Chiranjeevi’s Khaidi No. 150 makes his zillions of fans nostalgic with power-packed action sequences, exhilarating dance moves and punch dialogues. The film announces the comeback of the megastar of Telugu cinema with flamboyance and fireworks.
The film starts off with Kaththi Seenu (Chiranjeevi) giving a slip to the cops from Kolkata prison with the sole intention of flying to Bangkok with his sidekick. He changes his plans upon meeting Lakshmi (Kajal Aggarwal) and eventually gets caught in his doppelganger Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad’s fight with the corporates. Seenu impersonates Siva and implicates him as the escaped prisoner. He then realises why Siva is waging a battle and stands as a crusader.
Director VV Vinayak faithfully follows the original and spices up the proceedings with entertainment and peppy dance numbers. The dialogues too strike a right chord and at times eulogise Chiru.
Besides some heart-wrenching sequences, the film also encapsulates some embarrassing moments like Ali, dressed up as a woman, traps Brahmanandam. As the story gets into a serious mode, there comes a mass number (Ammadu Lets do Kummudu) to appease Chiru fans.
The coin fight sequence gets the hero moments right and elevates the mood of the film. Brahmanandam is refreshing and it feels great to see him delivering some catchy one-liners with humorous expressions.
Devi Sri Prasad’s background score is alright and his songs are impressive. Even at 62, Chiru maintains the same poise he did in the 90s. Once again, he does the famous veena step in Rattalu song and brings the auditorium on their feet with watch and shoelace movements. He also matches steps with his son and actor Ram Charan for Ammadu song.
The film wonderfully depicts the plight of farmers betrayed by corporates. On the flip-side, the story doesn’t address the issue in an even-handed way and follows the same old formula of bashing the baddies in the end.
It also takes some potshots at the media for its sensationalism. Unlike the original, the Chiranjeevi-starrer offers adequate entertainment and is fast-paced. Director VV Vinayak merely relies on Chiru’s strength and doesn’t let the story deviate from his conviction.
Despite having limited scope to perform, Kajal Aggarwal looks pretty and is welcomed with whistles in all the scenes.
Rathnavelu’s camerawork is impressive and Gautham Raju’s editing is sharp.
Regardless of the mass masala moments that are meant to appease Chiru’s image, Khaidi No. 150 is a perfect entertainer with a powerful message.