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The film, King of Kotha (also known as KOK) is an upcoming Indian Malayalam-language gangster film directed by Abhilash Joshiy on his directorial debut and produced by Wayfarer Films and Zed Studios. Dulquer Salmaan, Shabeer Kallarakkal, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Prasanna, Gokul Suresh, Nyla Usha, Chemban Vinod, Shammi Thilakan, Saran, and Anikha Surendran appear in the film. Nimish Ravi is in charge of cinematography, while Jakes Bejoy composes the film score and Shaan Rahman composes the songs separately.

The film was announced in July 2021. Principal photography began in September 2022 and wrapped in February 2023. The teaser for the film was released on Bakrid, which was on June 28th, 2023. The film is set to be released worldwide on August 24, 2023, at Onam.


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Movie name

King of Kotha 

Directed by

Abhilash Joshiy

Screenplay by

Abhilash N Chandran

Story by

Abhilash N Chandran

Produced by

Wayfarer Films, Zee Studios


Dulquer Salmaan and Aishwarya Lakshmi


Nimish Ravi

Edited by

Shyam Sasidharan

Music by

Jakes Bejoy, Shaan Rahman

Production company

Wayfarer Films, Zee Studios

Distributed by

Balaji Motion Pictures, NH Studioz

Release date

24 August 2023






35 Crore Rupees


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In an exciting development for fans of Malayalam cinema, the upcoming gangster film King of Kotha is generating buzz and anticipation. It is all set to captivate audiences upon its release on August 25, 2023.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting any updates on the film, and their excitement reached new heights with the recent release of the film's teaser. On June 28, 2023, at 6 p.m., the teaser of King of Kotha was released, offering a glimpse into the world of this high-octane gangster flick. The teaser showcased the gripping narrative, intense action sequences, and powerful performances, leaving fans craving more.


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He is an actor, playback singer, and also a film producer. He primarily works in Malayalam films but also in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi. His most recent works are Salute, Sita Ramam, and Chup: Revenge of the Artist. 

Shabeer Kallarakkal is an Indian stage and film actor, best known for his role as 'Dancing Rose' in Sarpatta Parambarai. He first appeared in an uncredited role in Aayutha Ezhuthu in 2004. His most recent work was Natchathiram Nagargiradhu which is a Tamil romantic musical drama film.    

Aishwarya Lekshmi is an Indian actress and producer who works primarily in Malayalam and Tamil films. Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela, a 2017 Malayalam film, marked her acting debut. Some of her recent works include Gargi, Ponniyin Selvan:1, Godse, Captain, and Gatta Kusthi.

Gokul Suresh is an Indian film actor who works in Malayalam films. Suresh Gopi, a film actor, and politician, is his father. Gokul made his acting debut in the 2016 film Mudhugauv, directed by the newcomer Vipin Das. His most recent works include Ulta, Paappan, and Sayanna Varthakal. 

Prasanna works in the Tamil cinema industry as an actor. In 2002, he made his feature film debut as a lead actor in Five Star, directed by Mani Ratnam. He has played supporting roles in addition to starring roles.  Achchamundu Achchamundu, in which he co-starred with Sneha and American actor John Shea, was shown at numerous international film festivals, including Shanghai and Cairo. 

Saran Shakthi is an Indian actor well known for his performances in Tamil films. In Kadal, he made his film debut as a child artist. He competed in the television reality show Survivor Tamil 1 and finished as the season's runner-up. Saran rose to prominence for his performance as Kanna in the film Vada Chennai.

Chemban Vinod Jose was born in Ernakulam, Kerala, India, on May 24, 1976. Known for the films Charlie (2015), Churuli (2020), and Kali (2016), he is also a producer.

Shammi Thilakan is a Malayalam cinema actor and dubbing artist from India. Thilakan, a veteran actor, is his father. He provided the voice of Napoleon in Devasuram, Prem Nazir in Kadathanadan Ambadi, and Nassar in Ghazal, for which he received a state award for the best dubbing artist. He has played villains, comics, and character roles.

Anikha Surendran, better known as Baby Anikha, is an Indian actress who has appeared in films in Malayalam, Tamil, and Telugu. She has appeared in films such as Kadha Thudarunnu (2010), Yennai Arindhaal (2015), and Viswasam (2019). 

Nyla Usha Gopakumar is a Trivandrum, Kerala-born Indian actress, television host, and radio jockey. She made her acting debut in 2013 with Kunjananthante Kada, after nearly a decade of working as an RJ at Hit 96.7 in Dubai.

Shanthi Krishna is a Malayalam and Tamil film actress best recognized for her leading roles. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Sharadammini in Chakoram (1994), the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Malayalam for her performance in Njandukalude Nattil Oridavela, and the Kerala State Television Award for Best Actress three times in a row. 

Sudhi Koppa is a Kochi-born Indian actor who appears in Malayalam films. In 2009, he made his film debut as an uncredited extra in Sagar Alias Jacky Reloaded. His most recent works are Randu, Veyil, Priyan Ottathilanu, and Mukundan Unni Associates.

Senthil Krishna is an Indian actor known for roles in Malayalam films and Television. He had the lead role in the film Chalakkudykkaran Changathy. His most recent works are Thurmukham, Oh Meri Laila, Kuttavum Shikshayum, and Varaal. 

T. G. Ravi is an Indian actor well known for his portrayals as villains in Malayalam films. During the 1970s and 1980s, he and Balan K. Nair performed the majority of the bad characters in Malayalam cinema. He played some of the biggest villain parts in Malayalam films at the time and was known for his body language and dialogue delivery style.

Lal Jose is an Indian film director, actor, producer, and distributor who works in Malayalam. He began his career in Malayalam cinema as an assistant director. His directing debut was in 1998 with the film Oru Maravathoor Kanavu. His most recent works are Meow, Solamante Theneechakal, and Nalpathiyonnu. 

Pramod Veliyanad is an Indian film artist, who has worked predominantly in the Malayalam movie industry. His most recent works are Theru, Janaki Jaane, and Neelavelicham.

Rajesh Sharma is an Indian film actor, who has worked predominantly in the Malayalam movie industry. His most recent works include Son of Gangster, Enthada Saji, and Picasso. 

A poet in Kannada, Govinda Pai. Prior to the linguistic changes of States on November 1, 1956, Kasaragod district was a part of South Kanara district of the Madras Presidency, and he was given the first Rashtrakavi title by the Madras government. Manjeshwara (now in Kerala) first appeared on the literary map of India thanks to Rashtrakavi M. Govinda Pai.

Actress Parvathi T., commonly referred to as Maala Parvathi, is from India and has worked in films in the Malayalam, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu languages.

In 2013, Ritika Singh started her acting career. Director Sudha Kongara Prasad noticed her in a Super Fight League advertisement, and she later tried out for the lead role in her bilingual film Saala Khadoos (2016). She co-starred in the 2020 movie Oh My Kadavule with Ashok Selvan and Vani Bhojan as the lead female character.

Manju Vani, a newcomer to the Malayalam film industry, rose to fame for her performance as Sherly, a supporting character, in the hugely successful 2016 film Action Hero Biju.


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No. Title Singer(s)
1 People of Kotha Travis King, Shatadru Kabir, Anand Sreeraj R, Jakes Bejoy, Niranj Suresh, and Srikrishna Vishnubhotla
2 Kalapakkaara Shreya Ghoshal, Benny Dayal, and Jakes Bejoy

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Abhilash Joshiy will make his debut as a filmmaker with the upcoming Indian gangster movie King of Kotha, which is being made by Wayfarer Films and Zed Studios. Dulquer Salmaan plays the lead in the movie alongside Gokul Suresh and Aishwarya Lekshmi. Nimish Ravi is in charge of the photography, Jakes Bejoy is in charge of the music for the movie, and Shaan Rahman is responsible for the songwriting.

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