The story of freedom struggle that took place before the great uprising of 1857 can sound like one of the cliché movies about patriotism that the Indian film industry has seen for the umpteenth time. But you are up for a surprise if you are going with the above thought in your mind. Surender Reddy’s ‘Sye Raa’ leaves a lasting impression on its audience.
The film was released on 2 October and is already getting applauded by its audience. The movie is multilingual with some superstars like Chiranjeevi, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, Tamannaah, Nayanthara, Amitabh Bachchan and Jagapati Babu with some great visuals as a treat.
However, the movie takes the first 30-40 minutes just to introduce its characters and even that is done in a way that the audience feels confused with whom to follow. There is also a strong sense of similarities when it comes to the movie and ‘Baahubali’, and even Hollywood movies like ‘300’ and ‘Avengers’, which clearly could have been avoided.
Even though the movie has a great ensemble cast, featuring even Amitabh Bachchan, the movie belongs to Chiranjeevi. The actor does even the action sequence in a way that it doesn’t feel like he has aged even a bit. He is seen playing the role of freedom fighter Uyyalwada Narasimha Reddy who led a rebellion against the British India Company. The movie is produced by Ram Charan under the Konidela Production Company banner.
The Cinematography and the action scenes are what makes the movie grand. Greg Powell, Lee Whittaker, Ram-Laxman and A Vijay’s action is one of the high points of the film and so are the costumes used. However, Amit Trivedi’s music fails to leave its mark this time. The songs are not something out of the ordinary and fail to make an impression.
There are also some developments which are difficult to digest. The whole sequence where Sidhamma remembers her marriage, which took place in childhood, but Narasimha Reddy doesn’t even know about the existence of his wife is a bit too much for any one with some logic in their head.
The movie is a bit long for the two second attention span generation but has a thrilling climax and manages to keep one on the end of their seats. The second half has some great moments and ends on a high note. Acting by all the actors are commendable and even the villains leave a lasting impression.
On the whole, the movie can be included into one of the great patriotic sagas the country has seen and has a great potential when it comes to the Box office.