“Khaidi No. 150” is a Telugu action-drama film released in 2017, starring the charismatic Chiranjeevi in a dual role, marking his comeback after a hiatus. Directed by V. V. Vinayak, the movie is a remake of the Tamil film “Kaththi.” With a mix of action, emotion, and social commentary, “Khaidi No. 150” tells the story of Shankar, a petty criminal who takes on the identity of a social activist named Kaththi to fight against corporate greed and injustice.
Chiranjeevi’s return to the silver screen is nothing short of a grand spectacle. His energy, charisma, and screen presence are palpable in every frame. Playing both the rugged thief and the idealistic activist, Chiranjeevi displays his versatility as an actor. The film captures the essence of his larger-than-life image, appealing to fans who have eagerly awaited his return.
The story revolves around Shankar’s transformation from a self-centered thief to a responsible citizen. The narrative cleverly intertwines Shankar’s personal journey with his mission to save farmers from a water crisis caused by a profit-hungry corporate entity. The plot effectively portrays the exploitation of rural communities for corporate gain, resonating with real-world issues.
The film’s highlight is undoubtedly the action sequences. Chiranjeevi’s graceful yet powerful dance moves are iconic, and the action choreography further enhances his dynamic presence. The song “Ammadu Let’s Do Kummudu” became a chartbuster, and its catchy beats and energetic choreography added to the film’s entertainment value.
The supporting cast, including Kajal Aggarwal as the female lead, delivers solid performances. Tarun Arora as the antagonist effectively portrays the ruthless businessman, adding depth to the conflict. However, some characters lack proper development, which could have added more layers to the narrative.
Director V. V. Vinayak succeeds in striking a balance between commercial elements and the film’s social message. The pacing is generally good, though the second half could have been trimmed to maintain a more engaging narrative. The emotional moments are impactful, especially during Shankar’s interactions with the farmers he strives to help.
The film’s technical aspects are commendable, with excellent cinematography capturing the grandeur of Chiranjeevi’s presence. Devi Sri Prasad’s music elevates the viewing experience, though some of the songs could have been better placed within the story. The dialogues, written by Paruchuri Brothers, are impactful and resonate with the audience.
“Khaidi No. 150” is not without its flaws. The story’s predictability and occasional melodrama could have been toned down to enhance the overall impact. The film’s climax, while satisfying, also feels a bit rushed and convenient.
“Khaidi No. 150” is a triumphant comeback vehicle for Chiranjeevi that blends action, emotion, and a social message. While it adheres to certain commercial norms, it also addresses relevant social issues. Chiranjeevi’s magnetic presence, supported by good performances and technical brilliance, make the film a worthwhile watch for both his fans and general audiences. Though not without its shortcomings, the movie delivers an engaging cinematic experience that celebrates the superstar’s return to the silver screen.
|V. V. Vinayak
|V. V. Vinayak
|Sai Madhav Burra
|Devi Sri Prasad
|Chiranjeevi Kajal Aggarwal AliLakshmi Rai BrahmanandamTarun Raj AroraPosani Murali KrishnaPrudhvi RajRaghu KarumanchiRaghu BabuNagendra BabuNassarJaya Prakash Reddy
|Lyca Productions, Konidela Production Company
|OTT Release Date
|March 30, 2017