Sankranti 2023 is set to be a box-office hit Telugu movie between Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy and Chiranjeevi’s Waltair Veerayya. Directed by K S Ravindra aka Bobby Kolli, Waltair Veerayya starring Megastar Chiranjeevi sees him bring Chiru back to the form of a mass entertainer.
Waltair Veerayya begins with notorious international drug peddler Solomon Caesar (Bobby Simha) escaping the custody of RAW agents in a town in Andhra Pradesh. He and his men massacre the RAW agents and police and plan a speedy escape to Malaysia. An honest police inspector (Rajendra Prasad) decides to capture Solomon and bring him to India to make him pay for his crimes.
He enlists the help of Waltair Veerayya (Chiranjeevi), a notorious fisherman obsessed with smuggling, and heads to Malaysia. And in Malaysia he not only meets his love interest Adithi (Shruti Haasan) but the story begins to unfold as Veerayya befriends Solomon. There is a big twist in the plot and this is revealed later in the film.
Bobby Kolli tries to make the two parts of the movie as distinct as possible so that Megastar Chiranjeevi fans are satisfied with the movie. The first half features massive boss party songs, lots of comedy and upbeat moments. The director sets up an exciting interval block post where we will find a lot of action and the entrance to Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja. Low-angle and slow-motion shots are used extensively in the action sequences to showcase Chiranjeevi and Ravi Teja’s star stature and give them a larger-than-life feel.
The film’s story isn’t new, but Bobby Collie could easily get past the action scenes, especially the lengthy ones in the second half. Technically the movie is well made and Devi Sri Prasad’s songs are rocking the charts.
Chiranjeevi seems to be back with this film and the role of Waltair Veerayya. It looks refreshing, and the swag, style, and comical timing are exquisite. Devi Sri Prasad’s song gave Chiranjeevi ample scope to show off his dancing skills, and Megastar even has a brief tribute to Michael Jackson. With romance and lots of action, Chiranjeevi ticked all the right boxes for her fans.
Meanwhile, Mass Maharaja Ravi Teja also has an important role as a cop, and this role is important to the story. Highlights are Ravi Teja and Chiranjeevi performing the Poonakalu loading jig.
It’s been a long time since Bobby Shim-ha took on a good role with a lot of room for acting, even though it is a negative character. And he did it. Shruti Haasan does a decent job as a RAW agent and does what is expected of her, while Catherine Tresa doesn’t have much to do in her film.