Romantic movie review: Neither holds logic nor plays magic

Romantic review: Neither holds logic nor plays magic

Movie: Romantic
Evaluation: 2/5
Puri connects
Cast: Akash Puri, Ketika Sharma, Ramya Krishna, Uttej, Sunaina and others
Music: Sunil Kashyap
Editor: Junaid Siddiqui
Head of Photography: Naresh Rana
Manufacturers: Puri Jagannadh, Charmme Kaur
History, manuscript, dialogues: Puri Jagannadh
Directed by: Anil Paduri
Release Date: October 29, 2021

From Prabhas to Rajamouli, top names have emerged to promote “Romantic”, the latest film starring Akash Puri, the son of director Puri Jagannadh. No wonder the film has created a lot of buzz over the last two weeks.

With high publicity and an interesting trailer, “Romantic” has managed to get attention. The movie is here. Let’s analyze.

The story takes place in Goa and begins with the voiceover of a police officer Ramya Gowarikar (Ramya Krishna), who tells of the intense and greatest love she had witnessed during her stay there.

Vasco Da Gama (Akash Puri), whose police officer’s father was killed on guard, has only one goal – to make big money so he can run a charity fund for his grandmother Mary (Rama Prabha). He quickly joins the gang of smugglers.

When his boss is killed in an exchange of gunfire, Vasco Da Gama gets rich, but the police chase him. Meanwhile, the young boy is touched by the irresistible local beauty Monica (Ketika Sharma).

Ramya Gowarikar arrests Vasco Da Gama in a case and he gets a life sentence in that case. What will happen to his love story with Monica?

Artists’ performance:
Akash Puri still has a boyish look. Although he is sincere in his efforts and tries to play the gangster role convincingly, the role is too big for the young boy to carry on his shoulders. He looks partly convincing, where he has to express emotions when he sees Ketika Sharma’s charming beauty. But when he initiates dialogues, as mass heroes do, he does not look convincing.

Ketika Sharma will definitely skip the young people’s heartbeat. Her rude display of skin and beautiful face will resonate with the target audience. Akash Puris and Ketika Sharma’s romantic (lustful) moments are aimed at the galleries.

Ramya Krishna, who essays of a poorly written character, brings a lot of dignity to otherwise incoherent cases. Sunaina’s comedy is okay. Uttej’s role is not convincing.

Technical expertise:
The film is completely shot in Goa and the cinematographer captures the locations beautifully. More than the locations, the cameraman films the character Ketika Sharma captivating.

Music is a mixed bag. Dialogues written by Puri Jagannadh stand out.

When Sharma’s skin shows up
Puris brand dialogues

Illogical plot
No rhyme and reason
Lack of emotional connection

“Romantic” is directed by newcomer Anil Paduri, a longtime employee of Puri Jagannadh. But the film has a stamp of Puri Jagannadh’s instruction throughout because he has written the story, the script and the dialogue. At the end of the film, we may wonder what the story is about.

Is this story about two young lovers who do not know the difference between love and desire, desire and lust? Or is it about a young boy’s sick fate as he tries to be a godfather?

The protagonist is presented as a typical Puri Jagannadhs ruthless hero, talking about Hindi dialogues filled with philosophical quotes who want to do ‘it’ with his girl ‘tonight’, and one who is either busy with ‘pattukovadam’ (touch) of weapon and girl.

However, the hero has two goals – one is to make money and do something good for his locality, and the other is to get the love of the girl he wants.

There’s a whole song about the boy and girl talking or singing lines from Puri Jagannadh’s musings (his philosophical podcasts). Although the song is beautiful to look at, it adds nothing to the main plot. Such is the futility of this film.

“Desanni Preminchadam Easy Paisa Kharchu Undadu … Ammaini Premiste Sarada Teerchestadi,” the hero says in one scene, saying that he has not loved the girl yet. 15 or 20 minutes later he says he can not live without the girl. While one-liners sound good on paper, they do not fit well with the flow of the narrative.

Moreover, climax leaves us in complete disappointment.

So what works in the movie? The depiction of intense romantic moments between Ketika Sharma and Akash Puri. The girl is strikingly beautiful. Akash is also credible when it comes to romancing the girl rather than firing the bullets.

All told, “Romantic” is a true blue Puri Jagannadh film that does not rely on logic or proper history, but the characterization of the hero and heroine’s romance. It may appeal to a mass audience, but the film is not captivating at all.

Bottom line: Girl and gun

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