|Directed by||K. S. Ravi|
|Screenplay by||K. S. Ravi|
|Story by||B. Ramesh|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Edited by||B. Ramesh|
|Distributed by||Super Good Films|
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. The film opened in November 1996 to moderate response at the box office. This story was heavily referenced in the Hit Hrithik Roshan Debut, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, but they were never given the credit for it.
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 organs, 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 reveal their activities Romeo is shot, taken 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,who is also his long lost twin (Hindu Undertaker) named Madras, from Bombay, has taken over his life, identity, love, and is residing in his very own home!
- Prabhu Deva as Madras and Romeo
- Madhoo as Madhoo
- Shilpa Shetty as Shilpa
- Vadivelu as Vavval
- Vijayakumar as DGP Vijayakumar
- Surendra Pal as Sathyamoorthy
- Venniradai Moorthy as Madhu's grandfather
- Delhi Ganesh as Romeo's father
- Madhan Bob as Sabapathy
- Mohan Ram
- Crazy Mohan
- Uday Prakash
Prabhu Deva signed the film after securing a blockbuster with Shankar's Kaadhalan (1994) and demanded ₹60 lakh (US$89,000) 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. Mitchell camera weighed 50 kg was used for all the "double action" shots.
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.
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Producer||A. R. Rahman|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
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. The Music and the Choreography in the film achieved a cult status and soon became very big hits. A lot of songs from the movie are very famous and still regularly played today.
- Original Version
|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)
|1||"Romeo Teri Kismat"||Hariharan, Udit Narayan|
|2||"Paas Aaja Baalam"||Lata Mangeshkar, 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)
|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"||Lata Mangeshkar, Chorus|
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