Sye Raa – A Story of Valor, Weakened by its writing, saved by Chiranjeevi

sye raa movie review

I have read somewhere that when a movie hits all the positive notes in its 3rd act it will make audience leave the cinema with a sense of satisfaction, BUT will this work in a 3-hour long movie when most of the movie is suffering from its sloppy writing and Only thing which is keeping you interested in it is its lead actor’s performance!? That’s the bigger question to ask.

Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy suffers from the same problem, set in 1800’s this story follows the journey of a Man Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy who lead the rebellion (1846) against the British much before the Sipoy mutiny (1857) in India and attained Martyrdom at very young age.

Now the story of Narasimha Reddy is not a well-documented one, especially his personal life is largely unknown, most of his legacy is told in the form of folklores and here the writers took the liberty of writing their own version of Narasimha Reddy’s story, which is not wrong as they don’t claim the authenticity as well, but how much they managed to own the story and how well they were able to write are the issues here.

The film starts with one cliche episode after another cliche episode which we have seen many times in movies which are usually works to establish how large hearted our protagonist is, everything could’ve worked big time here if the scenes had some meat in it, instead all these scenes seem like just fillers and after a point you can’t stop wondering about what is happening!? Added to this the love story between Narasimha Reddy and Lakshmi is so Patchy and odd that you may say at one point why is it even there!? The entire first half moves like this except the Intermission block which is designed and executed well.

The Post intermission is where the story actually moves forward, though the scenes which writers are throwing at you might not be as interesting but the pacing helps you not to feel restless, and the climax is where every department shines when the Narrative, Cinematography, the dialogues and the Acting everything hits its crescendo and your eyes will be filled with tears when the end titles roll.

In between all these flaws and sloppy writing the one Actor who stood his ground and delivered excellent performance in the movie is Chiranjeevi, the acting hits its pinnacle in climax hanging sequence where he literally commanded the entire screen and the audience just with his looks and you can’t help but say What an Actor!

Cinematography by Rantnavelu is really good, the last silhouette shot will be remembered.

I wish writers Paruchuri Brothers & the Director Surender Reddy had worked on the story and screenplay little more to tighten all the loose ends.

Music by Amit Trivedi is good especially the title track and Jaago Re Narasimha Jaago.

Background Music by Julius Packiam is loud.

Sai madhav burra’s dialogues shines in parts, especially during the climax.

Amitabh Bacchan, Jagapati Babu, Vijay Sethupathi, Sudeep, Nayanatara, Tamanna, Ravi Kishan The supporting cast list is so long but hardly anyone had any meaty role to play in the movie.

Having said that.

My Biggest take away from Sye Raa is A 64-year-old actor works day and night relentlessly to make his dream project become a reality. Younger lazy people like me need to learn a lot from this man called Chiranjeevi.

Rating – 2.75/5


Dear Telugu Film Industry Makers,

If you are reading this please note that when you are making a British Era movie the least you can do is to hire some good British actors, when you are spending 100s of crores on a project like this spend few more crores and get good British actors. Trust me this will make your movie way better than what you may get with bad acting.

What was the need of a Black Panther in the movie?

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