Telugu movie King has been conceptualized by Srinu Vaitla with the sole idea of pleasing Nagarjuna's fans. Writers, Kona Venkat and Gopi have worked hard on the script which is in tune with Nagarjuna's image. Srinu Vaitla's brilliant eye for commercial cinematic aspects has given the movie its dramatic and mass appeal. The biggest highlight of King is the triple role that Nagarjuna has carried off with finesse.
The story opens with local goonda Gyaneshwar (Srihari) being ousted from his territory by Bottu Seenu (Nagarjuna). When Gyaneshwar protests, Seenu agrees to give him a small percentage of the profits. Seenu then meets Sravani (Trisha) and predictably falls in love with her. But Sravani is in love with Sharath, a very soft-spoken kind-hearted software engineer (again played by Nagarjuna). Then Seenu stumbles on a well-hidden truth - Sravani is Gyaneshwar's sister. Since Gyaneshwar didn't want to spoil Sravni's future, he had sent her to live with their aunt (Sana) and uncle (M.S. Narayana).
At this juncture, a third Nagarjuna makes his appearance, the 'King' after whom the movie is named. Now what relation do all the three avatars have with each other and who will Trisha marry is something that has to be seen on the big screen to fully relish the intricacies of the plot.
Nagarjuna is truly the 'King' of actors as he moves with ease from a goonda role to a city slicker role to being a member of royalty. As Seenu, Nagarjuna appeals to the masses and as Sharath, he appeals to the middle-class and family audiences, but in the role of King, Nagarjuna crosses all barriers and appeals to everyone, regardless of class.
Trisha has held her own opposite Nagarjuna and has given a good performance. Mamta Mohandas, though touted as the second heroine, has been reduced to a mere cameo but sizzles even in the brief scenes that she appears in. Srihari as the innocent don captures audiences' empathy. Brahmanandam in his role of a lecherous music director is hilarious.
Much of King seems to be inspired by other movies and Srinu Vaitla has done a very good job of tying up all the loose ends, though the screenplay suffers from lack of finesse. Bowing to the sentiments of the masses, Srinu Vaitla has compromised on quality. He is capable of better scripts and can churn out a good film on less. But though King suffers from lack of direction, it is a Nagarjuna film through-and-through and Srinu Vaitla has done a commendable job of steering the film through all the twists and turns that the plot takes.
A very enjoyable movie for Nagarjuna's fans.
Banner: Kamakshi Kala Movies
Producer: D. Siva Prasad Reddy
Story, Screenplay and direction: Srinu Vaitla
Cast: Nagarjuna, Trisha, Mamta Mohandas, Brahmanandam, Chandra Mohan, Venu Madhav and Sri Hari, Deepak, Geetha, Sunil, M.S. Narayana, Krishna Bhagawan, Jayaparakash Reddy, Ajay, Surya, Fish Venkat, Du
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography: Prasad Murella
Fights: Ram - Lakshman
Story: Gopi Mohan & Kona Venkat
Dialogues: B.V.S. Ravi
Release date: 25 December 2008