Throwback Thursday: When Simran Was The Original ‘Wink Girl’!

Those were the days!!

In the 90s and early 2000s, the Tamil film industry had a variety of films coming out every Friday. From romantic comedies to serious dramas, actors and movies were aplenty and moviegoers had the pleasure of knowing what a film was like even before reviews hit the papers. It was simpler times, with fans repeatedly rooting for the few talented stars who ruled the roost. However, if one were to mention an actress from the Tamil industry who truly demanded your attention on screen, one name echoed by habit – Simran.

Tall, slender, a smile to die for and eyes that spoke a thousand words, Simran was more than just a pretty figure on screen; she emulated each character with such dignity and deft, there could be none like her. A Lady Superstar in her own right. Most films starring her became super hits, with her performance being praised. Be it her dancing that did the trick, her fashion statement, or her performance that moved you to tears Simran always shone like a beacon in all her roles.

For #ThrowbackThursday, we reminisce the time when Simran was the original ‘wink girl’, way before Priya Prakash Varrier’s wink in Oru Adaar Love took people by surprise. Starring in the Hindi movie Tere Mere Sapne, the movie was mostly known for its one popular number – ‘Aankh Maare’. The video featured lead actor Arshad Warsi following an attractive girl dressed in all pink stating that the girl winked at him. That girl was Simran and that song is considered to be one of Bollywood’s iconic masala songs, with a rendition of it even appearing on the recently released Hindi blockbuster Simbaa.

The video had Simran showing off her dancing skills, her jhatkas and matkas and having absolute fun. The film released in 1996 and while there was no social media or internet back then, people still loved this song and it was constantly played on TV channels and the radio. Even at parties and get-togethers. The song was all about Simran being the centre of attention and she ruled it and made it her own.

Over the years, she went on a hiatus and returned a few times in roles that were small and brief. However, with Petta releasing today, there’s a lot of hope pegged on this as a true comeback. Evergreen indeed, she appears comfortable and more than that, there’s a sense of confidence in her seen in the film’s trailer. For fans around, Simran is back with her signature infectious smile and a screen presence that demands your attention.

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