The Black Prince movie review: Duleep Singh is seen in the embarrassingly inadequate form of Satinder Sartaaj

The Black Prince movie review: In The Black Prince, the only thing that shows any existential confusion is the hairstyle on that boy who couldn't be king, Duleep Singh. It's longish, Sikhish, bald-ish, and then greyish, depending on the time of his life you meet Duleep.

Rating: 1 out of 5
Written by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2017 10:41 pm
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The Black Prince movie star rating: 1
The Black Prince director: Kavi Raz
The Black Prince cast: Satinder Sartaaj, Amanda Root, Shabana Azmi

Once upon a time, there was a prince of the great Kingdom of Punjab, who was taken from his mother at the age of five by the British, transported by them to distant England and converted to Christianity, who grew up feeling something was amiss, but who was now so used to the life of comfort he led, he couldn’t or wouldn’t do much about it.

Couldn’t, or wouldn’t? That makes for a great dilemma. But not in The Black Prince, where the only thing that shows any existential confusion is the hairstyle on that boy who couldn’t be king, Duleep Singh. It’s longish, Sikhish, bald-ish, and then greyish, depending on the time of his life you meet Duleep. It’s never stray-ish, though, much in the nature of this still-born, moribund film with less life than the twirl of a Bhangra move.

In the embarrassingly inadequate form of Satinder Sartaaj, Duleep looks far from the Lion of Punjab and his mother, played by Shabana Azmi (trying to give the film a brave, Punjabi kick into action), touts him to be. Not to speak of the Casanova, who bids women forth with a look from his heavy-lidded eyes. Particularly as Duleep looks at everyone like that. Including his very interesting and loyal sidekick, Arur Singh (Rup Magon). Hmmm.

Meanwhile, the film chronologically goes through the motions against the backdrop of a series of imposing mansions, from Aden in Yemen to Nashik in India to Moscow in Russia. Queen Victoria (Root) pops up now and again in ill-fitting gowns and mousey hairdos. And everyone, before dying, unfailingly and aggressively coughs.

Shabana Azmi, incidentally, once fronted a delightful film called Loins of Punjab. A kingdom can do with some.

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    Sunny
    Aug 6, 2017 at 12:09 pm
    All bull u hv written,how come a 5 year old boy be a king he didn't know anything about his past he is stolen child ,u have not seen movie just watch again and feel urself in that character.... U only criticise.... It's true story a historical movie....
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      Jas
      Jul 28, 2017 at 3:11 pm
      She doesn't seem to know the abc of Great Sikh History. Ignorant lady or trying to be ignorant
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        Karamveer Singh
        Jul 28, 2017 at 5:10 am
        The writer doesn't seem to like sikhs. # India
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          Gurjit
          Jul 27, 2017 at 11:05 pm
          Will go with IMDb rating of 7.8. Rubbish review.
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            Indian
            Jul 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm
            Such a cruel review does she knows that satinder sartaj is singer he not an actor the only reason he got this role because he resembles duleep Singh (BAD CHOICE) but the motive of the writer open the questions Does SALINI family had anything to do with 1984 Sikh genocide?.I mean Indian express is traditionally "anti Sikh.
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