The unprecedented success of ‘Baahubali’ has inspired the filmmakers of the South to serve their lavish budget films besides Tamil-Telugu Hindi audiences. After ‘Saaho’, we see director Surendran Reddy’s ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ following this tradition.
The filmmakers have tried their best to woo the Hindi audience with amazing sets, breath-taking incredible action. It has megastars like Chiranjeevi, Big B, and Sudeep Kicha.
They base the story of the film on the true event of history. Ten years before the national movement of 1857, Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) played the bugle of rebellion against the encroachment of the East India Company i.e. British. Narasimha Reddy, the Paladar of Uyyalwada, is ready to go to any extent to protect his subjects. He is a brave man shown by his Guru (Amitabh Bachchan).
He falls in love with the state dancer Lakshmi (Tamanna) and vows to make her his own. However, by then he does not know that they married him to Siddhamma (Nayantara) in childhood to save the famine-stricken people. Now once the drought falls, according to Guruji’s order, he has to sit with his wife and perform the yajna so it can rain. Enraged by the atrocities of the East India Company and the wrongful collection of taxes, he refuses to pay rent to white officers.
This rebellion of Narasimha to the whites is not an eye. They inflict all kinds of oppression on his subjects, but Narasimha’s rebellion soon takes the form of revolution and then binds the country into a mass movement against the British. He has allies like Avku Raju (Sudeep Kicha) and Raja Pandi (Vijay Sethupathi) in this movement, and opponents like Ravi Kishan. The flame of revolution spread by Narasimha Reddy later takes the form of a huge freedom struggle, which came in front of everyone in the form of ‘the national movement of 1857’.
They take the story of the film from the page of history when Narasimha raised the slogan of rebellion against the whites for the first time.
The film has become over-dramatized in many places to reflect the Bhakti Ras due to its patriotism, but they have never proved to be nineteen in terms of sets and action.
The grand sets that the director has used to depict the era of 1857 are praiseworthy in their own right. Looking at the stunts of Greg Paul, Lee Vitakar, Ram-Laxman and A Vijay, your eyes do not remain wide. The film would have looked more crisp and interesting if it was 20-25 minutes less. The film’s Climax and Pre-Climax seem drawn despite being patriotic.
The music is average. Megastar Chiranjeevi of the South has appeared on screen with her charm to act. He has justified the incredible action scenes with his body language. The audience will remember Sudeep Kicha in his role. Tamannaah disappears after the opening scenes of the film and appears at the end of the film. She looks beautiful. His dance of fire has become memorable. Nayantara has given justice to her role. Big B has been influential as Guruji, but they limit his role in the film. The supporting cast is doing well. Made in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi, the film’s budget is said to be 250 crores.