Review of the movie Veera Simha Reddy: The picture would be dull without Nandamuri Balakrishna’s vivacious presence.

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Review of the movie Veera Simha Reddy: The picture would be dull without Nandamuri Balakrishna’s vivacious presence.

Review of the movie Veera Simha Reddy: Nandamuri Balakrishna is the only person on screen who keeps the movie together. Shruti Haasan, Honey Rose, Duniya Vijay, and Murali Sharma also appear in the movie.

If the phrase “one-man show” in Telugu film can be accurately applied to anyone, Nandamuri Balakrishna’s name is the first that comes to mind. One of the biggest entertainers the business has produced in a long time, the man is in his sixties. Scenes from his films have been used as social media fodder for memes over the years, but this hasn’t diminished or adversely affected the popularity he enjoys. All of this also applies to his most recent work, Veera Simha Reddy, which is merely the millionth retelling of the same tale set in the Rayalaseema region.

Veera Simha Reddy movie review: Nandamuri Balakrishna in a still from the Telugu film.

In the opening scene of the movie, a group of Europeans enters an Indian eatery serving Rayalaseema food in Istanbul. India-born Meenakshi (Honey Rose), who owns the restaurant, is under fear of having to sell the building and sign the paperwork by the next morning. Cut to the following scene, where we witness her son Jai (Balakrishna) handle the predicament in the most conventional manner—a fight sequence. But this isn’t the movie’s best scene. Shortly after, the action moves to Rayalaseema, where we meet Jai’s father Veera Simha Reddy (also portrayed by Balakrishna), who reigns over Kurnool.No one dares to disagree with him because he is the village’s saviour. However, one Prathap Reddy (Duniya Vijay) has been desiring to murder Veera Simha Reddy in order to exact revenge for the passing of his father, but all of his previous schemes have failed.

Telugu filmmakers have exploited factionalism as a setting for intriguing stories for a long time. However, they haven’t emphasised the mindset that has led to the faction conflicts. Filmmakers have mostly concentrated on the violence and utilised cinema as a tool to celebrate it, rather than trying to understand the psychology of the people who have dedicated their lives to waging faction battles. Veera Simha Reddy also employs the same strategy. The movie thrives on violence and features some beautifully shot action scenes that are enjoyable to see. Balakrishna, who plays the title role Veera Simha Reddy, effectively acts as the glue that keeps the movie together.

Not the plot or the acting really keep one interested in the movie. Veera Simha Reddy is made to a great amount likeable by the pure lunacy the action sequences bring to the experience of watching on a huge screen, as well as by SS Thaman’s electrifying background score. This would have been a tedious movie if it weren’t for Balakrishna’s animated on-screen persona, which makes even the most uninteresting sequences fascinating to watch. Although it’s an intriguing choice to cast Duniya Vijay as the villain, he doesn’t get to do much other than yell furiously throughout the entire film. The only other member of the supporting cast to receive a substantial role is Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar, who plays a Neelambari-inspired character in Padayappa with ease.

 

 

 

 

 

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