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By Subhash K. Jha, April 17, 2010 – 11:39 IST
Lara Dutta, Bipasha Basu, Sushmita Sen…These are the names that would be offered the lead parts in the sequel to Prince which is all set to go on the floors early next year. Kookie Gulati, the young director of Prince is in a daze. He just can’t believe the opening that his film Prince has received. And before he could even begin to let the whole idea of a potential hit sink in, he’s all set to create a sequel to Prince.
Confirming this, Gulati says, “We had left the ending open, suggesting there might be more to the plot than what we had just seen. But there was just a hint of a fear. What if Prince fell flat on its face? What would people say about even suggesting a sequel?” Luckily the response to the film has been overwhelming. Kookie who had never directed a feature film before, has locked the plot. “I have an idea for the sequel which I’ll now develop. Since it’s the plot that has worked in Prince we’ve to make sure the sequel is even stronger in terms of content.”
While Vivek Oberoi will of course play the title role in the sequel the rest of the cast specially the leading ladies will all change.
Says a source close to the Prince project, “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 laughs . “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.”
Adds Kookie Gulati, “It’s been a three-year uphill climb for me and Vivek. I was making music videos for the Tauranis’ Tips. It took me a great deal of effort to convince them that I could pull off a feature film. During the last three years I have had no time to do anything else but the film. My 3-year old son thinks I’m a stranger in the house. I’m much better prepared for the sequel. I’m more confident now.”
Producer Kumar Taurani also confirms plans for the sequel.
It’s always a pleasure to watch sleek action thrillers equipped with watertight scripts. Unfortunately, Bollywood rarely comes up with such films and when it does, the film fails to captivate. Race was last such film in this genre which turned out to be fabulous. Now its makers (Tips) are back with Prince and fortunately, it’s not an all-style-no-substance kinda film! The film is stylish, sexy but at the same time has powerful execution and plot which’ll grip you from the very start and till the finish! A must watch, in short!
The story of the movie: Prince (Vivek Oberoi) is one of the savviest thieves in the world. Making the utmost use of his intelligence and technology, he can break into the most safest and secured systems and commit daring robberies. After committing one such grand heist in Durban, he suddenly finds himself not remembering anything at all. He has a gunshot wound on his arm. The CBI, The IGRIP and the villainous Sarang (Isaiah) are behind him and are asking him about some coin which he has robbed. However, he doesn’t remember where he has hidden it. And moreover, he meets 3 hotties (Neeru Singh, Nandana Sen, Aruna Shields) in 3 days, all of them claiming to be his girlfriend Maya! And finally he finds the deadly secret-he hardly has 6 days to live! To find out how Prince finds the truth and puts all the jigsaw puzzles back in place, watch the movie!
Prince sets the mood wonderfully from the first scene itself. Prince robbing the diamonds was a fabulous scene. It might remind you of Hrithik Roshan’s beginning act of Dhoom:2 but you won’t complain. The scene here is novel and no sooner you get absorbed into the world of Prince!
The film reaches another level when Prince finds he doesn’t remember anything. How he goes around, looking for clues and finding answers is a treat to watch. The ‘Mayajaal’ created by 3 Mayas complicates things but yet it’s interesting! The intermission point was awesome to say the least! The film continues with the awesomeness in the 2nd half too. However, questions might be raised here as to ‘ye kaise kiya’ at many places. However, still the film is a winner and one of the chief reasons is the unpredictability of the script. You’ll never know what will happen next or who the real Maya is. And there are some solid twists-n-turns especially in the 1st half, just like Race! All in all, the film is just fabulous in all respects!
The film belongs to Vivek Oberoi. He is in complete form and gives a bravura performance! This wasn’t an easy role and he gets it right in each and every scene, especially in the dramatic ones. Great to see Vivek in biggies like Kurbaan and Prince. Keep rocking and may you shine even more!
Nandana Sen looked chic with the tattoos all over her body. Aruna Shields was the best among all the 3 girls not only because of her role length but also because she leaves a mark with her great performance. Neeru Singh didn’t have much to do.
Isaiah, the baddie, looked every inch like a villain. Splendid debut! Sanjay Kapoor might remind you of Anil Kapoor in Race. Nevertheless, he was perfect and after Luck By Chance, here is another indication-he deserves to be seen more! Dalip Tahil was alright. Dialogue Mayur Puri is also there in the film and acts well. Rajesh Khattar is there only for one scene. Others do well.
Sachin Gupta, the music director, does a great job in his first film itself. Songs were awesome, especially O Mere Khuda and Tere Liye. Sandeep Shirodkar’s background score was brilliant and enhances the impact in many scenes. Vishnu Rao’s cinematography was flawless and stylishly captures the locales of South Africa. Allan Amin’s action like everytime was a treat. The film required high-profile and sleek action stunts and Allan once again gets it right. Resul Pookutty’s sound design was damn effective. Visual effects were so true to life!
Mayur Puri does a much better job as the dialogue writer this time than his last offing, Blue. Shiraz Ahmed (story and screenplay) who won acclaim with Race will surely get appreciation this time too. He thought of a brilliant plot and did total justice to it and didn’t go off-track at a single place. Same with his screenplay!
As for Kookie V Gulati, the director, hats off! Prince was a difficult film and Kookie with his debut managed to do such a great job is worth appreciating. Also he nicely executed the entire memory extraction sequence which was an important element of the script. In some difficult scenes, he did disappoint but it was a minor flaw and hopefully, Kookie will come up with such great films in future too!
And finally, Kumar Taurani the producer deserves a pat. He saw to it that the film got enough exposure by aggressively and smartly promoting it and it has indeed paid off. Kookie was right…the real hero of Prince is Taurani!
Some of the best scenes:
1. The diamond robbery
2. Prince inside IGRIP HQ
3. Prince with Maya No.2
4. Prince’s confrontation with Sarang and intermission point
5. The flashback
6. Solving the ‘Gandhi’ puzzle
7. The last 20 minutes
8. The songs O Mere Khuda, Mein Kaun Hoon and Tere Liye
On the whole, Prince is a superb action thriller. With such a tight and unpredictable script and Vivek Oberoi’s stupendous performance, the film will surely impress you! Go for it!
My rating-**** out of 5!
- By Taran Adarsh, April 9, 2010 – 16:32 IST
I’ve always said, box-office is most unpredictable and that’s the beauty of this business. The industry was confident that Kumar Taurani’s PRINCE, starring Vivek Oberoi and directed by debutante Kookie Gulati, would embark on a thanda start at the ticket window, but its excellent start caught the industry completely unaware. The opening shows were in 50% to 70% range and at places, even better [packed to capacity].
After MY NAME IS KHAN, not a single film had registered a bountiful start at the ticket window. But Kumar Taurani’s superb promotional strategy and Vivek Oberoi’s perseverance seem to have paid off.
The second release, JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI, had a tepid start. However, the reports are decent and the film should gather momentum from Friday evening onwards.
Vivek Oberoi’s action thriller will leave you wanting more, say its makers
SHARIN WADER BUTANI Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; April 9, 2010)
Picture this: A very savvy thief, who, having successfully executed the biggest heist in the world, loses his memory, and now cannot remember what he stole, where he hid it and why! And as if this wasn’t enough, he has only six days to live unless he solves the mystery of his own existence! That’s how interesting the plot of Prince is, but then again, nothing less than an edge-of-the-seat thriller is expected from Tips Films, the makers of Race and Soldier. “If Race kept you guessing till the end, Prince will keep you on the edge of your seat till the last shot,” promises Kumar Taurani, the producer of the film and MD of Tips Industries. That’s not all, there’s a twist in the story too. Prince, played by Vivek Oberoi, discovers that he has a sweetheart called Maya, but doesn’t recollect who she is. So it’s not easy when three exciting and dangerous ladies present themselves to him and each declares to him that she is, in fact his love, Maya!
“With Prince we wanted to create a big action brand in India,” says Taurani. And for that, it was extremely crucial for him to get the right team. So there’s Shiraj Ahmed (writer of Race), Allan Amin (action master of Dhoom 2 and Race), Resul Pookutty (Oscarwinning sound designer), Nicolas Trembasiewicz (editor of Transporter), Sameer (lyricist) and Narendra Kumar Ahmed (costume stylist). Then there’s fresh talent like Kookie V Gulati (debutant director), Vishnu Rao (cinematographer), Sachin Gupta (music composer) and Sandeep Shirodkar (background composer). With Prince opening in theaters today, one thing the audience will be wondering till the end of the film is whether Vivek will be able to save himself and the world at large, says Taurani.
PRINCE V/S JKSAH!
I am waiting for Prince since a long time chiefly because of Vivek Oberoi, an actor whom I really appreciate a lot. I was also the one who was invited for promo launch of the film which took place way back in November. The producers of the film, Tips, had their flick Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani releasing just 4 days later and we were tempted with the offer of getting free audio CDs of it if we attend! Assuming that the star cast of the film and many journalists and media persons will be present, I went for it. Also just a week before this, 3 Idiots promo launch had happened which was star studded and I expected something similar here too!
I reached at the scheduled time with a friend at Pixion Studios (Bandra, Mumbai). The only known face there was of producer Kumar Taurani. Star cast was missing and even the media guys due to some reason skipped the event! Then I realized that only aam aadmis were invited! We were taken in a small preview theatre and shown the promo. Then we were given a questionnaire as to what we liked or disliked the promo. A guy then approached and video shot our reactions (CHECK THE CLIP HERE! I m the 2nd guy, the one with specks!). That’s it! We then left. No one got Ajab Prem CDs as promised; the only thing provided was water!
But still it was a great experience. The promo was rocking and the preview audi had awesome reclining seats, very superior picture quality and sound system which no multiplex offers! In fact, the critics also get to see films in such preview theatres. I had always heard about it and was longing to experience it and finally my wish got fulfilled!
So from that day my excitement for Prince increased manifold. Songs are awesome; the film looks technically brilliant and the 3 sexy sirens in the film wonderfully enhance the glamour quotient and have also increased hype. However, what goes heavily against the film is its very high cost (40 cr or 55?). Vivek is not that bankable actor to get audience throng to nearest theatres to watch his film. Besides, nowadays, even multi-starrers and biggies are finding it difficult to cross 35/40 crores. How will Tauranis recover this huge amount beats me. And if the film gets negative reports and public gives it a thumbs down, Prince will be disaster!
Nevetheless, my best wishes to Prince team including Vivek Oberoi! Chak de phatte!
The second release is Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (JKSAH) starring the cute Aladin pair, Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez. It’s an out and out romcom and has generated moderate excitement among people. It should attract some section of audiences in its opening weekend and its prospect will then depend on the response that it gets. The highpoint of the film would be special appearances by Farah Khan, Akshay Kumar, Boman Irani and Priyanka Chopra!
It’s difficult to predict which film will get a better opening, although Prince might have an upper hand. Which film are you interested in? Do let me know!
APARNA SEN’S DELAYED FILM TO RELEASE TOMORROW
After wowing one and all with 15 Park Avenue, director Aparna Sen is back with The Japanese Wife (TJW) that is releasing tomorrow. Starring Rahul Bose, Raima Sen and Japanese actor Chigasu Takaku, TJW was shot long back and was in cans since a long time. The premise of the film is interesting-it’s a story about a man and woman who haven’t met each other ever but get married through letters and remain faithful to each other despite not even seen each other’s face! Unfortunately, like all recent releases, the film is arriving sans promotion. Hence, the film will be a commercial disaster although it might earns accoloades from critics. Sad enough!
By Taran Adarsh, April 6, 2010 – 08:52 IST
At a time when most actors believe in multi-hero films, Vivek Oberoi has had the courage to accept PRINCE, a film that’s riding on his shoulders. It’s a risky situation. If PRINCE works, Vivek would be the new Prince of Bollywood. God forbid, if it doesn’t, it would affect Vivek’s standing in the industry.
“That’s true,” PRINCE producer Kumar Taurani admits it’s a big gamble, but the veteran film-maker is extremely confident that PRINCE would strike a chord. Says Taurani, “Vivek is an extremely hard-working actor and people will see a new Vivek in PRINCE. He was co-operation personified all through the making of the film. And when I look back, I think Vivek was the right choice for the role.”
The film is made on a massive budget of Rs 40 crores. Taurani has left no stone unturned to give his best to PRINCE. Besides being aggressive on the promotional front, Taurani is also giving the film the best possible release – approx. 1200 screens. “The distributors have indicated that there’s tremendous excitement for the film and hence, they’ve decided to give it a wide release. They feel PRINCE has the potential to strike it big, hence the extensive screens,” Taurani reveals.
Be it a rom-com like Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani or a thriller like Race, Tips has always produced movies that have great music. Kumar Taurani, who’s very particular about the music that reaches the audience, wanted nothing but the best for his ambitious project Prince. “Tips has always been associated with popular music, and with every new release the pressure to give chartbusters only increases. But we make sure that we stay with the times and hence have been able to feel the pulse of current generation.” explains Taurani, MD, Tips Industries and producer of the movie. The music of Prince needed to be in sync with the theme of the film and its characters. The song O mere khuda sets the pace for what to expect from the film, which is followed by the second track Tere liye. While O mere khuda establishes the larger-than-life palette of the film, Tere liye is about romance. The music has been scored by Sachin Gupta. He says, “I am indebted to Kumar Sir for giving me a break. I always knew that the music for a movie produced by Tips Films will get the highest exposure but what I’m witnessing right now is unthinkable for a newcomer. I’m too overwhelmed to react to the success of the film’s music.”
BOMBAY TIMES (April 5, 2010)
Action babes turn on the heat as each of them claim to be the real Maya in this action thriller
DEEPALI DHINGRA Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 31, 2010)
When Tata Young sang Sexy Naughty Bitchy Me, she could have been referring to the three gorgeous babes in Tips Films’ Prince. Just like 007 is never far from his Bond girls and Charlie keeps his Angels close to him, Vivek Oberoi in Prince enjoys the company of the sultry Neeru Singh, British Indian hottie Aruna Shields and the seductive Nandana Sen. These actresses sure turn up the heat as they try and seduce Vivek in their own charming and sometimes, sly ways! As you can see, the film might be an action thriller but it’s not without its share of fullon glamour!
Interestingly, all three girls call themselves Maya in the film and Vivek’s character has a hard time remembering who the real Maya is. Speaking about the tantalising trio, producer Kumar Taurani says, “All three girls claim to be Maya, Prince’s girlfriend, but since he’s lost his memory, he needs to find out who the real Maya is.” Maya, he adds, is very sexy and stylised because Vivek is playing a stylised thief. “His girlfriend has to match him,” he adds.
But if you thought it’s only Vivek who gets to take part in some high-adrenaline think again. The gals kick up as much storm as him! “All three girls were really enthusiastic about doing the stunts themselves says director Kookie Gulati, “The audience is sure to feel a rush of adrenaline when they see these slick action scenes performed by the girls.” And although watching women performing daring stunts on screen might be a high, there’s always a danger of them looking a little ‘unsexy’. But not these ladies!
Designer Narendra Kumar Ahmed has given each of them a look that not only makes it easier for them to perform the stunts, he’s made them look super sexy and utterly desirable able too. “If the action in the film is so slick, then the women need to look as if they are part of that action and not outside it,” the savvy designer explains. The girls, he goes on to say, had to look sharp and hitting. “Nandana has a darkish side to her personality, so we designed clothes for her keeping that in mind. Aruna’s character is action-oriented but has a softer, modern look. As for Neeru, she plays the sultry seductress. Each girl has a different way of approaching Vivek, so the looks were kept in sync with their characters,” adds Narendra.
MEENA IYER Times News Network (BOMBAY TIMES; March 22, 2010)
April 9 will mark an important release in Bollywood. It’s the Friday on which Kumar Taurani’s Prince, an extreme action thriller, will make its splash across cinemas worldwide. “For the first time the Indian audience will see a Bollywood action flick that has the technical finesse and opulence of a Hollywood film,” says the producer.
Kumar is very clear about why he spent megabucks on a thriller such as this. “India has been exposed to the very best of Hollywood action and sci-fi films,” he says. “Whether it is the James Bond series, the Bourne films or, for that matter, James Cameron’s Avatar, each of these films has registered the most fantastic box office in the sub-continent. This only means that we’re huge action junkies. And, that is one of the reasons why I went ahead and commissioned this film. It should be the mother of all Indian action films.”
The leading man, Vivek Oberoi, improvises on Kumar’s description by adding, “We — Kumar, director Kookie Gulati, action-director Allan Amin and I, have gone out there and made what I would describe as a ‘glocal’ film.” He explains the new term, “By ‘glocal’ I mean we have gotten the best of global technology and yet at the core it is a film that will appeal to our local audience. It is a paisa vasool, seeti-maro thriller with edge-of-the-seat excitement. And yet it has the emotional touch that makes Bollywood movies the craze they are.”
Vivek trained for five-and-a-half months for this action flick. “Most people finish an entire film in three months and I invested double that time in just learning to do my stunts,” he says. A martial arts trainer came from Thailand, a parkour trainer came from England, and Allan Amin himself was deeply involved in every single stunt picturised. What is really worth the price of the ticket is the fact that all stunts were performed live. “We didn’t shoot anything against a chroma screen. Each of those death-defying stunts is done live,” says Vivek.
Not one to cut corners, Kookie Gulati impressed upon his leading man the need to engage in live action. “Watching a hero actually jump from buildings, or engaging in those screeching motorbike chases, gives the audience an adrenaline rush. Good action has that jaw dropping effect on us. I can tell you Prince matches up to the best international standards.”
Lending his expertise on this project is also a leading international editor, Nicolas Lacroix, who worked on Jason Statham’s Transporter. And it can be said that his cutting edge experience has set the pace for the film across screens.
By Taran Adarsh, March 2, 2010 – 08:14 IST
The promotions of Kumar Taurani’s PRINCE, starring Vivek Oberoi and directed by debutante Kookie Gulati, have started gaining momentum. The film was confirmed for release on March 26, but the makers have decided to shift the film to April. The film will arrive on April 9.
“That’s true,” PRINCE producer Kumar Taurani confirms, “Postponing the film has nothing to do with the examination period or cricket matches. The fact is that the VFX is taking time. The date [March 26] was appropriate for the film, but in view of the fact that the VFX wouldn’t get completed on schedule, we have decided to bring PRINCE on April 9.”
Meanwhile, as many as seven films are slated for release on this date [April 9]: PRINCE, PAATHSHAALA, JAANE KAHAN SE AAYI HAI, PHOONK 2, APARTMENT, MIRCH and MAALIK EK. Phew!