Romeo Juliet (2015 film)

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Romeo Juliet
Romeo Juliet 2015 .jpg
Promotional poster
Directed byLakshman
Produced byS. Nanthagopal
Written byLakshman
Starring
Music byD. Imman
CinematographySoundararajan
Edited byAnthony
Production
company
Madras Enterprises
Distributed byCosmo Village
Antenna Entertainments (Malaysia)
Release date
  • 12 June 2015 (2015-06-12)
Running time
150 minutes[1]
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Romeo Juliet is a 2015 Tamil romantic comedy film written and directed by Lakshman. The film features Jayam Ravi and Hansika Motwani and music composed by D. Imman.[2] The film was released on 12 June 2015 to positive reviews.The movie was a commercial success.

Plot[edit]

Aishwarya (Hansika Motwani) falls in love with Karthik (Jayam Ravi) assuming he is rich, but once she realises he is just a gym instructor, she leaves him and wants to get together with a rich man Arjun (Vamsi Krishna). With Karthik standing in her way and threatening to break her relationship with Arjun, Aishwarya is forced to find a suitable girl for Karthik and finds Nisha (Poonam Bajwa) for him. Aishwarya soon gets disturbed with the rich lifestyle given by Arjun. In a temple, Karthik tells her that his engagement with Nisha is going to happen the night before Valentine's Day. At the same time, Arjun and Aishwarya plan to go to London. On the night Aishwarya is supposed to leave, she realises that she does not want to live this kind of robotic life with Arjun and tells him she loves Karthik. She goes to the place where Karthik and Nisha are going to get engaged. She professes her love but Karthik refuses and leaves the place with Nisha, but then a song plays, and Karthik reveals all of this is a play orchestrated by Nisha and him to make Aishwarya realise her mistake and her love for him. The story ends with Karthik and Aishwarya reunited.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Lakshman, who had previously ventured into films as producer of Kalvanin Kadhali (2006), announced that he would make his first venture as a director with a film titled Romeo Juliet featuring Jayam Ravi in the lead role.[3][4] Despite its title, it is not based on the William Shakespeare play Romeo and Juliet.[5] The director had initially finalised/convinced Nayantara to play the leading female role but did not want to repeat her pairing with Jayam Ravi, as the pair were working on another production, Raja's Thani Oruvan, at the time of casting. Subsequently, he chose to cast Hansika Motwani in a leading role instead.[6] A photo shoot was then held and promotional stills featuring the lead pair were released to the media in late March 2014.[7] Hansika revealed that she would play a girl with a "futuristic attitude", while Jayam Ravi's character would be more conservative in the romantic comedy.[8]

The film's first official poster released on 14 April 2014 coinciding with Tamil New Years Day and indicated that filming had begun. The team held their first schedule in May 2014, with Poonam Bajwa joining the cast.[9] The team shot a sequence where real life actors approach Jayam Ravi's character, a fitness trainer, to help them achieve six pack abs with Arya making a guest appearance.[10]

The first look teaser was released on 29 December 2014 with only the lead cast appearing on it.[11]

Soundtrack[edit]

D. Imman composed the soundtrack album and score for the film. G. Rokesh, Madhan Karky and Thamarai wrote the lyrics.

Romeo Juliet
Soundtrack album by
D. Imman
Released2015
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length26:58
LanguageTamil
D. Imman chronology
Valiyavan
(2015)
Romeo Juliet
(2015)
Vasuvum Saravananum Onna Padichavanga
(2015)
Track listing
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Dandanakka"RokeshAnirudh Ravichander4:20
2."Thoovaanam"ThamaraiVishal Dadlani, Sunitha Sarathy4:26
3."Idarkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumari"Madhan KarkyVaikom Vijayalakshmi4:01
4."Romeo Romeo"Madhan KarkyVishal Dadlani, Hyde Karty4:32
5."Adiye Ivale (Arakki)"Madhan KarkyAnthony Daasan4:47
6."Thoovaanam – Reprise"ThamaraiSunitha Sarathy4:52
Total length:26:58

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV.[12]

Critical reception[edit]

Baradwaj Rangan wrote, "The film is a disaster...it's impossible to digest the overall preposterousness...Romeo Juliet just cannot make up its mind whether it wants to be a screwball comedy or a melodrama — the tone is all over the place. And the writing is painfully inconsistent".[13] The Times of India gave the film 2/5 and wrote, "here is a film that could prove to be a worthy challenger to Valiyavan for the title of the Most Preposterous Movie of the Year.[14] Rediff also gave it 2/5 and wrote, "Lakshman's Romeo Juliet is just a rehash of old clichés. He pitches love against money and there are no prizes for guessing which one wins".[15] Sify wrote, "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".[16] The New Indian Express wrote, "The film, an average entertainer, would have been more engaging if only the screenplay had been coherent and the episodes interesting".[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ROMEO JULIET (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 8 June 2015. Retrieved 9 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Hansika & Jayam Ravi in Romeo and Juliet". Sify.com. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  3. ^ ""Jayam Ravi, Hansika, Director Lakshman and Myself has united as a family through Bogan..." says Producer Prabhudeva – ChennaiVision". ChennaiVision. 5 December 2016. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
  4. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150402160734/http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ibduf_dandanakka-romeo-juliet-2015-anirudh-d-imman_shortfilms. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Groves, Don (31 January 2017). "Can Tamil Stars Jayam Ravi And Arvind Swamy Repeat Their Box Office Magic in 'Bogan?'". Forbes. Retrieved 2 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Hansika replaces Nayanthara ... - E-Iway News". Eiway.com. 11 April 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Ravi and Hansika are the new 'Romeo and Juliet'". Sify.com. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  8. ^ "More on Jayam Ravi – Hansika starrer Romeo Juliet". Behindwoods.com. 12 April 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Poonam Bajwa joins the 'Romeo Juliet' team". Only Kollywood. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  10. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150402160734/http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ibduf_dandanakka-romeo-juliet-2015-anirudh-d-imman_shortfilms. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20141229172405/http://viralmediawire.com/romeo-juliet-tamil-movie-teaser-launched/. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Sun TV Romeo Juliet Premier Movie Coming Sunday @6.30pm Promo". Youtube. 2 November 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2015.
  13. ^ "Review of Romeo Juliet by Baradwaj Rangan, starring Jayam Ravi and Hansika Motwani". The Hindu. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Romeo Juliet Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 13 June 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Review: Romeo Juliet is too predictable – Rediff.com Movies". Rediff.com. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  16. ^ "Review : Romeo Juliet". Sify.com. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  17. ^ Mannath, Malini. "Just too Predictable Story Line to Keep Audience Interest Alive". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 11 January 2016.

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