (Vijay Venkataraman) is very crisp except for the climax where the audience can do it easily with one less song.
Overall, SHIMLA MIRCHI makes for a decent small town romance with impressive performances. At the box office, less discussion and lack of publicity will ensure that the film is finally finished.