Rohit Shetty on Simmba: I do not require rape plot to sell my film at this point in my career

Rohit Shetty and Ranveer Singh

Rohit Shetty’s recent release Simmba, starring Ranveer Singh and Sara is doing phenomenally well at the box office, and has become his eighth consecutive film to enter the Rs 100 crore club. However, it was also slammed by many for using the rape plot device as a way to sell the film. It was said that ‘rape’ was used as a device for redemption of a corrupt police officer.

Speaking about this, Rohit said, “It’s not the first time, there are so many films in which this has been shown but it is just that it is a commercial palette, people think of it differently. But when you see the film, when you see the genuineness of it, it is very easy. The film has been censored without a single cut. It’s very easy to glorify and cash on that, but I’ve never done that in my life.

“At this point in my career, if I may say so, I don’t require a plot or an issue like this to sell my product. It just came genuinely from my heart and this is my point of view. When you see the movie, there might be debate on cops killing the rapist but that’s my POV. That is what I feel should be done, it is an individual point of view, director’s point of view,” Rohit added.

An official remake of the Telugu hit Temper, Simmba is the story of a cop without any scruples, Sangram Bhalerao (Ranveer), who falls in love with Shagun (Sara), who runs a catering service near his police station. Everything is hunkydory, until the woman he considers his younger sister, 19-year-old medical student Aakruti Dave, gets brutally raped and killed.