Samrat & Co. Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:40:52.4530000 IST


One of India's oldest and prestigious production houses, Rajshri Productions' (led by Sooraj Barjatya) latest offering is a detective thriller and drama, SAMRAT & CO., rather unusual for the Rajshris who have since long been associated with family dramas. The music directors at the helm of affairs are AASHIQUI 2 sensations, Ankit Tiwari and Mithoon, along with Sandeep Shirodkar and Gopal, Anand and Pawan. So let's get set for a dilchasp (interesting) musical ride, courtesy Ankit & Co.

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The composition that instantly sets up the mysterious mood is the racy and catchy 'Tequila Wakila' decorated in a lovely Spanish (Latin American) style musical background settings of bass, drums, sax, trumpets and guitar. Shreya Ghoshal oozes oomph and is well supported by a good all male chorus (Ankit himself) which appears to be a stage performance number, as evident by the claps at the end of the song.

Lovely guitar strums and Chinmayee's velvety, dreamy vocals herald the very soft love ballad, 'Shukr Tera' (by Mithoon) and is well supported by Arjit Singh. Mithoon keeps background musical arrangements (lovely violins, piano and guitar) to minimalistic proportions, almost like an unplugged version, to convey the message, and the tune that he chooses is fresh.

CHECK OUT: Samrat & Co. - Songs Lyrics


This one is even sillier. When the baba who helped the family solve the case of the dying plants with his mantras is found dead, CD mutters: ''Baba ka dhaba toh bandh ho gaya.''

download SAMRAT & CO. wallpapers
download SAMRAT & CO. wallpapers

The suspense is childish and the scenes leading closer to the mystery are a mystery in itself. Suddenly you are bombarded with a song between STD and the girl who got him to her villa.

The only ones who seem to be making a mark are choreographer Ganesh Acharya, who showcases his nimble moves and Shreya Narayan, who plays Divya, a troubled soul who walks with a saddened expression. Maybe she knew where this film was headed. These are the only two who play the characters they are supposed to. The rest are on a picnic.

CHECK OUT: Samrat & Co. - Music Review

If I had to rephrase a dialogue which would sum up this film, it would be; ''boring picture ek tuti pencil ki tarah hai; there is no point.''

Can I hear CD say, ''That's the point!''


This is supposedly a detective flick. There's an STD and a CD. STD is Samrat Tilakdhari (Rajeev Khandelwal) the detective; CD is Chakradhar Pandey (Gopal Datt), his side-kick. Thankfully there was no VHS, DVD or a Pen drive.
 

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CD is supposedly a television anchor who features in crime stories. But in this movie, he is with STD, giving him company in solving a case, always mouthing, ''That's the point.'' It does not matter whether there is a point or no. Full-on overacting!

STD is a detective of another class; he will only take cases that are beyond simple. He is given the most inane dialogues to mouth, the gem coming at the end when he says, ''Easy challenges tuti pencil hoti hai; there is no point.''

CHECK OUT: Samrat & Co. - Songs Lyrics

Here, STD agrees to solve a case of dying plants. The plants are revived by a baba with his mantras. However, before STD can leave the place, the patriarch of the family is found dead and he is now figuring out who the killer is. After some silly investigations and long-drawn calculations he nails the killer. But that is in the end. Till he finds the killer (even the killer when revealed is so confused), he bombards you with his dialogues and CD butts in with some sillier ones.

Sample these: ''Do minute hai aap ke paas, magi banane ke liye nahi; mere saath aane ke liye.'' Or ''Jaidad se phuti kaudi nahi milegi,'' (This is said when the younger son refuses to go and meet his dad when he calls him over the phone). Or ''Formalities are good between strangers.''


This one is even sillier. When the baba who helped the family solve the case of the dying plants with his mantras is found dead, CD mutters: ''Baba ka dhaba toh bandh ho gaya.''

download SAMRAT & CO. wallpapers
download SAMRAT & CO. wallpapers

The suspense is childish and the scenes leading closer to the mystery are a mystery in itself. Suddenly you are bombarded with a song between STD and the girl who got him to her villa.

The only ones who seem to be making a mark are choreographer Ganesh Acharya, who showcases his nimble moves and Shreya Narayan, who plays Divya, a troubled soul who walks with a saddened expression. Maybe she knew where this film was headed. These are the only two who play the characters they are supposed to. The rest are on a picnic.

CHECK OUT: Samrat & Co. - Music Review

If I had to rephrase a dialogue which would sum up this film, it would be; ''boring picture ek tuti pencil ki tarah hai; there is no point.''

Can I hear CD say, ''That's the point!''

Rating 1/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Rajeev Khandelwal, Madalsa Sharma, Gopal Datt, Girish Karnad, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Shreya Narayan, Indraneil Sengupta, Barkha Bishit Sengupta, Ravi Jhankal, Puja Gupta, Rajniesh Duggal, Bhaumik Sampat, Pradeep Welankar, Smita Jaykar, Gufi Paintal and Naveen Prabhakar
  • Lyrics: Sanjay Masoomm, Mithoon, Sandeep Nath and Gopal Datt
  • Director: Kaushik Ghatak
  • Music Director: Ankit Tiwari & GAP (Gopal, Anand, Pawan)
  • Release Date : 25 Apr 2014