Cast: Sivakarthikeyan, Maria Ryaboshapka, Sathyaraj
Director: Anudeep KV
Produced By: Asian Cinemas and Suresh Productions
Release Date: 21st October
After delivering a major success in the form of Jathiratnalu in 2021, Anudeep KV is back with Prince- a bigger project spanning two languages with Kollywood star Sivakarthikeyan. Prince is bilingual and just like Jathiratnalu, a madcap comedy entertainer. The film features an interesting cast with Ukrainian actress Maria Ryaboshapka playing the lead opposite the Kollywood rising star. The movie has created positive noise in Telugu and Tamil film circles. Let’s find out if this project can take advantage of the festive season.
Story: Anbu (Sivakarthikeyan) has his whole village turned against him and even his father Sathyaraj is miffed with him and has decided to drive him out of the village. The villagers’ anger is driven by the fact that Anbu is in love with Jessica (Maria Ryaboshapka). The villagers and Anbu’s father argue that their forefathers have died fighting against the British hence him marrying a foreigner is a disgrace to the family. How the issue changes Anbu’s life and how they emerge out of it is what the story follows.
Performances: Sivakarthikeyan is on a roll at the box office dishing one good project after another. After the massive success of Doctor and Don, he has once again nailed his role in Prince. He does a great job as a goofy guy and doesn’t let the silliness of the movie look unnatural. Maria is in the film as mainly the second fiddle and does what’s expected of her. There’s not much to take home from her role. Sathyaraj as a principled father does a great job and this role is something that the veteran actor can sleepwalk through. Acting wise there isn’t much scope in this lighthearted film but credit must go to Anudeep for capturing the fun moments well.
Analysis: Prince is a film that gives audience an idea of what to expect from the first scene. Its a fun, silly and joyous ride throughout and while you might question the logic in a few places, Anudeep decides to make the film his playground through a bunch of gags some of which land well while some don’t. If you are expecting a thoughtful comedy driven by situations, you would be bitterly disappointed.
- Some comedy tracks
- Production values
- Outright silly scenes in places
- Unfunny dialogues
- Second half screenplay
Prince is a film that you can probably enjoy with friends due to its silliness. It’s comedy is just on lines of Jathiratnalu and even sillier in parts. What works for the film is Sivakarthikeyan and Sathyaraj’s conviction with Anudeep’s ideas. The duo make even the absurdest of situations passable. While there are a couple of gags that are actually funny, the rest would totally depend on your comedy tastes.