Veera Simha Reddy - Dragged and Repetitive

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Movie Review Veera Simha Reddy

Movie: Veera Simha Reddy

Rating: 2.25/5

Starring: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shruti Haasan, Duniya Vijay, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Honey Rose, Naveen Chandra, Lal, Ajay Ghosh, Mirali Sharma

Director: Gopichand Malineni

Producers: Naveen Yerneni and Ravi Shankar Yalamanchili

Music Director: Thaman S

Cinematography: Rishi Punjabi

Editor: Navin Nooli

Nandamuri Balakrishna has arrived with his latest film, Veera Simha Reddy. Directed by Gopichand Malineni, the movie hit screens today. Let’s see how the film has been made.


Jai Simha Reddy (Balakrishna) lives with his mother Meenakshi (Honey Rose) lives in Istanbul. He falls in love with Eesha (Shruti Haasan) and decides to marry her. Then Meenakshi reveals the identity of Jai’s father, Veera Simha Reddy, who lives in Rayalaseema and rules Pulicharla. Bhanumathi (Varalaxmi) and Pratap Reddy (Duniya Vijay) want to kill Veera Simha Reddy for the past 30 years. Why did they want to kill Veera? Who is Bhanumathi? Why did Veera Simha Reddy leave his wife and son? Answers to these questions form the rest of the story.

Analysis: Director Gopichand Malineni made clear what movie he's making it by the teaser and trailers of the film. The film's story set-up is also the same and has all the chances to be a perfect mass action entertainer. However, Gopichand Malineni failed in mixing all the elements in right proportions, which resulted in the film being a disappointment.

The first half starts on a pale note and goes in the same path until the title role of the film enters the stage. Balakrishna's getup and screen presence were superb in Veera Simha Reddy's scenes, but because of the narrative director choose, we get to see his character halfway through without knowing his backstory. The interval episode was cleverly planned and raises the expectations towards the second half.

But the second half doesn't live up to the hype as it gets dragged on and on except for a couple of dialogues from Balakrishna which make an impact. Another weak link of the film was the villains' character which lacked the intensity, because of this the confrontation angle between hero and villain didn't get the desired effect.

Performances: Nandamuri Balakrishna solely lifts the entire film on his shoulders. His looks, dialogue delivery and aggressive style in action sequences came powerful. It has to be said that more than in action sequences, his work in emotional scenes was perfect. Varalaxmi Sarathkumar’s performance was good. Duniya Vijay looked good, but he would have done much more if his characterization had been better. Honey Rose was decent. Lal as Siddappa, Naveen Chandra as Sekhar and others justified their respective roles. Shruthi Haasan didn't have considerable scope to perform.

Technical Aspects:

Camerawork by Rishi Punjabi and the score by Thaman are impressive. The art department and dialogues were fine.

As far as the direction, Gopichand Malineni was good only at a few places and lagged at many places. He should have concentrated more on the emotional front to make the proceedings more interesting.

Plus Points:

Balakrishna's Performance 

Thaman's Background Score

Varalaxmi Sarath Kumar 

Minus Points:

Lag in the narration 

No proper lead scenes for action sequences

Forced Emotions

Monotonous story setup

Final Note:

On the whole, Veera Simha Reddy is a below-average action entertainer which can be enjoyed by only fans of Balakrishna for his powerful appearance.

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