King Of Kotha Review, Rating

August 24, 2023

King Of Kotha

King Of Kotha

  • Cast : Dulquer Salmaan, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Dancing Rose Shabeer, Prasanna, Nyla Usha, Anika Surendran, Chemban Vinod, Gokul Suresh, Shanthi Krishna
  • Director : Abhilash Joshiy
  • Producer : Wayfarer Films & Zee Studios
  • Banner : Wayfarer Films
  • Music : Jakes Bejoy, Shaan Rahman

1.5 / 5

After the super success of Sita Ramam, Dulquer Salmaan has returned to the silver screen with King Of Kotha. Was Dulquer able to encash the popularity and success of Sita Ramam with King Of Kotha? What is his latest release all about? Why is the title justification? Here is our review of the movie:


Raju (Dulquer Salmaan) and Kannan (Shabeer Kallarakkal) are introduced as two best friends. They want to eradicate the drug mafia in the Kotha town. Kannan makes Raju look bad. They both develop serious differences after the former’s betrayal.

Why does Kannan want Raju to stay out of Kotha? What is the bad blood between them? Why did Kannan create problems for Raju? Why did the best friends turn into enemies? Who wants to avenge the betrayal now? Answers to these questions are found in the second half.

Performances: Dulqer Salmaan shines in his role. As a mafia don, he gets to show excellent swag. The mannerisms of Salmaan, however, should have been better. He can’t make this film a hit in Telugu for sure.

Aishwarya Lekshmi got a minimal role; she did her part as a love interest of Dulquer in the film. Shabeer Kallarakkal fits the bill perfectly in antagonist. He deserves a special mention as he nailed in his character. The rest of the cast are average. Anika Surendran plays a damsel in distress. There is no interesting character beyond the hero.

Plus Points:
  • Dulquer Salmaan’s performance
  • Storyline.
  • Jakes Bejoy’s background music.
  • The production design and the colour palette deployed by the cinematographer.

Minus Points:

  • Slow pace.
  • The running time of nearly 165 minutes.
  • The bland second half.
  • The boring conversations.
  • The weak climax.
  • No major action sequences.


For an action drama, this film has no highs. The action choreography is found wanting throughout. The director tried to replace action with drama, combats with conversations.

The second half is where the film totally loses its track. The more we see the missed opportunities flashing in front of our eyes, the more pathetic it all looks.

Verdict: Watch the film only for the performances and if you wish to see Duqluer Salmaan in a grey role. Otherwise, you can give this film a miss.

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