Syeraa Narsimha Reddy Movie Review: Chiranjeevi Is All Pervading In The Film, He Is Magnanimous!
Movie: Syeraa Narsimha Reddy
Director: Surender Reddy
Actors: Chiranjeevi, Nayanthara, Tamannaah Bhatia, Kichu Sudeep, Amitabh Bachchan
My Verdict: : Artfully Dramatised Historical Film, With Some Lovely VFX – Watch It!
Rated: 3.5 Out Of 5 Stars
Sye Raa Narsimha Reddy tells the story of Uyyalavada Narsimha Reddy who is known to have conjured up a storm of freedom and independence for the first time in the southern part of our country against the British East India Company.
The title role has been played by Chiranjeevi! And along with him, there are scores of other actors in the film, namely, Amitabh Bachchan, Kiccha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayantara, Tamannah Bhatia and there is also a special appearance by actress Anushka Shetty in the end!
This is for the first time that Amitabh Bachchan and Chiranjeevi come together on the big screen. Big B plays Narsimha’s Guru whose teaching shape him into the man he will become. Whenever Reddy finds something is amiss, he seeks refuge in the knowledge of his sire, Gosayi Venkanna! That’s where he gets all the wisdom he has accumulated over the years!
Reddy is married off to Siddhamma during his childhood to avoid a curse and then they were separated only to be united once again during adulthood. Unbeknownst to his own marital status, Reddy falls in love with Lakshmi a singer and classical dancer played by Tamannaah Bhatia.
There are other characters like Avku Raju played by Kichuu Sudeep who stands by Narsimha till his last breath! The tale is filled with characters hatching conspiracies, butchery and gore and so is its cinematography! The picturization of the film is a big plus. It is not just grand, t actually makes every character in the film, every situation in the film, every place int eh film come alive in front of the viewers.
Coming to the acting bit, Chiranjeevi is all-pervading in the role of Narsimha Reddy, his facial expressions, the blood in his eyes and the roar in his voice! Everything combined makes him the be-all and the end-all of the film! After you finish watching the film, you come out of the theatre with a feeling of no one else could have done the tole better than Chiranjeevi and that is all that it takes, isn’t it?
Till the interval, the film has one pace which is more than sufficient but after the interval the film’s pace increases in leaps and bounds and the twists and turns in the plot start unfurling! There is a common notion of side-lined women characters in the film that has such dominant male characters at the fore! But when it came to this film, even though the female characters didn’t have much screen time when compared their male counterparts, they did have a lot of meat in their characters! That’s the beauty of the film!
The scene where Tamnanaah’s Lakshmi is captured and she is forced by the British officials to dance naked! She takes off her saree and engages in a dance sequence that will be etched in my mind for a long time! She looked so beautiful int hat scene in which her flared up saree burns up the entire space killing more than 5000 soldiers is one scene in the film that gave me the Goosebumps!
There are many such emotionally charged scenes in the film and therefore the writer surely deserves a pat on the back! Coming to the direction, all of it has been put together to make this a grand film and the director surely has done a swell job, even when it came to the VFX used in the film! However, one facet that I couldn’t help noticing (and it was borderline off-putting too) was how some of the frames and actions in the film absolutely resembled that of Baahubali! Be it Narsimha’s roar in the film or the overcast sky transforms into the figure of Lord Narsimha in the background as Chiranjeevi fights the British officers! It seemed as though a conscious effort has been made on the part of the lead actor and the director to make it like Baahubali if not better!
Just like in Baahubali, the commoners had a huge part to play in this film too and that again was also the reason of this play of emotions in the hearts of the viewers (which is definitely a good thing)
All in all, a good film and this film, watch it if you are south Indian film fan and you love Chiranjeevi and also if you are an admirer of too many unexpected twists and turns in the plot.