Mass Raja Raviteja who is on a high-scoring hit with Krack is coming to entertain movie lovers turning Khiladi. The film is increasing the attention of all as it is releasing even in Hindi on February 11, 2022. Expectations are high on Khiladi and let us see whether Khiladi cracked the success code.
Criminologist, psychologist Pooja (Meenakshi Chaudhary), daughter of DGP Jayaram (Sachin Khedekar), in her quest to help her brother complete his research, meets a Mohan Gandhi (Ravieja) who is in jail for murdering his wife Chitra (Dimple Hayathi), daughter and his inlaws (Murali Sharma, Anasuya). She comes to know about crores of money stashed somewhere for which Mohan Gandhi was threatened. To find out more about it and the connection with Mohan Gandhi's ordeal and how CBI officer Arjun (Arjun Sarja), Home Minister Guru Singham (Mukesh Rishi), his son Bala Singam (Niktin Dheer), RV Financial Consultants MD Rajasekhar (Rao Ramesh), David (Thakoor Anoop Singh) and Rama Krishna (Unni Mukundan ) are connected, watch Khiladi on the big screen.
Artists, Technicians Review
Director Ramesh Varma tried to elevate Raviteja's heroism to another level in an interesting thriller. He started the narration in an interesting manner, but within minutes into the story, he loses the plot completely. He tried to full Khiladi with all elements like comedy, action, romance, sentiment etc, and in the end, ended up leaving it half-baked. In his quest to increase the interest levels, he included various twists but the so called twists either turned out to be routine, silly, or ended up confusing the viewers. Ramesh Varma with his racy screenplay planned to excite viewers, however with a weak storyline his screenplay and direction went awry. Right from the start till the finish, all the actors pass through the motions and so too the viewers. They just stare at the scenes expecting some kick and they end up in disappointment as nothing clicks.
Raviteja played the role tailormade for him. He slipped into the role effortlessly and his actions, expressions, dialogue delivery, and mannerisms are a treat to watch. His fans love Raviteja's mass characterization and elevation. His energy levels are used to the optimum in this film. However, for all the hard work and effort he put on, the weak story, over all characterization made viewers feel that Raviteja overacted and went over the top ending up irritating a few sections of people.
Dimple Hayathi turned red hot and exploded on the screen. She looked gorgeous and beautiful and extremely sensuous in the songs. Meenakshi Chaudhary also entertained viewers with her beauty great. Among them, Dimple Hayathi got more screen presence to showcase her glamor while Meenakshi Chaudhary got the scope in some scenes to show her acting skills. Mass moves and dances of Raviteja, Dimple Hayathi, and Meenakshi Chaudhary entertain the masses.
Arjun Sarja played the role of a tough cop and he did his role convincingly. He did such roles in the past and this is nothing new. Others like Unni Mukundan, Mukesh Rishi, Sachin Khedekar, Thakoor Anoop Singh, Nikitin Dheer, Rao Ramesh, Anasuya Bharadwaj, Murali Sharma, Vennela Kishore passed through the motions. Their characters appear in one scene and disappear in the next according to the story.
Devi Sri Prasad came with out and out mass beats. There is nothing new in his beats but the songs are all well shot elevating the glamor of heroines Dimple Hayathi and Meenakshi Chowdhary. However, a couple of songs acted as speed breakers. GK Vishnu and Sujith Vassudev with their cinematography at times elevated the scenes. Some of the visuals are beautiful but other times the work looked just average. The editing of Amar Reddy left a lot to be desired. There are many repetitive scenes and drags in the film which slowed the pace of the film, especially in the second half. Production values are ok.
Dimple Hayathi, Meenakshi Chaudhary's glamor
Lack of real twists and turns
Raviteja's Khiladi generated immense interest and with Ramesh Varma getting swanky gifts even before the release and the makers releasing in Hindi, the excitement increased. However, Khiladi almost on all fronts and gives shock not only to movie lovers and all the fans of Raviteja but also to Raviteja himself. Routine elements, directionless direction, senseless story and uneven screenplay knocked out Khiladi. Considering all these elements, CJ goes with a 2 rating for Khiladi.