`Romance` - cheap version of love

If you strip down love to its cheapest form, you get this low-budget flick that starts off as a light-hearted entertainer, but eventually turns bitter due to constant use of cuss words and double meaning undertones. Attaching a genre tag to this film isn`t going to make much of a difference as its intention is to woo young audiences with the cheapest form of entertainment.

`Romance` comes from the factory of filmmaker Maruti, who kicked off a trend with low-budget flicks such as `Ee Rojullo` and `Bus Stop`, made strictly for the college-goers. His films mostly revolve around college love story, sex, betrayal and some cheap humour.

The film narrates the story of a youngster called Krishna, played by Prince, who is in search of a perfect girl, a virgin. This search leads him to Lalitha (Manasa) and Anuradha (Dimple). He tests Lalitha for sick, sadistic personal pleasure and moves on to Anuradha; however, this time there is a twist in the tale.

What happens between Anuradha and Krishna forms the crux of the story. And it`s not extremely difficult to see what`s coming, but still one has sit through till the end of the film to reach a torturous climax.

Never do you understand whether "Romance" is a film about love or relationships or casual flings. All that it manages to succeed in portraying is that women can be easily manipulated and used like a napkin whenever a man pleases to.

Director Swami has no story to narrate. His amateurish attempt to rekindle love in the name of sex, deceit and breakups makes one squirm in one`s seat. If this is his idea of a campus love story, then I pity the audiences for even making the effort to watch the film at the first place.

Prince and Dimple are decent in their performance, but they`re let down by a soulless story that reeks of a hackneyed approach. It is films like these that make promising actors like them look like those ready to star in a cheap film to earn some recognition.

It`s a B-grade candyfloss story which struggles to evoke interest even for a minute. There is some aspect of suspense maintained for few minutes, but it`s broken even before you realise that you have started to enjoy that element of anticipation.

The director serves most scenes with some amount of titillation, but the screenplay is a badly-cooked hotchpotch. The scenes are reminiscent of films such as `3G Love` and `Saradaga Ammayitho` in the second half.

`Romance` is a film you shouldn`t mind giving a miss. I`m sure you have better things to do on a weekend and I recommend you stick to them.

IANS