Another case, where the director seems confused about the movie's genre. What was supposed to be a gripping detective flick just turned out to be a spoof on one of the most iconic detectives' Sherlock Holmes. A major part of the film seems heavily "inspired" by the hit series by the same name. The film has a very illogical story line and eventually the director does a shabby job in connecting the dots. Eventually when he realizes that a few dots are not yet connected an extra plot is forced into the film leaving the audience clueless.
Samrat & Co. tells a tale of a young, beautiful and rich girl, Dimpy Singh (Madalsa Sharma), who approaches Samrat Tilakdhari (Rajeev Khandelwal), a private investigator, with a strange case. Their garden got ruined for reasons that appear natural but are not known; leading horticulturists examine the fading plants but they have not been able to identify the probable reason. Further, her father's favorite horse dies; once again the reason for the pre-mature death remains a mystery. That's not the end; Dimpy's father Mahendra Pratap Singh (Girish Karnad), otherwise a very strong and balanced man, has been experiencing deteriorating health. All these aspects when combined make the case sound weird and that grabs the attention of Samrat.(Yes it does, don't ask why, but it does!)
As evident the movie doesn't have an intriguing story or a mystery that you want to make pain to solve either. It seems like a resultant factor of a haphazard mix of plots, suspicious characters and too many underlying stories in itself. Usually rajshri does a great job with a huge star cast, but that trick also doesn't save Samrat & Co.