Hyderabad: Megastar Chiranjeevi's comeback film Khaidi No 150 hit the big screen amidst widespread celebrations by millions of fans across both the Telugu states and also in several countries on Wednesday.
Early talk indicates that Khaidi No.150 is going to be an all-time block-bluster as the movie opened with record collections in the USA. Tickets were sold at Rs1,000 to Rs1,500.
Chiranjeevi's son Ram Charan, who is also the producer of the film, makes a brief appearance in a dance sequence, shaking a leg with his father.
Chiranjeevi plays dual role - one is a petty criminal and the other is a water scientist who fights for his village.
The film released in over 2,800 screens worldwide, including 2,300 in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and 500 across the world - mainly in the USA, European countries such as UK, Germany and Gulf countries. Most companies in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and other Gulf nations declared holiday to allow Telugu employees to watch the movie. The movie released on 317 screens in Hyderabad alone.
A premier show was screened in the early hours in Hyderabad, Vizag and Vijayawada for special guests and industry bigwigs. Producer Dil Raju watched the movie at a mall in KPHB.
Chiranjeevi's mother Anjana Devi, wife Surekha, Allu Arjun and his wife Sneha Reddy watched the movie at Sandhya theater in Hyderabad.
Khaidi No 150 is the official remake of the Tamil film Kaththi, which starred Ilayathalapathy Vijay in the lead role and was a super hit.
Directed by VV Vinayak, the film stars Kajal Aggarwal and Tarun Arora, and has music by Devi Sri Prasad.
Khaidi No. 150 Movie Review
It is an action thriller revolves around the story of a petty criminal Kathi Seenu (Chiranjeevi), who escapes from jail. He plans to flee to some foreign country, but drops his plan after meeting Lakshmi (Kajal Aggarwal) at the airport.
He comes across his lookalike Konidela Siva Shankara Prasad (Chiranjeevi), who is being shot by a killers hired by the villain. Somehow Seenu saves Shankar and admits him in hospital and decides to impersonate him after learning that Shankar is a post-graduate in hydrology and wants to help farmers in his village, which is under threat of being occupied by an MNC for construction of a factory.
How he fights for the villagers forms the crux of the story.
The audience say that Khaidi No 150 has an interesting story with a powerful message to the society. The director has remained faithful to the original story, but has made some minor changes in the screenplay to suit the taste of Telugu filmgoers. Some comedy and romance scenes keep the viewers entertained in the first half. The story gets serious in the second half, which is very engaging.
Chiranjeevi, who is making his comeback to acting after 10 years, has played dual roles in Khaidi No 150 and has delivered a wonderful performance. He impresses the viewers with his young looks, action, dance and dailogue delivery. Kajal Aggarwal, who appears as his love interest, has done justice to her role and her glamour and chemistry with Chiru are among the highlights of the film, say the audience.
As an antagonist, Tarun Arora has done a good job and he is an asset to Khaidi No 150. 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 assets of the movie.
Khaidi No 150 has excellent production values. The soundtracks, background score, picturisation, amazing choreography of dance and action are the big attractions of the technical front, say the viewers.
While the overall impact of the movie is enthralling, the only disappointing factor is complete insignificance of the heroine. But Chiru being the all-in-one of the movie, audience is not very disappointed.