Film: Veera Simha Reddy
Signboard: Mithri Film Makers
Throw: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shruti Haasan, Dunya Vijay, Honey Rose, Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar, and others
dialogues: Sai Madhav Pura
Music: Eighth S
Cinematographer: Rishi Punjabi
Editing: Naveen Knowley
Production designer: AS Prakash
fights: Ram Laxman, Venkat
Producers: Naveen Yernini and Ravi Shankar Yalamanchilli
Story, Screenplay and Direction: Gopichand Malini
Release date: January 12, 2023
After the stunning success of ‘Akhanda’ and the popularity of the talk show ‘Unstoppable’ brought a new craze for Balakrishna films. The collaboration with director Gopichand Malineni, who had just made the blockbuster ‘Karak’, raised the bar on expectations. ‘Veera Simha Reddy’ is also the first major film to hit theaters in 2023. Amidst high expectations, the movie is here.
Let’s find out its advantages and disadvantages.
For their son’s upcoming wedding in Turkey, Meenakshi (Honeyflower) invites Veera Simha Reddy (Nandamuri Balakrishna), who is currently residing in Rayalaseema, India. Their son Jai (Balakrishna) loves Isha (Shruti Haasan). Why do Veera Simha Reddy live in India and Meenakshi and her son in Turkey?
Meenakshi begins to explain the circumstances that brought them to Turkey many years ago.
A friendly faction leader named Veera Simha Reddy is the one with the most influence in Kurnool. His half-sister Bhanumathi (Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar) is his only weakness.
Bhanumathi misunderstands her brother’s actions in a critical situation and comes to the conclusion that he has betrayed her. Enraged at her brother, Pratap Reddy (Duniya Vijay) marries Veera Simha Reddy’s rival and sets out to take revenge on her. What caused the rift between the siblings, and what will Jay do after hearing his father’s backstory?
Nandamuri Balakrishna portrayed two distinct characters. Veera Simha Reddy’s portrayal brings to mind his previous film roles. Balakrishna’s dialogue delivery is fierce, as always. For the first half, his costume is cut outs of “Mufti” Sivana. However, it looks great in it.
After Balakrishna, Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar plays a pivotal role in the film. During the interval bang, she did a great job. However, her emotional scenes fade away.
Shruti Haasan is being treated badly. Her role and performance are embarrassingly bad.
Honeyflower was given a slightly better role by Shruti Haasan. In his debut Telugu film, Duniya Vijay plays a one-dimensional bad guy.
Eight unremarkable music. The songs may have gone viral on social media, but they don’t work at all in the movie. But his background result is good, so that’s a plus. The cinematography of this movie is amazing. The production values are very high because the producers have invested a lot of money.
Sai Madhav’s dialogues follow a predictable pattern. Words like “Kodaka” and “Naa Kodaka” can be heard in many places. The movie is very long. Features 8 long fight sequences
Some collective moments
The vulgar novel
the other half
The subject of sister’s feelings
Excessive work shifts
Cringe deserves characterization of the heroine
Despite being a formulaic actor, the soulful undertones of ‘Akhanda’ helped him become a success at the box office. Palaiya’s performance as Akanda resonated with a wide audience, thanks in large part to the film’s “bhakti” angle. The film’s success was apparently viewed in a different light by director Gopichand Malineni. His latest film “Veera Simha Reddy” starring Balakrishna follows the model of a heavy dose of action sequences.
The number of fights is very high. There are actually eight large-scale action scenes.
Although the first fifteen minutes of the movie are dull due to the introduction of Jai and Isha and their budding romance, things pick up once Veera Simha Reddy arrives.
Balakrishna, in typical fashion, roars through the first half, delivering punch lines and beating up bad guys. Some dialogues are designed to gain political momentum. Balakrishna takes aim at the current government of Andhra Pradesh in a scene where the hero argues with the home affairs minister.
However, the first half of the film is structured similarly to other commercially successful films, complete with songs and fight scenes. The twist involving Balakrishna and Varalakshmi in the middle of the explosion is also interesting. Winding makes us wait for the second part. However, the second half completely loses its grip. Brother-sister drama ensues, and more fights ensue.
Everything about Lakrishna and Varalakshmi Sarath Kumar seems to go on forever. Moreover, there are a lot of loopholes. Funny to see Varalaxmi misunderstand his brother and swear revenge without even bothering to get to the bottom of the situation. Another noteworthy moment is when she married her brother’s rival. It seems to be a convenient story rather than an organic one. And Dunya Vijay’s villain lacks potency due to poor writing. Therefore, the second half turned out to be a mixture of a festival of stunts and scenes of bad vibes.
The politically charged lines of dialogue might win over Telugu Desam Party supporters and Balayya fans, but it feels contrived and out of place for everyone else. How long will Balakrishna brag about his father and Charitra (history) without regard for the storyline?
How did the censors allow scenes like Balakrishna calling the villain ‘Munda’ to pass? Burra Sai Madhav’s prose filled with words like “Kodaka” should have been censored.
The images of the heroines are as bad as the useless fight. After the first 15 minutes, Shruti Haasan appears again only when there are musical interludes. Honey Rose is revealed to be an elderly mother, but then has the opportunity to dance to ‘Maa Baava Manobhavalu’ and seduce Balayya.
Overall, ‘Veera Simha Reddy’ is another mindless masala drama with a lot of fights. While the first half of the movie is entertaining, the second half is disastrous. The movie is only for the die-hard Balayya fans, not for the casual audience.
minimum: Strictly for Balayya fans