Review: Raja Natwarlal


Raja (Emraan Hashmi) is a small time conman who dreams of making it big. Raja’s life changes when his friend Raghav (Deepak Tijori) is killed by a powerful kingpin Varda Yadav (Kay Kay Menon). But Raja doesn’t have what it takes to get his revenge. Enter the old man Yogi (Paresh Rawal). A con artist par excellance, he decides to train Raja to be the best at what he does. For that, they need a big enough mark. Soon, it is a battle of wits. Does Raja have what it takes to be the king of cons and seek his revenge?

Emraan’s role as a roadside ‘tapori’ is well taken care of by him. Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon for sure are on the plus side for the film but the script holds them down.

Pakistani actress Humaima Malick, who makes her Bollywood debut sways and boogies without a care in the world, and skillfully flashes her toned body through every frame. She often overacts but is passable.

Deepak Tijori makes a decent comeback as an actor with the devoted Raghav. Although it’s a far cry from his older movies ‘Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa’, ‘Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikander’ and ‘Aashiqui’, it’s still a fair attempt.

Director Kunal Deshmukh’s helming was quite nice, but then again, we have seen him do so much much better. His prowess in terms of Jannat, Tum Mile, Kalyug and Zeher, we have witnessed and appreciated full well. But with Raja Natwarlal there seems something missing.

Director Kunal Deshmukh extracts good performances, and technically the film is sound, but that extra punch of excitement and solid drama are missing, which make the loopholes seem even more glaring. The flaws in the script, very very predictable storyline, and an estimated twist, it all gives the story away.

Ilaiyaraaja’s son Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for the film. Arijit Singh’s Tere Hoke Rahengay is different from his usual songs. It builds up slowly & surprisingly the voice suits Emran. The song Dukki Tikki sung by Mika Singh has all the elements to make you get up from your seats & dance. The compositions are fresh & the whole music arrangement is commendable.

On the whole, Raja Natwarlal is a fun and oscillates between creating engaging con tricks and serious plot developments, and you feel like you are getting conned too.