Ganesh repeatedly kept telling during the promotions of his Romeo that his movies might have failed in the recent months but he has not. Well, keeping his word, the Golden Star, like a phoenix raising from the ashes, seems to have struck gold with Romeo, as it is a rib-tickling comedy entertainer with no dull moments throughout the movie. The performances of Rangayana Raghu and Sadhu Kokila along with well-written scenes and one-liners make the movie worth watching.
You are in for a fun ride the moment the credit card is displayed. Ganesh (Ganesh) comes to the world by peeing on his father Pandu's (Rangayana Raghu) face. Then, we are told about his naughty acts, which he committed till he attained adulthood. Despite being mischievous, he managed to reach the graduation level but with poor English speaking skills. However, he gets a job in a bank where he meets Shruti (Bhavana) and Sadhu Kokila.
As you expect it to be, their love blossoms after witnessing a series of comic scenes. Ganesh, a slum dweller and street smart, impresses her by telling a pack of lies where he went on to claim that he is born with a silver spoon and he is the son of crorepati but living an ordinary life to learn the basic lessons of life. The couple ties the knot in a hush-hush manner when her father played by Avinash opposes their marriage and fixes a secret marriage with a rich man. However, soon Shruti realises that she was lied and cheated, the couple part ways. What happens next should be seen on-screen.
Romeo does not have a great story but has a screenplay, which never lets you down. The language in the film used blends with the setting and the dialogues range from the hilarious to laugh-out-loud moments. The story runs quick, the milieu is authentic and there are some scenes which would make you laugh even after coming out of theatres. The tracks between Sadhu and Ganesh evoke a lot of humour out of situational and usual moments. Their inebriated conversation with Avinash in the beginning of the second half is one of the most funniest scenes seen in Kannada films in the recent months. On the flip side, the story of Romeo is not strong and there is no logic. At parts, it is too predictable. And, the title why the makers of the film have kept it Romeo remains a mystery.
When it comes to performances, Ganesh is back with his usual comic ways. His dialogue timings are good and he looks good in action scenes too. Rangayana Raghu is at his usual best. He has a lengthy role this time and like before, he wins the heart of the audience with his witty one-liners. Sadhu Kokila leaves a lasting impression with his wonderful acting. In fact, he outshines other actors. Bhavana is good and has given her best. Rest other characters like Sudha Belawadi and Avinash have done justice to their limited roles.
Technically, Arjun Janya's three songs are good. Viadhi's cinematography and Sarvanan's editing would have been better if he could have reduced the length of the movie by chopping predictable scenes. Director PC Sekhar has given a paisa-vasool affair, which is a complete family entertainer.
Ratings: 3 ½ out of 5.