Movie Name – Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy
Movie Rating – 3.25/5
Main Leads – Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanthara, Tamannaah
Music – Amit Trivedi, Julius Packiam
Direction – Surender Reddy
Editor – A. Sreekar Prasad
Cinematography – R. Rathnavelu
Production – konidela Productions
Producer – Ram Charan
Amidst positive buzz among the audience, Megastar Chiranjeevi’s patriotic drama, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is out for the public viewing today in Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam languages simultaneously. Let’s see what worked and what didn’t for the film.
In the process of attaining freedom for the motherland, Narasimha Reddy(Chiranjeevi), the king of a region named Renadu face-off with mighty Britishers. He disturbs the British rule and announces war against them. Will Narasimha Reddy succeeded in his fight for freedom? What kind of difficulties will he undergo while facing Britishers? That forms the rest of the story.
The man himself Megastar Chiranjeevi is a big advantage for the film as he pulled off the film on his shoulders completely. It is his ease in acting and determination towards work which makes things fall in place for the film. Being a senior hero uncompromised Chiranjeevi did risky stuns and horse riding activities. He wins the fans’ hearts yet again with his outstanding job throughout the film.
Yet another biggest plus point of the film is the film’s set work and grand scale making. Each and every frame in the film looks rich and presented in a lavish manner. Adding to rich frames, the wide range of war scenes that comes in the second half of the film will keep the audience hooked.
It is good to see so many actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Kichcha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathy, Ravi Kishan and Jagapathi Babu in various roles.
Coming to the female leads, both Nayanthara and Tamanna Bhatia made their presence felt with nice performance. Nayanthara as Sidhamma is adorable in her dignified role. On the other hand, Tamanna as a dancer Lakshmi impresses with her traditional dancing skills.
What didn’t work:
The first half of the film is painfully slow with a dull and not so engaging narration. Though the film’s pace picks up during pre-interval till than the narration runs with scenes without life in them.
One more major drawback of the film is that it lacks emotional connectivity between the characters. All the emotional scenes which come between the lead characters are not executed in an efficient manner.
The climax scenes look dragged and a bit over the top with some unnecessary scenes. Stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Kichcha Sudeep and Vijay Sethupathy are good on screen but they are not utilized properly.
Star heroine Anushka Shetty’s special appearance and Powerstar Pawan Kalyan’s voiceover does not create much impact.
As the film’s story is inspired by a real-life character we have no right to dig graves regarding it but director Surender Reddy confused big-time in presenting the film. His screenplay during the first half is a big let down. In writing emotional scenes also Surendar Reddy struggled and it is clearly visible on the screen.
The cinematography work by R. Rathnavelu is the top-notch and the backbone for the film. It is his camera work which shines from first to the last frame. Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is disappointing as close to twenty minutes of the film can be easily trimmed. Watching a serious drama like Sye Raa for 171 minutes is a difficult task for the audience in the present scenario.
A few patriotic dialogues wrote by Paruchuri Brother and Burra Sai Madhav are inspiring and engaging. Music by Amit Trivedi is okay but the background score composed Julius Packiam is adequate. Production valves by Ram Charan’s Konidela Productions banner are rich and lavish.
In an overview, Sye Raa is a patriotic drama which has a high dose of sentiment during the last 30 minutes. Despite lengthy runtime and not so great first half, Sye Raa is watchable fare due to the war sequences and Chiru’s screen presence. An easy watch during this Dussehra season.