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Review : Khiladi – Stale Offering
Release date: 16 Mar 2012 Rating : 2.5/5
Director : Thiru
Producer : Vikram Krishna
Music Director : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Starring: Vishal, Neetu Chandra, Sarah Jane Dias, Tanushree Dutta

Vishal gained prominence among the movie lovers of Andhra Pradesh with the flick ‘Pandem Kodi’. Since then, he has been consistently trying to make a mark for himself and the latest attempt in that direction in the film ‘Khiladi’. The movie is a Telugu dubbed version of the flick ‘Theeratha Vilayattu Pillai’, which released more than two years ago. Thiru has directed this movie and Vikram Krishna is the producer.


Karthik( Vishal ) is the pampered son of a bank employee Mouli. He has a habit of picking up multiple options for everything in life and he then chooses the best out of them. He wants to continue this tradition even with his love life and as a result, he starts looking out for options. He comes across Jyothy ( Tanushree Dutta ), Priya (Sarah Jane Dias) and Tejaswini (Nitu Chandra).

Karthik decides to test them all and he starts building up a relationship with them. But things turn serious as all three ladies fall in love with Karthik. Tejaswini finds out that Karthik is just trying to pick and choose from the three of them and all hell breaks loose. What happens next? And who will Karthik marry? That is the story.

Plus Points :

Vishal has delivered an energetic performance as Karthik. He has shown his usual flare in dances and fights. His rugged looks and intense action will impress his fans. Sarah Jane Dias looks beautiful and she is ok. Neetu Chandra oozes glamour in this movie and her role has negative shades. She does a decent job.

The first half has some amount of comedy and the scenes between Vishal and his parents have come out well. Ali’s dubbing has worked extremely well for Santhanam’s character and it is hilarious.

Minus Points :

Vishal’s characterization is not suitable for our tastes. Tanu Sree Dutta’s performance is very bad and she doesn’t look glamorous either. There are many illogical sequences in the movie and they will leave the audience irritated. The second half is extremely predictable and there is no excitement whatsoever in the proceedings.

Prakash Raj is absolutely wasted in a very minuscule role. The climax is very poor and the fights are unbelievably loud. The plot of the story is very similar to ‘Chukkallo Chandrudu’ and ‘Naa Manasistha’.

There is excessive Tamil nativity in the flick as is the case with all dubbed films and this is again a major turnoff.

Technical Aspects :

Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is good and so is the background score. Aravind Krishna’s cinematography is also pretty good and the visuals look bright and colourful. Editing is very bad and the movie has a very jerky feel to it. Production values are rich.

Dialogues are alright.

Verdict :

Khiladi is an old movie which has nothing exciting to offer to the moviegoer. The film has a very predictable story-line and some excessive Tamil nativity. You can safely avoid this movie unless you are a hardcore Vishal fan or you are desperate to see an average Tamil flick. Rating : 2.5/5

Ashok Reddy M

(Translated by Emmess)

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