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.
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.
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.''
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.
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!''