Megastar Chiranjeevi did considerable remakes in his career and has been continuing the trend now as well. Most of the remakes have worked at the box office and brought Chiranjeevi a good name. However, after the OTT rise and audience exposure to the other language films, remakes have become a tough task to pull off for any actor.
Chiranjeevi after a gap of almost 10 years, re-entered the Telugu Film Industry with Khaidi No 150 which was a remake of Tamil film Katthi. It became a blockbuster, but the audience felt he should have done a straight film rather than a remake for his re-entry.
The last Straight hit film from Chiranjeevi is Indra which was released in 2002 and after this Shankardada MBBS and Khaidi No150 are successful films, but both are remakes. However, finally Chiranjeevi broke the myth that he can score success only with remakes and delivered a hit with Straight film after 21 years with Waltair Veerayya.
With successive failures like Acharya and Godfather everybody had a doubt whether even with straight film can he score a hit but with the terrific success of Waltair Veerayya Chiranjeevi gave a strong comeback.