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Roadside Romeo is a 2008 3D Indian-American computer animated romantic musical comedy family film written and directed by Jugal Hansraj and produced by Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra of Yash Raj Films and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures in United States, United Kingdom and India It was released on 24 October 2008 in the United States and India An Arabic dub was released in Kuwait on October 23 This was the second Bollywood movie to receive a North American release by a Hollywood studio, following Sony Pictures' Saawariya 2007 The title character is a dog living in Mumbai, as voiced by Saif Ali Khan; his girlfriend, Laila, is voiced by Kareena Kapoor This was the first voice-over in an animated production for both actors Roadside Romeo was also Hansraj's directorial debut Roadside Romeo received generally negative reviews from critics, with most of the criticism focused on the film's script, predictable plot and overuse of cliches

Contents

  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Production
  • 4 Reception
  • 5 Music
  • 6 Awards
  • 7 See also
  • 8 References
  • 9 External links

Plot

Romeo is a dog who once lived in luxurious surroundings One day his owners decide to migrate to London and he is left at the mercy of the servant of the house, who dumps him on the streets of Mumbai Left to fend for himself, he is soon cornered by the local gang – Guru, Interval, Hero English and a dog-wannabe-cat, Mini, who tell him that this is their domain Romeo does not know the street lingo and is at a loss for words at first, but he manages to win the gang over with giving them haircuts They love their new looks and accept Romeo as part of their gang Together, they set up a successful dog-grooming business until Chhainu, the right-hand of gangster-dog Charlie Anna, arrives to collect "weeklies" weekly protection money in the form of bones Romeo throws Chhainu out, and the others, terrified, go to Charlie to plead their case Charlie threatens them with his trio of female ninja dogs, whom he calls his Angels, but Romeo tricks Charlie into allowing his friends to leave unhurt

Romeo then meets Laila, who is singing from a rooftop, they dance and he falls in love To win her over, Laila tells Romeo he must dance with her in front of everyone at the "Moonlight Club" where she performs Romeo says yes, unaware that Charlie has long wanted her, and anyone who dares go near her is punished However, Romeo braves the odds and dances with Laila to win her heart As Laila starts falling in love with him, Charlie, in a fit of rage, captures and terrorizes Romeo Romeo then promises that he would make Laila fall in love with Charlie Romeo does not intend to lose Laila, but plans to deflate Charlie's ego by having a disguised Mini pretend to be Laila and make it clear she's not interested This only ends up exacerbating Charlie's ire, forcing Romeo to promise him a second meeting with Laila

The night of the appointment, however, Chhainu catches Romeo kissing Laila, who then shouts at Romeo telling Laila of Romeo's deal with Charlie and she angrily slaps him and says she never wants to see him again despite Romeo's pleas and forgiveness In a pursuit, Charlie's Angels are wooed by Guru, Interval and Hero English, Chhainu is cornered by a mouse and smashed with a "jumbo jet" and Charlie is chased and caught by the city dogcatchers But just before Charlie is caught with a net, Romeo pushes him under the dog-catchers van to escape while Romeo goes, Charlie then convinces Guru, Hero English, Interval and Mini to create a distraction to get the guard away from the van, they all succeed and Charlie jumps on the van and says he will free Romeo using a pin in his chain to pick the lock, but the van begins to drive and he falls off, after which Charlie races after the van, losing the pin in the progress, but thankfully one of Charlie's ear hairs suffice

They escape but Romeo feels there is no point staying as Laila said she never wanted to see him again, and Charlie badly wants her The next morning, Romeo throws his sack onto an open train boxcar about to leave the station but Charlie arrives with Laila and the others Charlie tells Romeo that he is a fool for leaving Laila when she still loves him, that he explained everything to her and says she is Romeo's and no one else's He lets go of her hand and Laila begins to run after the train, while Romeo holds his hand out for her Resembling a famous scene from Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Charlie remarks "where have I seen this before" She reaches for his hand and grabs it but the handle Romeo was holding had lost its top screws, making him fall off with Laila, after which they raise their heads to each other and say "I love you" in sync It then goes to the "Moonlight Club" where everyone is back singing a reprise of "Main Hoon Romeo" in party-remix

Cast

  • Saif Ali Khan as Romeo, the former pet of a rich family, and a former spoiled brat When life landed him in a slum, after his initial disappointment, he smoothly talks his way out of trouble He thinks nothing of lying just to get what he wants; Laila
  • Kareena Kapoor as Laila, a beautiful white female dog and Romeo's love interest She performs at the Moonlight Nightclub every few nights, where all the male dogs throng every time There isn't a male dog alive who doesn't dream of dancing with the beautiful Laila someday She falls in love with Romeo after some events
  • Javed Jaffrey as Charlie Anna, the Don of the slum Charlie is Big Brother and that is what everyone calls him out of fear He is dirty, fat and ugly, with a big, bouncy belly His moods are unpredictable and that is what makes him dangerous, but at in his soul he is just a hopeless romantic
  • Vrajesh Hirjee as Guru, the oldest and wisest among the four goons The others look up to him for his advice
  • Kiku Sharda as Hero English, one of the four goons, a ruffian and a bit of a slow head just like his friends He looks mean, but he is actually a harmless chap He has been born and brought up in the slums
  • Suresh Menon as Interval, the third member of the gang He is a film buff and a bit foolish
  • Tanaaz Irani as Mini, the last member of the gang of four, the only female, and the only one who is a cat She is in denial that she is a cat and is a dog-wannabe She refuses to accept that and thinks of herself as a stray dog, but her friends try to drill some sense into her that she is an alley cat
  • Sanjay Mishra as Chhainu, Charlie Anna's official spy He reports the goings-on of the slum to Charlie He is also responsible for reminding all to pay up on their weekly protection money to Charlie on pay-day

Production

As a fan of animation, Jugal Hansraj teamed up with Aditya Chopra to write their first cartoon Nothing came of the collaboration, the writer/director recalls, "till this one day, I was waiting at the traffic signal and saw these dogs playing in the dirt un-cared for, scruffy looking gang, totally mast in a garbage pile, and I instantly knew the characters of my story" The alliance by producer Yash Chopra and Disney chairman Dick Cook is a first in the field of animation This also is the first mainstream CGI feature film to come out of India Visual Computing Labs VCL, a division of Tata Elxsi Ltd, another computer animation studio, similar to Walt Disney Animation Studios, was involved with everything from visual conceptualisation, character design to animation and final output Production commenced in January 2007, continuing for two and a half years and involved 150 crew members; twenty-one months were spent on the animation It also benefited from the use of Tata Elxsi's EKA, one of the world's fastest supercomputers Though the company did not publicly release the film's budget, Britain's Guardian reported it to be about US$7 million The first trailer, shown on 12 October 2007 with the release of the film Laaga Chunari Mein Daag, shows the film's crew holding an audition for Romeo; another trailer was later shown with Laila's audition Though the release was originally scheduled for the summer of 2008, the release was put off to Diwali The costumes for the lead characters were made at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida for the film's Indian promotion Yash Raj Films worked with Hot Muggs for producing licensed merchandise for the film Hot Muggs integrated an inaugural concept of incorporating one-liners from the movie like "Tension Not," "Stay Cool" and "I'm Good Na" on coffee mugs Though many Bollywood actors promoted the film, the two main stars of Romeo, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor Khan did not do much promotion Kapoor told the producers she would be busy promoting her other Diwali release, Golmaal Returns Khan simply made himself inaccessible

Reception

Yash Raj Films, for the first time ever, held a pre-release screening for film exhibitors on 18 October 2008 It was then released exclusively across local multiplexes on 24 October 2008 During the weekend of its release, the film faced competition from Heroes, hence it opened to a poor response of 40- 45%, which improved two days later to 60–70% Its first-week gross of Rs 45 million US$912,316 made it an Indian record for a Disney production The film was declared disaster at the Indian box office In the United States and Canada, the film debuted in as many as 40 theatres on the same day On the first weekend, it made US$41,770 Rs 2080,000 and placed 49th The following week, its gross income came to US$55,202 The film opened with similar results in 23 British theatres, grossing £31,576 Rs 2470,000 The movie fared poorly in Australia with an income of only US$13,233 Rs 652,000 from 9 venues; and in New Zealand it brought in US$604 Rs 29,792 from 2 venues In Kuwait, the film opened on 23 October 2008 and grossed US$14,549 in the first week

Upon its theatrical release, Roadside Romeo received negative reviews from critics Taran Adarsh gave the film three stars out of five, citing its borrowing from the masala films of 1980s and a predictable story Another factor he said went against the film was its lack of good music Though the title track and "Chhoo Le Na" were publicised, they lacked impact Though the film was targeted at children, he said Charlie Anna's south Indian accent was hard to decipher and comprehend even for adults Despite the drawbacks, he cited the animation's good quality which could even be compared to international standards The New York Times criticised the movie saying, "The animated dogs in Romeo aren’t particularly appealing They mostly walk on two legs and, unlike Disney characters, don’t wear anything beyond neck gear They look oddly naked and move awkwardly, which flattens the dance sequences and keeps the film earthbound"

Music

Roadside Romeo
Soundtrack album by Salim-Sulaiman
Released 30 September 2008 2008-09-30
Genre Film soundtrack
Label YRF Music
Walt Disney Records
Producer Aditya Chopra & Yash Chopra

The film's soundtrack was released on 1 October 2008 by director Jugal Hansraj and actor Jaaved Jaffrey at The Club in Andheri, Mumbai The music was composed by Salim-Sulaiman, and lyrics have been penned by Jaideep Sahni Joginder Tuteja from indiaFM gave the film's soundtrack 2 out of 5 stars and noted, "The songs in themselves are no great shakes and, except for a track or two, the remaining just passes muster Delayed release of the album would take a further toll on the sales of Roadside Romeo Overall, Roadside Romeo is a barely an okay album where one's hope only rests on the state of art animation as promised by the makers" T

No Title Singers Length
1 "Main Hoon Romeo" Kunal Ganjawala 4:05
2 "Chhoo Le Na" Sunidhi Chauhan, KK & Sudesh Bhonsle 5:12
3 "Cool Cool" Saif Ali Khan, Jaaved Jaffrey, Marianne D’Cruz & Naresh Kamath 3:11
4 "So Right" Kunal Ganjawala & Gayatri Iyer 4:28
5 "Apni Dumm Bhi Oonchi Ho" Anushka Manchanda, Earl Edgar, Jugal Hansraj, Kunal Ganjawala & Salim Merchant 4:25
6 "Rooftop Romance"   1:39
7 "Main Hoon Romeo" Roadside Remix Kunal Ganjawala 3:28
8 "Chhoo Le Na" Moonlight Club Mix Sunidhi Chauhan, KK & Sudesh Bhonsle 4:18

Awards

Year Name of Competition Category Result Recipients/Nominees
2009 7th Annual VES Awards Outstanding Animation in an Animated Feature Motion Picture Nominated Pankaj Khandpur
Sherry Bharda
Shrirang Sathaye
Suhael Merchant
2010 56th National Film Awards Best Animated Film Won Producer: Aditya Chopra
Director: Jugal Hansraj
Animator: Tata Elxsi/VCL
2010 Cairo International Film Festival for Children Special Jury Prize Won Yash Chopra

See also

  • Indian animation industry
  • List of Indian animated feature films
  • List of Disney theatrical animated features
  • List of Walt Disney Pictures films

References

  1. ^ a b "Overseas Totals for Roadside Romeo" Box Office Mojo Retrieved 2 November 2008 
  2. ^ "Ratings information for Roadside Romeo" British Board of Film Classification BBFC Retrieved 26 October 2008 
  3. ^ "Yash Raj Films' incredible line-up for 2008" YRF confirm release date of Roadside Romeo Retrieved 15 March 2008 
  4. ^ a b "Roadside Romeo will be first film to be co-produced by YRF & WDS alliance" IndiaFMcom Retrieved 12 June 2007 
  5. ^ Chhabra, Aseem, "From Bollywood to Chinatown: Warner Bros teams with India for 'Chandni Chowk' martial-arts musical", Film Journal International, 14 January 2009
  6. ^ "It's a dog's world for Saif and Kareena" Kareena & Saif give voice over for dogs Retrieved 19 January 2007 
  7. ^ a b Kapoor, Jaskiran 14 October 2008 "Pup Fiction" IndianExpresscom Indian Express Newspapers Mumbai Ltd Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  8. ^ Staff 20 October 2008 "Tata Elxsi brings life to Roadside Romeo" Business of Cinema Join The Dots Media Pvt Ltd Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  9. ^ a b Ramesh, Randeep 24 October 2008 "Disney vies for Bollywood gold with Hindi movie" The Guardian Guardian News and Media Limited Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  10. ^ IANS 23 October 2008 "Encouraging advance bookings for Roadside Romeo, Heroes despite Diwali" Thaindian News Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  11. ^ "Saif Ali Khan is Roadside Romeo" Roadside Romeo's first trailer releases with LCMD Retrieved 15 October 2007 
  12. ^ "Kareena demonstrates her 'ada' for ROADSIDE ROMEO" Regional Times 18 October 2008 Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  13. ^ Staff 2 October 2008 "Roadside Romeo costumes made in Disney Land , Orlando" Business of Cinema Join The Dots Media Pvt Ltd Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  14. ^ "Hot Muggs merchandise for Roadside Romeo" Bollywood Hungama News Network Bollywood Hungama 22 October 2008 Retrieved 27 October 2008 
  15. ^ "Road block!" Times of India 27 October 2008 Retrieved 27 October 2008 
  16. ^ Bhandari, Rohini 20 October 2008 "Yash Raj Films organizes special screening of Roadside Romeo" Business of Cinema Join The Dots Media Pvt Ltd Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  17. ^ Bhandari, Rohini 19 October 2008 "Diwali 2008: Four movie releases; no SRK; ho-hum hype" Business of Cinema Join The Dots Media Pvt Ltd Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  18. ^ "Heroes Open To Fairly Good Response; Roadside Romeo Poor" Box Office India 25 October 2008 Retrieved 27 October 2008 
  19. ^ "Roadside Romeo Picks Up Slightly" Box Office India 27 October 2008 Retrieved 27 October 2008 
  20. ^ "Golmaal Returns Opens To Bumper Response; Fashion Steady" BoxOfficeIndiacom 1 November 2008 Retrieved 1 November 2008 
  21. ^ Garrahan, Matthew 12 November 2008 "Disney Indian adventure rewarded" Financial Times The Financial Times Ltd Retrieved 12 November 2008 
  22. ^ "Roadside Romeo" Retrieved 16 July 2014 
  23. ^ Staff 24 October 2008 "The Movie List" Vancouver Sun Canwest Digital Media/Canwest Publishing Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  24. ^ McNary, Dave and Pamela McClintock 23 October 2008 "High School Musical 3 aims for No 1" Variety Reed Business Information Retrieved 24 October 2008 
  25. ^ "Weekend Box Office Results for October 24–26, 2008" Box Office Mojo 26 October 2008 Retrieved 28 October 2008 
  26. ^ Gant, Charles 28 October 2008 "HSM and Saw land one-two punch on UK box office" The Guardian Guardian News and Media Limited Retrieved 28 October 2008 
  27. ^ "Australia Box Office, October 23–26, 2008" Box Office Mojo 26 October 2008 Retrieved 31 October 2008 
  28. ^ "New Zealand Box Office, October 23–26, 2008" Box Office Mojo 26 October 2008 Retrieved 31 October 2008 
  29. ^ "Movie Reviews – Roadside Romeo" Taran Adarsh Bollywood Hungama 24 October 2008 Retrieved 27 October 2008 
  30. ^ "Bollywood: Often Energetic, Now Animated" Rachel Saltz The New York Times 25 October 2008 Retrieved 27 October 2008 
  31. ^ "Music launch: "Roadside Romeo"" Indiatimes Retrieved 14 November 2008 
  32. ^ Tuteja, Joginder "Music Review: Roadside Romeo" IndiaFM Retrieved 14 November 2008 
  33. ^ https://wwwvisualeffectssocietycom/ayear/7th-annual-ves-awards
  34. ^ "56th National Film Awards" PDF Directorate of Film Festivals Retrieved 27 March 2012 
  35. ^ team, koi moi "Cairo International Film Festival" KoiMoi Retrieved 17 March 2014 

External links

  • Official website
  • Roadside Romeo on IMDb
  • Roadside Romeo at The Big Cartoon DataBase
  • Roadside Romeo at AllMovie
  • Roadside Romeo at Rotten Tomatoes
  • "Animatedly Yours" – Calcutta Telegraph's interview with Jugal Hansraj

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