Samrat & Co. Cast & Crew:
BannerRajshri Productions Pvt Ltd
Release Date25 Apr 2014
Star CastRajeev Khandelwal, Madalasa Sharma, Gopal Datt, Girish Karnad, Priyanshu Chatterjee
Publicity DesignsMantra @ SDS
Music DirectorAnkit Tiwari
ScreenplayKaushik Ghatak, Manish Srivastav
Music Company Sony Music
CostumeRahul Agasti, Moiz Kapadia
LyricistSanjay Masoom, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath, Gopal Datt
Samrat & Co. is a upcoming 2014 Hindi detective thriller film directed by Kaushik Ghatak and produced by Kavita K. Barjatya under the Rajshri Productions banner. It features Rajeev Khandelwal in the title role of Samrat. The film was initially scheduled for release on May 1, 2014 release but will release ahead of schedule on Apr 25, 2014
Verdict : Just skip it. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Rajshri Films has delivered some big mammoth blockbusters in last 40 years. But most of those blockbusters belong to family drama genre and this time they are trying their hands in complete new genre which is suspense thriller.
Film has rather uninteresting and regresisve plot. A famous detective in Mumbai and a beautiful girl (Madalsa Sharma) comes searching for her straight from Shimla. Detective Samrat (Rajeev Khandelwal) is not only over smart (he can use his 7th sense and tell anyone from where he is coming and some blah blah!) but also irritating. His sidekick CD (Gopal Dutt) is simply irritating with some real dumb jokes every minute. Girl asks Samrat to come to Shimla to solve some mysterious happenings in her bungalow but as one can guess, as Samrat reaches Shimla, her father (Girish Karnad) murdered by her brother. From here on wards, there is rather cliche narrative which takes over and in the end after few more murders and boring twists real culprit revealed.
The movie manages to hook the audience interest at the start as the story creates a curiosity amongst the viewers. The movie also has a good screenplay, which unfortunately is hidden beneath the bad plot and story-line.
One cannot believe whether this is the same Rajeev who did wonders after making his Bollywood debut with the acclaimed ‘Aamir’. The actor, who was supposed to be serious, looks funny. The director has tried hard to make Rajeev look like a detective by giving him a weird dressing sense, bad hair-style and fast speaking tone. None of the other characters are even worth a mention.
The romance shown between Samrat and Dimple is totally wasted and does not make any sense at all. While the story creates some curiosity at the start, you need to wait for the plot to unravel and you may feel like shooting yourself.
The direction is pathetic. The film is basically is bad copy of all the detective movies in the world and the least we can do is to give the director the credit for researching so much. The set-up looks fake and as almost all the shots in the movie are shot in croma.
Cinematography is worse as almost all the backgrounds are fake. The editing is not at all sharp and the inclusion of characters, one after another, rarely make sense. The movie is too slow-paced and thus bores the audiences a little too much.
While the first half is ok, the second half is purely filled with useless romance, pointless clues and characters.