The Prince (1996 film)

The Prince is a 1996 Indian Malayalam-language action film scripted and directed by Suresh Krishna, starring Mohanlal and Prema. Dialogues were written by T. A. Razzaq. The film marked accomplished Tamil director Krishna's debut in Malayalam cinema. The music was scored by Deva.

The Prince
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Directed bySuresh Krishna
Produced byKochumon
Written byT. A. Razzaq (dialogues)
Screenplay bySuresh Krishna
Prakash Raj
Girish Karnad
Nizhalgal Ravi
Music byDeva
CinematographyV. Pratap
Edited byGanesh Kumar
Casino Pictures
Distributed byCasino Release
Release date
  • 27 August 1996 (1996-08-27)


It was a story of the other side of a Mafia family. Jeeva (Mohanlal), son of a Don Vishwanath (Girish Karnad), falls in love with Swarna (Prema), daughter of a famous Carnatic singer. He hides the truth of his family background from her to win her love. But then one fine day she comes to know and shocked beyond disbelief, uses silence as her weapon to bring him to confess his situation. How Jeeva goes through trials and tribulations of saving his love on one side and law of the mafia on the other side forms the theme of the film. Prakash Raj plays the role of the villain.



The soundtrack consists of six songs composed by Deva, with lyrics penned by Girish Puthenchery.

Track # Song Singer(s)
1 "Jum Thaka Jum Thaka" M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra
2 "Shyamayam Radhike" K. S. Chithra, Mohanlal
3 "Kannil Kannil Kannaadi" M. G. Sreekumar, K.S. Chithra
4 "Cholakkilikal" K. S. Chithra
5 "Nanda Nandana" K. S. Chithra
6 "Thannana Thannana" M. G. Sreekumar, K. S. Chithra
7 "Prince Theme" Chorus
Telugu soundtrack
No Song Singer(s) Writer(s)
1 "Nee Padham" K. S. Chithra Vennelakanti
2 "Zumthaka" Sujatha Mohan, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
3 "Naadha Nandhana" S. P. Sailaja
4 "Saage Thene" K. S. Chithra, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
5 "Korika Guvvala" Sujatha Mohan, S.P. Balasubrahmanyam
6 "Cheekatimayama" S. P. Sailaja


The film was released on 27 August 1996. Prince was released with high expectations among audience, considering the director's previous release Baashha being a major success, but it underperformed at the box office. About the unexpected failure, Krishna said: "Mohanlal is a superstar in Kerala but not for his heroics or the other attributes associated with a Tamil or Telugu superstar. Maybe it was an error of judgement on my part. Even the producer did not find anything wrong with the gimmicks. But the people didn't appreciate them. Rajni (Rajinikanth) liked the film very much. Lal's change of voice also seemed to backfire. People thought someone else had dubbed for him. After a throat surgery, his voice had undergone a change. Eventually, he had to issue a statement that it was his own voice. It was like what had happened to Amitabh Bachchan in Agneepath."[1] Even though, the Telugu dubbed version of the film was a superhit when it released in Andhra Pradesh.


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