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King Review

Deepa Garimella /
Can watch again
Good for kids
Good for dates
Wait to rent it
Nowadays nothing counts in a big budget film other than the budget. But in King, the rest - the gloss, the slickly turned-out hero, the perfect-looking heroine, the awesome sense of fashion, the number of times Nag lifts both feet simultaneously up in the air in the name of dance - are all uncountable nouns.

Regular, non-fussy movie-watchers might find in King, some sequences and tricks borrowed from Bollywood, and regular, fussy movie-watchers might find even more. The title is clearly inspired; half a dozen pretty leading ladies of Tollywood make their cameo in Nag's arms in one of the songs; '...ko pakadna mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai...' is said in Telugu (extremely obvious even to those who are non-regular and non-fussy); and Srihari does an Anil Kapoor, with his artistic underworld-don act.

But let's forgive King for all that, shall we, because, in one line, King is bling-entertaining. The story is about a person of royal origin, who is wanted dead by quite a few people. Called King (Nagarjuna), this man is sorting some factory issue in Uttaranchal, when he's shot through the heart by his enemies, and this happens very early in the film. But before that, there are some powerful moments. Nag's entry, involving him tossing around Sumos and people single-handedly (his apology: his other hand was holding a gun at the time), is one.

You might be concerned about so many Sumos being destroyed just because the hero needs to announce his presence. However, you must realize that a bunch of measly Sumos doesn't count when there are people who actually want you dead. Not because they're uncountable, but because quite frankly, no bunch of Sumos, measly or not, has ever been known to count.

King's family is told that he's missing, even though we're all shown his dead body in the morgue. In Hyderabad, Nag reappears in the form of Bottu Seenu, the law-abiding goon who signs off every 'settlement' with a threat that talks about how, when he rolls up his sleeves and punches you in the face, Google Maps does a 360 degree turn. Makes no sense unless either he's twisted your head, or you're staring at a printout of Google Maps on a particularly windy day.

Anyway, one windy and rainy day, when Seenu is not trying to exchange Kompally and Uppal, he falls in love with a raindrop (Trisha) who gives away her umbrella to a pair of umbrella-less kids and starts dancing in the rain like that was the reason why she even bought that sheer white chudidhar-kurta (okay, it was). Meanwhile, an already-established don (Srihari) joins hands with Seenu, for a long and committed relationship.

After a few coincidences, Bottu Seenu realizes his heroine is called Shravani, and sees her in a music contest on TV. From dealing with the asinine music director (Brahmanandam) who harasses her, to passing himself off as Sarat (Sunil), the man who Shravani is supposed to have her 'pellichoopulu' with, Seenu goes all out for Shravani. The second half is about Seenu switching his character between Sarat and Seenu, and predictably, King, too (the movie is named that, remember? on second thoughts, a film named Bottu Seenu wouldn't have gone down too well, even with popcorn).

King is a chilled-out film, whose asset turns out to be just that - it is a conscious, chilled-out attempt at entertaining. And even if you're not the kind to hoot and cheer when Nagarjuna's swashbuckling his way out of the dimly lit background, or when he's kicking a dozen huge thugs at once, or when he's growling corny threats to the bad guys, you are kept happy with the comedy - Srihari's and Brahmanandam's sequences are a delight. Loopholes do exist, but you'll discover them only towards the end of the story, which is not too bad a sign. Sadly, King joins the latest trend in Tollywood, of bringing in one barely camouflaged swear word to the big screen.

Nag is his usual suave, stunningly dressed self, and also acts well. And Trisha is her usual chirpy, mischievous-eyed self, and acts well, too. Srihari is an unusually witty and enjoyable shelf, who proves shelves can indeed tickle.

The music is racy - not of the tuneful kind, though (there isn't one soft romantic number in the entire film). For the heroine-studded song, you'll have to wait 3 quarters of the film, and for all the inspiration, it is a tastefully done piece.

If you thought you had outgrown terms like 'mass', 'masala' and 'Nag', or if you thought Nagarjuna had outgrown himself, let Bottu Seenu do all the talking.
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  • Cast
    Nagarjuna, Trisha, Mamta Mohandas, Srihari, Brahmanandam, Jayaprakash Reddy, Sayaji Shinde, Krishna Bhagawan, Sunil, Venu Madhav, Arjan Bajwa, Chandramohan
  • Music
    Devi Sri Prasad
  • Director
    Sreenu Vytla
  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
Can watch again - Yes
Good for kids - Yes
Good for dates - Yes
Wait to rent it - Unsure
Saradhi on 22nd Jan 2009, 1:47am | Permalink
Comedy is very good. Srihari excels in comedy. Chandramukhi episode is fantastic. You can really laugh to your heart. Dont look for logics. Logic is too bad. Lack of proper screenplay. story is confusing. but nice comedy track.
Krishna on 5th Jan 2009, 9:49am | Permalink
Fun "keep-your-brains-at-home" kind of timepass. Neat performances by the entire cast.

Pros: Performance of the entire cast
Cons: DSP's music
KaYKaY on 29th Dec 2008, 11:23pm | Permalink
Revealing the whole story in the form of review is the worst type of reviewing, even if you defend yourself with phrases like "predictable", "obvious" etc.. What's a point in watching a movie when you know the story before hand.

Deepa... please do read my comments if u can... I am criticizing you.
1. There is something called Sarcasm, another thing, Satire... and if you are able to deliver them without most people noticing how u did it... that's called brilliance.. and Srinu Vaitla, according to me is brilliant in his previous movies as does he in King.
2. The title, 8 heroines with nag, "Namunkin hai" dialog, even the Chandramukhi episode, though shown delivered seriously, actually contain seriously Satiric undertones, and it is obvious even if you know Mr. Vaitla the least.
3. Anil Kapoor is not a good actor, he just acted in good films... His only trademark is to remake successful south Indian films to successful bollywood films... not donning "artistic underworld-don act"...
I dont like srihari when he's a hero, but he's great when he's doing Comedy or a Villain's Role, sometimes as a character artist. When he combines both, he's brilliant when he combines them both... as in Bavagaru bagunnara and dhee, this one in King is one of his best roles.

My assessment: This may not be Srinu Vaitla's best, but it starts slowly gains pace at around the third quarter, (first quarter.. intros, second quarter romance, third quarter twists and turns, finale more twists, and climax) and then at the end, you will realize that you've seen a damn good film which was not seriously made. The tale is severed so loose that sometimes we wonder whether the director intended to do this thing or it came out that way out of pure luck???
Brahmanandam, Venu Madhav, Shayaji Shinde, Krishna Bhagavan, Srinu Vailtla's Lucky Lad "Chitti Naidu", Chitram Srinu etc. are under utilized, You will feel there are too many characters assisting Nag and Srihari.
"King, Nuvvu Ready" songs are good... and can you believe that Nag danced perfectly to "Yentapani Chestiviro" song which is great. Trisha, JP are OK... and other characters are not even worth mentioning including Mamta Mohandas.


Once again Deepa...
Don't reveal Plot... It is not review.
Don't mention Hollywood / Bollywood... This is Telugu Cinema.
If you want pointers, go to your Mentors, Predecessors... They wrote brilliant reviews, i usually trust this site.

Pros: Srihari, Twists and Turns, Healthy Comedy.
Cons: Some actors under-utilized, Script is a bit loose.
vara on 26th Dec 2008, 12:01pm | Permalink
nothing is mentioned regarding Mamatha Mohan Das
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