Feature Name: Syeraa Narasimha Reddy
Directed By: Surender Reddy
Cast: Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Kichhha Sudeep, Tamannaah, Anushka Shetty, Niharika, Nayanthara, Ravi Kishan, Jagapathi Babu
Run Time: 171 minutes
Review By: Reema Chhabda
Produced by Ram Charan, Syeraa Narasimha Reddy is the story of the righteous, courageous, brave man who fought for the pride and freedom of his country and this we know even before Syeraa Narasimha was made.
The 1st half of movie is dragged and it is mostly dedicated to showing the audience that Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) was brave but also kind, a courageous warrior but also a thoughtful tactician during war, righteous but also knows to put the wrong doer at his/her place, in short Syeraa Narasimha Reddy is all the adjectives used to serenade a good human being.
Syeraa Narasimha Reddy is devotional towards his Guru (Amitabh Bachchan), soft-heart son with his mom, a loving husband, a doting father. And most importantly a king of the people and for the people and only Chiranjeevi could play so many roles with such perfection.
Chiranjeevi shows that she is the real King of the South industry as he slays every one with his performance. Only he could’ve played this role with the due-ly required sincerity. The actor changes according to the demand of the role in the movie. He walks, talks, changes his voice tone with the situational demand. His appearance brings all the seriousness, especially in the second half of the movie.
Syeraa Narasimha Reddy is all Chiranjeevi’s show and so rest of the cast like Amitabh Bachchan, Vijay Sethupathi, Kiccha Sudeep and others who play his confidence have a short-lived yet essential role which they play tremendously well. Tamannaah plays her role with ease. Anushka Shetty’s special appearance as Jhansi Ki Rani is a treat to the eyes. The Britishers who are the villains play their part alright except for when they talk among fellow Caucasians in Hindi (nothing learned from Thugs Of Hindostan & Manikarnika).
The direction of the movie has been relayed in the hands of Surender Reddy and in this exchange, the movie suffers in some scenes. The songs and music don’t make it up to the magic of Amit Trivedi. None of the songs will make your playlist. Score by Julius Packiam is a fit for the movie.
South Indian Film Industry and even Bollywood have mastered the art of set design and costume design when it comes to period drama. Cinematography to show the lavishness of the palaces is to the point and the action sequences are very well. Dialogues give you the feel of the time where the story takes place. Background music acts as a catalyst in intense scenes.
All in all, we won’t say that Syeraa Narasimha Reddy is a masterpiece and up to our expectations. But it’s worth a one-time watch just because of Chiranjeevi’s performance and beautiful cinematography.