Starring: Amitab Bachan, Megastar Chiranjeevi, Vijay Sethupathi, Nayanthara, Kicha Sudeep, Tamannah Bhatia.
Directed by: Surender Reddy
Music by: Amit Trivedi, Background Music: Julius Packiam
Editor: Sreekar Prasad
Produced by: Ram Charan- Konidela Productions
Gossiper Rating: 2.75/5
Verdict: One Time Watchable
Syeraa Narasimha Reddy is the dream project of Megastar Chiranjeevi. Paruchuri Brothers wanted to make this movie with Chiranjeevi 12 years before. With Chiranjeevi taking break from movies, it wasn’t happening then. After the comeback of Chiranjeevi with Khaidi No 150, Ram Charan stressed Megastar to revive his dream project. Thus, Ram Charan himself decided to bankroll this project. To live upto the expectations, Chiranjeevi roped in top actors across India from various languages. Surrender Reddy has directed this prestigious project.
Syeraa is the story of a Polygar named Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. A mixture of some real life events and cinematic imaginations have been combined together. Syeraa says about raise of the first rebellion, Narasimha against Britishers. Along with his emotional side and his strong fightback on Britishers until his last breathe.
Screenplay – Direction:
Not the best of its kind screenplay or direction. There were several glitches and an uneven story telling. First 50 minutes of the movie offers nothing except for a difficult time to pass. Then comes a well written pre interval to interval sequence. Whether it be Screenplay or direction or taking, all stands tall. Once after the interval, very quickly long war sequence has been placed.
Which makes the second half post interval sequence too loud. Tamannah disappeared in first half makes a sudden entry in second half nothing but to an sad end. However, scenes featuring Tamannah where shot well. Especially the dance sequence was a spectacular. Once Again a loud war sequence. A mere try to match with Grandeur of Baahubali. Logics doesn’t stand any where near. This is were surender Reddy failed as director. The war sequence features Uncountable British army, say like 10,000 British soldiers. Only God should know, in 1850’s how that quick 10,000 around soldiers were mobilised.
However, beyond logics, taking of the whole sequence made the movie keep going. Climax was nothing but an over the top forced emotional patriotism sequence of no need. Which may not appeal to everyone, but might work with C centre audience.
The main problem with the movie is uneven narration and glitches in direction. Still, various other factors make the movie a one time watchable. If not for those glitches, Syeraa would’ve had masterpiece content.
Chiranjeevi was inadequate at parts, his age factor and screen presence made few scenes look very odd. Added, Makeup, VFX and body doubles were clearly visible. However, Chiranjeevi had his part in the emotional scenes with his style of acting.
Tamannah had good screen space, especially in second half. Syeraa title song followed with Lakshmi(Tamannah) captured by Britishers sequence will be her life time best.
Sadly Nayanthara had very less screen space and was completely overshadowed by Tamannah. Except for couple of scenes, Nayanthara dint even have decent scenes matching her stature.
Kicha Sudeep was good, his attitude was on top. Amitab Baachan, Vijay Sethupathi, Nasser were decent to what they were given. Good set of actors were an advantage. Even the worst narrated scenes were exciting with the screen presence of this actors.
Music and Background score was a complete let down. Hardly any music made appeal. Except for title track, music of Syeraa has nothing to offer.
Cinematography by Ratnavelu was outstanding. Richness in every frame, production values were highly showcased. Sadly, in some frames even Ratnavelu couldn’t project Chiranjeevi good. Editing by Sreekar Prasad had some jumps. Grand scale movie, must have took care. VFX in war sequences were fantastic.
Could’ve publicized as fictional story, instead to use Patriotism element for publicity. Cinematic liberty in second half was no where near to actual Indian independence struggle. However, as a movie, Syeraa is a one time passable commercial Entertainer.