Move aside, it’s Romeo Time….
Hollywood movies have been a huge inspiration for all over the world. The way they make animation films are quite unique. In our country we hardly had animation films in earlier days, thus we have satisfied our thirst by watching and enjoying Hollywood animation. Few years back Indian animation took a hit and started making animation movies on regular basis but nothing to even come closer to the desired thirst of good animation films. Though few movies like Hanuman, Ganesha, etc gave bit of satisfaction. Still the quench for a good animation movie goes on, up till now when two of biggies Yash raj from India and Disney from Hollywood meet to make an animated film called “Roadside Romeo”.
“Roadside Romeo” is story of Romeo[Saif Ali Khan], who comes from riches to rags. He meets few roadside friends [Tanaz Currim, Suresh Menon, Vrajesh Hirjee, etc ]. Together they start a saloon business, which turns out to be a run away hit. One night Romeo meets a beautiful girl Laila [Kareena Kapoor], who keeps practicing her dance on rooftop. Romeo falls in love with her. But little did he know that he has a competitor Charlie Anna [Javed Jaffery], a local don who also loves Laila. Charlie and his man [Sanjay Mishra] make life complicated for Romeo and his friends. Thus starts an adventure of Romeo who dodges around from Charlie to Laila to others in need of achieving his dream.
Story is simple and somewhat typical hindi film story with hero, heroines, villains, sidekick, etc. but the adaptation is good. Screenplay is nice and besides minor loopholes works well in the film. One liner by Javed Jaffery, Suresh Menon and Sanjay Mishra are superb and goes well with the adults. On technical ground the movie is till date best Indian animation film ever made. But that’s bound to happen when you have two top names from Hollywood and bollywood, despite this the story and screenplay seriously lacks the emotional touch or the final punch. Still the movie does not make you bore and there are many moments where you enjoy with smile on your face.
Music is good, especially in the title track and choo le. Rests are not that great but passable. Background music is good and goes well with the mood of the movie.
Jugal Hansraj’s direction is quite average. But it’s the one liner and interesting characters which lifts the film. He has tried his level best to match the film to international standards, and succeed at certain points. Though few gags for children were required as they are the primary audience. The end credits scenes, climax [inspired by DDLJ], Fake Laila and Charlie Scene and few more are worth mentioning.
Voice over’s by all lead actors are flawless and one can identify the animated characters with these stars. Saif has done a good job with his usual style, and so has Kareena. Vrajesh Hirjee, Tanaaz have also done a decent job. But the movie belongs to Suresh Menon, Sanjay Mishra and Javed Jaffery. They are too good with their one liners and unique style.
So Bol meri “FILMI KHOPDI” is film mein kitna hai dum ?
Dum hai kaafi dum hai, mazedaar hai, par kutch kam hai. Despite few less gags for kids, emotional touches for adults this film gives you a decent watch, along with few good one liner and interesting characters. but on technical ground is one of the best Indian animation film to be made. Thus keeping all aside we would like to say that movie aside all low budget badly made Indian animation films, as its show time…sorry Romeo time…
Ratings : 3/5