Mega – Charged Patriotic Entertainer
‘UA’ Certified, 2 hrs 50 mins
What Is the Film About?
Sye Raa is the story of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi). How he turned into a fighter of people, why he fights the British and where it ends is what the movie is all about. It is a fictionalised account of a real tale.
How Is Chiranjeevi’s Performance?
Megastar Chiranjeevi is the heart and soul of Sye Raa. For years we have heard how Sye Raa is his passion project. While watching the movie, every frame of his presence reaffirms that feeling.
Chiranjeevi is a proven artist, but even they get some roles which might look unsuitable. From the posters and promos, many expressed reservations regarding Chiranjeevi fitting the part and the get-up is part of many memes. However, when the lights are off, and the movie starts, we do not feel the effect of costumes or the whole get-up, which is new territory for him. We only see the character and go ahead with his journey.
Another remarkable change in Sye Raa for Chiranjeevi compared to many of his other outings is the lack of commercial elements to lean on. Yes, there are fights, but that is it. For the whole duration, he has to be serious and intense, and Chiranjeevi once again proves, for a true artist, there is nothing that can be achieved under correct vision and guidance.
However, what stays with us most from the movie is the climax epilogue. Chiranjeevi puts up at a stellar, emotionally rousing act, that will be talked about for a long time to come.
Direction by Surender Reddy?
Surender Reddy is a proven director with unquestionable skills when it comes to slickly executing content. He is known for his stylish fares. The problem has been with the substance which has been a let-down many times, resulting in failures.
What happens when Surender Reddy gets a subject that is worthy of visual expertise. We saw that with Dhruva, and now it is clear with Sye Raa as well. The director shoots the movie in a unique, racy manner that puts a stamp of his style all over it.
Sye Raa is a simple tale, and Surender Reddy’s previous work on the Kick 2 must have come to great use here. The setup of oppression by a higher power and a hero beginning to end the tyranny, set amidst a village backdrop is similar. While that sequel failed due to nativity issues, in Sye Raa we get that in abundance.
The second most important thing is the screenplay. It is simple and straightforward without any gimmicks. Yes, there are twists, but they come story-wise. The tyranny of the British is superbly executed, which makes the revolt exciting and instantly appealing. The pre-interval to the interval block is an excellent example of mass heroism that also stays true to the story at hand.
The second half builds on the momentum, but overreliance on the ‘fights’ through the war sequences makes some parts look repetitive. In addition, we have the faulty editing, that makes the narrative seem meandering after a point, especially with the action bits. It (editing) is also an issue throughout with many scenes being cut abruptly.
The heroines in Sye Raa have been given brief roles, but they come across as an afterthought. It is as if the makers saw these characters as potential additions to commercial elements. They could be the relief from the non-stop intense emotional heavy narrative with action blocks. However, the purpose is not entirely served as their track add to the length and look dull, even though it is neatly integrated into the narrative.
However, all the misgiving that happen until the climax is given a pass during the finale. It is epic narratively and gives us a fulfilling end in all ways possible. It makes us feel there indeed cannot be a better-designed climax. The whole execution and performance is an extraordinary work in the star and the director’s career.
Overall, Sye Raa delivers a lavish, made-for-big-screen patriotic mass entertainer. There are the occasional dull moments and a few action parts that drift apart, but the climax and the visuals make up for it. Sye Raa is a must-watch big-scale epic tale that gets most of the rights, and that warrants an easy one time watch.
Nayanthara, Tamannah and Other Artists?
Tamannah and Nayanthara are the two female leads in the movie. Both have equally good roles, but the former edges a little ahead. They have done what they generally do but within the confines of the setting of the movie.
Amitabh Bachchan and Anushka appear in brief parts playing extended cameos. They add a lot to the movie even though it is less than a supporting role. Their presence boosts the profile and magnum-opus quality of the film in addition to the various other names part of the film.
Apart from the heroines, Sye Raa has one of the best ensembles of actors put together. However, not all of them get impactful parts. Vijay Sethupathy, for example, is wasted after a brilliant dramatic entry. The character graph of Kicha Sudeep is more exciting, but not much can be said of the facial expression courtesy the look. Jagapathi Babu and Ravi Kishan are competent. Brahmaji is adequate. The actors playing the British part play it to the galleries.
The rest of the cast which comprises of several known faces have at least a scene or two to get registered. But, they do nothing much afterward.
Music and Other Departments?
Bollywood composer Amit Trivedi makes his Telugu film debut with Sye Raa. Given the musical constraints of Sye Raa narratively, he has done a useful job. The title track is memorable. The background score by Julius Packiam gives a global feel to the proceedings with its sounds. It is excellent in parts, and good overall.
The cinematography of the movie by Ratnavelu deserves a special mention. It is extraordinary. The scale of the film is amplified multi-folds with the output that has been given. One gets a feeling that every single paisa being reflected on the screen. The visual effects further boost the appeal. They are spectacular, and among the best, the Indian cinema has offered in movies. The editing by senior editor A Sreekar Prasad generates a lot of restless at times. It should have been much better. The combination of work of Paruchuri Brothers (as writer cum story providers) and Sai Madhav Burra with dialogues are excellent. The fear of datedness that came with the trailer is absent entirely. The action choreography is good when it is handled for one person like the interval fight. But, the war sequences are messy and untidy.
Pre-interval And Interval
Pre-climax And Climax
Heroines track in the first half
Dragging action sequences in the second half
Focussing on one guerrilla war against British instead of many ambushes shown in glimpses would be a better place to star for an alternative take.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Review by Siddartha Toleti
Sye Raa ends on a tremendous cinematic culmination that is for ages. Just this alone, along with visuals, is enough for one time watch. The rest of the movie fluctuates between a mass explosion and meandering narration. Does that diminish the value of film as a whole? Watch out for our honest review coming soon.
– The final war episode is going on. Sye Raa is heading towards climax.
– Tamanna disappears in the first half makes an entry with a song in the second half.
– A very long and high dose action episode is placed in the beginning of the second half itself.
– Sye Raa second half started. Narasimha Reddy announces war against British.
First Half Report:
Sye Raa takes it’s time in establishing characters which consumes a lot of first half. The core block involving the British versus Narasimha Reddy has come out extremely well and lifts the proceedings with a grand interval bang. All eyes on the second half to take the narrative to next level.
– Narasimha Reddy challenges to cut the head of British leader while everyone is watching. Interval after an excellent action episode.
– Nayantara enters the life of Narasimha as a wife. The wedding happens when they were kids. Narasimha starts fighting the British. Here comes the first elevation scene and a couple of powerful dialogues.
– Narasimha Reddy opposes paying taxes to British. On the other hand, Narasimha and Tamannah’s love track being established.
– Anushka gives powerful intro about Narasimha Reddy. That’s when British trying to enter India. Narasimha Reddy, Tamanna, Jagapati Babu and dew other characters have been introduced.
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For a period drama ‘Sye Raa‘ that is based on the life of a freedom fighter, the patriotic angle is enough to sustain the interest of the audiences if the drama is ensured to be engaging and arresting. ‘Sye Raa’ enjoys that credibility till its opening day and the rest depends on the way the filmmaker has chosen to deliver the patriotism angle.
Megastar Chiranjeevi’s name is well utilized as his most prestigious movie and the business of the movie in Telugu is done mainly by the virtue of his stardom. Hindi business came as a bonus and that made the film go pan-Indian.
There in the Bollywood, it’s not just the megastar’s presence but the content that is going to decide things for ‘Sye Raa’. ‘Sye Raa’ is taking on Bollywood’s straight movie ‘War’ head-on. So, the content delivered must be exciting enough to make the Bollywood audiences choose to watch ‘Sye Raa’ even if their first choice must be ‘War’.
The trailer and the other promos of the movie have set the right expectations on the movie and there is no second thought in agreeing that Ram Charan has spent lavishly to make the movie look rich with stunning visuals and the rest depends, you know.
The music album scored by Amit Trivedi has proved itself appropriate for a period drama with a patriotic theme. Combined with the visuals, the album will definitely add richness to the proceedings. Of course, the background score will highlight things and that’s what we expect from the work he has done in the promo videos.
Besides Chiranjeevi, the rest of the star cast is the major attraction on paper, and we hope that each of them has got something for the audiences to remember them as the part of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy’s story ‘Sye Raa’.
All said and done, let’s not miss director Surender Reddy. He has carried himself with utmost confidence about the output of ‘Sye Raa’ and it’s time to know if his confidence is indeed justified.
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