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Prince

Prince comes off as a retrofitted Hollywood actioner in Hindi : remember the Bond movies of yore? At one point,the chief baddie thunders : “ mujhe who zinda chahiye”.

Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi |
April 9, 2010 4:21:39 pm

Cast: Vivek Oberoi,Aruna Shields,Nandana Deb Sen,Neeru Singh,Sanjay Kapoor,Dalip Tahil

Director: Kookie V Gulati

Rating: *

The only thing a film like this is not allowed to do is to bore you. ‘Prince’ does it in spades,because it comes off as a retrofitted Hollywood actioner in Hindi : remember the Bond movies of yore? At one point,the chief baddie thunders : “ mujhe who zinda chahiye”.

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It has a high-tech thief decked out in tight leather,three females in very few clothes,an army of guys with guns,the bad guys in black trench coats,the cops always arriving last. It’s the kind of film that used to get made at a time when villains reveled in metal fingers,and the good guys got to use every trick in the book to bring them to book. The only contemporary thing,sort of,is Nandana Deb Sen’s tattoos,which snake around her neck,vanishing into her ample chest.

The thief aka Prince ( Oberoi) swings from one set of guys with guns to another,chasing a precious coin which is actually a magical microchip,which has the power of changing the world. For company,he has a trio of women who have all clearly been trained in kicking and punching and shooting. And gyrating,when the need arises.

The best part of the film is the spectacular outdoors that we get to see when Prince is diving off roofs,and dropping off steep heights. The action just about passes muster,but there’s nothing pulse-quickening about it,and it’s all same old same old.

The rest is a waste of the scenery.

shubhra.gupta@expressindia.com

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