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Prince is a 1969 Hindi movie produced by F. C. Mehra and directed by Lekh Tandon. The film stars Shammi Kapoor with Vyjayanthimala in the lead while Rajendranath, Ajit, Helen, Leela Chitnis and Asit Sen form an ensemble cast. The film's music was composed by Shankar Jaikishan with lyrics by Hasrat Jaipuri and Faruk Qaiser. Prince is a drama set in the times of resurgent India when the nation threw off the British yoke, but some states still languished under the Princely yoke. It is the story of a Prince who brought about his own downfall so that he may rise as a human being. The rights to this film are owned by Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment.

Prince
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Directed by Lekh Tandon
Produced by F. C. Mehra
Written by Abrar Alvi
Starring Vyjayanthimala
Shammi Kapoor
Ajit
Rajendra Nath
Music by Shankar Jaikishan
Cinematography Dwarka Divecha
Edited by Pran Mehra
Production
company
Distributed by Eagle Films
Release date
  • 1 January 1969 (1969-01-01)
Country India
Language Hindi
Box office 4,00,00,000

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PlotEdit

Rajkumar Shamsher Singh is the only son of the local Maharaja, and has been brought up as a brat, and now he is an irresponsible, alcoholic, and womanizing adult, who wants everyone to bow down before him and his princely rank. One priest refuses to do so, and Shamsher pummels him mercilessly, though in vain. Frustrated, he asks the priest what he should do with his mundane life, and the priest tells him that he should repent, sacrifice all his palatial pleasures, and live the life of a simple and ordinary man, and hence learn the true meaning of life, for at least six months. Shamsher agrees to do so, and arranges an accident with his car, which plummets down a mountain, explodes and is blown to smithereens. Everyone in the palace believes that Shamsher is dead. He goes to a nearby village, and a blind woman there mistakes him for her long-lost son and starts calling him Sajjan Singh. Shamsher decides to play along as Sajjan.

Two corrupt palace officials spot Sajjan, and notice his similarity to Shamsher, and conspire with him to pose as Shamsher for a hefty sum of money, to which Sajjan agrees. When he accompanies the officials back to the palace, he is shocked to find that his father has remarried a much younger woman, Ratna, and shortly after marrying her, has died, leaving the palace and its management to her and her greedy brother. Shamsher decides to reveal his true identity, but the officials threaten to expose him to his new-found blind mother, and Shamsher knows that he is trapped in the body of Sajjan Singh, forced to pose as none other than himself.

CastEdit

Production TeamEdit

F. C. Mehra and Lekh Tandon had previously worked with Vyjayanthimala in the historical film Amrapali (1966). The team of producer F. C. Mehra, director Lekh Tandon, actor Shammi Kapoor and musicians Shankar-Jaikishan had earlier worked together on the hit film Professor (1962). F.C. had also worked with Shammi earlier in Mujrim (1958), Ujala (1959) and Singapore (1960).

SoundtrackEdit

Prince
Soundtrack album by Shankar Jaikishan
Released 1969
Recorded Minoo Katrak
Genre Film soundtrack
Label The Gramophone Company of India
Producer Shankar Jaikishan
Shankar Jaikishan chronology
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The film's soundtrack was composed by the Shankar Jaikishan duo, while the lyrics were penned by Hasrat Jaipuri and Faruk Qaiser.[1] The album had Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle who lent their voice to Shammi Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala and Helen respectively.[2]

No. Song Singers Picturization Length (m:ss) Lyrics Notes
1 "Badan Pe Sitare Lapete" Mohammad Rafi Vyjayanthimala and Shammi Kapoor 04:48 Hasrat Jaipuri
2 "Madhosh Hawa Matwal" Mohammad Rafi Shammi Kapoor 09:58 Faruk Qaiser
3 "Muqabla Hum Se Na Karo" Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle Shammi Kapoor, Vyjayanthimala and Helen 07:53 Hasrat Jaipuri
4 "Nazar Mein Bijili" Mohammed Rafi Vyjayanthimala and Shammi Kapoor 04:19 Faruk Qaiser
5 "Thandi Thandi Hawa" Lata Mangeshkar and chorus Vyjayanthimala and Shammi Kapoor 04:42 Hasrat Jaipuri
6 "Bachke Jane Na Doongi" Mohammad Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar Shammi Kapoor and Vyjayanthimala 05:30 Faruk Qaiser

Box officeEdit

At the end of its theatrical run, the film grossed around 4,00,00,000 with a net of 2,00,00,000, thus becoming the fourth highest grossing film of 1969 with a verdict of hit at Box Office India.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Prince (1969)". Raaga.com. Retrieved 2011-11-27. 
  2. ^ Clems. "Prince 1969 – Bollywood Mp3 Songs Download". View Nigeria. Retrieved 2014-09-12. 
  3. ^ "Box Office 1969". Boxofficeindia.com. Archived from the original on 7 February 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 

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