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Roadside Romeo

Roadside Romeo
Roadside Romeo.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jugal Hansraj
Produced by Aditya Chopra
Written by Jugal Hansraj
Starring
Music by Salim-Sulaiman
Cinematography Anshul Chobey
Edited by Arif Ahmed
Production
company
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 24 October 2008 (2008-10-24) (India and United States)
  • 23 October 2008 (2008-10-23) (Kuwait)
Running time
93 minutes
Country India
United States
Language Hindi
English
Budget 110 million (US$1.6 million)
Box office 47.6 million (US$710,000)
(domestic nett gross)
136 million (US$2.0 million)
(nett worldwide gross)
Roadside Romeo
RoadsideRomeo CD.jpg
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

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.

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 "hafta" (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.


Year Name of Competition Category Result Recipient(s)/Nominee(s)
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

  • 24 October 2008 (2008-10-24) (India and United States)
  • 23 October 2008 (2008-10-23) (Kuwait)
  • 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 total 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.
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