Directed by: Surender Reddy
Starring: Chiranjeevi , Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapati Babu, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ravi Kishan, Niharika Konidela
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Release Date: 2 October, 2019
Running Time: 171 Minutes
Budget: 200 crore
A biographical action epic based on the life of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who revolted against the atrocities of East India Company 10 years before the Sepoy Mutiny.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is an upcoming Indian Telugu-language biographical epic action film directed by Surender Reddy and produced by Ram Charan under the Konidela Production Company banner. The film will be dubbed and released in Kannada, Hindi, Tamil and Malayalam. The story is based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from Rayalaseema. The film stars Chiranjeevi in the titular role, leading an ensemble cast of Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Tamannaah and Anushka Shetty. Amitabh Bachchan will make a guest appearance.
Filming began in Hyderabad on 6 December 2017. The film is scheduled to be released theatrically worldwide on 2nd October 2019.
Set around 30 years prior to the India’s first war of independence of 1857, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is the story of a freedom fighter, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, who revolted against the British.
On 26 June 2017 Ram Charan announced that filming would begin in August 2017 and would be directed by Surender Reddy. Charan is producing the film under the Konidela Productions banner. A. R. Rahman was initially signed to do the music, but later opted out because of scheduling issues. Amit Trivedi was roped in to compose music for the film. Ravi Varman was initially signed to do cinematography, but later opted out because of scheduling issues. Later, R. Rathnavelu replaced Ravi Varman to do the cinematography. Rajeevan was signed to do production designing. Filming began on 6 December 2017. Anju Modi, Uttara Menon, Sushmitha Konidela signed to work as costume designers.
On September 2018, a crucial war sequence was filmed which cost the makers Rs. 45 crore (US$6.5 million). London-based stunt choreographers Greg Powell, Lee Whittaker and Ram-Laxman choreographed the action sequences. On 24 June 2019, entire shooting part of the film was wrapped.
The soundtrack was composed by Amit Trivedi, with lyrics by Sirivennela Seetharama Sastry.
The first teaser of the film was released on August 21, 2018. Chiranjeevi’s first look as Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy was revealed on August 22, 2018. Sudeep’s character was revealed as Avuku Raja on September 1, 2018, and the motion poster was released on the same day on account of Sudeep’s birthday. Amitabh Bachchan’s character first look and motion poster were released on October 11 on the occasion of his birthday. Nayanthara’s character look was released on her birthday, November 18, 2018. Tamannah’s character look was released on her birthday, December 21, 2018, but her another look was released February 12, 2019. Jagapati Babu’s character look was released on his birthday. Vijay Sethupathi’s character look was released on his birthday on 16 January. Looks of the lead characters from the film Vijay Sethupathi, Tamannaah, Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanthara, Jagapati Babu and Kichcha Sudeep were released on 19 August 2019. Next day, on 20 August, Konidela Production Company, Ram Charan and Excel Movies launched the official second teasers of the film in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada and Telugu.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is scheduled to be released theatrically worldwide on 2 October 2019.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy: Controversy
In January 2018, the Karnataka based historian Nekkanti Srinivas Rao have accused the film makers for projecting wrong history to the nation. He told media that Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy is not freedom fighter and he have not fought any wars against British. Their are no historical evidences to say uyyalawada fought any battles. Uyyalawada was just small village head who turned up against British for not paying his monthly wage of 11 rupees with the help of 500 other village people. Many historians across India supported Nekkanti Srinivas Rao and told to media that Uyyalawada is not freedom fighter and there are no historical evidences for it. Even folklore also says he did not obey the British just because for not getting his monthly salary of 11 rupees.
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This film in no Baahubali but its lead actor, Chiranjeevi, is so good in the film that one wants to root for his character every time he appears onscreen.
If Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy happens to be Chiranjeevi’s last film, it would be the best send-off he could have asked for. However, as he’s in no mood to hang his boots, the discussion about his retirement can wait. It’s been the star’s lifelong desire to be part of a period drama and Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, the epic story of Kurnool-based freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, couldn’t have come at a better time. It not only fulfils Chiranjeevi’s wish, but gives him an opportunity to unleash the kind of energy in performance we haven’t witnessed before.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy opens in 1857 when soldiers of Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi (Anushka Shetty), down on luck and outnumbered by the British army, are contemplating surrendering the next morning. To awaken their hidden strength and make them fight with valour, she starts narrating the story of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi) and how he fought against the British fearlessly and struck fear in their hearts, paving way for the first war for independent India.
As a young boy, Narasimha Reddy is told by his guru Gosaayi Venkanna (Amitabh Bachchan) that if he wants to defeat the British, then his mind should become his weapon. He’s told that when it comes to war, winning is more important than living or dying. As years pass by, we see Narasimha Reddy transform into a warrior. We’re told that he can meditate underwater and quite early on we see him driving away a pack of bulls running amok and stop them from falling off a cliff. It’s a story that has the right amount of machismo and patriotism that’s effectively complemented by Chiranjeevi’s age-defying, unmatchable screen presence.
The film doesn’t disappoint in terms of scale and living up to the hype. At the same time, Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy is no Baahubali, but it’s still a film that accomplishes a lot more than anyone could imagine, and a lot of credit for that must go to Chiranjeevi, who is fantastic in the titular character. The film relies heavily on a big war sequence in the second half but unfortunately it lacks finesse and ends up as a stretch that could’ve been so much better. Amidst all this, when the focus remains on Chiranjeevi and his heroism, you’re amazed by the sheer energy he brings to the character at his age.
On the action front, the film’s tone is inconsistent and that’s maybe because of the fact that multiple action choreographers worked on the project and their styles clashed. A pre-interval action sequence stands out and easily works as one of the best scenes of the film. Nevertheless, the film scores high on emotions and drama which get even more elevated by the performances, especially of Chiranjeevi, who makes you root for his character in every frame.
The writing isn’t up to the mark but the makers, going by what’s been offered to the audience, were clear about what they’ve set out to make and deliver quite comfortably. Among the supporting cast, Tamannaah Bhatia gets a meaty part and quietly walks away with a mature performance. Anushka Shetty as Rani Jhansi and Nayanthara as Chiranjeevi’s wife don’t quite have much to do but still make their presence felt. Sudeep and Vijay Sethupathi have interesting roles that deserved more screen time. Amitabh Bachchan is aptly cast in the role of Chiranjeevi’s mentor and it’s a character that makes a viewer truly understand Narasimha Reddy.
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy has some jagged edges and in the hands of, say, a Rajamouli, it would’ve been a far better film. Surender Reddy may not have done a great job in handling the subject but he succeeds in making it accessible to the masses, and in the process, delivers a film that scores high on emotions and drama.