Movie: “Khaidi No 150”
Star Cast: Chiranjeevi (in double role), Kajal Agarwal, Ali, Tarun Arora, Brahmanandam, Posani Krishna Murali, Prudhviraj, Lakshmi Rai (special song), along with Ram Charan, Allu Arjun and VV Vinayak all in guest appearances.
Direction: VV Vinayak
Cinematography: R Rathnavelu
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Story: AR Murugadoss
Dialogues: Paruchuri Brothers, Vema Reddy and Sai Madhav
Editor: Gowtham Raju
Produced by: Ram Charan
Banner: Konidela Productions
Release date: 11th January 2017
This is the movie with which Mega Star is making his re-entry into Tollywood after a hiatus of 9 years. It is also a milestone 150th film in his career. The film itself is a re-make of the Tamil blockbuster “Kathi” and has the Mega Star playing a double role. One of the characters in the film uses the stars original name Konidala Siva Sankar Prasad. The film’s first look poster and teaser received tremendous response on the social media. The songs were released one after the other by the unit and each song has already become a big hit. The film has been released with very high expectations riding on it both artistically and commercially. Let us see if the film matches the expectations.
Neeruru is a village in Rayalaseema’s Anantapur district. The predominant profession of its residents is farming. There are powerful corporate entities which try to take over the lands of the farmers. The villain Agarwal (Tharun Arora) represents these forces. He occupies their lands by killing them and then using their finger prints to transfer their properties illegally. Frustrated at their own inability to fight these corporate forces 6 farmers from the village commit suicide leaving behind a video recording of their ghastly death. This brings the hero Konidala Siva Sankar Prasad (Chiranjeevi in one of the two roles he plays) to the forefront. Belonging to the same village he becomes the champion of the farmers’ cause and takes on the powerful corporate forces. He brings the case to the high court at Hyderabad with the support of some of the elderly farmers of his village.
Kathi Seenu (Chiranjeevi in his other role) is a thief lodged in Kolkatta Central Prison. He manages to escape from their and makes a beeline for Hyderabad to evade the police there. He bumps into Sankar who is injured in an accident and unconscious. He is shocked to see Sankar resembling him. He gets the idea of continuing his criminal activities impersonating Sankar. Kathi Seenu admits the unconscious Sankar into a hospital and leaves his own belongings with him.
This brings the police who arrest Sankar in place of Kathi Seenu. The criminal in the meanwhile continues his activities for a while but learns of the plight of the farmers from Neeruru and decides to replace Sankar and fight for their cause locking horns with corporate forces. That is when he falls in love with Subbalakshmi (Kajal Agarwal). In the meanwhile Sankar also escapes from prison. The rest of the film revolves around how the two combine to fight their now common enemy – the greedy and powerful corporate forces.
The director took the safe route of following the script and narration of the original Tamil version. The only character that has been added to the story is that of Brahmanandam. The first half is all focussed on Brahmanandam, the romance between Chiru and Kajal and the comedy scenes. The film picks up pace just before the interval and the entire main theme of the film is revealed in the second half. The narration becomes even stronger when Sankar who is mistaken for Kathi Seenu and imprisoned, escapes from there.
PERFORMANCE OF THE STARS:
The first thing that strikes the viewer is that the Mega Star’s ability to act, his tremendous energy and his style of acting have not abated even a fraction. The magic of the Mega Star is still intact. His fans are certainly not going to be disappointed. His dances are as energetic and lively as they always used to be. His iconic Veena Step from “Indra” repeated for all to see and is bound to drive his fans crazy all over again. He succeeded in showing a marked difference between the two contrasting characters that he plays in the film. Kajal Agarwal was her glamorous self as the heroine. She does not feel out of place though she is now acting as Chiru’s heroine after acting as his son’s herone. Tharun Arora as the villain looks stylish. Ali’s comedy is one highlight of the film. Brahmanandam, Nagababu and others are adequate. But it is Chiranjeevi who carries the whole film on his shoulders. Ram Charan appears in one song while Allu Arjun play cameos which are bound to go well with their fans.
PERFORMANCE OF THE TECHNICAL TEAM:
To start with Devi Sri Prasad’s music is excellent and goes far in attracting the audiences. The choreography is in keeping with the music and also does justice to Chiru’s famed dancing skills. The songs are already a smash hit. Ratnavelu succeeds in projecting the hero very well making him look handsome and rejuvenated. His cinematography captures the locations well. The fight sequences were well directed though a repeat of the Tamil original. The comedy scenes involving Brahmanandam, Ali and the hero are no great shakes. Some of the dialogues in the film are rather innovative and convey the point powerfully.
As said earlier the director took the safe route of following the track beaten out by the original. One wishes he were a little more adventurous and left his own mark behind in the Telugu version. Perhaps the pressure of making the Telugu version as big a commercial success as the original Tamil version played heavily on the director’s mind.
THE FINAL WORD: Boss is really back
RATING: Chiru’s 150th film and his come-back vehicle rated: 3.5 / 5