118 Min | Mystery | April 2014
IMDB Rating: 7.7
Directors: Kaushik Ghatak
Starring: Ramgopal Bajaj, Ajay Bhandari, Barkha Bisht
Samrat & Co. Review: Samrat Tilakdhari aka STD(Rajeev Khandelwal) is our Desi Sherlock Holmes who likes to try his hands upon challenging cases only in company of his Desi Dr. Watson – Chakradhar aka CD(Gopal Dutt). He gets a challenging assignment through Shimla based Dimpy(Madalsa Sharma) who informs him that the garden of his family house has dried up without an apparent reason and her father(Girish Karnad) is quite depressed and frightened after the death of their gardener who had rendered a commination to the garden when expelled from service by her father. However the real challenge appears in this assignment only upon our hero’s arrival at the venue in Shimla which is a palatial house made in the style of the British times when killings start in the extended family residing there.
The second one is Rajeev Khandelwal, the hero of Samrat & Co. wearing a persona of Sherlock Holmes but acting at places in Hercule Poirot style also. Rajeev is a talented actor and a perfect hero material for Bollywood movies. In Samrat & Co., he has got very limited range of expressions because of the role being that of a detective, still he impresses. Given a right break, he can emerges as the latest heartthrob of young Indian females. He is one reason, you keep on watching this movie despite its apparent flaws.
Other than Rajeev, Gopal Dutt as his sidekick has also done a good job. All others including the heroine – Madalsa Sharma, are strictly okay. However it’s a great pleasure to see highly talented and charming actor Priyanshu Chatterjee in a movie after a long hiatus. All in all, the trouble with this old-fashioned whodunit is its mediocrity. It could have been a much superior mystery movie in the hands of an able director. All the same, Samrat & Co. not a bad movie. It’s a decent one time watch but strictly for the mystery fans.