Prince (2010 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kookie V Gulati|
|Produced by||Kumar S. Taurani
Ramesh S. Taurani
|Screenplay by||Rohit Jugraj|
|Story by||Rensil D'Silva|
|Editing by||Nicolas Trembasiewicz|
|Distributed by||Tips Music Films|
|Running time||139 minutes|
|Budget||INR 35 crores|
Prince is a 2010 Indian science-fiction action film directed by Kookie V Gulati, produced by Kumar S Taurani and Ramesh S Taurani, and starring Vivek Oberoi and Aruna Shields in the lead roles. It was originally titled Prince of Thieves and then Prince It's Showtime, the latter of which is still sometimes used. The music is composed by Sachin Gupta, with the lyrics penned by Sameer. The film was released on 9 April 2010.
Upon release, Prince opened slowly and was declared a flop at the box office. The film clashed at the box office with several others, including Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, as well as the Indian release of two major Hollywood films, The Hurt Locker and Clash of the Titans, and faced competition from the Indian Premier League. The film has also being two dubbed languages into Tamil and Telugu with the same title for release in South India.
Prince (Vivek Oberoi) is a sharp and intelligent burglar, but when he awakes one morning, he finds that he does not remember anything about his past. He goes to a club and meets a girl who claims to be his girlfriend Maya. The next day, he meets a second girl who claims to be his girlfriend named Maya. She also claims that they work for the police and are after a man named Sarang. She reveals that they must find a special coin and give it to Sarang, after which the cops will arrest him. This coin has a chip in it that can go into one's mind and change one's thoughts completely.
They find the coin inside Prince's shoe and give it to Sarang. Prince finds out that the second "Maya" is really a woman named Serena who works for Sarang. His servant P.K. works for Sarang along with her. The coin is revealed to be a fake. Just as Prince is trapped, the real Maya, who is in fact his girlfriend, saves him and tells him the actual story. The chip was put inside Prince so that he could work for Sarang. The two began running away. The chip made Prince's brain like a computer, so that once he woke up from sleep, he would forget everything.
Prince and Maya meet Sarang Chinea, who tells them a side effect: every morning when Prince wakes up, his brain crashes, which results in lot of pain. He can only live 6 days like that. This particular day was the last day. Prince and Maya find the coin, which can save Prince, and Serena goes after them, leading to a high-profile chase. Prince manages to keep the coin safe but faints. A mysterious car arrives, pulls him in, and flees. Shortly after, Maya gets a phone call, saying she must come to a certain location if she wants Prince alive. The caller is a friend of Prince's named Mike. It is revealed that the first Maya that Prince had met at the club, is actually named Priya. Then Maya calls the police.
Priya takes the coin and runs away with it, but Mike tells Maya that he has the real coin; the one Priya fled with is a fake. While they are fixing an unconscious Prince, Priya returns, begging to be saved, but gets shot by Sarang and his gang. Prince awakes from his deep sleep. Sarang and his gang escape, but Prince puts a tracking device on Sarang. They track him down, and Prince and Sarang engage in a brief fight. Prince ultimately gets the coin and Sarang falls off a waterfall to his death. While Prince and Maya are looking forward to a happily-ever-after, in a twist ending, Serena's eyes open, implying that she is still alive.
- Vivek Oberoi as Prince
- Aruna Shields as Maya
- Nandana Sen as Serena / Maya
- Isaiah as Sarang Sanghvi
- Sanjay Kapoor as CBI Officer Ali Khan
- Neeru Bajwa as Priya / Maya
- Dalip Tahil as Colonel Khanna
- Manish Anand as Mike
- Mohit Chauhan as Agent Roy
- Mayur Puri as P.K. (Prince's Servant)
- Rajesh Khattar as Sherry
- Amit Behl as Tony (Bartender)
- Dhiraj Regmi as C.I.D. Officer Kai
Prince released in India to low expectations. In its opening weekend, the film netted about INR 110 million (Rs. 11 crores). It did well in few places and moderately at places primarily having single screens. Overall, the performance at the single screens (70–75%) was far better than its performance in the multiplexes (50–60%) – a trend followed by other major releases of 2010 except My Name Is Khan. Prince performed better at the box office than Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai, the latter earning only INR 22.5 million in its first weekend. At the end of the first week, the film earned INR 151.3 million, with the first weekend contributing over 70% of the revenue.
Prince dropped nearly 80% in its second week and was declared a flop by the box office India.
Overseas, Prince performed badly at countries such as the US, UK and Australia. In comparison to overseas blockbusters such as My Name Is Khan and 3 Idiots, Prince performed poorly and is unlikely to gross much money from overseas markets. It got limited screening in USA and UK and was declared a hit.
Prince opened in the US in 54 screens and fetched US$ 89,047 in its opening weekend; it debuted at #36 at the US box office. The two overseas blockbusters, My Name Is Khan and 3 Idiots, opened to around US$2,000,000 and ended their runs at approximately US$4,000,000 and US$6,000,000 respectively.
Prince debuted in the UK in 45 theaters.
The film received mostly negative reviews from critics. Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama rated it 3 out of 5 saying "Prince has all merits to strike a chord with the youth", praising Vivek Oberoi's 'bravura' performance, the film's 'Hollywood style' look and action sequences, as well as the music. Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India gave 3 out of 5 saying, "once you are willing to let go off your beliefs and logic – like you really can’t jump off a cliff on your bike and remain unscratched – you would like the film."
Ankit Ojha from Planet Bollywood rated the movie 8 stars out of 10, stating that it "has the global appeal of a slick action-thriller flick, and yet entices the Bollywood audience with its paisa-vasool experience". He gave a thumbs-up to Vivek Oberoi's performance, stating that, "Prince has literally put Vivek Oberoi on a completely new level. Never at once does he look uncomfortable doing any scene; he looks completely at ease throughout this. Whether it’s the stunts, the intimate scenes or the cool attitude, he doesn’t play the character here; he literally ‘is’ the character." He praised the movie and found it technically stoid, having a good screenplay by writer Shiraz Ahmed and an equally "gripping" execution by director Kookie Gulati.
On the other hand, Omar Qureshi of Zoom rated Prince 2.5 out of 5 saying, "The film is over the top and unrealistic." Indiatimes.com rated it 2 out of 5 stars saying, "The film has taken the audience for granted, which shows us gadgets hard to believe and futuristic and that such futuristic shows should be limited to Hollywood.". Subhash K. Jha gave 2 out of 5 stars, and said, "Prince wears its super-cool shirt with the slogan ‘Come Watch Me’ with a little bit too much aggression. But if you love popcorn crunching adventure stories watch Vivek Oberoi play the hero from the hemisphere of hijinks." He praised Oberoi's acting and the action sequences, saying that "To his credit Oberoi carries off the ceaseless stint with the stunt with arresting aplomb[...]The expertly-executed stunts frequently see our hero jumping down high-rise buildings in breathtaking leaps of fate, with the camera pulling back in respectful awe."
According to Channel V, the film wears a bad look, has little good locations, but is 'nil' on the acting quotient. In their opinion, none of the heroines delivered performances worth even a mention. On the other hand, they did say that Vivek Oberoi delivered a good performance. They also said that the action is beyond belief and is unreal.
The original songs of Prince are composed by Sachin Gupta and background score by Sandeep Shirodkar. The lyrics are penned by Sameer. The audio comprises six original songs, one instrumental and nine types of remixes by DJ Suketu featuring Aks. The songs "O Mere Khuda," "Tere Liye" and "Kaun Hoon Main" were most popular in the soundtrack, "Tere Liye" being the most popular out of the three.
"Tere Liye" appears in as many as four versions in the soundtrack. The last (the unplugged version) is sung by the composer Sachin Gupta. However, the film version (5th version) of "Tere Liye" is not available on the soundtrack
Ankit Ojha of Planet Bollywood, stated in his music review, that "this album is destined to remain on the charts for a very long time, just like Tips’ last musical hit Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani did." He rated the music 8 stars out of 10.
|1.||"O Mere Khuda"||Atif Aslam, Garima Jhingoon|
|2.||"Tere Liye"||Atif Aslam, Shreya Ghoshal|
|3.||"Kaun Hoon Main"||Atif Aslam|
|4.||"Aa Bhi Ja Sanam"||Atif Aslam|
|5.||"Jiyara Jiyara"||Alisha Chinoy, Hard Kaur|
|6.||"Ishq Mein"||Monali Thakur|
|7.||"Tere Liye" (Unplugged)||Sachin Gupta|
|8.||"Tere Liye" (Dance Remix)||Atif Aslam, Shreya Ghoshal|
|9.||"Tere Liye" (Hip-Hop Remix)||Atif Aslam, Shreya Ghoshal|
|10.||"Aa Bhi Ja Sanam" (Dance Mix)||Atif Aslam|
|11.||"Kaun Hoon Main" (Dance Mix)||Atif Aslam|
|12.||"Kaun Hoon Main" (Lounge Mix)||Atif Aslam|
|13.||"O Mere Khuda" (Dance Mix)||Atif Aslam, Garima Jhingoon|
|14.||"Jiyara Jiyara" (Bhangra remix)||Alisha Chinoy, Hard Kaur|
|15.||"Prince Theme" (Mega Mix)||Atif Aslam, Shreya Ghoshal, Alisha Chinoy, Garima Jhingoon, Monali Thakur|
|16.||"Prince Theme" (Instrumental)|
In December 2010 the director Kookie V Gulati confirmed that there will be Prince 2. Vivek is busy with his other projects as soon as he is done with his other projects we will start the sequel as soon as possible." The runaway success of Prince has surprised even Vivek Oberoi. Director Kookie Gulati, who is mighty pleased that his labor has borne fruit has got approval by Ramesh Taurani, producer of Tips to go ahead with Prince 2. In Prince 2, Vivek Oberoi will have big mainstream heroines and names like Bipasha Basu, Lara Dutta and Sushmita Sen are being thrown. Possibly, Nandana Sen will be there in the sequel because her character was shown alive in the very last minute.
Though Prince has been appreciated for its style and action, the fact that it has a very thin script did not make it endearing to people who look for substance. Kookie says that he will definitely come with better content for Prince 2. A person from the project of Prince says, “When we approached the top leading ladies they all either said a straight no nor or begged off with the date excuse. They had no faith in the project. More importantly no top leading lady wanted to work with Vivek. On the day after Prince opened Vivek began to receive congratulatory SMS's from some of the leading ladies who had declined to work with him in Prince."
Vivek Oberoi confirms this point as well, "I wouldn't like to dwell on the past. All is good now. And I'd just like to concentrate on the positive things. Yes, we are making a sequel. In fact when we put in a suggestion of it in the first film we had finally decided to edit it out because it was vain at that point of time to think audiences would like our film enough to see a sequel." However, the sequel is titled as Prince II The Showtime Strikes Back and is slated to release in the beginning of 2014.
- "Official Site of Prince"
- "Box Office Report for the Week - 30 Apr 2010". Planetbollywood.com. Retrieved 30 April 2010.
- Ojha, Ankit. "Prince: Movie review". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
- Box office Report
- "Box Office Report for the Week - 30 Apr 2010". Planet Bollywood. Retrieved 4 July 2010.
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