The wait is finally over.Megastar Chiranjeevi’s highly anticipated ambitious period drama Syeraa Narasimha Reddy is hitting the screens worldwide amid massive expectations.Let’s find out if SyeRaa lives up to the hype and hysteria or not.
Story: The film is based on the Palegar of Rayalaseema , Majjari Narasimha Reddy, who revolted against the atrocities of British Raj in 1847. Narasimha was one of the 61 independent palegars of the region who is under Biritish system and pay taxes. The conflict begins when drought hits seema and the British still insist to pay tax on land. How Narasimha Reddy unites the rest of the palegars , people and revolt against the atrocities , is the rest of the story Analysis : Director Surender Reddy opens the story on Jhansi Lakshmi Bai. To inspire her warriors , she narrates story of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy which happened 10 years prior to her time.
Technicalities : Director Surender Reddy opens the story on Jhansi Lakshmi Bai. To inspire her warriors , she narrates story of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy which happened 10 years prior to her time.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy has been executed on BIG scale , beginning with showcasing Britishers’ atrocities in the region. Narration is slow paced initially but that is adequate to build up the required emotion against the rulers. As interval approaches the film picks up the pace.
The scene in which first time Narasimha Reddy revolts against Officer Jackson came out well , followed by a high intense Interval block. Director surender takes a cue from S.S.Rajamouli here. Even though Megastar Chiranjeevi shows his age in few scenes, one has to appreciate his conviction and gumption to do this role. Given the age ( 30 years ) of the protagonist in the story , Producer Charan himself would have been T fit for this role. Nevertheless , performance wise chiranjeevi gave his best. His dialogue delivery is good.
Second half starts off with some cinematic elevations and works with masses for 30 minutes. Then onwards back to back fights between Britishers and Renadu area palegars come in sequence. Most of the action sequences by Greg Powell, Lee Whittaker, Ram-Laxman and A Vijay are far from realisitc, but from mass point of view may be a necessity. Cinematic liberty in historical films is acceptable , but higher degreee of distortion might not be.
When did Narasimha Reddy and troops kill 10,000 British Army ? Killing of so many thousands of British troops would have highlighted Narasimha Reddy on world history books. In addition, the scale of war episodes are mounted as if two gigantic empires ( likes of Maratha Sivaji empire ) are at war. Factually Narasimha Reddy was hardly a leader for 4-5 Taluks , who majorly performed guerilla warfare. Here we’re not undermining the patriotism of the person, but highlighting the way it has been portrayed and played to galleries.
Another fact is Narasimha’s wife Siddhamma passed away before he was captured by Brits. But , in film she was shown alive when Narasimha was caught An emotional climax works, but it is coupled with unnecessary mass heroism shots.
Performances: 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 film is based on a real story, and like many other subjects that stem from historical period, the makers have taken creative liberties to make the narrative of this one more dramatic. Chiranjeevi is in good form as the leader of the rebellion. The actor proves that he can make even the seemingly impossible look possible. With excellent screen presence, Sudeep makes a great impression. His chemistry with Chiranjeevi makes you wish for more screen time for the two actors. Both Nayanthara and Tamannah, are competent in their parts and do the best they can within the limited scope that their roles offer. Amitabh Bachchan’s appearance is brief, but impactful. The film releases in five languages including, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi. Unfortunately, it’s the writing that lets the film down. The screenplay and direction by Surender Reddy falters at several points in the narrative.
At two hours and 50 minutes, the film is a tad too long and needed a tighter edit. The dialogues of a subject with so much of depth definitely needed to add more weight. In the second half, the story picks up, and the real action kicks in. Most of the stunts (by Greg Powell, Lee Whittaker, Ram-Laxman and A Vijay) are far from realisitc, but it makes for a good watch. The music is passable, but the awkward lyrics do stick out.
Intense Interval ,
Post Interval blocks
Narasimha Reddy’s patriotism
Ensemble of Stars
Slow first half until interval block
A Palegar of 3-4 Taluks has been projected as if a king of Maratha empire as such ,especially the war scenes setup.
Ample distortion of history Verdict:
Sye Raa has long been a dream project for Megastar and after watching the movie one can understand why. It is a story of an inspiring freedom fighter with good emotional content. A commercial hit film that portrays rebellion Narasimha Reddy story effectively. Producer Charan delivers a dream project for his dad with ample help from Director Surender Reddy.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Tweet Review:
Emotional climax. Movie done with Swasalona Desame song during flag off scenes.Date & Time : 03:35 AM October 02, 2019
As the film is heading towards climax, a few emotional scenes are on nowDate & Time : 03:25 AM October 02, 2019
A high authentic war sequence is on in a huge battlefield. Along with Chiru, Kichcha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathy and Jagapathi Babu are also part of it.Date & Time : 03:15 AM October 02, 2019
A brilliant dance sequence by Tamannah has been canned nicely.Date & Time : 03:04 AM October 02, 2019
Time for Vijay Sethupathy’s introduction. The proceedings lead to superhit title track Sye RaaDate & Time : 02:46 AM October 02, 2019
A nice emotional scene between Chiru and Nayan is going on nowDate & Time : 02:38 AM October 02, 2019
A twist in the tale. Sudeep justifies his role totally with his attitudeDate & Time : 02:30 AM October 02, 2019
Time for the first war. Narasimha alone with just his people is facing mighty Britishers nowDate & Time : 02:19 AM October 02, 2019
Post-Interval British rulers bandit Narasimha Reddy. They are now heading to conquer RenaduDate & Time : 02:16 AM October 02, 2019
First Half Report: So far, the film is decent with a few engaging scenes. The interval block promises a high voltage second half and we have to see how it turns out to be.Date & Time : 02:09 AM October 02, 2019
Movie heading towards the interval point.Date & Time : 01:56 AM October 02, 2019
Time for the “Enduku Kattaali Raa Sisthu” scene. On the other hand, Mega daughter Niharika has been introduced as a tribal girlDate & Time : 01:47 AM October 02, 2019
Nayanthara is introduced as Sidhamma. She is gearing up to marry Narasimha ReddyDate & Time : 01:29 AM October 02, 2019
Britishers trying to control Renadu region. Parallelly, Chiru-Tamanna’s love track is going onDate & Time : 01:24 AM October 02, 2019
Time for Jaago Narasimha Reddy song. A lavishly canned song with numerous dancers. Great set workDate & Time : 01:12 AM October 02, 2019
Jagapathi Babu, Mukesh Rishi, Ravi Kishan and Kichcha Sudeep introduced as Samantha Rajulu. An intense bulls action episode is on nowDate & Time : 01:09 AM October 02, 2019
A simple but effective underwater introduction of Chiranjeevi aka Narasimha Reddy.Now, Tamanna Bhatia makes an entry as a dancer LakshmiDate & Time : 01:00 AM October 02, 2019
Childhood scenes of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy going on. Nazar has been introduced as his grandfather. Amitabh Bachchan also joins the scene as Gosayi Venkanna. He is Narasimha Reddy’s teacher(Guru)Date & Time : 12:56 AM October 02, 2019
Movie takes off in Buckingham Palace. Now, the film shifts to 1857 sepoy mutinyDate & Time : 12:53 AM October 02, 2019
Movie starts with thanks card to Allu Aravind, Pawan Kalyan and Anushka ShettyDate & Time : 12:47 AM October 02, 2019
Hi the film has just started and its duration is 171 minutesDate & Time : 12:45 AM October 02, 2019
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