Khaidi No 150 Review, What’s Behind: Mega Star Chiranjeevi is returning to films after 9 years. What more can be the exciting element to sell ‘Khaidi No 150’ despite it is remade from a Tamil blockbuster. Made in the hands of all Mega family members like VV Vinayak, Ramcharan and others, let us see how great the movie actually is… one from Fans perspective and other from common audience view point.
Khaidi No 150 Story: Kathi Seenu (Chiranjeevi) escapes from Kolkata prison and meets his friend (Ali) to settle in Bangkok but falls for bewitching beauty Lakshmi (Kajal Agarwal). Meanwhile, corporate businessman Agarwal (Tarun Arora) is on mission to eliminate K Shankar (Chiranjeevi) but unfortunately Kathi Seenu settles in Shankar’s position. Moved knowing about the brave fight put by Shankar on behalf of Neeruru village farmers Kathi Seenu decides to teach a lesson for Agarwal and other corporate companies. In the process, he is helped by a group of old men from same village, Lakshmi and others.
Khaidi No 150 Artists & Technicians: Basic content of fighting on a social issue of farmer suicides and their migration to cities for livelihood is very lifeline for whole movie. Scripting is although commercialized from original yet Chiranjeevi’s presence makes it acceptable. Direction wise VV Vinayak could have made movie far better on every standard but somehow he appeared relaxed. Those episodes which would have been astonishing are dealt palely. When purpose is re-launching Mega Star, they ensured that Fans aren’t left disappointed. At the same time, those expecting something really great from a star of enormous caliber may be left dejected. Sai Madhav, Vema Reddy dialogues did the magic in crucial farmer scenes while commercial heroic punches are routine. Rathna Velu camera work is fantastic capturing the foreign locales in songs and flashback episode effectively. Goutham Raju editing missed the sharpness as second half went haphazard. Couple of DSP’s songs is instantly catchable and are shot very well with Boss showing his dancing grace. RR is also acceptable. Production standards from Ramcharan and Konidela banner are top notch.
Onto performances, hard to believe that Chiranjeevi is into 60 plus. What a grace, screen presence, comic timing and emotional breakouts, vintage Chiru is back into action. More than anything else, he looked smart and appealing with neat makeup and colorful costume designing. Characteristic differences between Shankar and Seenu are well distinguished with Chiru’s varied mannerisms. As Shankar, he reminds us the ‘Khaidi’ innocence while Seenu is a ‘Gang Leader’ and ‘Gharana Mogudu.’ Kajal Agarwal is meant only for songs and got nothing to prove. Villain Tarun Arora is the weak link in corporate system. Brahmanandam started off well but as usual irritated later on. Ali got a full length character. Among the rest, Jabardast members, Naga Babu and senior citizens are authentic. Rest, there’s nothing much.
Khaidi No 150 Advantages:
Khaidi No 150 Drawbacks:
Diluted Central Point
Lack Of Quality Comedy
Khaidi No 150 Rating Analysis: On calculated terms, Khaidi surely lived to its tag Boss Is Back. For all those waiting to see Mega Star on big screens after a gap, this film will neither disappoint not make them jump in joy. Khaidi is designed on safe, secure, typical mass stuff with assured commercial ingredients catering huge Mega Fan base. Though having watched Chiranjeevi in powerful author backed roles like Indra or Tagore, this won’t be kickass but can certainly safeguard the interests for a promising comeback.
Take off jail episode is little shaky then film falls back on track with Ali, Chiru comedy passing time followed by Kajal’s entry glamor. Introducing Shankar builds the excitement. Chiru, Tarun Arora scenes are just ok. Once Shankar’s flashback begins, first half raises to emotionally a high charge. Interval fight is also tested formulaic trick and Boss made it special.
When lot more is expected from second half, Vinayak gradually lost hold. Scenes and stunts come one by one (including the poor coin fight design). Shankar escaping from prison and getting into clutches of villain aren’t exciting. Pipeline event is also just average and Chiru asserting to some personal political explanation in dialogues wasn’t really necessary. Climax rushes up absurdly spoiling the whole flavor.
All in all, ‘Khaidi No 150’ is a poorly scripted film just made to satisfy Fans and the goal is marginally achieved. If Vinayak would have taken more care on second half, this is nothing less than a blockbuster capable of rewriting Tollywood history. For now, CJ rates film with 3 stars and Boss Is Back but not with a big bang. Expect least from the film and you are served. Commercially, movie took off to a earth shattering record breaking start crossing 1 Million in US with premier shows and same is the case in India. Lot more depends on Satakarni verdict tomorrow.
Khaidi No 150 CineDhol Verdict: Boss Is Back.
Khaidi No 150 CineDhol Rating: 3.0/5.0
Reviewed by Srivaas