Critic's Rating: 3/5
Saturday 13 June 2015
Jayam Ravi, Hansika, Poonam Bajwa, VTV Ganesh
Director Lakshman whips up a lighthearted souffle' called Romeo Juliet. Sprinkled liberally with so-called humor, the film makes some rather predictable points about love, straining its already-thin premise. It follows the clichéd template of umpteen candy floss romantic stories in the past. But here, it is the girl who falls for the guy only to realize that he is not rich enough and dumps him like a hot potato.
Karthik (Jayam Ravi) is a gym coach who trains film celebrities and rich people in the city. Subbu Lakshmi aka Aishwarya (Hansika) is an air-hostess who is obsessed to become rich by marriage and seems to be always on the look-out for a wealthy guy.
Aishu mistakes Karthik who drives around in his client's luxury car and shops from upmarket malls as rich and fall head-over heels with him. She stalks him and finally manages to grab his attention. But everything is shortlived as she is in no mood to live her entire life paying EMI and lead a middle class life. Soon, she gets engaged to a rich guy (Vamsi).
But Karthik is in mood to understand that he has actually escaped from a girl with whom he has no compatibility but instead troubles her, irritates her by constantly following her and getting into an agreement that she has to find a girl who looks exactly like her for him to marry! Or else he will expose the photos that they took while they were dating!!
Lakshman has packaged the film in a glossy manner but it is unable to find any spark or chemistry between the lead pair. His direction is amateurish and so are the characters half-baked. The best thing about Romeo Juliet is Jayam Ravi and Hansika who does their best to rise above the flawed script. They both look good and have done their best. Hansika looks like a dream and it is her bubbly cute expressions that win you over. A special mention about her costumes, hair and make-up which is perfect.
It is good to see Jayam Ravi back in a romantic roles, the actor has given his heart and soul for the character and his performance is flawless. VTV Ganesh's comic one-liners are good and it comes in handy for the entertainment quotient. Poonam Bajwa is wasted in an insipid role while Vamsi is wooden. Songs of D Imman are hummable and BGM is top notch. Soundar Rajan’s cinematography has also helped the film to look grand and glossy.
Overall, Romeo Juliet is a predictable romantic entertainer.