Raja Natwarlal (2014) Hindi Movie Review | 25 Critic Reviews | Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malik


Emraan Hashmi, Humaima Malick, Paresh Rawal, Kay Kay Menon, Deepak Tijori


Raja Natwarlal (2014) PosterKunal Deshmukh

Parveez Shaikh


Parveez Shaikh



Raaj Chakravarti


Yuvan Shankar Raja

produced by:

Siddharth Roy Kapur


weird aggregate rating 4.4/10Hindi


Comedy, Drama, Thriller

release date:

run time:
141 Minutes


Reviews- (Ratings out of 10)
  •  Bollywood Hungama -Taran Adarsh Rating-6
There have been many films in Bollywood, which have followed the 'Robin Hood' format in stories. At the same time, the silver screen has been a testimony to many films which have actually 'con-tested' the elections as far as conning is concerned. Films like DHOOM series, SPECIAL 26,

  •  Masala.com -Lokesh Dharmani Rating-4
Yesterday, Emraan Hashmi told me that there are about seven kissing scenes in Raja Natwarlal. Now that I have got your attention, let me break it to you, all of them are omitted for the UAE release. What’s left then in the film, you ask? Well, there’s Humaima Malick’s midriff, Paresh Rawal’s

  •  Mid Day -Shubha Shetty Saha Rating-5
The con man has to be always ten steps ahead of his victim, says the lead character of this film, Raja Natwarlal, to himself and his cronies again and again. Wish director Kunal Deshmukh had taken this advice seriously while choosing this script (story and screenplay written by Parvez Shaikh).

  •  Deccan Chronicle -Kusumita Das Rating-5
'Raja Natwarlal' is just what diehard fans of Emraan Hashmi were waiting for after the “serial kisser” took an offbeat turn in his last two films, running after daayans and losing his memory. In this film he is back to being the street-smart hero, who in this case is a small-time conman named Raja.

  •  Koimoi -Mohar Basu Rating-2
The pros of this genre is there is only room for the intelligent and the inventive. The rest might try to hard to fit in but the genre defies them. The script with the film is plagued with loopy writing. It’s an ordinary script that divulges almost nothing to the audiences.

  •  ABP News -Mayank Shekar Rating-4
This is a con caper veering towards being a bright one at that rather than a complete bore—even if it’s poorly paced. This is also a film that stars Emraan Hashmi—undoubtedly India’s least likely sex-pot, with a core, male fan-base that adores him because he kisses more convincingly

  •  Mumbai Mirror -Rahul Desai Rating-5
Con films are, by birth and concept, designed to stretch the limits of reality in a flawed environment. Style is invariably used over substance to hide real-world implications; it is futile to find plot loopholes when the genre is an audacious sleight-of-hand loophole. In this sense alone,

  •  Book My Show -Juhi Matta Rating-5
We’re all familiar with the story (or shall we say, legend) of Mithilesh Kumar Srivastava. Better known as Natwarlal, the con-man repeatedly "sold" the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort and the Rashtrapati Bhavan. But that’s in the past. Now, Raja Natwarlal shows us the making of the modern-day Natwarlal.

  •  Hindustan Times -Sweta Kaushal Rating-4
Kunal Deshmukh's latest directorial venture is a fun affair with a decent plot and some worthwhile performances. Raja Natwarlal has all the features of a film that works at our box offices -- it has emotions, drama, a street-smart hero and comedy.

  •  Moviez Adda -Divya Solgama Rating-6
Con-drama has been one of the most interesting genre in our modern Hindi cinema. Though we did witness many films in the retro era where this angle was used as, one of the pivotal tracks in the film. Films like Shaan, Mr. Natwarlal, Shalimar, Katilon Ke Katil, Baap Numbri Beta

  •  Rediff -Raja Sen Rating-5
A good con should appear far simpler than it is.Which is why when a man holds up three playing cards, out of which one is a picture of Deepika Padukone and two feature perennial mother Nirupa Roy, picking out the pretty one seems easy.It isn’t, as customers hoodwinked

  •  Indian Express -Shubhra Gupta Rating-3
A caper flick necessarily has to do a couple of things: it has to have some surprises, and it has to be fun. On neither of these counts ‘Raja Natwarlal’ comes up trumps.This is a film that telegraphs its punches right from scene one – you know exactly how the con is being played out,

  •  NDTV -Saibal Chatterjee Rating-4
An overreaching conman bites off more than he can chew, digs a mammoth hole for himself in the bargain, and then is forced to spend an excessive amount of time looking for ways out of the mess. That, in a nutshell, is the storyline of Raja Natwarlal.Sounds utterly hackneyed?

  •  Sify -Sonia Chopra Rating-5
The street-smart stubbly villain, the beautiful yet inconsequential heroine, the don-type antagonist, story set in Cape Town, backdrop of cricket, and some sly con games. Raja Natwarlal is a formula film lifting from its own formula which was Jannat. Director Kunal Deshmukh teams up

  •  India Today -Faheem Ruhani Rating-2
In the last few years Emraan Hashmi has established himself as an actor of repute with his performances even when his last two films didn't exactly set the cash registers ringing. But naturally, there are expectations from Raja Natwarlal that hits theatres today. Unfortunately for Emraan,

  •  DNA -Sarita Tanwar Rating-5
Raja Natwarlal was touted as a crime-comedy film. Makers are now mixing genres in order to attract different audiences, but the result is often disastrous. There was no comedy at all and crime is not what it should be. Raja (Emraan Hashmi) pulls small time cons with his

  •  Zee News -Ritika Handoo Rating-5
What do you expect from an Emraan Hashmi flick - strings of kisses followed by several passionate moments encapsulated on screen? Well, this one is different. Emraan Hashmi's avatar as a con man 'Mithilesh Kumar' will startle you but at the same time entice you. The actor has indeed

  •  CNN-IBN -Rajeev Masand Rating-4
I can think of a few things one could do to bide 2 hours and 20 minutes. Like catch reruns of Modern Family on television, speed-read the new Chetan Bhagat bestseller so you don't feel left out during water-cooler conversations at work, perhaps conquer a few levels of Candy Crush

  •  Times of India -Srijana Mitra Das Rating-7
Raja Natwarlal is a golden-hearted con for it leaves you smiling at its tricks, despite obvious flaws. Raja (Emraan) and partner Raghav (Deepak) pull off small confidence tricks in an appealing Mumbai of clattering trains, fragrant Iranis and gleaming dance bars. Raja loves dancer Zia

  •  Hindustan Times -Anupama Chopra Rating-5
A murderous, cricket-obsessed tycoon from Cape Town is conned into buying a cricket team that doesn’t exist. Raja Natwarlal is the story of that con.As I watched, I wondered how Varda Yadav (played by a tiresomely predictable Kay Kay Menon) became, as we are told, arbo ka maalik.

  •  India Today -Rohit Khilnani Rating-4
Raja Natwarlal is the story of a small time conman called Raja (Emraan Hashmi) who is nothing more than a street-smart tapori.The filmmaker made sure he does almost everything that Hashmi's fans love. Serial kisser is kissing his leading lady so you see him doing what he does best.

  •  Glamsham -Martin D'Souza Rating-2
This one is a con story alright, but the con is on the viewer! Raja (Emraan Hashmi) and Raghav (Deepak Tijori) live off conning people. We understand that Raghav had taken care of Raja, who was living on the streets as a kid, and the two have been partners ever since.

  •  Yahoo Movies -Rummana Ahmed Rating-5
‘Raja Natwarlal’ had the potential to become a good con film, albeit with a completely borrowed premise from several Hollywood films, particularly from ‘Oceans Eleven’. Our director, Kunal Deshmukh, however, finds the need to play to the gallery, interspersing the narrative

  •  Indiaglitz -Vishal Verma Rating-4
Kunal Deshmukh as the director is steady in the first half though there’s a feeling of déjà vu from his previous films Kunal manages to maintain the interest in the first half even though he is handicapped by an uninspiring script.Emraan Hashmi is completely arresting right from

  •  Now Running -Noyon Jyoti Parasara Rating-5
Mithilesh Kumar Srivastav a.k.a Natwarlal is by far one of the most interesting personalities that has probably lived in India. A person who could sell of the Taj Mahal and the Parliament could have not been an ordinary guy! While not making a biopic, Kunal Deshmukh pays his own tribute to

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Ratings Breakdown-

Rating scale - Out of 10
Weird Aggregate Rating(WAR) - 4.4/10 (25 reviews)
Male critics  - 4.2 (13)
Female critics - 4.6 (12)
Highest Rating - 7.0 (1)
Least Rating - 2.0 (3)
Most Given Rating - 5.0 (11)

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4.4/10 rating from
Reviews: 25.