It is better for technically competent directors like Sekhar to realise that storytelling on screen does not limit to stylish presentation, but it is much more than that.
Ganesh is an educated but unemployed young man. He is a pampered, spoilt brat thanks to his father. Ganesh whiles away time with his friends doing unproductive things, but he is the darling of his parents, who live in a slum.
Ganesh instantly falls for Shruthi (Bhavana) after meeting her.
He pretends to be rich and even borrows money to present expensive gifts to Shruthi, the daughter of a bank manager. She too falls for Ganesh and decides to marry him but her father has other plans.
On the day of marriage, Ganesh and his father take Shruthi out of the house and they get married in a sub-registrar`s office.
After marriage, Shruthi realises that she has fallen into a trap and gets angry. She prepares to divorce Ganesh and goes to her father`s residence.
How Ganesh wins her back forms the story.
Romeo could have been few notches better than it is, had Sekhar worked on its second half and tuned it well. However, even with a weak second half, the movie is quite engaging and is hilarious in the first half.
The song picturisations are superb and the comedy timing of all the actors including Ganesh, Rangayana Raghu and Sadhu Kokila, is perfect.
The dialogues by Narayan are crisp and funny at times. The technical support to the film apart, Romeo is also rich in comedy. But unfortunately, Romeo is also like many well- mounted technical films which suffers from lack of consistency.
Ganesh is the screen charmer. He looks apt for the role and his dialogue delivery is superb. In a few emotional sequences, he even makes the audience weep. In a way, he has shown that he is a complete actor.
Bhavana is a real scene stealer in many sequences in the second half. She looks quite glamorous in the song sequences, but it is Rangayana Raghu and Sadhu Kokila`s comedy timing which will tickle your funny bone.
Sudha Belawadi and Avinash have essayed their roles perfectly.
Arjun Janya`s music compositions are quite good. Shreya Ghoshal`s rendering of `Alochane` song is sure to top the charts. Vaidhi`s camera work is stylish.
Watch Romeo despite some of its flaws. It is entertaining and engaging.
Rating: 3 stars