It is a trilogy from Sreenu Vaitla but if you would want to rate it, Dhee and Ready definitely occupy the first and the second places. It is an intelligent decision from Nagarjuna to choose a story like this, for understanding what the crowds want and secondly he needs to be lauded for allowing a character like Srihari to get the maximum mileage which not any of the top stars in the Telugu film industry would have allowed.
Since there is no retirement in acting, stars should realize that they ought to age gracefully and do roles that suit them, their looks. Wearing false hair that looks like a heap of grass and dancing as if they have run out of steam with girls half their age is just an indicator of insecurity. However this is where they should begin, and stories like these can be used as a stepping stone.
About the film, King (Nagarjuna) is knocked off by Swapna (Mamta Mohandas). There are others in King's family who don't want him around as he is the inheritor of a large property. King who is presumed to be dead is seen as Bottu Seenu a settlement rowdy in the city and is a potential rival to another dada Gynaneshwar (Srihari). Srihari's sister Shravani (Trisha) and Bottu Seenu fall in love unaware of each other's background. Amidst a battle of wits between Srihari, Nagarjuna and Trisha, one is treated to funny moments but fewer than you might expect from Sreenyu Vaitla.
In fact in the opening scene, Srihari is dipping his hands in a bowl and after seeing the colour change to red, you are bound to get ideas but Vaitla portrays Gynaneshwar as a silly painter who is most of the time seen unleashing his creativity on a canvas, while his bunch of followers sing peans to his work of art.
Trisha gets a comical touch to her character too, she is a singer who is taken for a ride by Nagarjuna's compliments. Trisha has a body of work behind her as an artiste, she could have put in more effort, her work is just mediocre. To add to this confusion a third Nagarjuna crops up who is impersonating Sharat (Suneel), a software engineer.
Suneel pales in comparison to his previous film, he is wasted thoroughly. The only men who hog the show are Srihari and Brahmanandam. The latter is a lecherous music director who is not willing to be sorry and is seething with vengeance. Even parts of the film where Nagarjuna is trying to get up from the wheel chair is entertaining. The film could have been more hilarious towards the last 20 minutes but the director seems to have compromised by turning formulaic, given importance to Nagarjuna's action scenes. Nagarjuna as usual performed well did justice to what was given to him.
The whole lot of heroines who make an appearance in one song is not needed at all. We can't make out if the choreography is bad or Nagarjuna couldn't dance to that particular number. The title song King is catchy, cinematography by Prasad Murella is satisfactory. If you want your next dose of laughter after Dhee and Ready, then go see King but don't expect anything new or inventive in terms of storytelling. The film is good, okay for a one time watch.