Verdict: Salute to one of the first Indian freedom fighters.
Sky is the limit if one can measure the expectations surrounding Megastar Chiranjeevi‘s magnum opus Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy. The makers have ensured a pan India release by roping in stars from other languages like Amitabh Bachchan, Kiccha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Ravi Kishan, along with Nayanthara, Jagapathi Babu, Tamannah Bhatia and others. Directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is based on the life of one of the first freedom fighters from Rayalaseema, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who revolted against the British much before the Sepoy Mutiny.
What’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy About:
Majjari Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) is a feudal lord from Uyyalawada in Rayalaseema. He is one among the 61 independent palegars of the region who are controlled by the British system and pay taxes. When the whole region is affected horribly by drought, the British still insists on them paying the taxes. Thus, a revolt erupts headed by Narasimha Reddy, who unites all the 61 palegars and the people. He wages a people’s war against the British in 1847, which eventually becomes an inspiration to other warriors like the Queen of Jhansi Lakshmi Bai, who led the sepoy mutiny of 1857.
Chiranjeevi is undoubtedly the megastar of Tollywood for several reasons. Time and again, irrespective of the era, he has proven that he is born to act. In a magnificent career spanning over four decades, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is one among Chiranjeevi’s many spectacular performances. While the movie is centred around Chiranjeevi, the other stars do their jobs well and must be appreciated. Director Surender Reddy must be commended for bringing to us yet another movie with a pan Indian appeal from the Telugu film industry. The production design, the cinematography, the background score and the music are exemplary. Stand out elements of the film are the episodes around the interval, the patriotic scenes, the dialogues and an emotional climax.
What Could’ve Been Better:
The initial proceedings seem tad slow and a few action sequences go over the top in the second half. Crisper editing could have definitely helped the film. However, despite these small issues, the makers have to be lauded for bringing a story of an unsung hero to the theaters on such a massive scale.
Why You Should Watch:
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is the story of a forgotten hero who tirelessly fought against the tyranny of the British rule in India. With a cast and crew so magnificent and the narrative so enchanting, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy will give you the best cinematic experience that you crave and expect from this film. No second thoughts, this one is not to be missed.