Raja Natwarlal

Raja Natwarlal

3.5 2,323 Ratings

Directed by : Kunal Deshmukh

Release Date : | Length : 141 Minutes

  • Critics Rating 2.1/5
  • MJ Rating 2.4/5
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Verdict

“Raja Natwarlal starts off as a clever 'masaledaar' revenge drama that eventually becomes too twisted and tedious to follow. Even Emraan Hashmi's charm cannot redeem this disappointingly lazy film.”

Raja Natwarlal Credit & Casting

Emraan Hashmi

Raja Natwarlal Box Office

  • Gross: INR 23.60 cr.
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Raja Natwarlal Audience Review

Not such a great con

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The makers of Raja Natwarlal obviously think that the viewers of this movie are as stupid as the people the conmen cheat in the movie. What other explanation can there be for the story to be rehashed and spoon fed to us towards the end us like a 6 month old being fed banana mash instead of incorporating the extra bits into the movie itself? Either that or they were not smart enough to figure out how to do it themselves.

Raja is a small time conman who gets his partner killed in an attempt to break into the big league. Then to avenge this death he seeks out a bigger retired conman to help him. Together they hatch a plan to steal the rich guy's money so that Raja can marry his bar dancer sweetheart and avenge the death in one swoop.

The story at its core is ok and the little clever touches of con games are funny and entertaining at times. However, neither the characters nor their motivations are strong enough for us to root for either the conman or the rich cricket crazy dude getting conned. You are indifferent to their fates and that is totally dangerous in a movie which depends on your liking the con guy to make the story work. To make matters worse there is the romantic angle which just doesn't work and which pulls the narrative down in its best parts with some soppy songs and unnecessary kisses.

The star cast is great- Emran as Raja, Paresh Rawal as the master con and Kay Kay Menon as the rich guy are all great actors and their chemistry makes the movie watchable in parts. They manage to create a good feeling of tension in a few crucial scenes. New heroine , Pakistani import Humaima Malik is too thin to register on screen and the only way you can tell she is there is when there is some spangly costume floating about on the screen. I was nice to see Deepak Tijori again on screen looking older and better without his old funny hairstyle. I always liked the guy.

Raja Natwarlal could have been infinitely smarter, funnier and way more taut given the story it was working with and the star cast. Instead what we get it patchy pieces of good action, silly songs and a storytelling session as we are tucked into bed. Wait for a TV release.