Title: SyeRaa Narasimha Reddy
CBFC Rating : UA
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 50 Mins
Release Date: 02-10-2019
Banner: Konidela Productions
Cast: Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Tamannaah, Niharika Konidela, Brahmaji, Raghu Babu, Prudhvi and Others
Music: Amit Trivedi
Editing: Sreekar Prasad
Written By: Paruchuri Brothers
Dialogues: Sai Madhav Burra
Producers: Ram Charan
Directed by Surender Reddy
Renadu (Dattha Mandalam) is a territory that refuses to bow down to the British Empire. The man behind their courage to stand by their rights is Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi). How did he revolt against the British? What are the consequences he faced fighting the first battle of Independence in India forms the story.
It was one of the dreams of Megastar Chiranjeevi to play the role of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy on screen. After years, the wish has been fulfilled and how? Chiranjeevi has lived the part and breathed life to it with his intense and enigmatic act. Whenever he is present on-screen Chiranjeevi steals the spotlight.
Many scenes highlight the acting prowess of Chiranjeevi, but none would be on par with the climax. It is a soul-stirring act with a haunting performance. People are going to talk about it for a long time ahead. The aggressive body language and subtle emotions will leave one wanting for more. The character of Sye Raa will definitely find a place amongst the best acts by Megastar.
Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan seen in an extended cameo is fantastic. While the length is small, the impact of the role is felt throughout. It is the same with Anushka who looks fierce playing the character of Rani Lakshmi Bai.
Nayanthara and Tamannaah do their parts with utmost care and poise. The roles get better as the story progresses to the second half. Both get to be part of important scenes, which helps them get registered amidst large ensemble cast.
Jagapathi Babu, Vijay Sethupathi, Kichcha Sudeep, Brahmaji, and Ravi Kishan play crucial supporting parts. They elevate the movie at the right time with their combination scenes with the main lead. Some frames look excellent by the mere presence of all the artists together.
Rohini, Pavitra Lokesh, and others do their bit in aiding the emotional scenes. Raghu Babu and Pruthvi are adequate in their parts. The rest are alright.
Chiranjeevi’s Glorious Act
Surender Reddy’s Impeccable Direction
Ram Charan’s Fab Production Values
Takes time to get going
Surender Reddy is a director with terrific vision. Almost all his movies have been made visually pleasing with slick quality. What happens when he gets the right subject has been proved with Dhruva, in the past and now with Sye Raa.
First of all, kudos to Surender Reddy for rising up to the occasion and meeting the challenge of making an epic big-budgeted film. Looking at the final output, we can safely say another director has arrived in Telugu who can handle massive projects.
The story of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy is known to many people. It is, therefore, a great job in convincing the audience and engaging them with a manner that makes the audience forget the real-life incidents.
The movie starts slowly due to the introduction of various cast members and the subplots. The realisation of the core issue and how it leads to a revolt follows immediately. It is from this segment that there are full-josh and power in the narrative. The pre-interval and interval block is spectacular.
The second half carries the momentum and never leaves the grip. Surender Reddy, through his impeccable direction, holds a tight leash on the audience. It all leads to the emotionally draining and ultimate elevating climax. Overall, Sye Raa is a must-watch for the spectacular mounting of the subject. It is a visual treat with an acting feast.
The music by Amit Trivedi is superb. The title song is a winner already. Julius Packiam has provided a wonderful background score. The cinematography by R Rathnavelu is extraordinary. It gives the movie an international look and feel. The editing by A Sreekar Prasad is good.
Ram Charan, in his second production, has done his father proud. He has made his forever dream come true of starring in the biopic of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. The production values are top-notch and can give a run for the best movies in any part of the world. It takes courage and guts to back a project at such a scale and make it in this grand manner.
Bottom line: A Mega Emotional Visual Wonder