Anudeep KV’s ‘Prince’, with Sivakarthikeyan and Maria Ryaboshapka, applies the ‘Jathi Ratnalu’ formula to a love story and falls flat

Posted on October 20, 2022


Spoilers ahead…

The star is in his zone, but the film is a chain link of missed opportunity after missed opportunity. Even the slapstick fight is not as slapsticky as it should be.

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Anudeep KV’s USP is silliness. In Jathi Ratnalu, he roped in three actors: Naveen Polishetty, Priyadarshi and Rahul Ramakrishna. And he used these actors as punching bags for his brand of brilliantly nonsensical one-liners. I took some time to warm up to the film, but once I got on its wavelength, it became a blast. Anudeep treats silly situations in a silly way. He also treats serious situations in a silly way. Even when we think we are in for major melodrama, he keeps undercutting the mood with humour. He goes for the same approach in Prince, but this time, it doesn’t work. Why? The first reason may be Sivakarthikeyan. This is right up the actor’s zone and he is excellent, but he is also too big a star. This film may have worked for him before Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga, but today, after his rapid ascent to the top, we expect something a little… substantial, something big-screen worthy.

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