Verdict: The boss is back with a bang!
Khaidi No. 150 is a much-awaited movie for the megastar Chiranjeevi in a full-length role as a hero after a gap of nine years. For the first time, Chiranjeevi’s son Ram Charan Teja is introduced as a producer with Konidela Productions. After hearing stories for more than a year, they have decided to go with the remake of yesteryears Tamil Super hit movie Kathi. V.V. Vinayak is decided to be the captain of the ship. Being a comeback movie of the megastar, expectations are huge. Let’s see if the movie is able to meet the expectations of the audience.
Kathi Srinu (Chiranjeevi) is a prisoner who escapes from a jail at Kolkata. Shankar (Chiranjeevi) is a hydrologist who fights for the plight of farmers in his village Neeruru. Srinu comes to Shankar's rescue when he was targeted by a corporate mafia. Srinu takes Shankar's place and police arrests Shankar in a mistaken identity assuming that he is Srinu. Does Srinu realize Shankar’s goal? What he does to save the farmers is the basic premise of Khaidi No. 150.
It is the megastar’s show all the way. Though it has been nine years, there is no change in his charisma. He is at ease in action episodes, dance sequences and acting. Undoubtedly, all the previous records will be rewritten in the history of Telugu cinema. He excelled in both the characters, as Srinu and as Shankar. Kajal has a limited role and looked glamorous in songs. Ali as Srinu’s friend succeeded in bringing the entire theater to splits with laughter. Tarun Arora looked apt in the role of a corporate owner and as the main antagonist. Brahmanandam episodes with Chiranjeevi worked well. Posani and Prudhvi had limited roles and did justice to the roles they enacted. Rest of the cast is adequate. Ram Charan did a special cameo in the song Ammadu Let’s Do Kammudu and is a treat to watch the father-son duo dance.
V.V. Vinayak did complete justice to the remake without spoiling the soul of Kathi. Story by A.R. Murugadoss is heart touching. He has become a household name in nurturing stories that have a social message and Khaidi No. 150 is no exception. Devi Sri Prasad’s music and background score are a highlight of this flick. Cinematography by Ratnavelu is excellent. Editing by Gautham Raju is very good. Production values by Konidela Productions are top notch.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
Khaidi No. 150 is megastar’s tribute to his fans who are hungry to see their demigod back on screen. This is undoubtedly a feast for them. People who are not Chiranjeevi fans can watch it for the effective portrayal of farmers' plight and Chiru’s charisma.
— By Ajay Mudunuri