Cast: Chiranjeevi, Kajal Agarwal, Ram Charan (cameo), Allu Arjun (cameo) and Others
Direction: VV Vinayak
Dialogues: Parchuri Brothers and Sai Madhav Burra
Producer: Ram Charan
Production House: Konidela Production Company
Music: Devi Sri Prasad
Release Date: January 11th, 2017
Kathi Seenu (Chiranjeevi) is a crook who escapes from jail and tries to flee out of the country. But then, one day, he comes across an accident and helps the man who is at the receiving end only to find out that the latter Shankar is an exact photocopy of his own looks. Seenu cleverly sends him to jail in his place and take his place to mint more money. But then Shankar’s life leads Seenu to the misery of farmers. Seenu decides to take up the issues and fight on the behalf of the farmers. What happens next in the story forms the rest
Megastar Chiranjeevi is back to his familiar turf and manages to bring back the memories of the Olden days. His screen presence, comedy timing, performance, impeccable dialogue delivery and stunning dance moves are intact to stir the nostalgia in fans. He looks a bit overweight in some places but then that we should let go given the age factor. Chiranjeevi enthralled in the emotional scenes as well.
Kajal is gorgeous and surprisingly, their pair did not look odd. But then her presence in the movie is very limited. Tarun Arora, the villain in the film appeared as the weak link in the movie as he could not match Chiranjeevi. There are no proper confrontational scenes between them. Ram Charan’s cameo in the last song works big time.
Kaththi is a serious subject and director VV Vinayak tweaked it with some mass masala elements to fit into the image of Chiranjeevi. The makers are more focused on the fans service and nostalgia in the first half with the extended Veena Step, Shoelace tying moves and mass fights etc. So, fans will be loving the first half while the common audience will find it barely average. The problems of the farmers are showcases well but then the solution for the problem in the climax looked cliched also we get the feel that the climax is slow and stretched beyond a point. The story is pretty normal without much surprises and twists.
As said earlier, Vinayak does an okay job with the remake project. Devi Sri Prasad’s songs like Ammadu Kummudu and Raththalu worked on screen due to Chiranjeevi’s dance moves. Background score took the movie to the next level. Rathnavelu’s cinematography showcases Chiranjeevi in best possible way. Dialogues by Parchuri Brothers and Sai Madhav worked well in some places and found to be too much at other places. Production Values of Konidela Production Company are top notch. Editing should have been better in the second half.
Ammadu and Raththalu Song
Ram Charan Cameo
Slow Second Half
Unlike the original, Khaidi No 15 is more about the nostalgia and fans service with several Chiranjeevi mark mass masala elements. Fans will enjoy it thoroughly. The movie will be an okay watch even to the normal audience.
TollywoodAndhra Rating: 3/5