Samrat & Co. - External Reviews

wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
quick review:

Samrat & Co is an unfortunate recreation of Sherlock Holmes in an Indian setting, one that miserably fails in its mission. The only saving grace is that a large chunk of the audience will probably think they're really smart, because they'll solve the film's puzzles quicker than the Indian Sherlock they're watching.



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24 reviewers have given Samrat & Co. an average rating of 0.6/5.0 (?)

0 yays
18 nays
6 so-so

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Thumbs down by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks ...Summing up, the background score is the only decent feature of this poor film but since one cannot spend both his time and money for this one factor alone. So simply skip it and watch the American TV Series “True Detective” instead, if you really wish to see something spectacular about detectives.... full review

Thumbs down by Prateek Sur, Bollywood Hungama ...Produced by Kavita Barjatya, this was touted as a surprise package from Rajshri Productions, who are better known for their family dramas. But all the expectations are let down by director Kaushik Ghatak. Trust me Samrat is no Sherlock Holmes, Feluda, Byomkesh Bakshi or Hercule Poirot. If you love to see Bollywood mystery films and have nothing else to watch this weekend, better get yourself a DVD of Bhool Bhulaiyaa and rewatch rather than going for this squanderous stinker.... full review

Thumbs down Bollywood Hungama ...All in all, SAMRAT AND CO is a major letdown, certain elements notwithstanding.... full review

Thumbs down by Saumya Sharma, BookmyShow ...Strictly meant for those who are looking to laugh heartily at the mere mention of a detective story that was much too confusing. You may also watch it in order to feast your eyes on the extremely good-looking Rajeev Khandelwal and Rajneesh Duggal.... full review

Thumbs down by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah ...This sort of thing just might work as a TV series, a film needs much more imagination... and novelty. Otherwise, to use a Samrat-ism: what’s the point?... full review

So-So by Smita Vyas Kumar, Desi Martini ...tch for the family. The whodunnit is a bit easy to crack but the detective and his sidekick are fun to watch ... full review

So-So by purnima dixit, Desi Martini ...Overall wud give 3 ou you wud enjoy the film if you watch it with open mind...Dont watch it just for the heck of comparison or to rip the film apart & trash the film.... instead the efforts of writer, director, actors, production house to come up with something like this should be appreciated... The whole team deserves praise for introducing us to a new private investigator, I dont think hindi films has any detective film in past many years... atleast I have not seen it..... full review

Thumbs down by Tushar Joshi, DNA ...Neither witty nor funny, Samrat & Co can be avoided. ... full review

So-So by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare ...To his credit, Khandelwal tries to do full justice to his character but he is hampered by a shoddy screenplay. A whodunit should keep us hooked to our seats and should keep us guessing. Here, the proceedings get tedious and after a while you stop caring for victims. You want it all to end quickly, so as to rush home and read The Hound Of The Baskervilles all over again. The ending leaves scope for a sequel and for Holmes’s sake the filmmakers shouldn’t botch it up the next time... full review

Thumbs down by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal ... The only good thing though is that the film is pretty much short of tedium because of the racy nature of the cutting and crowded eventology. In fact there’s even room for a promising romantic dalliance.... full review

So-So by Nupur Barua, ...There is not much to be said about Samrat And Co., except that it is a disappointment to crime and mystery buffs. This amateur attempt at the genre leaves a bitter taste in your mouth, and you may not be as welcoming of the next one that comes along. Hopefully, Ghatak will do justice to his characters in a sequel... full review

Thumbs down by Martin D'Souza, ...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.'' ... full review

Thumbs down by Jyoti Sharma Bawa, Hindustan Times ...You may laugh at the unintentional gaffes during the film but after the climax, you are afraid. STD says he’ll be back with a sequel. When that happens, I will be watching the re-runs of Sherlock. I advice you to do the same. ... full review

Thumbs down by Faheem Ruhani, india today ...After seeing this film you miss the Rajeev Khandelwal who debuted in the brilliantly made Aamir (2008). Better to watch the more thrilling CID on TV then suffer Samrat and his company.... full review

Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...I’m all for murder mysteries and brainy sleuths, but this one made me slump in my chair. The biggest mystery remains : when will we get a great one?... full review

Thumbs down by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY ...What is an acclaimed actor like Girish Karnad doing in a film of this kind is the only mystery worth breaking your head over. The rest you will guess even before it happens. - See more at: full review

So-So by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies ...The film ends on a note which gives a clear indication of Samrat & Co. being developed as a franchise with Part 2 in the offering. If the first in the series is anything to go by, it would be good to see what the makers have to offer next. ... full review

So-So by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA ...Well the movie has a gripping screenplay along with decent performance by few actors like Rajeev and Madalsa. However, besides that the movie is a weak attempt in a detective based suspense thriller type of films. The cases were artificially tough which in fact turned out to be so simple that any kid could solve it easily as they have been watching TV serials like 'CID' and 'Gumraah'. 'Samrat & Co.' is definitely a better product than these TV series and thus would recommend it for 'C.I.D' & Co. fans only. As for all the 'Rajshri' banner fans, looks like their last hopes lies only in the next Salman Khan starrer film under this banner, till then keep watching their earlier classics.... full review

Thumbs down by Rahul Desai, Mumbai Mirror ...Driver: Sir, we have arrived at your destination. This was hardly a challenge. I: Easy challenges are like broken pencils, Watson. There is no point.... full review

Thumbs down by Mansha Rastogi, Now ...Rajshri Banner should stick to what best they are known for - family dramas. Their effort to make the shift falls flat on its face. Best avoided. ... full review

Thumbs down by Paloma Sharma, Rediff ...Samrat & Co might be about an extraordinarily observational man's fight against crime but as far as cinema goes, this film is a crime against the genre.... full review

Thumbs down by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...Perhaps we need to create our original detective characters that don’t suffer from the Sherlock hangover. We’re going to have quite a few detective stories coming this year. Let’s see how they fare... full review

Thumbs down by Somdatta Sen, Star Blockbuster ...It’s a franchise in making so before you aim the next one, make sure you research well else would advice Rajshri to stick to family dramas. That’s safe bait.... full review

Thumbs down by Renuka Vyavahare, Times of India ...While it's brave of the conservative Rajshri productions to take the leap - from family dramas to thrillers, the effort should have been more compelling. While Sherlock Holmes was dismissive of mediocrity, Samrat succumbs to it.... full review