Operation Romeo is on moral policing menace

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Newcomers Sidhant and Vedika in Operation Romeo. Photo: Trailer Video Grab

Neeraj Pandey’s and Shital Bhatia’s Friday Filmworks along with Reliance Entertainment launched the trailer of Operation Romeo, which will hit the screen on April 22.

A Hindi adaptation of the runaway Malayalam hit Ishq: Not A Love Story, it is Friday Filmworks’ sixth film with Reliance Entertainment, following ground-breaking hits like Baby, Toilet-Ek Prem Katha, Rustom and Naam Shabana.

The film is directed by Shashant Shah, best known for Chalo Dilli. It encapsulates the apprehension and fears faced by young couples all over the country, due to the menace caused by moral policing. Coincidentally, the film is inspired by a true incident that occurred in the life of the original’s filmmaker Anuraj Manohar, and this inspired him to make a film that captured the attention of every young individual who has been a victim of moral policing.

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Hailed as an institution in Indian cinema within just 15 years, Neeraj Pandey is one of the producers of the film. He has earlier bowled the audiences over with his directorials like A Wednesday!, Special 26 and M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story along with the critically-acclaimed web series, the Special Ops franchise.

Director Shashant Shah said, “As a filmmaker, I could not have asked for a better narrative than Operation Romeo. I had the best time bringing the challenging vision alive on celluloid with the cast. I am really looking forward to its release!”

“At Friday Filmworks, we have been committed to telling good stories and delivering compelling content that cuts across geographies and audiences. Operation Romeo is a film that has a strong topicality which will resonate with majority of the young adults. This unique drama thriller based on a true event is a story that deserves to be told to all generations globally!” said Neeraj Pandey.

Producer Shital Bhatia added, “It’s always amazing to work with our long-term partner Reliance Entertainment. Through Operation Romeo we wanted to kick-start our journey of theatrical releases once again and bring to the fore an issue to which everybody can relate. I hope the work put behind it by our director Shashant Shah is loved by the audience. Our young debutants Sidhant and Vedika have delivered excellent performances along with the unparalleled Sharad Kelkar, Kishor Kadam and Bhumika Chawla. It is our strong belief that this film will resonate with the youth of India.”

Sameer Chopra, Reliance Entertainment, says, “The Hindi adaptation has been a very exciting project for all of us. It’s one of those rare films that keeps you on the edge-of-the-seat and drives home a strong message at the same time. And as always, with the creative genius of Neeraj and Shital, Operation Romeo is poised to reach great levels.”

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