Chiranjeevi’s film Waltair Veerayya hit theaters earlier today (Jan 13). In the Telugu action comedy, the superstar returns to his strengths: a masala entertainer with equal amounts of action, comedy, dance and romance. The actor’s fans applauded the return of the “vintage Boss” and generally praised the film.
Waltair Veerayya, directed by KS Ravindra aka Bobby, stars Chiranjeevi as a notorious smuggler with Ravi Teja as the cop tasked with catching him. The film follows the battle between them as they interlock horns and how they try to outwit each other in an action-packed saga. The film also stars Shruti Haasan and features Urvashi Rautela in a dance number.
Commenting on the first show of the film, a fan tweeted, “We have not seen Chiranjeevi dancing and doing entertainment after KN150 (2017). Nice to see a #WaltairVerayya being made to capitalize on megastar strengths. Many other fans echoed this thought. One tweet read: “First half full of vintage stuff from Bobby and #MegaStarChiranjeevi.”
Many fans said it was good to see Chiranjeevi doing comedy on screen again. “No doubt #WaltairVerayya is the best movie with the best comedic timing from @KChiruTweets sir,” one viewer tweeted. In recent years, Chiranjeevi has made more serious films, which deviate from the kind of hits that made him a superstar in the 90s.
Waltair Veerayya clashes at the box office with Nandamuri Balakrishna’s Veera Simha Reddy, who also had a great start. However, Chiranjeevi’s fans are convinced that their favorite star’s film will win this ‘Sankranti clash’. One tweet read, “Loved chiru’s energy all the way through. Pure Sankranti winner without debate.”
#Waltair Veerayya blockbuster pakka vintage chiru back with a big bang loved chiru’s energy by out..pure sankranti winner without debate. Go look.. #Waltair Veerayya on January 13 #Walter Veerayya pic.twitter.com/VBEek5audv– Just ask (@JustAsk32527221) January 13, 2023
Waltair Veerayya pre-booked Rs 14 crore and will earn more than Rs 25 crore nett on day one across India. Veera Simha Reddy, on the other hand, has earned Rs 32 crore on its first day. Between these two and Varisu and Thunivu from the Tamil film industry, South has given four major films this Pongal/Sankranti weekend, all of which registered a grand opening day. Now it all depends on word of mouth if they can sustain these numbers for the first week.