It’s Showtime :
The first ten minutes of the film gives that déjà vu feeling of ‘Matrix’ and every other Hollywood heist film ever made. After a point, these ‘inspirations’ become so blatant that it becomes a painful exercise to even recount the source. The actors, irrespective of their filmography, look dazed and too shocked that they are a part of the film. But then, there’s Vivek Oberoi, Aruna Shields and Nandana Sen who try too hard to act without twitching their facial muscles. Is there a script for this film? Yes, there is one, but it’s irrelevant.
Kookie Gulati, the director of the film, sets most of the film in Durban, South Africa. Naturally, when you have an Rs.40 crore budget, you would make it a point to prove that. ‘Prince’ has more number of aerial shots than ‘Superman’ series, which means people would be on helicopters most of the time. We have a ‘Maya’ swooping down a valley in a glider attached with machine guns. Vivek Oberoi’s dare devil stunts, with a huge dose of visual effects, are too ‘Dark Knight’ish with a tinge of Bollywoodish imagination. After almost 130 minutes of chases and shooting countless bullets, the director of the film wakes up to the end the story with the help of a ‘Bazooka’. Why didn’t anyone think of this half way through the film? That’s a wrong question again.
Despite all the high adrenaline and loud action sequences, the film has crater sized emptiness. There are hardly any conversations in the film and the dialogues are, well, from the 70s. The central conflict of the film about ‘Erasing Memory’ is outrageous to even think about. Drawing parallels between erasing your computer’s hard disk to erasing memory from human brain, the film stoops to extreme absurdity just to infuse more drama and confusion. What’s even funnier is how seriously the actors and actresses treat the whole scene. But then, the film isn’t meant to be taken seriously. They call this “entertainment”. Yes it is if and if only, everyone erased their memory before they step into the cinema halls.