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Raja Natwarlal (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 29 August 2014 (India)
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A small-time con man seeks assistance from his mentor with the intention of settling scores with a gangster.

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Kunal Deshmukh

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Parveez Sheikh (story and screenplay), Sanjay Masoomm (dialogue) (as Sanjay Masoom) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Emraan Hashmi ... Raja
Humaima Malik ... Ziya
Paresh Rawal ... Yogi
Kay Kay Menon ... Varda Yadav
Deepak Tijori ... Raghav
Prachee Shah Paandya ... Raghav's Wife (as Prachi Shah)
Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub
Tarun Dudeja Tarun Dudeja ... Bhaskar's assistant
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yugesh Anil Yugesh Anil ... Auction Emcee
Vishwanath Chatterjee
Narendra Jetley Narendra Jetley ... Bank Manager
Shakti Kumar Shakti Kumar ... Mr. Waliya
Talib Mehdi Talib Mehdi ... Antique Shop Owner
Rohit Pathak ... Hanif
Avinash Kumar Singh Avinash Kumar Singh ... Conman in Don Bradman's bat sequence
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A small-time con man seeks assistance from his mentor with the intention of settling scores with a gangster.

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

29 August 2014 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Shaatir See more »

Filming Locations:

India

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Opening Weekend USA:

$83,669, 31 August 2014

Gross USA:

$131,105

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$256,978
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It is never revealed as to how Varda Yadav's henchmen figure out who stole his money while it is clearly shown that both Raja and Raghav manage to steal the money without anyone noticing them. See more »

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Could have been so much better. Still appreciate the effort!
29 August 2014 | by camayanknailwalSee all my reviews

RAJA NATWARLAL: "A movie that had good potential fails to make a solid impression!" [2.5/5]

Emraan Hashmi returns to the BIG screen after last year's GHANCHAKKAR. Before I begin reviewing I must say that he likes signing in for the movies that are promising and has potential to deliver something new and different.This one too is & it's worth appreciating. But the problem lies in how the movie is handled.

Anyways, the story is about Raja, who is a small time conman who gets his partner killed in an attempt to break into the big league. Then to avenge this death he seeks out a bigger retired conman to help him. Together they hatch a plan to steal the rich guy's money so that Raja can marry his bar dancer sweetheart and avenge the death in one swoop.

The story at its core is OK and the little clever touches of con games are funny and entertaining at times. However, neither the characters nor their motivations are strong enough for us to root for either the conman or the rich cricket crazy dude getting conned. You are indifferent to their fates and that is totally dangerous in a movie which depends on your liking the con guy to make the story work. To make matters worse there is the romantic angle which just doesn't work and which pulls the narrative down in its best parts with some soppy songs and unnecessary kisses.

The star cast is great- Emraan as Raja, Paresh Rawal as the master con and Kay Kay Menon as the rich guy are all great actors and their chemistry makes the movie extremely watchable in parts. They manage to create a good feeling of tension in a few crucial scenes. New actress , Pakistani import Humaima Malik is too thin to register on screen and the only way you can tell she is there is when there is some spangly costume floating about on the screen. I was nice to see Deepak Tijori again on screen looking older and better without his old funny hairstyle.

Raja Natwarlal could have been infinitely smarter, funnier and way more taut given the story it was working with and the star cast. Instead what we get is patchy pieces of good action, silly songs and a storytelling session as we are tucked into bed(meant for some excessive runtime) Anyhow, watchable it is. [2.5/5]


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