Director: Kookie Gulati
Cast: Vivek Oberoi, Aruna Shields, Nandana Sen, Sanjay Kapoor, Dalip Tahil
Storyline: A thief who loses his memory has six days to live and figure out why three women and many other men want him
Bottomline: Prince wakes up and finds nothing in his brain. True story. His Royal Highness is only for those who are adequately high
Prince offers some textbook definitions for those interested in the different aspects of Hollywood inspired Bollywood.
Casting: The art of employing a human with a constant “What the Hell is happening, What should my expression be, What is this acting thing” as a person who has lost his memory. Example: Vivek Oberoi in and as Prince or Keanu Reeves (in any film)
Writing: The formality of putting pen to paper, irrespective of detail or length, solely depending on hype and action to draw the crowds in. In Bollywood, this is also synonymous with the accounting term “Writing off”. Example: The 40 crores Tips wrote off to not so charitable causes, also known as Prince
Directing: The audacity of a storyteller to believe that the words “It’s showtime” go best with an expression that actually says: “I’m a jackass”. This arrogance also extends to the confidence with which a storyteller peppers his narrative with other gems like: “I am in. It’s time to win” or “I had scanned the virus of greed in her eyes” (Maine Uske Ankhon Mein Laalach Ka Virus Scan Kiya Tha).
Action: Everything that happens between the leading man, the three women claiming to be his girlfriend and the stuntmen in this movie can loosely be classified as action. In a film like Prince, all action is part of the acting. Sample: What Vivek Oberoi and Aruna Shields do before everyone and everything around them gets blown to bits. Girls + Guns + Gangs = Action
Hero: A guy who can do all stunts from The Matrix to Die Hard to Mission Impossible to Dhoom with the absolute conviction that they are being done for the very first time. The Hero, who is some parts James Bond, some parts Ethan Hunt and some parts Austin Powers and Johnny English, always has women behind him and gets even the ones who want to kill him.
Heroine: Girl in leather who loves the Hero who can be identified from a group of similar women from the moderation of cleavage. Not to be judged on the basis of films done in the past. For example, Aruna Shields (in Prince, not in Private Moments)
Vamp: Girl in leather who loves the Hero who can be identified from a group of similar women from the unrestricted nature of cleavage. For example, Nandana Sen (in Prince)
Plot: An excuse for the Hero to get the heroine, the vamp and all the associated action involved. In Prince, it’s the case of him losing his memory that gives him the license to do it all without any moral repercussions. Wipe your moral slate clean, erase your memory, suspend disbelief and let the makers take you on a ride.
Warning: Nausea Alert. This faulty rollercoaster has a few screws missing. Buckle up at your own risk.