Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is an epic action film directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan with a huge star cast. It is the story of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) who teams up emperors of other region, Avuku Raju (Sudheep), Raja Pandi (Vijay Sethupathi), Veera Reddy (Jagapathi Babu), and his guru Guru Gosayi Venkanna (Amitabh Bachchan) and starts a rebellion against the British East India Company. Sye Raa is a fictional story made out of a real life character and incident. It is not a history lesson. This movie is meant for entertainment.
Chiranjeevi has given amazing performance and it’s probably his best films in two decades. The characters are stereotypes, but it shows what a great director and great actors can do. The gorgeous lady superstar Nayanthara, and the beautiful Tamannah fit perfectly in their respective roles. Vijay Sethupathi, Sudheep and Jagapathibabu are a treat to watch… coming together. Vijay Sethupathi will grab your attention and love, and Sudheep in such a delightful role to showcase his talent. There isn’t one acting role that is not well-done.
Emotional scenes, high profile actors coming together, great-to-listen dialogues, mass scenes, twists, beautiful colours, power packed – background music, high octane action sequences and many goosebumps moments. Sye Raa is filled with all these in good proportion. It has a little bit of everything. Surender Reddy has created one of Indian cinema’s all-time great pieces of eye candy here. Amit Trivedi’s music adds further to the epic, be it sad and haunting tunes, or strong and ‘mass’ scenes – he hits the chords perfectly.
Finale half an hour
On the downside, Sye Raa is definitely not perfect, has issues with the development of some characters, and also goes too melodramatic now and then. Also, it takes time to grab our attention. It picks up towards the interval, and then goes emotional and melodramatic for half an hour or so before picking up towards the ending. The finale half is what it is all about. The real treat.
One of the standouts in Sye Raa are the battle scenes, which Surender Reddy stages with tremendous scale and violence. Visually so captivating. There have been many historical epics that have come and gone before and after Baahubali 1 & 2, but none of them came close to Rajamouli’s outings. Sye Raa comes close. The intensity and quality of war sequences are easily equal to Baahubali. 25-30 minutes towards the end is spectacular, followed by a dramatic and moving ending.
End note – this is a movie for theatre experience, that too with full packed audience. Definitely not a movie for mobile, cam rip prints.