Chiranjeevi's highly-anticipated period film Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy has finally hit screens. Movie released in five languages-- Telugu, Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam and Kannada and features Sudeep, Jagapathi Babu, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Anushka Shetty, Ravi Kishan and Tamannaah in pivotal roles.
Analysis : The film dives into the story of Narasimha Reddy right from the first frame. Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) is a righteous man and also the ruler of Renadu in Uyyalawada. Under the guidance of his mentor Gosayi Venkanna (Amitabh Bachchan), Narasimha equips himself to fight the bigger battle, the battle for freedom. He joins hands with fellow rulers Veera Reddy (Jagapathi Babu), Avuku Raju (Sudeep), Basi Reddy (Ravi Kishan) and Raja Pandi (Vijay Sethupathi) to revolt against the British East India Company.
The film doesn’t disappoint in terms of scale and living up to the hype and accomplishes a lot more than anyone could imagine, and a lot of credit for that must go to Chiranjeevi, who is fantastic in the titular character. The film relies heavily on a big war sequence in the second half but unfortunately it lacks finesse and ends up as a stretch that could’ve been so much better. Amidst all this, when the focus remains on Chiranjeevi and his heroism, you’re amazed by the sheer energy he brings to the character at his age.
Some of the dialogues in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy do what they are supposed to do. They invoke patriotism and question the wrongdoings in the society. Chiranjeevi’s character is taught to light the Karthikai Deepam and it’s a nice metaphor that the makers have incorporated. In other words, he’s the light of lives.
Minus Points : Chiranjeevi’s love story and some routine love scenes slow the film for sometimes. The major flaw of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is that it’s too formulaic. You can almost guess what’s going to happen and with a runtime of 2 hours and 47 minutes, the film is a tad bit long. The cameo by Anushka Shetty seems forced. It is as though she has been thrown into the movie only to sing praises of Narasimha Reddy.
Plus Points: Surender Reddy has written a brilliant screenplay, classic blend of emotion and action. The first half takes slow start, but the story takes takes a serious mode before the interval. The second half is good and the last 35 minutes in the climax are the biggest highlights of the movie. What’s impressive is the massive canvas the film is mounted on. Brilliant production, which are at par with international standards. Background score, picturization, action choreography, dialogues, VFX works, costumes, art direction and weapon designs the makes this movie visual treat, add the viewers. SRN might work only in bits and pieces,but the scenes in which the film works makes it all worthwhile!
Verdict (3.5/5): Chiranjeevi's portrayal of 'SNR' is grit personified. A big-screen entertainer of gargantuan proportions.