If you have ever heard anything about the apparently uncelebrated Mr. Romeo (1974), it's probably that R. D. Burman's soundtrack is super fly. Exhibit A:
|Scientific proof that no man looks good with bare legs and black socks.|
|His mother (Achala Sachdev) feeds him grapes while he rests his head in her lap. He is a university graduate. Indian mama's boys will be the death of me.|
But oh what superficials they are. While neither Shashi's initial personality nor his romance is handled as well as it could be, their telling gives us so many treasures, like this scarf, which is so froo-froo it seems to have come from another century,
|Shashi: I am so suave that you've already fainted.|
Rinku: I am....Little Orphan Annie?
|No Big Birds were harmed in the making of this film.|
|Will this be the closest I ever get to Shashi Kapoor and Paul McCartney in the same film?|
If you don't need to see more pictures of prime vintage Shashi Kapoor, you may safely consider this post over. In fact, that criterion applies to the whole film: there is no real reason to watch Mr. Romeo unless you are a Shashi or Ranjeet completist. For those of us who fit the former description, it serves up moments of wild over-acting, good songs, and frequently incredible hair. Here are a few more completely gratuitous pictures to prove it. Mwah!