Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Movie Review: Chiranjeevi headlines an unevenly written but epically mounted film

Surender Reddy’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, which features Chiranjeevi in the titular role of Kurnool-based freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, is no Baahubali in scale and execution; however, it’s still a film that sets out to achieve what it promises.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Movie Review: Chiranjeevi headlines an unevenly written but epically mounted filmSye Raa Narasimha Reddy Movie Review: Chiranjeevi headlines an unevenly written but epically mounted film
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Film: Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Director: Surender Reddy

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Cast: Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanthara, Tamannaah Bhatia, Vijay Sethupathi, Sudeep and Jagapathi Babu

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Rating: 3.5/5

Surender Reddy’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, which features Chiranjeevi in the titular role of Kurnool-based freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, is no Baahubali in scale and execution; however, it’s still a film that sets out to achieve what it promises. It gives the story of an unsung hero the perfect cocktail of machismo, patriotism and Chiranjeevi’s star power to make it as masses-friendly as possible. In the process, it manages to tick all the boxes that make a commercial potboiler.

We first hear about Narasimha Reddy through the words of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi when her army, down on luck and outnumbered by the British, is contemplating surrendering. As she starts narrating the fearless story of Narasimha Reddy and how he struck fear in the hearts of the British, we are introduced to his story and we track his life from his early days as a young boy disturbed by the barbaric actions of the British. Young Narasimha Reddy tells his guru, played by Amitabh Bachchan, how badly he wants to kill the British. He is advised against the idea and asked to build his mind as weapon and soon Narasimha Reddy grows on to become a fearless warrior, a caring king, a noble husband and a voice the Britishers fear. The story follows how he inspired his own people to fight against the British and almost became invincible.

Chiranjeevi shoulders the film all the way and his unmatchable on-screen persona is a treat to watch. In spite of the uneven writing which shines in parts, it’s Chiranjeevi who holds this film together with his majestic screen presence. In terms of scale and execution, the film isn’t flawless, but it definitely looks like some effort has gone into its making. For a film that relies heavily on its action, wish the makers put in more effort to elevate the overall action experience. Except for the pre-interval action sequence which reeks of class and excellent stunt choreography, the other scenes fall flat.

Among the supporting cast, it’s Tamannaah Bhatia who walks away with a fine performance. Sudeep and Vijay Sethupathi chip in with performances that are important from the story’s perspective. Jagapathi Babu and Nayanthara don’t have much scope to shine but still play their parts fittingly. Amitabh Bachchan does full justice to his role and nails it with grace.

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy definitely needed a visionary filmmaker like SS Rajamouli to make it work even more wholesomely. But, Surender Reddy still manages to impress and delivers a product that’s masses-friendly. Ram Charan deserves a lot of praise for believing in this story and in his father and mounting this project on a scale that’s only next to Baahubali, and there’s no second thoughts about it.

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