Movie Review - Khaidi No. 150

3/5
2:27 | Action | 2017-01-11
CAST

Chiranjeevi, Kajal, Tarun Arora, Brahmanandam, Ali and Others

Director - VV Vinayak
Producer - Ram Charan
Banner - Konidela Productions
Music - Devi Sri Prasad

All eyes are on Megastar Chiranjeevi as he is making a comeback after a decade. Khaidi No. 150, a remake of Tamil blockbuster Katthi is a paisa vasool commercial entertainer that is loaded with tons of mass masala elements. Although the film doesn't offer any novelty on the script front, Megastar makes it worth watching with his inimitable style and impeccable comedy timing. This film is a feast for Chiranjeevi fans and a passable mega entertainer for the rest.

What is it about?


Seenu (Chiranjeevi) escapes from the jail and plans to fly to Bangkok. But he bumps into Lakshmi (Kajal) in the airport and decides to stay back. But he needs to hide himself from the Police. At that time he witnesses a firing incident where Shankar (Chiranjeevi dual role) is shot and badly injured. Seenu admits him in a hospital and changes his identity so that police would believe that Shankar is him. However, Seenu comes to know about the noble deeds of Shankar and decides to take his place and stand as a support to the farmers. He confronts with a corporate tycoon (Tarun Arora) and how he saves the farmers from the corporate politics form rest of the story.

Public Talk: Khaidi No 150

Performances:


Chiranjeevi:

It is hard to believe that Chiranjeevi has been out of industry for ten years. His comic timing, expressions and body language in the mass scenes are all intact. His graceful dance moves at the age of sixty two will leave us awestruck. He is as agile as he was ten years ago and in fact looked younger than his Shankardada Zindabad days. His performance in emotional scenes is a treat to watch. The best actor in him comes to the forefront in those scenes and proves why he is so special among the mass heroes.

Others:


Kajal is good within her limitations. She is alright beside Megastar and the pairing somewhat looked odd in a few scenes. Ali provided ample support and Brahmanandam is just okay. Raghubabu and Posani did their bit. Villain Tarun looked suave and stylish. He is another find for the negative roles. Ram Charan appears in Ammadu song and dances along with his dad. A sight that will make fans go berserk.

Technicalities:


Vinayak stayed loyal to the original script and didn't make many changes to it. He did well in presenting Chiranjeevi in the way that his fans would love him to see. Vinayak could have taken care about the shallow first half that totally banks upon Chiranjeevi. He did well in getting the emotions right.

Dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra and Vemareddy are effective. Dialogues in the climax speech are hard hitting. "Palletoollaki puttina pillale Patnalu" is one of the best lines in the movie. Devi Sri Prasad's music is foot tapping and will play a huge role in bringing in repeat audience. Choreographers did a wonderful job in composing striking moves for the Megastar. Cinematography by Ratnavelu is an asset. Ram Charan made sure to make the film on a grand scale. Making values are very impressive.

Thumbs Up:


Chiranjeevi

Songs and Dances

Thumbs Down:

Shallow first half

Weak Story

Routine Screenplay

Analysis:


Khaidi No. 150 is a regular commercial dish that is duly served for most of our festivals. It has its share of flaws, but Chiranjeevi did his best to make it an entertaining watch. It will be a treat to his fans for sure. Every element that is associated with a Chiranjeevi's film has been covered and the commercial plot has an emotionally touching theme to fall back on.

Vinayak's experience comes to its rescue in the key scenes involving farmers and their problems. The film could have fallen flat on its face if these scenes didn't come out effectively. In fact these episodes have outclassed the original with Chiranjeevi displaying his acting chops. All the scenes involving Shankar and farmers will strike a chord with the viewers.

Dialogue writers did their best in penning clap-worthy lines in these scenes. First half of the film lacks depth, but the second half is neatly packed with all the emotions and action episodes. All the songs have come out well and will make fans to watch it multiple times. Scenes like protagonist getting into the pipeline and blocking water to the city have come out pretty well.

Climax of the film is emotionally deep and appeals to the masses. However, Khaidi No. 150 may disappoint if you are looking for a fresh story and captivating screenplay. It is just another commercial potboiler that plays to the galleries. Historically such mass films have done well for Sankranthi and with the huge hype surrounding it Khaidi No. 150 shouldn't face any hiccups until the festive period is over. Competition films will play a role in deciding its range, but it works well as a Chiranjeevi's comeback film.

It is neither Tagore nor Indra in terms of blockbuster appeal, but it isn't a dampener either. It has the elements to keep the audience entertained and cash in on the season and Chiru factor. It is a must watch for Chiranjeevi fans and for others it is worth watching as the Master entertainer is at the top of his game.

Verdict: Boss is back with New Innings.

Public Talk: Khaidi No 150

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