Samrat & Co. is a film that could’ve been a great watch had it been made without its clichés and bad execution. At the outset, this film and it’s lead character Samrat, a brilliant detective played by Rajeev Khandelwal, seems to be an interesting thriller. However, the movie is far from from the overdone sappy romances that one could have been exposed to in the recent past. In approximately 10 minutes into the film’s run time, you realize how everything about the character has an uncanny resemblance to Steven Moffat’s TV series on BBC, Sherlock. The title character is played by acclaimed actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. However, even despite giving the makers the benefit of doubt, there is little you can overlook.
The film is too raw to qualify as a thriller-cum-suspense film, and even with actors such as Girish Karnad and Smita Jaykar, there was barely anything that could possibly save the day for this rather badly executed film. When you think detective stories, you think of the popular TV show, Tehkikat, the lead characters of which were the desi versions of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, or Feluda, the character created by the legendary Satyajit Ray or the better known Byomkesh Bakshi, where the lead role was played by the highly talented, Rajit Kapur. What happened here? It makes me wonder.
With regards to the performance by debutante Madalsa Sharma, there is very little to express without sounding too critical of her ‘acting’. Also, this is a sincere plea to the stylists, please have the lead actresses (at least) wear better clothes. While everyone seems to be shrivelling in the seemingly cold climate of Shimla, our lead actress is a cold weather warrior, if you know what I mean.
Why should you watch this film?
Strictly meant for those who are looking to laugh heartily at the mere mention of a detective story that was much too confusing. You may also watch it in order to feast your eyes on the extremely good-looking Rajeev Khandelwal and Rajneesh Duggal.