With the animated dogâ€™s-life feature â€œRoadside Romeo,â€ Bollywood continues its technological juggernaut.A co-production of Yash Raj Films and Walt Disney Pictures, â€œRomeoâ€ is something new under the Indian sun: sophisticated computer-generated animation that uses stars to voice the characters.But craftsmanship and Disney aside, â€œRomeoâ€ is very much a conventional Hindi movie with a small-guys-versus-gangsters plot, song-and-dance sequences and film references galore.
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor
This is the story of Romeo. A dude who was living the life. He had the works – the mansion to live in, the chicks to party with and the cars to be driven around in. Until one day, the family he was the favorite pet of, decided to move and left him back, abandoned on the mean streets of Mumbai. Romeo is now faced with situations he has never been in before. He encounters four strays, who scare the daylights out of him.
But soon, he smooth talks his way into their hearts and he makes friends. Then, Romeo finds love! He encounters the beautiful, ravishing Laila, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen – and he loses his heart to her at first sight. Finally, he encounters a villain! The dreaded Don of the area – Charlie Anna. The Don who everyone is scared of. So hop on to the adventure as Romeo, wins friendship, love and a new life – inspite of Charlie Anna and his gang! Watch how Romeo turns into – Roadside Romeo! This Diwali – Get ready for a barking good time!!
Written and directed by Jugal Hansraj, â€œRoadside Romeoâ€ may have its starsâ€™ voices, but what it needs is their bodies. Perhaps Bollywoodâ€™s most ingratiating quality is how hard the actors work to entertain you: they dance, they cry, they risk appearing silly. The animated dogs in â€œRomeoâ€ arenâ€™t particularly appealing.