Mr. Romeo

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Mr. Romeo
Album-mrromeo-cover.jpg
Film poster
Directed by K. S. Ravi
Produced by
Written by
Screenplay by K. S. Ravi
Story by K. S. Ravi
Starring
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography V. Manikandan
Edited by B. Ramesh
Production
  company
Super Good Films
Distributed by Super Good Films
Release date(s)
  • 10 November 1996 (1996-11-10)
Running time 162 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

Mr. Romeo is a 1996 Tamil language film directed by K. S. Ravi and produced by R. B. Choudary. The film starred Prabhu Deva in a double role with Shilpa Shetty and Madhoo playing other leading roles. Surendra Pal, Vadivelu and Vijayakumar play supporting roles, while A. R. Rahman scored music for the film.[1] The film opened in November 1996 to moderate response at the box office.

Plot[edit]

Romeo lives a privileged life as a celebrity with his widowed mother, in Bangalore, India. He receives considerable assistance and encouragement from Raj Mohan to dance and sing. He meets and is attracted to Madhoo, who is also his fan. His mother meets with Madhoo's grandfather and both arrange their wedding. Then Romeo finds out that Raj Mohan has been stealing body parts, especially kidneys, from patients in the Satya Moorthy Hospital, and then getting them killed via bus accidents. He meets with Raj and warns him that he is going to expose him publicly. Before he could that Romeo is shot, taken by ambulance, and thrown off of a cliff. His friend, Prakash, takes the blame; he is arrested, tried in Court, found guilty, and sentenced to life imprisonment. But Romeo survives, is looked after by tribal people, and several months later returns to Bangalore to expose Raj - only to find a look-alike, a Chandaal (Hindu Undertaker) named Madras, from Bombay, has taken over his life, identity, love, and is residing in his very own home!

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Prabhu Deva signed the film after securing a blockbuster with Shankar's Kaadhalan (1994) and demanded INR60 lakh (US$100,000) for his work in the film. North Indian actress Shilpa Shetty was roped in to star in her first Tamil film, while Madhoo, who appeared in Mani Ratnam's Roja and Shankar's Gentleman was signed on to play second lead. The producer of the film asked the director, K. S. Ravi to be credited simply as Ravi in the film, to avoid confusion with another director K. S. Ravikumar.[2]

Release[edit]

The film opened in November 1996 and failed to meet the expectations at the box office, becoming Prabhu Deva's second consecutive average after Love Birds.[3][4]

A.R. Rahman played a role in recommending the director K. S. Ravi to work in En Swasa Katre, a production of Rahman's acquaintances. Mr. Romeo was also belatedly dubbed and released in Telugu and Hindi under the same title.[5]

Soundtrack[edit]

Mr. Romeo
Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman
Released 1996
Recorded Panchathan Record Inn
Genre Soundtrack
Label Pyramid
Producer A. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Fire
(1996)
Mr. Romeo
(1996)
Anthimanthaarai
(1996)

The music is scored by A. R. Rahman for the lyrics penned by Vairamuthu and Vaali and the soundtrack was distributed by Pyramid AV International. The lyrics for the Hindi version was penned by P. K. Mishra. The lyrics for the Telugu version was penned by Bhuvanachandra and Vennalakanti

Original Version
Track# Song Artist(s)
1 "Romeo Aatam Potal" Hariharan, Udit Narayan
2 "Yar Adhu?" Noel James, Anto, Srinivas, Chandran
3 "Mel Isaiyae" Swarnalatha, Unni Menon, Srinivas, Sujatha
4 "Thaneerai Kaadhalikum" Sangeetha Sajith
5 "Muthu Muthu Mazhai" Ila Arun, Chorus
6 "Mona Lisa" Malaysia Vasudevan, Nagoor Mohammad Ali
Hindi Version (Mr. Romeo)
Track# Song Artist(s)
1 "Romeo Teri Kismat" Hariharan, Udit Narayan
2 "Paas Aaja Baalam" Ila Arun, Chorus
3 "Kaun Hai Yeh Apsara" Noel James, Anto, Srinivas, Chandran
4 "Mona Lisa" Sonu Nigam, Raqueeb Alam
5 "Machli Paani Bina" Kavita Krishnamurthy
6 "Mil Hi Gayi" Swarnalatha, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sadhana Sargam
Telugu Version (Mr. Romeo)
Track# Song Artist(s)
1 "Romeo Natyam Chesthe" Hariharan, Udit Narayan
2 "Mallikale Naa Aashala" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha, Sujatha
3 "Evaradhi Evaradhi" Noel James, Anto, Srinivas, Chandran
4 "Mona Lisa" Malaysia Vasudevan, Vandemataram Srinivas
5 "Egireti Aashalen Dhole" Sangeetha Sajith
6 "Arere Rang Dhole" Ila Arun, Chorus

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