Operation Romeo is a 2022 Indian Hindi-language romantic thriller film directed by Shashant Shah. It is an official remake of 2019 Malayalam film Ishq Not A Love Story.
Sidhant Gupta who makes his big screen debut has talent and you can see that when he does some heavy lifting.
Of course there is still a long way to go, but he definitely can be polished and given good roles to prove himself even further.
Sharad Kelkar cake walks this character as is an instant pervert when we meet him. While he did overdo it twice or thrice, that wasn’t the biggest concern in this confusing plot.
But I am not ignoring that either. Kishore Kadam is an actor who can make the weakest part look the strongest!
Vedika Pinto gets to be the ‘victim’. The good part is that the makers don’t write the crime against her in a way that she just becomes a plot point.
But they write her as a plot point and kill that one good thing. She is just the trigger who even more triggers the boyfriend who suddenly realises he is supposed to be a MAN!
Bhoomika Chawla has a beautiful screen presence, you guys. The actor plays a pivotal part and does it quite impressively. Her dialogues fall flat when forced to speak in Marathi but overall it’s good.
On paper the story looks like it wanted to take a look at moral policing through the gaze of a man who himself is a moral police, but stuck in a sad situation.
On screen it looks like a manchild who is so not in control of his brain, that he doesn’t know what he is supposed to be angry about.
Music in Operation Romeo just exists and does nothing to help the movie elevate even a bit.
Operation Romeo is an idea that wanted to be a game-changer but got entangled in its own unsure thoughts that it ended up going no where.
What’s Good: Sidhant Gupta’s honesty towards his craft & the tension that him Sharad and the set up manage to create.
What’s Bad: That confused space where the makers stood all the time while making the movie. The tug of war between shaping it into a thriller and a moral conflict drama is so irritating that it even kills the climax.
Watch or Not?: It’s a film that will leave you in a confused state and an unclear purpose will add to it and make it severe. Get into it at your own risk.
Imdb: 2.6 Director: Shashant Shah Writers: Ratheesh Ravi, Arshad Syed
Cast: Sidhant Gupta, Sharad Kelkar, Kishore Kadam, Bhoomika Chawla, Vedika Pinto
Where to watch: OTT Release date: 22 April 2022