The Cast and Crew
Producer: Aditya Chopra, Yash Chopra & Walt Disney Pictures.
Executive producer: Swaratmika Mishra
Banner:Yash Raj Films
Voices of: Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Vrajesh Hirjee, Tannaz Irani, Suresh N Menon and Kiku Sharda
Computer Graphics: Visual Computing Labs (VCL), a division of Tata Elxsi Ltd
Computer: Tata Elxsi’s EKA super computer
Story, Screenplay, Dialogues and Director: Jugal Hansraj
Lyrics: Jaideep Sahni
Director of Photography: Anshul Chobey
Editor: Arif Ahmed
Sound Editing: Ganesh Gangadharan
Sound Design: Ali Merchant (YRF Studios)
Associate Director: Samar Shaikh
Chief Assistant Director: Vicky Vijay
Choreography: Goswami Rajeev, Mini Johny, Deepak Singh
Costumes for characters: Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Every dog has its day. Roadside Romeo is a delightful dog-show with Bollywood style, of course. It is the first computer generated full length animation feature film coming out of Bollywood costing around US & 7 million. It had been in the making since last two and half years.
Romeo (voice of Saif Ali Khan) is a dog who once lived in luxury and finds himself dumped on the street as his owners migrate to London. He encounters the street roughnecks Guru, Interval, Hero English and Mini. There is a domain stuggle and finally they all become a friendly gang.
Romeo and the gang set up a dog-grooming business until Chhainu (Sanjai Mishra), the odd-job of gangster-dog Charlie Anna (Javed Jaffrey), arrives to collect hafta and trouble starts. Charlie threatens them with his trio of ninja dogs Angels but Romeo tricks Charlie.
Romeo meets Laila (Kareena Kapoor) and falls in love. He is unaware that the dangerous Charlie Anna has wanted her at any cost. Romeo does not intend to lose Laila and finally wins her love by saving Charlie Anna from the dog catcher and winning his support.
Though performing for the first time, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Vrajesh Hirjee, Tannaz Irani, Suresh N Menon and Kiku Sharda give convincing voice-overs.
This is the first CG-3-D animation feature film from India and it has all the styles and strengths of an international production. Jugal Hansraj and his team have done a wonderful job.
Tata Elxsi’s EKA super computer generated visuals are a great treat to watch. The music and audiography are good. The entire Technical team has given a terrific performance, considering this film to be the first one of its kind from India.
Roadside Romeo is a thoroughly enjoyable computer generated animation film, which will surely enthrall both the young and the old.
4 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar