Who Con Tha
Film: Raja Natwarlal
Cast:Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick, Kay Kay Menon, Paresh Rawal
Directed by: Kunal Deshmukh
Duration: 2 hrs 21 mins
Rating: * *
Directed by Kunal Deshmukh, Raja Natwarlal is one of those films with an extremely improbable plot that relies completely on the final pay off. The problem with taking the audience round in circles for over two hours is that no matter how smart the climax, it’s not easy to forget the parts that look contrived. Besides, I can’t think of another similar film in recent times where the heroine’s character was so irrelevant to the plot and yet she gets so much screen time.
Inspired by a host of films starting from The Sting, Oceans 11 to desi flicks like Khosla Ka Ghosla and Special 26, Emraan Hashmi plays Raja a conman who works with his partner (Deepak Tijori) and when he has the time and money, he courts a bar dancer (Humaima Malick). Like all small time guys, Raja wants to go for the kill – one big job that will settle his future. That mission goes wrong and he loses his partner. The money they stole belonged to ruthless Indian businessman Yadav (Kay Kay Menon) based in South Africa.
In a bid to seek vengeance, he meets Yogi (Paresh Rawal) an ex conman himself who assembles a team of like-minded con men and off they go to South Africa.
Turns out that Yadav is a big cricket fan, he even knows the weight of Sir Don Bradman’s bat which was used in the 1937 Ashes series. Raja and co. then hatch a plan to dupe him which is so complex and throws all logic and reason out of the window.
A few liberties are always taken in films but if it does too often you lose interest in the proceedings. Clearly the script writers relied too much on the revelation in the climax and ignored the plot points leading to it. Romance generally has very little scope in such film and here it is a mega-drag because too much importance is given to it. Add to it, the songs don’t’ help the already dampened spirit.
It’s a pity because with the right tweaking Raja Natwarlal could have been a nice little caper but ends up being a forgettable flick.