Mr. Romeo

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Mr. Romeo
Album-mrromeo-cover.jpg
Film poster
Directed byK. S. Ravi
Produced byR. B. Choudary
Written byCrazy Mohan (dialogues)
Screenplay byK. S. Ravi
Story byB. Ramesh
Starring
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyV. Manikandan
Edited byB. Ramesh
Production
company
Distributed bySuper Good Films
Release date
10 November 1996
Running time
162 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Mr. Romeo is a 1996 Indian Tamil-language action comedy film directed by K. S. Ravi and produced by R. B. Choudary. The film features Prabhu Deva in a double role with Shilpa Shetty and Madhoo playing other leading roles, with Surendra Pal, Vadivelu and Vijayakumar playing supporting roles. A. R. Rahman scored music for the film.[1] The film was released on 10 November 1996. The film was also dubbed in Telugu and Hindi under the same name.

Plot[edit]

In Bangalore, Romeo lives a privileged life as a celebrity with his widowed mother. He receives considerable assistance and encouragement from Sathyamoorthy 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 Sathyamoorthy has been stealing body organ from patients in the Sathyamoorthy Hospital, and then stages their deaths via bus accidents. He meets with Sathyamoorthy and warns him that he is going to expose him publicly. Before he could reveal their activities Romeo is shot and thrown off of a cliff. His friend Prakash is framed for his murder and is sentenced to life imprisonment. In Dharavi, Prakash's sister Shilpa comes across Madras a poor funeral dancer who is a lookalike of Romeo and convinces him to impersonate Romeo to clear her brother's name as well as to find the real perpetrator of the crime.

After getting thrown off the cliff, Romeo is taken in by tribals living in the hills and manages to survive. Upon finding Madras impersonating him, Romeo realises that Madras is his twin brother long presumed dead, using this to his advantage he starts taking revenge on Sathyamoorthy. Meanwhile, Madras and Shilpa fall in love with each other. Sathyamoorthy Madras and Romeo eventually expose Sathyamoorthy's illegal activities to the public and Sathyamoorthy is sent to jail.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Prabhu Deva signed the film after securing a blockbuster with Shankar's Kaadhalan (1994) and demanded 60 lakh (US$84,000) 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] Mitchell camera weighed 50 kg was used for all the "double action" shots.[3]

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.[4][5]

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.[6]

Soundtrack[edit]

Mr. Romeo
Soundtrack album by
Released1996
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreSoundtrack
LabelPyramid
Aditya Music
ProducerA. 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) Length Lyrics
1 "Romeo Aatam Potal" Hariharan, Udit Narayan 5:25 Vaali
2 "Yar Adhu?" Noel James, Anto, Srinivas, Chandran 3:49
3 "Mel Isaiyae" Swarnalatha, Unni Menon, Srinivas, Sujatha Mohan 5:40 Vairamuthu
4 "Thaneerai Kaadhalikum" Sangeetha, Sajith 3:42
5 "Muthu Muthu Mazhai" Ila Arun, Chorus 6:21 Vaali
6 "Mona Lisa" Malaysia Vasudevan, Nagoor Mohammad Ali 5:58
Hindi Version (Mr. Romeo)
Track# Song Artist(s) Length
1 "Romeo Teri Kismat" Hariharan, Udit Narayan 5:25
2 "Kaun Hai Yeh Apsara" Noel James, Anto, Srinivas, Chandran 3:49
3 "Mil Hi Gaye" Swarnalatha, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Sadhana Sargam 5:40
4 "Machli Paani Bina" Kavita Krishnamurthy 3:42
5 "Paas Aaja Baalam" Ila Arun, Chorus 6:21
6 "Mona Lisa" Sonu Nigam, Raqeeb Alam 5:58
Telugu Version (Mr. Romeo)
Track# Song Artist(s) Length
1 "Romeo Natyam Chesthe" Hariharan, Udit Narayan 5:25
2 "Evaradhi Evaradhi" Noel James, Anto, Srinivas, Chandran 3:49
3 "Mallikale Naa Aashala" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha, Sujatha Mohan 5:40
4 "Egireti Aashalen Dhole" Sangeetha, Sajith 3:42
5 "Arere Rang Dhole" Ila Arun, Chorus 6:21
6 "Mona Lisa" Malaysia Vasudevan, Vandemataram Srinivas 5:58

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cinesouth.com/cgi-bin/filmography/newfilmdb.cgi?name=mr.%20romeo
  2. ^ "Tamil Movie News--Tamil New Year edition - Google Groups". Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/bidding-adieu-to-celluloid/article6308471.ece
  4. ^ "New Straits Times - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  5. ^ "Not a good year - The Hindu". Archived from the original on 22 March 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  6. ^ "Rediff On The NeT: Transcript of the A R Rahman Chat". m.rediff.com. Retrieved 20 July 2014.

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