Genre: Horror

Actors: Anindita Nayar, Kavin Dave, Rannvijay, Salil Acharya

Director: Vishal S Mahadkar

Release Date: September 26, 2014

Banner: Handprint Pictures and Essel Vision Productions Ltd

tick-icon : A few spine chilling scenes here and there

tick-icon : Barely a story, Not capitalized on horror as such

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Times Of India (TOI) 3 AM borrows from Paranormal Activity and Mirrors to a certain extent. That’s not an issue since most horror films lack originality. However, this film fails to match up to the scares and chills provided by its Hollywood predecessors, that make you go numb with fear. 3 A.M is a conversation-heavy

Media Says

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.
– KoiMoi

“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.”
– Indian Express

“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.”
– Rediff

“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.”

“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.”
– Rajeev Masand

“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.”
– Times of India

“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.”
– Mumbai Mirror