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Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy gets off to massive opening at box-office

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on October 03, 2019 Published on October 02, 2019

Chiranjeevi-starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, a film inspired by the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy from the Rayalaseema region, released across the country.   -  KVS Giri

Crowds gather at Prasads in Hyderabad on Wednesday awaiting the release of the film Syeraa Narasimha Reddy. Photo: Special Arrangement   -  Special Arrangement

₹300-crore period film released in five languages

Chiranjeevi-starrer Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, a period film based on the life of a freedom fighter, is off to a massive opening on Wednesday.

The film was released in five languages. Apart from Telugu, it’s made in Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam and Kannada. Initial reports indicated that it has been received well by the audience, including in the US diaspora.

The film is based on the life of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, an 18th century feudal lord, in the Rayalaseema region. In what’s believed to be one of the first uprisings against the British rule, Narasimha Reddy rallied the support of fellow warlords and local tribes to fight the British.

However, some historians dismissed this version and claimed that he fought for his right for pension and it was not as massive as it was shown in the film.

Keeping in view the criticism, the producers had indicated that the film was loosely based on Narasimha Reddy’s life and didn’t represent his true life.

Dadasaheb award winner Amitabh Bachhan played a small role in the film, as someone who guides the hero in his battle.

The producers of the film also waged a legal battle with the heirs of Narasimha Reddy.

The film, produced by Chiranjeevi’s actor-son Ram Charan, was made with a budget of ₹300 crore. It also stars Nayanathara, popular Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi, Telugu actor Jagapathi Babu and Kannada actor Sudeep.

In the North, the film faces a tough competition from War, starring Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff, which also hit the screens the same day.

While Aravind Swami lent his voice for the Tamil version to introduce the character, Mohan Lal and Pawan Kalyan (Chiranjeevi’s brother) chipped in for Malayalam and Telugu versions. The 151st film for the 64-year-old Chiranjeevi was directed by Surender Reddy.

 

Published on October 02, 2019
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