Cast: Sudeep Kiccha, Madonna Sebastian, Ravi Shankar, Aftab Shivdasani, Shraddha Das
Cinematography by Shekhar Chandru
Edited by Goran Ivanovic
Music Composed by Arjun Janya
Written by Shiva Karthik, Sudeep
Directed by Shiva Karthik
Produced by Soorappa Babu, Good Cinema Group
Release Date: 16th September, 2022
Kiccha Sudeep came up with second sequel to his Kotigobba, which became a blockbuster after Kotigobba 2 became even bigger hit. The new movie by Shekar Chandru became a hit in Kannada as Kotigobba 3. From October 2021, the makers have been waiting for the right time to release the film. Finally, it arrived to theatres as K3 Kotikokkadu in Telugu on 16h September 2022. Let’s discuss about the movie.
Sathya (Kiccha Sudeep) helps cops in solving crimes. He catches thieves for them and puts his skills to good use. Dr. Priya (Madonna Sebastian) falls for his humanity as he decides to help orphan kids like him. Priya and Sathya go to Warsaw for treatment of a girl who is going through severe medical condition. But there someone in the name of Ghost (Sudeep) who looks like Sathya escapes with a crown jewel. Interpol officers land in Bangalore to arrest Sathya. In their investigation, they question Sathya and local police who try to explain that Sathya cannot commit such a crime. But due to a tricky situation, Sathya accepts to the crime that he did not commit.
Priya hates Sathya for using her and the girl’s medical condition to pull off a heist. Devendra (Nawab Shah), a huge pharmaceutical business tycoon targets Sathya and attacks him. Sathya escapes from Interpol’s custody and tries to find Priya. She doesn’t trust him initially but he convinces her that he is not a criminal that she thinks. Anantha Krishna helps Sathya to escape from a chase and reveals to him that Ghost is none other than his twin brother Shiva. Who is Shiva? How are Anantha Krishna and Sathya, Shiva are connected? Why Shiva did this crime in the name of Sathya? Watch the movie to know more…
Kannada Industry has been a place that holds mix of different flavours. While there are people like Pawan Kumar, Rakshit Shetty, Rishab Shetty, Prashant Neel, Raj B. Shetty who make movies that challenge the convictions, then there are commerical film makers who trust in the age old formula. K3 Kotikokkadu reminds us of many Telugu and Hindi films from bygone eras. Nothing in the film feels fresh except for a talented star like Kiccha Sudeep and Madonna Sebastian pulling off some mediocre scenes with their charm, screen presence.
Being formulaic doesn’t hurt any story but over dependency on masala does hurt. It feels like we are watching good scenes from few blockbuster films like an Instagram reel one after another attached rather than a story being told on screen. As the film comes from a popular franchise in Kannada Cinema, the movie might have worked there but working in Telugu that too after an year post the original release seems highly unlikely. Even in this OTT and digital release dominated era, finding some old movies as dubbed films in theatrical releases feel bit strange. Anyways, this movie offers nothign new and staying away is recommended.
An action Sequence
Old School Narration
Over dependency on Masala elements
Lack of Novelty
Bottom-line: Old School Mass Masala!