Guest Author: ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’: A stirring comeback by Megastar Chiranjeevi

- By Swaty

There is a strong notion in the film industry that an actor’s fate can change anytime. Nothing is sacrosanct or long-lasting anymore, especially with the attention span of the audience changing very often. But, Tollywood actor Chiranjeevi’s legacy as a megastar is still alive with his comeback in ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’. 

‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ is a war thriller with a great combination of exceptional direction and remarkable acting. The word ‘Sye’ in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy means a call to action, a war cry often used in traditional sports. At the age of 64, Megastar Chiranjeevi takes it literally and gets into character of colonial-era rebel from the start retaining his energy till the climax with great zeal and enthusiasm. After ruling the Tollywood film industry for more than three decades and garnering a huge fan base from different generations, Chiranjeevi vanished from screen for almost a decade as he was busy trying his hands in politics. Though his comeback movie was Khaidi No.150 in 2017, the latest outing was a challenge to him as movies like Baahubali, Mahanati and Arjun Reddy have already set benchmarks in terms of the treatment of star roles, story and content. This is exactly why it will some time for audience to reconnect with the old Chiru that they are used to and appreciate his acting. Chiranjeevi has dreamt of making a ‘costume film’ for over 25 years and ‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ makes his dream come true. Directed by Surender Reddy, the film’s cast includes Chiranjeevi, Amitabh Bachhan, Nayanathara, Tamannah, Kichha Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Ravi Kishen. 

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‘Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy’ is based on historical events. The movie begins with Rani of Jhansi (Anushka) giving a pep talk to her army just before a war with soldiers of British Raj. The flashback introduces a young Reddy who comes from a family of feudatories in Rayalaseema region, which was surrendered to the East India Company by the Nizam ruler. As a youngster, Narasimha Reddy witnesses the injustice done by British to the locals and decides to fight with them. His spiritual guru, Gosayi Venkanna (Amitabh Bachchan), guides him in his mission to fight with the British. A grown-up Narasimha Reddy meets Lakshmi (Tamannah) at the fair and they fall in love. The first half of the movie showcases the role of Narasimha Reddy and his love story while the second half is action packed with battles and guerilla combats.

Chiranjeevi is the master of the four Vedas and a terrific fighter. Both heroines look splendid when they share screen space with Megastar. The biggest strengths of the movie are its visuals, especially the war scenes. Involving international stunt directors has enhanced the overall experience of the movie. Ram Charan, producer and son of Chiranjeevi has marketed the film. Movies like Sarrainodu, Fidaa, Magadheera and others have superior cinematography, stylization and most of all, fight choreography. Sye Raa had four stunt choreographers: Greg Powell, Lee Whittaker and Ram-Laxman. Amit Trivedi’s title track and background leaves the viewers with goosebumps.  Trivedi does it with longhorns and Japanese drums.  With patriotic fervor, treachery, rousing speeches, brilliant cameos by Jagapathi Babu, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi and supreme sacrifices, Sye Raa is a tightly woven epic that’s visually stunning. 

 Swaty is a self-proclaimed Tollywood fanatic, who loves travelling and is also a fan of all things art and history.

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