King (2008 film)

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King poster.jpg
Official Poster
Directed by Sreenu Vaitla
Produced by D.Siva Prasad Reddy
Written by BVS Ravi (dialogues)
Screenplay by Sreenu Vaitla
Story by Kona Venkat
Starring Nagarjuna
Arjan Bajwa
Mamta Mohandas
Music by Devi Sri Prasad
Cinematography Prasad Murella
Edited by M. R. Varma
Kamakshi Movies
Release dates
  • 25 December 2008 (2008-12-25)
Running time
181 minutes
Country India India
Language Telugu
Budget 170 million (US$2.5 million).
Box office 400 million (US$5.9 million).

King is a 2008 Indian Telugu-language action comedy thriller film produced by D Sivaprasad Reddy on Kamakshi Movies banner, directed by Sreenu Vaitla. Starring Nagarjuna Akkineni, Trisha, Arjan Bajwa, Mamta Mohandas, Srihari in lead roles and music composed by Devi Sri Prasad. The film was dubbed into Hindi as King No. 1 and into Tamil as Pudhukottai Azhagan. The film's plot-line is loosely based on the 1966 Telugu film Aastiparulu. The film recorded as Super Hit at box-office.


Raja Chandra Pratap Varma AKA King (Nagarjuna Akkineni) hails from a royal family, having taken over the legacy and riches after the death of his father Raja Ravi Chandra Varma (Sobhan Babu). King has a younger brother Ajay (Deepak), mother (Geetha), maternal uncle (Dharmavarapu Subramanyam) and his late father's three sisters, who are married. Their husbands are (Jaya Prakash Reddy, Krishna Bhagawan, Sayaji Shinde). The uncles steal money, which is for the workers. They make it look as though the employee Chandu is responsible. King believes and fires Chandu. Suddenly, King knew that the uncles hid the money in their room. He kept quiet because of his other family. Before King leaves the airport, this mysterious guy is after King. A few days later, King and Swapna are discussing something next to a graveyard. Same mysterious Guy from airport tries to shoot King, but misses. King chases Shooter to the graveyard, but Shooter suddenly disappeared. Munna calls King's cellphone. King tells Munna that he's in a graveyard. Munna asks, "Are you Ok?" King says, "I'm ok." Unfortunately, Swapna shoots King from behind. King sees Swapna's face. King realizes that Swapna was working with Shooter. Swapna shoots King again. King's presumed dead. Munna tells Police that King went missing. At least 1 day later, when Police takes Munna to Hospital Morgue, a Dead Body looks like King. Munna lies to Police that None of the Corpses is King's body. 2 of the 3 evil uncles say that the 1st evil uncle's responsible for King's disappearance. 1st evil uncle escapes and it's assumed that he's responsible. The mother believes that King's safe.

Another story thread is incorporated through the introduction of gangster Bottu Seenu (Raghu Rokara) (Nagarjuna Akkineni), who falls in love with a singer Shravani(Trisha). Shravani does not care for a wastrel like Bottu Seenu so Bottu Seenu poses as a software engineer named Sarath to impress her. Bottu Seenu meets real Sarath(Sunil). Shravani's elder brother Gnaneswar (Srihari) knows Bottu Seenu, but he would get mad at Bottu Seenu loving Shravani. Bottu Seenu pretends to be Sarath who wears tie, shirt, and pant, Srihari gets fooled too. Real sarath imposes Bottu Seenu in front of a cop by mistake. Cop mistakes Sarath as Bottu Seenu and beats him up really bad in a hilarious way. Meanwhile, the 1st evil uncle sends goons to look for King, thinking he's still alive. They run into Bottu Seenu, who thrashes them. Same 1st evil uncle proposes a deal to Bottu Seenu and asks him to pose as King and return to the palace. After Munna informed King's family that King disappeared, 1st evil uncle tried to escape but he got picked up by Munna. Munna gave a picture of King's corpse, time, and day to first evil uncle. First evil uncle had nothing to do with King's murder. Once Bottu Seenu gets access to King's bank accounts, first evil uncle will be able to repay his debts because he borrowed much money from goons. Shravani and Srihari mistaken Bottu Seenu as Sharath again. They accompany Bottu Seenu to the palace. Swapna's none other than Chandu's daughter, but Chandu committed suicide cuz nobody believed that He didn't steal the Money. Swapna and the mysterious shooter were hired by Bhagath. Mysterious shooter's Baba. Swapna's real name's Pooja. Bhagath hires Pooja to kill Ajay. Ajay brings his girlfriend Pooja to his home. Suddenly, Bottu Seenu attacks Pooja, but few seconds later, Bottu Seenu has no idea what happened. Srihari believes that King's spirit came to get revenge and controlled Bottu Seenu. Bottu Seenu gets engaged to Shravani. Swapna knows that it's not King who's living in the palace right now. Bhagath hires a bunch of guys including Baba to dress up in black and kill King's imposter and Ajay in the palace during the night. Bhagath Seth thinks that he shouldn't trust girls including Swapna. Bottu Seenu's controlled by King's spirit and saves Ajay from Swapna. Another twist: Ajay met Swapna right before she killed King. She feels that Ajay depends on his brother too much so he told her to kill King. 3rd twist: BS/Sharath is revealed as King. He calms his bro down. Munna captures Baba. Baba reveals his motive for planning to kill Swapna too, and Swapna is Chandu's daughter. Swapna's told what really happened that day, but doesn't kill KING. The father and friends who took care of BS were Munna's people. Munna's real name is Bottu Seenu. KING says that Ajay's mistake's unforgivable. King's family members are feeling sad, so he decides to leave. He dies in an explosion which takes place in his car. KING's mother leaves and doesn't want anyone to look for her. Everyone else's probably still mad at Ajay. Fourth Twist's dat King's still alive. He reveals his plan to Shravani only. Same Bhagat's henchman who kidnapped Ajay at the beginning of the movie, King told him: "I want you to tell me Bhagat's evil plans." After King got shot, Munna took him to the hospital. Swapna's details were fake, so they couldn't find her. He decided to play this double role drama. Bhagat's henchman/King's informer reveals the shooter's working for Bhagat too but didn't find details about Swapna. When King met his evil uncles again, none of them had nothing to do with it. King realized that Ajay was behind everything. King's informer blew up KING's car after KING escaped. This was KING's plan too. Informer put a bomb inside Bhagat's car too, so King talks to Bhagath on the phone before Bhagat dies. King pretends to be Sarath in front of everyone else.

The final twist: Bottu Seenu/Munna's father and friends were responsible for messing up lights and pulling table with rope in King's palace. They did it to make it look like King's spirit came for revenge.


Trisha Krishnan was selected as lead heroine marking her first collaboration with Nagarjuna.

Special Appearance Heroines in "Nuvvu Ready Nenu Ready" song inspired from Hindi movie "Om Shanti Om".


Film score by Devi Sri Prasad
Recorded 2008
Genre Soundtrack
Length 40:31
Label Aditya Music
Producer Devi Sri Prasad
Devi Sri Prasad chronology

Music composed by Devi Sri Prasad. All songs are hit tracks. Music released on ADITYA Music Company.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "King"   Ramajogayya Sastry Leslie Lewis, Mamta Mohandas 5:27
2. "A to Z"   Ramajogayya Sastry Naveen, Priya Himesh 4:45
3. "O Manmadhuda"   Ramajogayya Sastry Sagar,Divya 4:46
4. "Yenthapani Chestiviro"   Sahiti Vaddepalli Srinivas,Priya Himesh 5:23
5. "Ghanana Ghanana"   Ramajogayya Sastry Ujjayinee 3:38
6. "Nenu Nee Raja"   Ramajogayya Sastry Rahul Nambiar, Andrea Jeremiah 5:17
7. "Ghanana (Funny)"   Ramajogayya Sastry Mamta Mohandas 1:51
8. "Nuvvu Ready Nenu Ready"   Ramajogayya Sastry Shankar Mahadevan,Gopika Poornima 5:31
9. "King (The DSP Mix)"   Ramajogayya Sastry Devi Sri Prasad 3:51
Total length:


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