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Let's not jump to erroneous conclusions by concluding the obvious from our headlines. Its not that MASOOM childstar turned oomph gal, the 'rangeeli', Urmila Matondkar has not gone broke due to the global financial crunch! It's simply two very different, infact, poles apart characters that Urmila is essaying in two of her films.
After playing a super–rich and mean calculating 'Kamini' in Himesh Reshammiya's KARZZZZ, Urmila dons a completely contrasting character in Sunil Shetty's Saurabh Kadra directed, EMI. She essays the role of 'Prerna', a very simple and poor girl. 'Prerna' is a very average middle class girl who belongs to the financially weak section of the society and has no one to depend on. So she is compelled to take a loan in order to meet her financial needs. This in turn leads her to meet Sanjay Dutt who plays a loan recovery (EMI) agent!
Urmila is very happy to share screen space with Sanjay Dutt after a gap of almost nine years. Their last film together was Sanjay Chhel's KHOOBSURAT. When asked about the changes in Sanju Baba since she last acted with him, Urmila says that he has not changed at all, and has just mellowed down a bit and is more quiet and at peace with himself. For Gossips And Mirch Masala Log On To Bollywood Paradize
The premier production house (Yash Raj Films) teams up with one of the biggest studios of West (Walt Disney Pictures) for an animation film. You expect this collaboration to yield incredible results.
Animation movies like THE LION KING and SHREK have appealed to every strata of movie-going audience the world over. Although 'Made in India' animation films are making their way into our plexes, the results, most of the times, are amateurish.
But Roadside Romeo pulls it off. In terms of animation (Tata Elxsi/VCL), it's a step forward as compared to the other animation films. But there's a hitch: Hackneyed script (penned by debutante director Jugal Hansraj).
Films like LION KING or SHREK, even FINDING NEMO, worked because they were innovative concepts. They had interesting stories to tell. Plus, most importantly, they were rich in emotions. You'd laugh when they laughed, you'd cry when they cried, the writing was so effectual.
Roadside Romeo borrows from the masala films of 1980s. There's a hero, a heroine, the mandatory villain, plus love, problems, misunderstandings and conflict, but all's well that ends well. The story is predictable and worse, you don't feel for any of those characters you watch on screen.
Another factor that goes against the film is the fact that it lacks good music. Though the title track and also 'Chule Na' have been publicized, the impact is missing.
Ideally, the makers should've gone ahead and incorporated the evergreen songs from their rich repertoire in this animation film. The kids would've loved it!
There's one more hiccup. Assuming that Roadside Romeo is mainly targeted at the kids, the dialogues by Charlie Anna, the villain who speaks in a South Indian accent, are difficult to decipher and comprehend (at times) even for adults. Imagine, how difficult it would be for the kids to grasp those lines.
Yet, despite the shortcomings, Roadside Romeo works because the second hour keeps you fairly engrossed. A few portions like the cat pretending to be the pretty Laila on a date with Charlie Anna is amazing. Also, the culmination, a straight lift from the by-now-famous train ending from D.D.L.J., is equally enjoyable.
The voice-overs are perfect. Saif (Romeo) and Kareena (Laila) were the right choices for the lead players. Tanaaz Currim (cat) and Sanjay Mishra (the villain's sidekick) stand out as well.
On the whole, it's thumbs up for animation, but thumbs down for scripting in Roadside Romeo. It might glimmer during the festive week, but this Romeo is unlikely to rule the hearts of kids or kids at heart.