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Raja Natwarlal   Rating: 2.32/5

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Raja Natwarlal   Hindi Movie Review

Ratings:2/5 Review By: Rajeev Masand Site: CNN IBN

Neither as entertaining as your average Emraan Hashmi thriller, nor clever enough to engage anyone seeking a deliciously complex caper, Raja Natwarlal is the kind of film that leaves you bored out of your mind. I’m going with a generous two out of five. It won’t give you a migraine, but it’s so banal, you would probably have more fun doing your laundry instead.

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Ratings:3.5/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site: Times Of India (TOI)

The plot travels from Mumbai to Dharamshala and Cape Town but director Kunal Deshmukh retains firm control. The story packs in paisa, pyaar, confidence, over-confidence, chummas, chases, corrupt cops, cricket associations, surprises and some rather nice songs, but keeps its weight under control.Go watch – this one is, ahem, definitely worth a kiss.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Anupama Chopra Site: Hindustan Time

If you can get past the foolishness of the plot, director Kunal Deshmukh’s film is mildly engaging. Emraan Hashmi plays Raja, a charming, street-smart hustler.Still, Raja Natwarlal isn’t one of those actively awful films. But neither does it sparkle.

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Ratings:3/5 Review By: Hungama Network Site:Bollywood Hungama

Even though the first half of the film is engaging enough, the second half gets a bit stretched up, thus pushing the audiences into a ‘yawn-zone’ RAJA NATWARLAL is essentially an Emraan Hashmi film, which attracts its major audiences from the single screen theaters.  In addition to that, the next week will also see the release of a hard hitting MARY KOM, which could possibly apply the brakes on RAJA NATWARLAL.

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Ratings:– Review By: Komal Nahta Site:Zee ETC Bollywood Business

On the whole, Raja Natwarlal is an entertaining thriller in parts but it lacks in two departments – the love story (which is very weak) and the music (which, in spite of being good, is not at all popular). Also, the con becomes too much to digest after a point of time. The film will, therefore, not be able to make its mark at the box-office.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Raja Sen Site: Rediff

It is written out like comic-book style pulp, but shot as flatly as bad television. Things are in place, and while it’s not a bad film per se, it could have something far cooler. It reminded me frequently of the film 99 but only if directors Raj and DK had walked off the set. Raja Natwarlal has some smarts but tragically lacks the skill or the sleight-of-hand. When we sit down to a con movie, we shouldn’t be able to see what will happen next.

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Ratings:2/5 Review By: Saibal Chaterjee Site: NDTV

The film resembles a magician’s sleight of hand that has pretensions to intelligence and insight but is in reality a completely dumb act that is only unintentionally funny. What Raja Natwarlal lacks is authentic humour and genuine sparks of inspiration. As a result, despite the consistently retrained acting all around, it fails to be anything more than desultory.

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Ratings:1.5/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express

This is a film that telegraphs its punches right from scene one – you know exactly how the con is being played out, and who the accomplice is. And that is how it goes. You can tell what’s going to happen next even before the present scene is over. You go in hoping for a fun ride. What you get is a limp con job.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Rahul Desai Site:Mumbai Mirror

Raja Natwarlal-an Ocean’s 12th man of sorts-succeeds where many a desi conedy (con+comedy) dies an unimaginative death. film is far from perfect, but makes for an acceptable non-Italian version of ‘The Indian Job’-by entertaining solely within the confines of a revenge drama. The laughs are best left to Danny and gang.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Kusumita Das Site: Deccan Chronicle

The film is packed to the brim with all essentials of a masala-entertainer. There’s a gripping premise of a revenge plan, little bit of comedy, some interesting dialogues and convincing performances from the chief cast. But in a bid to broaden the suspense and make the twists more unpredictable, the story gets entwined in all the yarns it manages to spin for over two hours.Raja Natwarlal’ could just be a watchable fare

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Ratings:1/5 Review By: Mohar Basu Site: Koimoi

Raja Natwarlal is in plain words a very boring film. I won’t sugarcoat and say it, I won’t be diplomatic but this is one of recent times’ most sleep incurring films. Films are bad or good. This one is not merely bad but exhausting to sit through.

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Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Shubha Shetty Saha Site:Mid Day

While the film has some truly thrilling moments, it also disappoints in many ways. The lazy script makes some situations seem too simplistic and convenient. Things easily fall into place for Natwarlal and if life was so easy, a lot of us would be busy conning each other. A tad more clever screenplay would have made them more challenging for Raja, making his character awe-inspring and a rung above the rest of us. This film had huge potential but sadly one walks out of the theatre unimpressed by Raja Natwarlal’s antics and this film.

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  1. RAJA NATWARLAL: "A movie that had good potential fails to make a solid impression!"

    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. jhaaaaaaaaaatu

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  4. Mayank ur review are nice bt are nt in cmpre of gaurav rai..learn a bit from him
    Would b benefit for u nli

  5. Thank you friend. I can't be a Gaurav Rai for sure. Original is original
    But I will try my best to improve

  6. Great work Mayank
    Why can't you start your own movie reviews blog or a Facebook page?

  7. Watched movie with zero expectations and surprisingly liked it.

  8. Gurav Rai does not have money to see this film? 🙂

  9. The first name which comes to my mind if I start recalling the actors who have gradually improved over time is, Emraan Hashmi. An actor who has learned from his failures and has been able to make an important mark in the industry!
    What has changed over time is that now, people actually look forward to his films with a positive approach. And when you see Emraan and Paresh Rawal coming together, your expectations automatically go up.

    Raja Natwarlal is about a conman Raja (Emraan Hashmi) and his partner Raghav (Deepak Tijori), who earn their livelihood by fooling people around. Just when they make a big hand of 80 lacs, Raghav gets murdered by Varda Yadav (Kay Kay Menon), a business tycoon and also the original owner of those 80 lacs. Raja gets disheartened and decides to seek revenge of his partner’s death. He, now, approaches Yogi (Paresh Rawal) to help him fulfill his wish. They both decide to fool Varda Yadav. Do they succeed in their mission?

    Raja Natwarlal begins on a very promising note but soon loses its grip as it progresses. The poor script lets the film down, big thumbs down to the writer.
    Thanks to Kunal Deshmukh’s direction that atleast last half an hour of the film was bearable.

    Emraan Hashmi tries his best to do the justice to his role and he does not let you down. Paresh Rawal is terrific. Kay Kay Menon works below his potential. Humaima Malick is a pure letdown.

    Overall, Raja Natwarlal could have been a bit more realistic and clever film. Download it onto your laptops only if you want to watch it that badly.

    Rating- 2/5

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