Samantha, an avid traveller, meets Kittu, a youngster from Vizag, when she goes to Italy. Soon, she loses her belongings and ends up relying on Kittu to retrieve her passport; however, little does she know that Kittu has a plan of his own. The rest of the story is about the connection which Kittu shares with Samantha and how he convinces her to fall in love with him.
Movie Review :
Ahead of its release, Romeo was touted as a Puri Rasina Prema Katha, which translates to - a love story written by Puri; however, the film rarely displays the spark that one would expect from a script written by the director, Puri Jagannadh. If that wasn't enough to test our patience, the two lead actors Sairam Shankar and Adonika make sure that the film turns out to be a nerve-wracking experience with all the idiosyncrasies placed strategically to question what exactly is happening on screen.
The film narrates an unusual story of how a young couple meets in Italy and how their lives change forever within a short time. We are told that Samantha (Adonika), who lives with her parents in New York, loves travelling and one day, she heads to Italy to explore the country. A day after she arrives in Rome, Samantha bumps into Kittu (Sairam Shankar), a young guy from Vizag who's on his way to Verona. Kittu is shocked beyond belief when he sees Samantha and he ends up following her wherever she goes. Meanwhile, Samantha's boyfriend, Rakesh (Subba Raju) is upset about Samantha's budding relationship with Kittu and the rest of the story is about how Kittu manages to convince Samantha to fall in love with him.
First things first, the entire film comes across like a tourism ad for Italy and full credit to cinematographer, PG Vinda who captures the ambience of Rome and Verona quite well. And Sunil Kashyap's music is good on the ears. Unfortunately, these are the only interesting aspects about this film. The script itself is a major letdown and that's just the beginning of a series of issues which plague the film until the very end. Neither Sairam Shankar nor Adonika seem to understand the nuances of romance and right from the word go they resort to over the top histrionics. Maybe it's just the Puri Jagannadh's effect since the director has an uncanny knack to leave his mark on every hero's characterization and trivialize romance.
Ten minutes into the story, there are hints that the film is beyond redemption and it continues to tumble down the rabbit hole. Gopi Ganesh, the director of the film, makes good use of Ravi Teja and Ali's cameos for comic relief, but after a point, it's also clear that the joke is on us.