“Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”… Chiranjeevi is rousing in a weakly written historical drama

Posted on October 2, 2019

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Even the biggest star needs the gravity of a strong screenplay, and that’s where the film falters, and ultimately fails.

Spoilers ahead…

You can read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/sye-raa-narasimha-reddy-movie-review-chiranjeevi-historical-drama-sudeep-vijay-sethupathi/

In the pantheon of ageing-yet-ageless stars of the south, Chiranjeevi has been missed the most. In Tamil cinema, Rajinikanth still lights up our screens regularly — actually, far more frequently than he used to. Mammootty and Mohanlal show no signs of stopping — they seem to have a movie out every month. But apart from Khaidi No. 150, Chiranjeevi has been MIA. You can see why Ram Charan, as producer, was drawn to Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, written and directed by Surender Reddy. This isn’t just a vehicle for his father. It’s a monument to the megastar. From some accounts, the titular character was one of the many governors or petty chieftains (such as Veerapandiya Kattabomman, or Marudhanayagam Pillai, about whom Kamal Haasan tried to mount a movie), who were amongst the earliest to revolt against the British. But if it’s that story you are after, you’re probably better off reading a history book. This film is about the agelessness of this particular ageing superstar. It really should have been titled Konidela Siva Sankara Vara Prasad.

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