Investing 40 crores plus on a solo Vivek Oberoi starrer is arguably the biggest gamble any producer could dare take. His last two solo films – Kisna (2005) and Home Delivery (2006) – were amongst the biggest disasters ever. But Prince is different, its a slick action thriller with decent music. Action films in the recent past have enjoyed success, mainly at single screens. Can Prince bring in the audience to theaters when the country is caught in the IPL fever?
Prince stars Vivek Oberoi, Nandana Sen, Aruna Shields, Neeru Singh, Sanjay Kapoor and Dalip Tahil.
Vivek Oberoi is Prince, an extraordinary thief who has committed the biggest robbery ever. Unfortunately, before he could come out of it, he wakes up having lost his memory and with a bullet wound on his arm. Prince cannot even recollect his name. Soon he comes to know about who he was working for, the name of his girlfriend – Maya. But problems arise when three girls – all with the same names Maya – claim to be his girlfriend.
There are plenty of people chasing him too, the CBI and criminals. Whom does he trust? How he battles the evil or was he evil himself? Will he be able to save himself if he recovers his lost memory? Watch Prince to find out.
What works for Prince
- The action sequences are top notch and have been choreographed (Allan Amin) and performed (Vivek Oberoi and others) very well.
- Director Kookie Gulati has successfully ensured each scene looks grand, atleast the 40 odd crores don’t seem wasted. The film has an international look to it, the VFX too is top notch.
- The cinematography is stunning. The locales the film has been shot in (South Africa) are beautifully captured.
- The first half is a good watch, the action sequences, writing and execution keep you hooked.
What doesn’t work for Prince
- The performances – especially from the leading ladies – are outright awful. The dialogues are some of the lamest ever. The repeated – Its Showtime – would get you pulling every single hair off your head.
- The post interval portions – Prince regaining his memory, the real Maya et al.. don’t work. Its the writing that is to be blamed here.
- The styling and costumes should have been better. And what’s with the overdose of leather? The hero, the ladies and the goons all wear leather throughout the film.
- Vivek Oberoi tries to do a Hrithik and manages it well. He performs the action sequences well, but lacks the charm that Roshan brought to his role in Dhoom 2. Looks a bit old in a couple of scenes, mainly due to the makeup.
- Aruna Shields sizzles and displays ample amount of skin. Amongst the girls, she is by far the best.
- Nandana Sen and Neeru Singh are ineffective.
- Isaiah is good. The rest are okay.
Overall, Prince has great action sequences, good music and awesome visuals. Its unintentionally funny at times, mainly due to the dialogues.Rating: