• Anupama Chopra
    Anupama Chopra
    Hindustan Times


    Samrat & Co. is an intriguingly amateurish murder mystery in which Rajeev Khandelwal plays a Sherlock Holmes style detective. These are puzzles that even Samrat wouldn’t be able to solve.

  • Jyoti Sharma Bawa
    Jyoti Sharma Bawa
    Hindustan Times


    You may laugh at the unintenational gaffes during the film but after the climax, you are afraid. STD says he’ll be back with a sequel. When that happens, I will be watching the re-runs of Sherlock. I advice you to do the same.

  • Samrat & Co might be about an extraordinarily observational man’s fight against crime but as far as cinema goes, this film is a crime against the genre.

  • Renuka Vyavahare
    Renuka Vyavahare
    Times of India


    While it’s brave of the conservative Rajshri productions to take the leap – from family dramas to thrillers, the effort should have been more compelling. While Sherlock Holmes was dismissive of mediocrity, Samrat succumbs to it.

  • Neither witty nor funny, Samrat & Co can be avoided.

  • Faheem Ruhani
    Faheem Ruhani
    India Today


    After seeing this film you miss the Rajeev Khandelwal who debuted in the brilliantly made Aamir (2008). Better to watch the more thrilling CID on TV then suffer Samrat and his company.

  • SAMRAT AND CO is a major letdown, certain elements notwithstanding.

  • Sachin Chatte
    Sachin Chatte
    The Navhind Times


    This desi Holmes is passable; I would rather wait for Byomkesh Bakshi now.

  • If I had to rephrase a dialogue which would sum up this film, it would be; ”boring picture ek tuti pencil ki tarah hai; there is no point.”

  • Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta
    Komal Nahta's Blog


    …lacks the thrill needed in a suspense drama and will, therefore, not be able to entertain the audience. Given its poor opening, it will go down in Bollywood history as a non-starter.

  • Mansha Rastogi
    Mansha Rastogi


    Rajshri Banner should stick to what best they are known for – family dramas. Their effort to make the shift falls flat on its face. Best avoided.

  • Prateek Sur
    Prateek Sur
    Bollywood Life


    Trust me Samrat is no Sherlock Holmes, Feluda, Byomkesh Bakshi or Hercule Poirot. If you love to see Bollywood mystery films and have nothing else to watch this weekend, better get yourself a DVD of Bhool Bhulaiyaa and rewatch rather than going for this squanderous stinker.

  • The movie feels a few decades old despite moments and ideas stolen from Guy Ritchie’s anachronism-packed Sherlock Holmes films and the popular British series Sherlock.

  • In an attempt to draw at least something positive from the film, one can say that it least it never drops its pace and might even keep you interested in its silliness at all times – you wonder how much harder will the makers of the film try. Hopefully, Samrat & Co will die a death with the film, and future filmmakers will think long and hard before creating such lightweight caricatures of characters who have enthralled so many generations.

  • Rahul Desai
    Rahul Desai
    Mumbai Mirror


    …displeased that Samrat was part-kickboxer like Robert Downey Jr. and partsociopath like Cumberbatch-a combination most unsatisfactory in a Rajshri setup.

  • JPN


    The climax of the story has many missing links, which may disappoint the movie goers. Year’s first detective film ‘Samrat and Co.’ is a half-baked attempt!