Samrat & Co movie review: Rajeev Khandelwal’s detective film is a half-baked attempt!

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The first detective film of this year releases this Friday. Read on to find out if it is worth watching…

Rajeev Khandelwal’s detective film Samrat & Co may be the first detective film of the season but it definitely will leave you than flabbergasted. I agree Bollywood doesn’t produce quality detective films, but director Kaushik Ghatak, who is a Bengali by birth, should have taken some cues from Bengali literature, which is filled with classic cult detective novels—Feluda, Byomkesh Bakshi, etc. The movie has too many flaws to be counted and makes you laugh as to whether a detective, who is supposed to be a sane rational logical person, can do so many mistakes.

You won’t believe this movie review till the interval, as the first half of the film is actually very mysterious and evokes many a meaningful questions in your head. You start the second half of the film on a very high note expecting all your doubts to be cleared and to witness a truly awe-inspiring detective saga, but all you get post the interval is a pot full of mistakes. To name a few, detectives don’t talk much. On the contrary, they speak less and observe more. They think a lot in their minds but never speak it aloud like a Shakespearean soliloquy. Then again a detective murder mystery movie uses numerous characters to confuse the audience till the end as to who the real murderer is, but that’s not the case here. There is definitely a deluge of characters but most of them come for about 30 seconds onscreen and thus you will never have an iota of doubt considering them as the real murderer. And lastly, it is not a compulsion to add a romantic angle in a detective movie. You should understand that a romantic angle in the middle, which makes no sense, diverts the audience’s attention away from the mystery and suspense.

The Plot:

A young, beautiful and rich girl, Dimpy Singh (Madalsa Sharma), approaches Samrat Tilakdhari (Rajeev Khandelwal), a private investigator, with a strange case. How will Samrat unfold the mysteries and the new mysteries while solving the case is what the plot of the film revolves around.


Rajeev Khandelwal performs well, but it seems that the director did not properly explain the role to him and thus his good acting skills will also make you guffaw. You are left to believe that the same guy can diffuse a bomb, pick up a girl in his arms and show off his karate skills to the villain, all at the same time. Gopal Dutt has given an equally good performance and he is the only one for whom you would want to watch the film till the end.

Rest of the actors like Madalsa Sharma, Girish Karnad, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sujata Sanghmitra, Shreya Narayan, Indraneil Sengupta, Barkha Bisht, Ravi Jhankal, Puja Gupta, Navin Prabhakar, Rajneesh Duggal, Bhaumik Sampat, Pradeep Welankar, Smita Jaykar, Deepak Shroff, Ramgopal Bajaj, Anurag Jha, Ajay Bhandari, Gufi Paintal, Kabir Chopra and others have been wasted as they all get almost no time to show their skills off.


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.

Rating: 1 out of 51 Star Rating

Reviewed by Prateek Sur

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  • Shruti

    bakwassssssss review….i don’t agree with this, being an audience i’ll give it 4/5. It’s an amazing movie :) Respected viewers plz don’t take this review seriously. Before reading this plz go n watch it first :)

    • Jaishree Pathak

      The movie is crap…Its one of the worst detective films ever…

  • aushima

    Totally biased review, why? I loved the movie till the end. Rajeev Khandelwal was at his best once again as samrat tilakdhaari and chakradhar complimented him well. I for once didnt feel like leaving my seat till the end. One film I can comfortably watch with my family. Kudos to the entire team.

  • shashank

    when did u see the movie. it is not even released

    • Jaishree Pathak

      The stupid Rajshi people kept the press show on tuesday itself. Idiots, at least before having that much confidence on your film, first make a worthy enough film. The film is a shame on all detectives like Sherlock and Feluda. Although Rajeev Khandelwal must not be at fault, but am sure it must be the director’s fault only….

  • Ankush

    it was a good movie….. yeah the plot could have been more catchy n intense but as the review was not a total waste either…… point is why we should compare a bollywood movie with a hollywood movie or a american tv series..??? it was a good try….i would rather prefer watching these types of movies which are a good try n good actors rather than watching Kick or Chennai Express or Happy New Year which are full of crap and unwanted n ridiculous dialogues.The dialogues used in this movie are written by world reknown writers and i guess rajiv khandelwal did a good job conveying them. i bet srk n salman would struggled to deliver these types of dialogues which requires intensity,which both the above mentioned actors lack..Coming to the reviewers remarks against Rajiv Khandelwal copying Benedict Cumberbatch or Robert Downey Jr,my dear reviewer today most of the bollywood movies starring Salman Khan,Shah Rukh Khan etc are a copy of the famous hits of south indian movies.. so what would u say about copying now?? and this movie did very badly(only 2cr) at the box office just because we indian public are so much used to the commercial films made by the top guns in bollywood that we forget that they are stealing money(reffering to the 200cr club movies) by showing utterly nonsensical screenplay,undigestable dialogues,absolute unrealistic action sequences.. but still they are able to cross the 200cr mark easily while good films like these gets washed out n labelled as flops…. yeah this is not at par with feluda movies but its still loads better than those craps being shown as films to the audience….