The Prince (1996 film)

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The Prince
The Prince.gif
Directed by Suresh Krishna
Written by Suresh Krishna
T. A. Razzaq (dialogues)
Screenplay by Suresh Krishna
Starring Mohanlal
Girish Karnad
Prakash Raj
Nizhalgal Ravi
Oduvil Unnikrishnan
Spadikam George
Jagannatha Varma
Music by Deva
Distributed by Casino Pictures
Release date
  • 27 August 1996 (1996-08-27)
Country India
Language Malayalam

The Prince is a 1996 Malayalam film starring Mohanlal. It was Tamil director Suresh Krishna's debut in the Malayalam industry and his next venture after the Tamil blockbuster Baasha. The music was scored by Deva.


It was a story of the other side of a Mafia family. Jeeva (Mohanlal), son of a Don Vishwanath (Girish Karnad), falls in love with Swarna, daughter of a famous Carnatic singer. He hides the truth of his family background from her to win her love. But then one fine day she comes to know and shocked beyond disbelief, uses silence as her weapon to bring him to confess his situation. How Jeeva goes through trials and tribulations of saving his love on one side and law of the mafia on the other side forms the theme of the film. Prakash Raj plays the role of the villain.

Release and reception[edit]

The film was released on 27 August 1996. Prince was released with high expectations among fans, considering the director's previous release Baasha, but it performed poorly at the box office. About the miserable failure of the film, director says: "Mohan Lal is a superstar in Kerala but not for his heroics or the other attributes associated with a Tamil or Telugu superstar. Maybe it was an error of judgement on my part. Even the producer did not find anything wrong with the gimmicks. But the people didn’t appreciate them. Rajni (Rajinikanth) liked the film very much. Lal's change of voice also seemed to backfire. People thought someone else had dubbed for him. After a throat surgery, his voice had undergone a change. Eventually, he had to issue a statement that it was his own voice. It was like what had happened to Amitabh Bachchan in Agneepath."[1]



The soundtrack consists of six songs composed by Deva, with lyrics penned by Girish Puthenchery.

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 "Jum Thaka Jum Thaka" M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra
2 "Shyamayam Radhike" K. S. Chithra, Mohanlal
3 "Kannil Kannil Kannaadi" M. G. Sreekumar, K.S. Chithra
4 "Cholakkilikal" K. S. Chithra
5 "Nanda Nandana" K. S. Chithra
6 "Thannana Thannana" M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra
7 "Prince Theme" Chorus


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