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Roadside Romeo — Doggy tale gone wrong


When you find the villain of the film more endearing than the hero and even 90 minutes seem like a lifetime, there has to be something wrong with the film. 

That’s right. Charlie Anna, the heavy, farting and bespectacled bulldog with a south Indian accent, who throws a spanner in Romeo’s plans, is way more entertaining and funny than the protagonist of Roadside Romeo

Romeo, the actual hero, comes across as a somewhat cowardly, smooth-talking snob. And the Jugal Hansraj-directed Walt Disney co-produced “Roadside Romeo” seems like an incredibly long, boring film merely because the script is quite shoddy.

In fact, I felt everyone associated with the film sat down one day, decided they were going to make an animation film about a dog, realised at the last minute they actually needed a script, and threw together the most clichéd plot line, hoping this would be masked by some good animation.