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Sye Raa Movie Review
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Chiranjeevi, Vijay Sethupathi, Sudeep, Nayanthara, Tamanna Bhatia
Direction: Surender Reddy
Producers: Ram Charan
Story: Paruchuri Brothers
Screenplay: Surender Reddy
Music:Songs: Amit Trivedi
Cinematography R. Rathnavelu
Edited: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production: Konidela Production Company
Megastar Chiranjeevi’s prestigious project Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is one of the most awaited movies of the season. Amidst huge expectations, the film has hit the screens today. Let’s analysis it.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy begins with a disclaimer that the film is not intended to hurt the sentiments of any particular person, community, caste or religion. When you see a disclaimer read out by Ram Charan, you know the makers have taken utmost care in retelling the story of Telugu freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. It is sad to see such disclaimers at the beginning of the film and it speaks volumes about the state of the country we live in.
Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) is the territorial administrative and military ruler of Uyyalawada. Following his guru Gosayi Venkanna's (Amitabh Bachchan) advice, he becomes a fierce warrior and leader. The just ruler is committed to doing the best for his subjects. Though he falls in love with the beautiful dancer, Laxmi (Tamannaah), circumstances force him to marry Siddhamma (Nayanthara). Angered by the atrocities that his people are subjected to by the East India Company, he joins hands with other rulers, like Avuku Raju (Sudeep) and Raja Pandi (Vijay Sethupathi) to start a rebellion. He not only has to battle the Britishers, but also has to deal with some of his own people, who are out to sabotage his mission. Narsimha Reddy's brave battle proved to be the inspiration for the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
The rest of the story is about how Narasimha Reddy formed an army to fight against the British and what happens to him.
Chiranjeevi fights throughout the film. More than anything else, the film stands as testimony to Chiranjeevi’s dedication to cinema. He’s stunning in his role and the way he channelizes his emotion into the character throughout the film is inspiring. He treads a fine line in the film because he isn’t a one-man army for the most part of the story, and at every stage, he remains a leader who inspires people to follow his footsteps.
Along with Chiru, the senior actor Amitabh Bachchan is good in the respectful Guru’s role. Actors like Kichcha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathy are apt in their roles but their screen length is very limited. Actor Jagapathi Babu gets a meaty role in which is impresses yet again.
Heroine Nayanthara and Tamanna are decent in their roles. While Nayan gave a settled performance, Tamanna’s dance sequence in the second half is one of the major highlights of the film.
Highly authentic war sequences that come during the latter half of the film are shot lavishly on a grand scale. The last twenty minutes of the film is high on emotions and will impress the audience. The flag off scenes is picturized on an appealing note.
The story work by Paruchuri brothers is good. Writer Burra Sai Madhav did an excellent job in few scenes. Ratnavelu as DOP did a fantastic job, excelled in showing this period drama through his lens.
Background score by Julius Packman is excellent elevated the scenes to the next level. Amit Trivedi’s music for two songs is good. Action directors did a commendable job.
Top-notch production values, Ram Charan takes the credit in this tribute to Narasimha Reddy.
Director Surender Reddy gets the basics of a period drama absolutely right and it is safe to say that he has taken a no-controversy path without hurting the sentiments of anyone, just as the disclaimer says so. The film lays bare patriotism and secularism in the film, which is a welcoming move.
While retelling the story of Narasimha Reddy, he is shown as the epitome of righteousness. The only flaw is the trust he has in people. The cinematic liberties that the makers have taken are a bit dramatic, especially the climax scene.
Chiranjeevi also confronts a Britisher and speaks a lengthy dialogue about taxes. One can’t help but recall the epic dialogue about tax in Sivaji Ganesan’s Veerapandiya Kattabomman.
Some of the dialogues in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy do what they are supposed to do. They invoke patriotism and question the wrongdoings in the society. Chiranjeevi’s character is taught to light the Karthikai Deepam and it’s a nice metaphor that the makers have incorporated. In other words, he’s the light of lives.
The major flaw of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is that it’s too formulaic. You can almost guess what’s going to happen and with a runtime of 2 hours and 47 minutes, the film is a tad bit long. The cameo by Anushka Shetty seems forced. It is as though she has been thrown into the movie only to sing praises of Narasimha Reddy.
Tamannaah’s role as Lakshmi has a nice twist and it is easily one of the most intriguing characters in the Sye Raa universe. Nayanthara plays Sidhamma (Narasimha’s wife) and has a rather one-dimensional role as a dutiful wife and a mother. It is the performances of Sudeep and Vijay Sethupathi that add a different color to the film.
Production Values Intense Interval, Post Interval blocks Megastar Presence Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy’s true heroic deeds
Forced patriotism at times Too many fights in lengthy second half A Palegar has been projected as if a king of Maratha empire as such, especially the war scenes setup, etc.
Verdict: Overall , A worth watch for Mega fans. Others watch with fewer expectations, you may like it!
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