As soon as I hear of a smart conman with a mentor, I think of Bluffmaster and Khosla Ka Ghosla. Raja Natwarlal seems to be a combination of both. While the film seems to be in good hands as far as the actors are concerned, the same can't be said about the director, Kunal Deshmukh. His earlier outings aren't really inspiring. Although, this time we have a different producer.
On the other hand, the combination of Kay Kay Menon, Paresh Rawal and Emraan Hashmi is inspiring enough. Other than that though, there is nothing in the trailer in terms of dialogue or plot that stands out. The treatment seems to have an element of style that could go either way for the film.
While comparisons with other conman films might be easier to handle, a thriller of this sort banks heavily on the twists and I hope those will keep us glued. There's no telling how that one will go. Meanwhile, the music doesn't seem to be too impressive.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Raja Natwarlal has a few very interesting twists and a few edge-of-the-seat moments. But the fact that the person in the soup gets out way too easily, the person who is supposed to be duped is conned too easily and the utlimate climax is a little too simplistic - all take away from the thrills that are set-up. It does engage only to fizzle out too soon.
A prime example of this is the climax. The build-up to the climax is truly engaging. It has the appropriate twists, it has the perfect measure of the hero being caught in a tight spot, you really want to know how he is going to squeeze out of this one, but the climax itself is as lame as it gets. An anti-climax of sorts.
These dips after a reasonable high comes across as lazy writing. Given that there is hardly any effort spent on according depth to the characters, and the dialogue is simple except for the lines for Paresh Rawal's character, the high in the thrilling situations is the only thing that makes the story kick. It is unfortunate, that a film with one of the best cliff-hangers I have seen at interval, isn't able to retain the interest.
Emraan Hashmi and Paresh Rawal perfectly pose as the smart Alek and the experienced conman respectively. Paresh Rawal's introduction in fact is equally amusing and cool - the kind of arrogance and smart that you think is deserved. But, he doesn't get to show much of that off later in the film. Kay Kay Menon too starts out as a menacing character but later tones down. Though he makes the most of the bits given to him, as we are used to expecting now. Humaima Malick brings nothing to the table in terms of her performance. In fact, Deepak Tijori with his short, restrained yet comfortable appearance leaves a longer impression.
The main problem with Raja Natwarlal is it is different from the conman films we are used to. Yes, and unfortunately, "different" goes against the film. It takes itself too seriously. Other films of this genre like Bluffmaster or Bunty Aur Babli have a slick, sweet humor about them that doesn't allow the story to dip. Even Khosla Ka Ghosla, in fact - which also suffers from the other problem of a very smart businessman turning gullible to suit the story's requirement - has a subtle humor about it which keeps that smile intact.
Even so, Raja Natwarlal can be a casual TV watch which you won't regret. Especially, since you can forward/switch channels when the run-time lengthening, otherwise irrelevant songs show up.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...Raja Natwarlal is an engaging watch, despite shoddy direction, boring songs and jerks in continuity. It may not be as cerebral as some con flicks from Hollywood, but it does have the smarts to keep you hooked.... full review
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Getting good actors to participate in movies that don't quite deserve them its own kind of con game, but i was happy to be hustled.... full review
So-So, by Kusumita Das, Deccan Chronicle : ...It’s the performances where 'Raja Natwarlal' manages to score. The casting is spot on. The talented Emraan beautifully blends vengeance and vulnerability. He’s back to locking lips and packing a punch and fans will simply lap him up. Paresh as Yogi brings a certain dignity to the role of a crook in a way only he can. His is the most layered character in the film and he pulls it off with panache. Kay Kay Menon’s steely eyes and cold-blooded reserve bring to life the savage scoundrel of Varda. The only weak link is Humaima Malik who overdoes the part of a shrill, over-concerned girlfriend. The music is very average, which is not common in Kunal Deshmukh films. But given that Emraan is back as the roadside Romeo hero, and that Bollywood has well trained us to go easy on the logic bit, 'Raja Natwarlal' could just be a watchable fare.... full review
So-So, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...The atmosphere is grim and real when it’s just Tijori and Hashmi on screen, trying to hustle enough money to eke a living. If he hasn’t gone over the top, he would have gotten a cracker of a film…... full review
So-So, Indicine : ...Raja Natwarlal,s promotions luckluster and the music has not cought on which means the flim will take average opening. we expect the flim to be underwhelming propositions as far as the box office propects concerned.... full review
So-So, by Joginder Tuteja, Movie Talkies : ...Raja Natwarlal may not be the best con to have emerged out of bollywood due to its slow pace in the first half and an avoidable love angle. However the fun element and fast pace in the second half more than makesup for it.Watch for originsl con game played right till the end.... full review
So-So, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well, if you can tolerate the lethargic first hour of the film, there is a decent amount of entertaining dum in the later part of the film. Though it's nowhere close to the good and thrilling con based films we have seen in the past, but thanks to talented actors like Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon, this king-con has some tricks under his sleeves. As for Emraan Hashmi, his fans will be relieved to see him in this type of film, but for all others... wait for a Bhatt camp film ... full review
So-So, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara , Now Running.com : ...Raja Natwarlal could have been a shorter film had it not wasted as much time of the non-happening romance. Probably focusing more on adding finesse to the heist could have taken this film notches higher. This one is just not cool enough a con-film, after you have watched films like Special 26 in the recent past. An attempt to create a 'naya India ka naya Natwarlal' had to be smarter, else it is just demeaning the original icon!... full review
Thumbs down, by Mihir Fadnavis, FirstPost : ...Centrally, Raja Natwarlal fails because its basic premise is a mess. It presents the challenge of conning a man who is supposed to be one of the world’s smartest men, except he behaves like one of the dumbest creatures to have walked this planet. Make that the second dumbest; the number one position is occupied by the audience that fell for Raja Natwarlal and bought tickets.... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ...Neither as entertaining as your average Emraan Hashmi thriller, nor clever enough to engage anyone seeking a deliciously complex caper, Raja Natwarlal is the kind of film that leaves you bored out of your mind. I'm going with a generous two out of five. It won't give you a migraine, but it's so banal, you would probably have more fun doing your laundry instead.... full review
Thumbs down, by Faheem Ruhani, india today : ...Even Emraan Hashmi's smooching scenes cannot save this film because they are outright thanda. The sad truth is Raja Natwarlal is not the kind of film that can rule your heart. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/raja-natwarlal-emraan-hashmi-humaima-malick-movie-review/1/379794.html... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...Dialogues such as this ancient one abound: ‘machli ke moon mein kaanta phans chuka hai’. Groan. Just where have all the writers gone? You go in hoping for a fun ride. What you get is a limp con job.... full review
Thumbs down, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Raja Natwarlal dropped way below what was expected of it. Besides Paresh Rawal, no one even attempts to revive the failed film. In a film when Emraan’s smooches too fail to light up the screen, there isn’t much matter to draw audiences. This con show is one bore show and you wouldn’t miss much if you don’t catch this film. I am going with a 1/5. Not everything can be called cinema.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sanjukta Sharma, Live Mint : ...Raja Natwarlal is unimaginative pulp; it begins and ends on a lukewarm note. Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/Nfz5mdp9jtocqIdccAH1hJ/Film-Review--Raja-Natwarlal.html?utm_source=copy... full review
Thumbs down, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...But for all the efforts put in by the cast, two stars are all that Raja Natwarlal will get. But even these might well be fake, given that the film has such unwavering love for the phony. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...So there you have it. The film will seem monotonous for the most part, save the finale where you are at the edge of your seat for a few moments. In short, if you're looking for Jannat rehashed with the crime-romance-drama combo, catch this one!... full review
Thumbs down, by Ritika Handoo, Zee News : ...Filmmaker Kunal Deshmukh's 'Raja Natwarlal' starts with a small con game and towards the climax, the movie ends with a huge con, making the audience applaud seeing our 'hero' Emraan Hashmi. We can safely say that the con is on, beware!... full review
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Pushpak_Umap: #RajaNatwarlal's awesome! Amazin' job, @HumaimaMalick & @emraanhashmi!
pr4ful: Watched raja natwarlal. Loved it. Emraan hashmi super as expected. Increasingly liking "no-brainer flicks with grt one liners"
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pallavilumba: #RajaNatwarlal - A good film. A complete package.
palash4: Just watched #RajaNatwarlal !! Outstanding workkkk, Kudos to @emraanhashmi @kunal_deshmukh @sanjaymasoomm @SirPareshRawal !!!!
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MughalDarbar: Raja Natwarlal is a good watch. Not pathetic like Singham Returns.
mdkhader69: "@Abr_Ayazahmed: #RajaNatwarlal is nice film.. Must watch.. Good script.. Great casting.."
mdarifkhan87: #RajaNatwarlal is a good one time watch..well executed script and brilliant acting from Paresh Raval,Kay Kay and Emraan Hashmi.
Mahi_RAJ_: watched #rajanatwarlal Gud movie...its Emraan hashmi show...go for it guys.:)
Losereshwar: Go and watch Raja Natwarlal loaded with good performances of KK, Paresh Rawal and Emran Haahmi. One time watch
Lamibpaudel: watched #RajaNatwarlal today... good movie with excellent ending...
kingptd: awesome....awesome...Not a single dull moment.....Interval ..RajaNatwarlal..... :)
Kill_me1123: Just watched 'Raja Natwarlal'..it's mindblowing awesome with great twist in the end....
khizersiddiqui: Superb film.. Superb performances.. Well done team #RajaNatwarlal @SirPareshRawal @kunal_deshmukh @emraanhashmi @HumaimaMalick
khiladi_DeEp1: Raja natwarlal 1st weekend > Liftetime of haider.....still utv nt giving natwarlal a gud release...
J_Shasha: #RajaNatwarlal a movie dragged too much to a great ending
jagmeet_93: Raja Natwarlal, so far so good ;)
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gshah26: #RajaNatwarlal One of the best con movies to come out of hindi cinema. Slow start, lacklustre middle but a brilliant last hour @emraanhashmi
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deepbasu1: Loved #RajaNatwarlal
curentbollynews: #RajaNatwarlal Review- 3 stars,*** Film is a must watch,brilliantly shot with great acting from Imran and Paresh Rawal.
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BeingKapilBhatt: Saw #RajaNatwarlal super entertaining movie .. Impressed by @HumaimaMalick & @emraanhashmi was awesome as always!
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athergujjar: tonight i watched movie @iamKruzZ raja natwarlal, nice movie
ashutoshintw: #RajaNatwarlal comes with a complete package of entertainment.This movie starting to end is unpredictable one. Emran Hasmi give his best.
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87_divya: Raja Natwarlal awesome movie :) watch it..
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yashrajbhalerao: Raja Natwarlal isn't a bad movie at all
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taherezzy: #RajaNatwarlal 3star movie.. Must c once http://twitter.com/taherezzy/status/505425028679086080/photo/1
shaunakumaroy: #rajanatwarlal just average
mayanknailwal3: #RajaNatwarlal is not a bad film but it does disappoints coz it had huge potential. Still, it's extremely watchable. Go watch it :) [2.5/5]
jas_canuck92: #RajaNatwarlal is a con film,and it succeeds in keeping the suspense and thrill. But the emotional and romantic scenes don't work, they bore
irfanmah99n: Raja Natwarlal is package of surprises..! One time watch. I enjoyed it.. 4 stars as an audience... @emraanhashmi @ijunedmulla
imsaheb1: Raja Natwarlal is a average movie......
gauravsammoriya: I just watched raja natwarlal..its ok ok movie....
ajeetpanigrahi: #RajaNatwarlal is just an average entertainer.
22Sirasao: #RajaNatwarlal not a perfect movie but definitely a decent watch.
Shahbaaz120Khan: #RajaNatwarlal crap movie of crap star
RosyMehta: Movie Review: Raja Natwarlal is a disaster http://celewood.com/2014/08/movie-review-raja-natwarlal-is-a-disaster/#.VABh4aaXh9o.twitter
rohitjswl01: #rajanatwarlal being rejected by the people,,clections matter nahi karta chahe jo b ho,bt its d fault of directr,emran played hs prt prfctly
RANCHO_ROY: Stop appreciating that shit film raja natwarlal . There's no way ppl will go see it in the theatres .
mohan_deep: #RajaNatwarlal disappoints.
Mehr_Ch: Disappointed from the movie Raja Natwarlal.Humaima Malik a good talent got waste.I'll rate it 5. I wonder how IMDB gave it an 8. Mov sucks
DMmovies: In short, Ocean's asleep. #YehLo #RajaNatwarlal
Divyalakshmii: Im so sorry that I spent money to watch #RajaNatwarlal and didnt enjoy it. Please shoot me as you please
coolsandeep07: #RajaNatwarlal its a flop buster movie
BwoodUncensored: Raja Natwarlal is a massy entertainer which tries to be smart and succeeds in being smart at many junctures.... https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=570565026382050
bollywoodajjtak: Another film disappoints because of bad writing. Even good actors failed to rescue this film #RajaNatwarlal
BollyHollyTelly: Raja Natwarlal movie review: Emraan Hashmi’s charm fails to fire in a dull con film!
amitdirector: is emraan hashmi a spent force? after ek thi daayan & ghanchakkar comes another flop raja natwarlal
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A conman wants revenge.