Dulquer Salmaan has established himself as a nationwide star with recent successes, and his latest venture is the gangster action drama titled ‘King Of Kotha.’ Directed by Abhilash Joshiy, the film features a talented ensemble cast including Dancing Rose Shabeer, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prasanna, Nyla Usha, Anika Surendran, and Chemban Vinod. Released today, let’s delve into the movie and explore its merits and shortcomings.
The story revolves around Khanna Bhai (Dancing Rose Shabeer), a drug lord in Kotha town. C.I. Shahul Haasan (Prasanna) aims to eradicate the drug mafia but faces challenges. Discovering that Kotha was once under the control of Raju (Dulquer Salmaan) and that Khanna Bhai was Raju’s close friend, Shahul seeks to unravel the reasons behind their separation. The film delves into the complexities of their past and Shahul’s pursuit of justice.
Undoubtedly, Dulquer Salmaan takes the spotlight from beginning to end. His portrayal of Raju, a character determined to eliminate the drug mafia, is compelling. Salmaan excels in action sequences, showcasing his versatility. Dancing Rose, aka Shabeer Kallarakkal, delivers a convincing performance as a gangster, while Chemban Vinod adds humor with his unique English diction. The background score by Jakes Bejoy enhances the film’s impact.
Contrary to expectations, the storyline doesn’t align with the typical Dulquer Salmaan film. The narrative, centered around a regular gangster drama, lacks innovation. Despite strong performances from Salmaan and Dancing Rose, the weak plot diminishes their impact. The film’s slow pace, coupled with inadequate editing, tests the audience’s patience. Predictability and an unnecessarily prolonged climax further detract from the overall experience.
Apart from Dulquer, Dancing Rose, and Chemban Vinod, the remaining characters lack impact. While effort is evident in the film’s production, more attention to the screenplay was needed for a well-rounded outcome.
The music by Jakes Bejoy and Shaan Rahman is decent, with Jakes Bejoy’s background score standing out. Set in a period backdrop, the art direction effectively recreates the era, complemented by Nimish Ravi’s excellent cinematography. Production values are satisfactory, but the editing falls short.
Regarding the direction, Abhilash Joishy’s handling of the routine storyline leaves much to be desired. Despite talented actors, the film falters due to weak writing and a lack of narrative innovation.
In conclusion, ‘King Of Kotha’ falls short as a lengthy and unengaging gangster drama. Dulquer Salmaan’s stellar performance and support from Dancing Rose are highlights, but the film is hindered by a mundane plot and sluggish pacing. Unfortunately, it stands as a disappointing watch for this weekend.”