Jasz on Raghu Romeo

Jasz "The Spammer" A | 13/07/2004, 09:37 hrs

I'm a kinda guy who'll never miss any movie that releases on the big screen. Its my inability to say "no" that made me watch Troy 4 times, Arya 4 times, Hyderabad Blues-2 Twice and Mirchi once. Although I never quite regret going to the movie for a repeat viewing, I carry with me a very heavy grudge against the guy who took me there. So the next time I tell ya that I cant go to the movie with you, it's probably not your fault, its the fault of the movie we went to last time.

**reading above paragraph, you also do that again**

**reading above para again and recommends you also to do it again**

As cliched as the above para was, you MIGHT have enjoyed the above para simply because it mentions movies you've seen or those are situations that you were in.
SIMILARLY, Raghu Romeo takes all the things that you've already seen, heard, read or even experienced, puts them in a large bag that u've already carried and expects you to pay for it. The beauty of the movie lies in the fact that you would be ready to pay again and again for movies like these.
The biggest thing that irritates me about these low-budget flicks is that it has atleast one or two lead actors who (for lack of a better phrase) take themselves too seriously. The absence of this kinda pretentiousness is the most striking thing about Raghu Romeo. especially Vijay Raaz whose role in Moonsoon Wedding will go down as the Best Wedding Organizer in Indian Cinema.
Like New-age director independent films, this one is a comedy too. But the humor isnt derived from jokes or physical comedy. The humor comes from the reality of the situations. The way the protagonist watches the TV without batting an eyelid. The way he asks for a loan. The way he reacts to a customer. While no "jokes" rate a "ROFL", most "jokes" rate a "lol".
**I cannot even begin to imagine the stupidity of that sentence**

To better understand the subtle difference between Bollywood films and Raghu Romeo, I'll describe a few scenes from the movie.

Scene 1:
Hero is enamoured by an actress. He follows her show or films religiously.

Bollywood Treatment: Hero looks at a picture of the heroine and breaks into a duet with her in Switzerland.

Raghu Romeo Treatment: Hero is shown gawking at a poster of the heroine for 2 minutes. He does this on the middle of the road and causes a traffic jam and is subject to many gaalis.

Scene 2:
Hero works in bar. Dance girl likes hero. Hero faces off against Don

Bollywood Treatment: Hero makes witty comments and avoids the attention he gets from the dancer. The hero bashes up the don w/henchmen. Hero pays for the damage from his salary.

Raghu Romeo Treatment: Hero is too shy to talk to any female let alone someone who makes passess at him. Hero get kicked around by the Don. Hero steals money from the counter to buy gift for actress.

Scene 3:
Villains kidnap actress.

Bollywood Treatment: Hero chases them for 30 mins and bashes them for 30 mins thus forming the second half of the film.

Raghu Romeo: Here comes the twist....Raghu himself kidnaps the heroine.

Scene 4:
Hero Feeds heroine

Bollywood Treatment: They look into each others eyes and sing songs in Switzerland.

Raghu Romeo Treatment: Hero describes in great detail the art of dipping a biscuit into tea. Too long and it'll break. Too short and it'll be too dry. Balance is the essence of life is the lesson learnt here. Thus the reason for her being kidnapped is vaguely understood.

This movie is so simple that it'll never win awards. It wont have crowds outside gates. The actors will not have new projects. The director will never be so originally unoriginal. The actors will never be so unreally real. This kinda talk also made me realize that there cannot be another movie as unique as Raghu Romeo.
Its a movie that wont give you anything to take back........not even moments that'll make you laugh afterwards......but for the 2 hours you are in the theatre.....you wont be thinking of anything else and more importantly you will be laughing. And that is why MOST people go to the movies. Or so they tell me.

Current Mood: Thoughtful
Current Music: nope

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Responses to Jasz on Raghu Romeo

  1. nicely done, indeed!

  2. remember that u went for RR with me.. :)

  3. I FINALLY FOUND UR BLOG!....nice stuff ra...the "past" experience u got reviewig stuff b4...shows here...!

  4. damn...good one bro..

  5. yo... didn't see this for a long time. Good Review, mate!

  6. so truly highlighted the whole point of going for a movie...

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