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September 03, 2014 Wednesday     
Being a fan of con-movies I enjoyed the first few minutes of the film where both Emraan and Deepak Tijori fool the innocent people watching them playing the game of ‘guessing the right card’ with a clever trick. Perhaps I loved the sequence more because that was my personal experience too when I first visited Mumbai a few decades back (then Bombay) and lost a good amount of money guessing the ‘Begum’ with the marked card very smartly placed in the deck targeting me alone as the only stranger standing in that group of all con-friends posing to be some passing spectators.
Secondly, I started expecting a real good movie coming next hearing the catchy title song ‘Dukki Tikki’ which again took me back in time remembering a similar enjoyable song written on the playing cards in Dharmender-Jeetender starrer SAMRAT released in 1982. The next 30-40 minutes were all fine with a good con played by Emraan-Deepak on some other goons and the film actually began in the right sense with Paresh Rawal making a fine entry as the Guru giving few enjoyable moments along with Emraan. So till interval, I found RAJA NATWARLAL to be above average with some good peaks along with the lows, progressing at a less energetic pace.
But post intermission, I got hugely disappointed with the director Kunal simply playing all weird, unbelievable and silly tricks in the name of con, involving the cricket board and its big game of professional cricket (on the lines of T-20), making me lose all the interest generated by its first hour.
In fact such is the way in which both Emraan and Paresh go on playing their schemes fooling the shrewd Kay Kay in the second half that one begins thinking that have they really made this film for all grown up viewers sitting in the theaters or just kids below the age group of 12 without any reasoning or questioning ability as such.
For example, the laughable con played in the initial auction involving the real ball used in the World Cup final, the official premises of the board being rigged so easily, a big five star hotel being booked for Cricket team auctions fearlessly without any verification or media hassles faced, a whole new bank opened overnight in a posh road of Mumbai as if it’s a piece of cake for them all being the typical Bollywood heroes and on top of all more than 1500 crores transferred into (ordinary) bank accounts in just minutes as if they have been doing such kind of transactions from years.
Along with the absurdity mentioned above, mediocre songs keep interrupting the narration as always turning the lead couple into two funny characters romancing on the screen in such a tense situation. The pace keeps dropping constantly due to the lazy writing and then the finale con sequence which looks completely unconvincing right from the word go, ruins the whole favorable build up witnessed before the intermission.
In short, a con-movie has to be fast, thrilling and exciting all together with some enjoyable twists & turns in its narration, which successfully is able to con the viewers too sitting in their seats all of a sudden. But since RAJA NATWARLAL fails to do so with some bad editing and everything happening on a childishly unbelievable scale towards the end, it falls flat and is not able to deliver the expected quite sadly. Further its average cinematography and background score too do not add any extra edge to the movie displaying a fine start.
However, despite having a weak screenplay & story progression the film still has few enjoyable performances to offer coming from the always reliable Paresh Rawal and Kay Kay Menon. Their sequences are a treat to watch along with the noteworthy supporting cast. Plus some good support is also provided by Deepak Tijori and Humaima Malik, who apart from showing the confidence in kisses, also displays her talent in the emotions scenes too quite boldly. Yet, I expected a lot more from her, post her simply brilliant and unforgettable performance in the shocking gem BOL. Talking about the lead hero Emraan Hashmi, I frankly found him the same as seen in his previous films without putting in some extra effort to match up the performances of both Paresh and Kay Kay.
Summing up, RAJA NATWARLAL had all the ingredients of making a fine, entertaining con movie for the interested audience. But its writing, editing and direction doesn’t let the film move ahead than the level of below average. Moreover if any con film tends to treat its viewers as all early teenage kids without any logical thinking ability (and that too in the country worshiping cricket) then its bound to fail miserably in all probabilities. Still you can watch it for Paresh and Kay Kay alone and not for anything else.
Rating : 2 / 5
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30 August 2014 / bobbysing /
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Many of the friends here would neither have heard about this small film nor the place called Bhangarh, so they might be wondering what its all about, in the first place. Therefore to have an exact idea, I would like to suggest that you should first Google about Bhangarh once to amaze yourself and then feel the excitement by just reading about it through many reputed sources including the Archeological Department itself authenticating the stories spread with their clear instructions.
However, the excitement felt while reading about the place doesn’t get served well after watching the film, since it doesn’t take you into any horror genre to be specific but remains a mere suspense-thriller drama made with a confused mindset targeting the young audience in particular. So in short it’s a great opportunity missed as I see it because this was the first feature film made on the subject mentioning it in its title too, which could have been the premises of a great spooky movie offering some exceptional content.
Sadly what the director keeps focusing on in the film is not Bhangrah but the five college friends and their individual conversations or relationships, which takes away all the magic from the highly potential plot, quite weirdly. Moreover what can one say about the vision of its makers which allowed them to include not 1 or 2 but 5 love/youthful songs in a project which was supposed to be a horror film. In fact when the fifth song was there (and the most pathetic one with the lyrics suggesting “I am there for you Free of Cost”), one could easily hear voices saying, “Oh God!”, “Oh No”, “Not Again” from the viewers expressing their disappointment loudly.
In clear words, though the title of the film says TRIP TO BHANGARH, its story progression is more interested in talking about the trip, instead of the experience itself, becoming its biggest drawback. The actual visit to Bhangarh is there for just a few minutes in the mid and the rest of the film is all about the ‘controversial trip’ having its own consequences, without any horror element incorporated in the (almost) 2 hours of duration. The first 40 minutes introduce you to the group of five friends along with 3 mediocre songs and the last 40 focus on the strange incidents happening after they return from the trip with another 2 love songs squeezed in forcibly. So its only the middle 15-20 minutes which actually show you the trip one feels excited for.
Still what really hurts the most is its silly culmination turning the film into another mediocre crime drama on the lines of earlier ventures like TABLE NO. 21 (2013) and CHITKABREY (2011). The young boys and girls playing the lead try hard to emote well but succeed only to a limited extent, mainly due to the messy direction and irritating songs coming repeatedly. Plus the girl confidently saying all those cuss words becomes another reason for putting you off, quite often. The cinematography and background score remain average and so does the writing department except the dialogue writers who do seem to have a good knack of double meaning stuff which might appeal to a specific section of viewers in a bigger film with some known cast.
In all, this is certainly a major opportunity missed by the makers having cracked a perfect potential plot for a worth watching horror film awaited by the starving audience. So even when the viewers here are ready to convert a good horror film into a big hit, our film-makers are somehow not willing or capable of giving them the same since many years now.
Rating : 1 / 5 (Including 0.5 just for the courage shown on making a film on Bhangarh.)
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29 August 2014 / bobbysing /
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This FRIDAY’s One Line Reviews for your weekend plans.

- Another poor attempt in the name of Horror ruining a highly interesting potential plot.
RAJA NATWARLAL - When a con film is not able to con the viewers wid its supposedly clever content then it actually fails.
IDENTITY CARD - It begins realistically at a slow pace & then explodes with a relevant question asked on terrorism, Kashmir and STF.
DOUBLE THE TROUBLE (Punjabi) - As usual its a comedy giving you a few entertaining moments towards the end and that’s it.
(Detailed Reviews Coming Next)
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