Review: Khaidi No: 150 – MEGA and MASS HYSTERIA

 

Cast: Chiranjeevi, Kajal Aggarwal

Director: VV Vinayak

Producer:  Ram Charan

Banner: Konidela Production Company

Music: Devi Sri Prasad

Story:

Megastar Chiranjeevi’s most awaited and prestigious 150th film Khaidi No 150 is out! Megastar and Vinayak has joined hands together for the second time after Tagore. Nevertheless, Mega father and son duo teamed up for the first time as Ram Charan donned the producer hat for the first time. Well, has the new MEGA combination clicked well? Well, read on to know…

Khaidi No: 150 is a remake of Tamil Smash hit Kaththi, which revolves around the story of a petty criminal Kaththi Seenu (Chiranjeevi). The movie takes off with Kaththi Seenu escaping from prison and coming to Hyderabad where he meets Shankar (Again Chiranjeevi) by a quirk of fate and ends up taking his place. He plans to run away to a foreign country, but drops his plan after meeting a girl (Kajal Aggarwal) at the airport.

Shankar is fighting to save the farmlands of his village people from the corporate honchos (i.e. Tarun Arora) who want to buy it for a plant and use the water resources available. Kaththi Seenu ends up taking Shankar’s place and how he ends up saving the farmlands forms the rest of the story.

Positive Aspects:

For those who love Megastar, Khaidi No: 150 is a treat because it features Chiru in two roles – as social activist and petty thief. The roles are opposite in character – Kaththi Seenu only thinks of society and wants to give back to it whereas Shankar is self-centred and only wants to make money for himself.

Megastar has tried to make the two roles very distinct by being subdued and underplaying Shankar while he’s over-the-top as Kaththi Seenu. In fact, it is the emotional scenes that he essays as Shankar that actually stand out in the film. While Kaththi Seenu is high on theatrics and is the Chiru that we have enjoyed on screen in many mass entertainers, Shankar is fresh and mass in every aspect. Kaththi Seenu is bound to be a fan favorite while the audiences are likely to empathize with Shankar and his motives.

Kajal has essayed her role – as the pretty girl next door type – well (whatever there was of it). Her scenes with Chiru in the first half are quite lively. One must commend Tarun Arora for the effort he has made to mouth the Telugu dialogues as the lip sync is near perfect. Brahmanandam, Posani Krishna Murali, Ali and Prudhviraj’s comedy timing is among the big attractions of the film. Ram Charan, VV Vinayak and Lakshmi Rai made special appearances and they are also major assets of the movie.

First and foremost, director VV Vinayak can be applauded for sticking on to the core plot of the movie with a strong social message –the plight of famers in India today – and roped in a Megastar to essay the protagonist. Both have done a good job. The makers have touched upon many issues close to his heart such as rampant corruption, farmer suicides, the plight of senior citizens, water scarcity, the workings of the sensational news-hungry media and also goes on to vilify the corporate and their aggressive expansion plans without considering their CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives.

The one scene late in the second half, when Chiru delivers an intense monologue on the above mentioned issues, is a definite highlight in the overall scheme of things. One feels VV Vinayak could have gone a step forward and tightened the screenplay.  There is humanity in the film. There is love, friendship, emotions, caste discrimination, unity, harmony, betrayal, and much more. The first half of the movie keeps you engaged and has the audience’s attention. The interval portion definitely keeps you puzzled to know what will happen next.

This film will be a memorable outing for Chiru as an actor, after a long time. DSP’s music is a big pillar for the movie, which adds so much value to the scenes. His songs are also pleasant to hear. Devi Sri Prasad has also done a great job with the BGM. Rathnavelu’s visuals capture the scenic beauty of the aboard and the exotic locations. The aerial shots in ‘Sundari’ song are good. The other technical departments do what is expected of them. Production Values by Konidela Production Company are excellent.

There was no unnecessary diversion from the story. Dialogues need a worthy-mention. Paruchuri brothers have written the dialogues for this film, and they are powerful and realistic. There is a social issue which acts as the fulcrum for things to proceed in the second half. The political games and its wild ways are narrated well. VV Vinayak should also be lauded for not bowing down to commercial compromises to tell his story and one can perceive his sincerity in this endeavor.

Negative Aspects:

Nothing needs to mention as we could not find major negative aspects to share with you folks. Thanks to Megastar Chiranjeevi and VV Vinayak.

Verdict:

Khaidi No 150 is a grand production which rides on Megastar’s dual roles, the social interest angle and some impactful scenes which are part of the mix. Vinayak delivers a strong commercial movie with a nice social angle, in true Megastar style!

Toting it up, Khaidi No:150 works for its CHIRU’s CHARISMA, ACTING, SOCIAL MESSAGE, VV VINAYAK’S SCREENPLAY, LAVISH PRODUCTION VALUES, BACKGROUND SCORE gives the audience a MEGA watching experience.

 

Rating: 4/5

 

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