Prince is the funniest Bollywood movie I've seen this year. I laughed so hard that my sides hurt. Only I don't think that's the reaction debutant director Kookie V Gulati was aiming for.
Prince, which apparently cost Rs 50-odd crore to make, is an attempt at a super-slick action thriller. So our hero, Prince played by Vivek Oberoi, is the world's smartest thief just like Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2 but only with much, much lesser charm and not one, but three leading ladies, all of whom are equally uninspiring.
Though I should make a special mention here of Nandana Sen wearing tattoos, thick eyeliner and very obvious push-up bras.
One day Prince wakes up with no memory and a bullet wound in his arm. He then has to figure out who he is and how all of this came to pass.
Are you thinking Jason Bourne. Well, Gulati references every Hollywood thriller you've heard of: Prince's arms room where he does R & D on weapons looks straight out of Iron Man; there are snatches of Mission Impossible, Matrix and of course, James Bond movies.
The film and its actors strain hard to achieve cool. Everyone wears a lot of black leather - in fact the villain has an army of sidekicks in black floor-length trench-coats that look very unwieldy in combat.
Of course nobody is cooler than Prince who gets to say: "It's showtime" every time he embarks on some superbly dangerous, kick-ass action sequence.
There are lots of slick gadgets including a memory-stealing chip that everyone is chasing, big guns and exploding cars.
Clearly Gulati and action director Allan Amin have worked hard to create high octane stunts. But none of this amounts to much because the script is so brain dead.
Once again the arch-enemy is a man with one silver hand - after Karz and Veer, I think this might be the villain most in fashion.
Dalip Tahil, with shocking white hair plays the head of an Indian Intelligence agency called GRIP.
It's hard to say what's most ridiculous - the plot which has everyone chasing a coin which has the chip or the amount of posturing these actors are indulging in.
At one point we see Prince's memory being extracted.
I thought they might have also extracted Vivek's acting skills because here he is making faces like his life depended on it.
Prince is a priceless experience. I recommend that you rent the DVD and enjoy it with a few good friends.
I'm going with two stars because the film was such a great comedy, unintentional of course.