Not long ago, the idea of a reputed Bollywood star doing an original animated film seemed completely implausible.
But with the booming animation industry increasingly attracting the eye of big banners and production houses, soon many of our favourite actors and actresses may go this route, if only to test the waters.
Here, Nitya Ramani catches up with Roadside Romeo's Javed Jaffery to discuss Yash Raj's animated blockbuster, which also has Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor lending their voices to the two lead characters in the movie. Excerpts below:
What is Roadside Romeo?
It is about dogs and leading a dog's life. It is about a rich dog which circumstantially lands up on the streets and how he adjusts himself with the so called riff-raff of the other street dogs. It is about how he manages to make a place for himself among the street dogs' world.
What is your role?
I play Charlie Anna, the don in the area. He finds out that the other dogs are not paying hafta to do their business. Romeo has started doing his business and is not paying his hafta.
Romeo (Saif) sees Laila (Kareena) dance on the top of a roof and falls in love with her. Laila has the self confident, 'I am the best', 'I know I am beautiful' attitude. Romeo doesn't know that Charlie Anna too loves Laila and he doesn't like anybody else looking at her, let alone talking to her.
Romeo tries to coax him and finally pays him his hafta, which happens to be Charlie Anna's own money [dog bones]. Liala challenges Romeo to dance with her on stage and Romeo does so. This provokes Charlie, who then wants to kill Romeo. But Romeo pacifies Charlie Anna and says that he will patau Laila for him. With this turn of events, what finally happens forms the story.
Charlie Anna is very cool, smart. He thinks he is God's gift. He is a very fun character and very endearing. You start liking him.
Text: Nithya Ramani | Video: Sanjay Sawant
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