Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick, Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon
Direction: Kunal Deshmukh
Rating: ** ½
‘Raja Natwarlal’ had the potential to become a good con film, albeit with a completely borrowed premise from several Hollywood films, particularly from ‘Oceans Eleven’. Our director, Kunal Deshmukh, however, finds the need to play to the gallery, interspersing the narrative with unnecessary elements that completely slacken the pace of the story.
The basic requirement of a good con story is a crisp taut script that keeps the viewer engaged and hooked. An insipid romantic track and completely superfluous songs dilute Deshmukh’s screenplay.
Most of the time, like planning a good holiday, plotting a heist is more fun than the actual deed. But, the loopholes are so evident and our cocky protagonist (Emraan Hashmi) is so indiscreet that it is impossible to ever really invest into their big idea.
‘Raja Natwarlal’ has some crackling performances by the likes of Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon and the supporting cast. However, Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub (Dhanush’s best friend in ‘Raanjhanaa’) is disappointingly underutilized in this film.
Humaima Malick’s much-publicized debut makes no impact - she’s just a prop, ample display of her cleavage is supposed to add to the oomph factor but I am sure we have all seen better. Emraan Hashmi is made to snog at every opportunity possible, just to live up to his serial kisser title. It’s mindless stuff like these that completely thwart the momentum of the narrative.
The first half of ‘Raja Natwarlal’ is intriguing and the film seems to hold promise but the second half is a squandered opportunity. It leaves you exasperated more than disappointed.
Watch ‘Raja Natwarlal’ because it is not a bad film, it just reeks of confused storytelling.
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