Film: Samrat and Co

Cast: Rajeev Khandelwal, Madalasa Sharma, Gopal Datt

Director: Kaushik Ghatak
After ‘Table No.21’, Rajeev Khandelwal is back at the box office with ‘Samrat and Co.’, where he plays the role of a detective.

Storyline: The film is about a young rich girl Dimpy Singh (Madalsa Sharma), a suave detective Samrat Tilakdhari (Rajeev Khandelwal) and a strange case, they are involved in.

Dimpy approaches Samrat with a weird case of an estate of her father Mahendra Pratap Singh (Girish Karnad) which got ruined for reasons that appeared natural but still suspicious. Adding to the mystery was her father’s favorite horse that died prematurely. It was the unnatural deteriorating health condition of Dimpy’s father that made her combine all the creepy situations and approach Samrat for help.

The weirdness of the case grabs Samrat’s attention and along with his assistant friend, Chakradhar Pandey (Gopal Datt), he visits the huge estate of Mahendra Pratap Singh. His investigation leads to several mysterious facts. The story progresses when a murder takes place, which makes the events more complicated. How will Samrat unfold the mysteries is the story all about.  

Movie Review: Rajeev, who made his Bollywood debut with the 2008 film "Aamir" and has played lead roles in movies like "Table No.21" and "Will You Marry Me?", has done full justice with his character of a spy. His serious attitude has helped him to a greater extent to give weight to the role of Samrat. Other actors in the movie are equally impressing.

The movie has been shot in the scenic Himachal Pradesh and director Kaushik Ghatak has used VFX to make the plot interesting and engaging. Ghatak has succeeded in making the plot fascinating to some extent but the audience will still find something missing.  The climax of the story has many missing links, which may disappoint the movie goers. Year’s first detective film ‘Samrat and Co.’ is a half-baked attempt!

JPN (with inputs from inext live)

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