Telugu star Chiranjeevi’s comeback film "Khaidi No 150" finished the first weekend with Rs.106 crore in box office collections, with a message to his detractors that the Boss is Back and with a Bang.
The film, produced by his son Ram Charan and released on January 11, was going houseful throughout the weekend raking in money that was never seen before for his films ten years ago.
"This is a terrific comeback for Chiranjeevi. In the opening weekend, the film grossed Rs. 106 crore worldwide. The long festival weekend really helped the film to draw the audiences to cinemas," trade analyst Trinath told IANS. "The success of this film is proof of Chiranjeevi’s large fan base," he added.
The film is an official remake of Tamil blockbuster "Kaththi", Directed by V.V. Vinayak, featuring Kajal Aggarwal and Tarun Arora in key roles. With music by Devi Sri Prasad, the film’s last song has made dent into the Telugu music industry instantly.
Chiranjeevi’s last film was in 2007 and he had quit films to enter politics and founded his own party called "Praja Party" with little success at the hustings.
Later, he merged his party with Congress and became Tourism minister at the Centre only to return to lead the party in 2014 elections unsuccessfully. Meanwhile, his brother Pawan Kalyan had left him to start his own party Jana Sena and campaigned against his brother’s Congress Party.
Sidelined in politics, the comeback film, after 60 years, became a saviour for Chiranjeevi who still enjoys massive fan following and in the changed indsutry, his comeback film easily earned the threshold Rs.100-crore in just five days.