The Black Prince
Rated Parental Guidance (Mature Theme, Violence) ~ Runs 118 minutes
Dir.: Kavi Raz, UK/India
Satinder Sartaaj, Jason Flemyng, Amanda Root, Shabana Azmi, David Essex
Mostly in English, with some Punjabi & Hindi with English Subtitles
The Black Prince is the tragic yet fascinating true story about the last King of the mighty Kingdom of Punjab. Punjabi music superstar Satinder Sartaaj shines in his film debut as Maharaja Duleep Singh alongside powerful Indian actor Shabana Azmi and Jason Flemyng. The Black Prince is an exquisitely photographed and sumptuously designed period drama about a controversial chapter of shared British Indian colonial history. After the death of Sikh Maharaja Ranjit Singh, ruler of the Punjab, there is a violent war of succession until his youngest son, the five-year-old Duleep Singh is installed as king. The British, however, have other plans and bundle the boy off to England where he is brought up as a Christian in the lap of luxury under the personal care of Queen Victoria. In early adulthood Duleep is torn between two cultures and secures begrudging permission from Queen Victoria to meet his real mother. She soon awakens him to his original Sikh faith and culture, which sets him on a dangerous quest to challenge the British Raj and free his people. Writer/Director Kavi's Raz's epic film is a stunning piece of work that shines an important light on a part of history and ones mans struggle to redefine who he is.