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Movie Review: Khaidi No.150
Cast: Chiranjeevi, Kajal Agarwal, Tarun Arora, Ali, Brahmanandam, Raghu Babu, Jayaprakash Reddy, Nasser, Posani Krishna Murali, Raghu Karumanchi, Pruthvi and Others.
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Story: AR Murugadoss
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers - Burra Sai Madhav - Vema Reddy
Producer: Ram Charan
Screenplay & Direction: VV Vinayak
Release Date: 11th January 2017
Almost a decade after entering Politics, Chiranjeevi makes a comeback into film industry with 'Khaidi No.150' which is a remake of Tamil super hit 'Kaththi'. VV Vinayak worked with Chiru for the first time for 'Tagore', a remake of 'Ramana'. Both 'Ramana' & 'Kaththi' were scripted and directed by AR Murugadoss. 'Tagore' stood as the biggest hit in Chiru's career. Can 'Khaidi No.150' repeat the same feat?
Kathi Seenu (Chiranjeevi) is a small-time criminal who serves jail sentence in Kolkata. He manages to complete the jail-break successful in the process of helping jail staff nab a criminal and lands in Hyderabad. There, Love at first sight happens to him upon meeting Lakshmi (Kajal Agarwal). Twist comes in the form of Shankar who looks just alike Kathi Seenu. How Kathi Seenu gets into the shoes of Shankar and addresses the farmer's issue forms the rest of the tale!
In Khaidi No.150, Chiranjeevi looks 10 times better than his last movie 'Shankardada Zindabad'. He is simply exceptional be it dances, fights, comedy, dialogues, emotions and style. Styling done by Sushmita Konidala made Chiru appear so trendy. His comic timing tickles the funny bone, dance movements were a feast to eyes, arrests the attention with action sequences and touches the hearts with emotional scenes. How could a 60-plus Actor does all this and make it look so effortless? Believe it or not, Megastar surprises throughout the course of the movie.
Kajal Agarwal can't be an asset to 'Khaidi No.150'. Her role & performance looked quite ordinary. It appears like she was just roped for the sake of songs. Even in songs, The focus is more on Megastar.
As Antagonist, Tarun Arora couldn't match up with Chiru. Dubbing given to the role isn't up to the mark.
Brahmanandam manages to bring smiles on the faces to some extent but his role lacked freshness. Ali is alright. Jayaprakash Reddy & Raghu Babu have been good.
Devi Sri Prasad targeted majorly Fans & Mass Audience. 'U & Me' is one song could be kept on a loop. 'Neeru Neeru' song is heart-touching and it's been used very effectively. Background Score has been an asset for the movie. Ratnavelu's Camera Work brings a rich look to the whole movie. He used his expertise in songs. Dialogues penned by Paruthuri Brothers, Sai Madhav & Vema Reddy on farmers issue are thought-provoking. Production Values are grand. Ram Charan produced the prestigious movie in an uncompromising manner. VV Vinayak directed the movie the way Chiru & his Fans want his comeback to be. He has given a commercial touch to 'Kaththi' for catering to the Mega Fan Base. Vinay kept the story intact but added comedy blocks & songs. One must say, Remake lacked the required intensity in the penultimate scenes.
First things first, 'Khaidi No.150' have all the elements one expects from a Chiru's film. VV Vinayak has packaged it so well to make it a treat for fans. Commercial elements added to the remake, such as comedy & dances, will mesmerize fans and mass audience. It's more like full meals for those who admires Megastar.
On the flip side, Vinayak took cinematic liberties to appease the Fans. For example, 'Ammadu...Let's Do Kummudu' song was placed in the pre-climax when a serious issue is being discussed. It's true that Chiru & Charan rocked the dance floor here. But, Normal audience find it awkward and it dilutes the seriousness. That's the reason 'Khaidi No.150' lacked intensity and sincerity towards the serious issue. At the same time, Vinayak succeeded in making Megastar's comeback an enjoyable experience. May be, Telugu Audiences wouldn't have appreciated had if these commercial elements weren't added as Chiru's films are known for entertainment. Vinayak designed the whole movie keeping the image of Chiru in mind. The film is engaging except for few forcible comedy scenes.
'Khaidi No.150' is based on the 'Farmers Vs Corporate' concept. The heart-wrenching Flashback episode is the soul of the movie. Whereas, Heroism is being elevated in the scenes featuring Kathi Seenu. Villain Tarun Arora is the weak link in the movie. Makers should have chosen a well-established actor. Neither Love Track nor Chiru-Brahmi comedy block were good enough.
In the First Half, There are few moments that thrill the fans but it's the Flashback episode which stands out. The Coin Fight thoroughly entertains the masses. Intensity picks up in the Second Half with story taking a serious turn. The water episode in pre-climax is one of the highlights. Climax could have been better. It could have been nice had if a solution was given to the farmers issue in a convincing manner. Overall, 'Khaidi No.150' makes Mega Fans jump in joy but others find it just satisfactory.
Bottom Line: Boss-is-Back for FANS!