Khaidi No 150 is a one man show of Chiranjeevi which is intended to stir the nostalgia in fans and it even will work big time for fans. The team has moved a bit from doing justice to Kaththi in the process. Common audience will still find it a watchable fare.
2.7 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
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Kaththi Seenu (Chiranjeevi) is a crook who escapes from jail and is on a pursuit to flee the country. But then he happens to see an accident and he saves a person, Shankar (Chiranjeevi) who is exactly the same as Seenu. Immediately, Seenu gets an idea. He sends Shankar to jail in his place and takes Shankar's place to make money. But then Shankar is the lone fighter for the farmers in a village who are facing various problems. Moved by their issues, Seenu decides to fight on their behalf. Rest of the story is all about Seenu's fight.
Chiranjeevi is making a comeback to Film industry after about a decade but then the ease he displayed in the film is stunning. Except for a bit overweight in some sequences, Chiranjeevi looked very much the same as the old Chiranjeevi. The screen presence, comedy timing, performance, crazy dialogues and stunning dance moves are all the same. He is really an asset for the film. The Megastar also pulled off the emotional scenes and the climax very well which brings a lot of depth to the movie. Kajal is gorgeous as always and did not look odd beside Chiranjeevi who is more than double her age. However, the actress has got a very little screen space. The debut villain, Tarun Arora is the biggest weak link in the movie as he failed to match the screen presence of Chiranjeevi, as a result, the confrontational scenes between them did not work. Ram Charan's cameo worked big time.
Director VV Vinayak tried to downplay the content of the film a bit and focused more on stirring the nostalgia around 'Boss is Back'. The extended Veena Step, Shoelace trying moves, mass fights, electrifying dances are all intended in that direction. As a result, the first half turned to be an average fare. Things get serious in the second half but the problems of the farmers are very well portrayed. The climax is again stretched and is also cliched.
A couple of songs by Devi especially Ammadu Kummudu and Raththalu worked due to Chiranjeevi's amazing screen presence and dance moves. Background score is a big asset. Editing could have been better in the second half while Rathnavelu's cinematography is a big bonus with Chiranjeevi portrayed very well. Production Values of Konidela Production Company are excellent.
Finally, Khaidi No 150 is a one man show of Chiranjeevi which is intended to stir the nostalgia in fans and it even will work big time for fans. The team has moved a bit from doing justice to Kaththi in the process. The Common audience will still find it a watchable fare.
2.7 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good