Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Movie Review
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
A visually spectacular, engaging fare!
The Baahubali series did a lot of things to cinema, but the most important of them all would be the courage that it gave to other producers to pursue such projects. And bang on that point is what Sye Raa Narsimha Reddy has done, giving us an utterly grand show that glows in every frame, headed by a terrific performance from Megastar Chiranjeevi. The film has its shortcomings, but definitely qualifies for a one time watch at least, if not anything else.
Sye Raa Narsimha Reddy tells us the untold story of the freedom fighter, who has been alien to history so far. With loads of room for drama and action, there’s no second thought on why this story has been there dream project of Megastar Chiranjeevi for a long time. Right from the start, he totally rules the roost as the darling of the masses, saving them from problems of all shapes and sizes, and ultimately waging a war against the British. Sye Raa Narsimha Reddy slowly builds up the ante by introducing us to its world of characters one by one. But for Chiranjeevi, the others have extended cameos and come in taking turns to share the screen space with him. The first half is interestingly placed with the right amount of everything, but things take a beating in the second half. Though a lot happens on screen, it does feel repetitive and rushed, until it leads into the climax segment which has been put together with a strong load of emotions.
It’s such a treat to see Chiranjeevi on screen, as he comes up with a class act as the majestic warrior. His arc for the film is complete with his romantic angle being sorted out in an interesting fashion.
Both Nayanthara and Tamannaah breathe life into the film with their well-etched, emotionally charged characters. The ever-dependable Kiccha Sudeep gets a strong role amidst all the supporting actors, Jagapathi Babu is good too. Vijay Sethupathi is present to bring about a Tamil connect to the film, and it works to an extent.
After Megastar Chiranjeevi, the best part of the film is the visuals – Rathnavelu’s terrific camera scales the endless grandeur which is on par with international standards. The pre-interval scene in particular, deserves a special mention with Julius Packiam’s background score making it big.
On the whole, Sye Raa is a steady biggie that keeps you engaged for most parts. There are a lot of interesting stretches in the film, and if you wish to enjoy them, you need to sit through the blips too. Surender Reddy’s ability to control such a huge star along with the grand visuals has turned out to be a risk worth taking. Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Movie Review by Siddarth Srinivas