By the time the British villains stopped snarling and sniping at the trembling deshbhakts of our country their days were over. At least as far as Indian cinema is concerned.
“Syeraa Narasimha Reddy” propounds the most basic kind of patriotism practised in cinema: Portray the invaders, in this case the Britishers, as cheap avaricious villains, pitch them against a one-man army and let the drama unfold.
“Syeraa Narasimha Reddy” is a fast-flowing, frenzied and hysterical homage to an unsung martyr of Andhra Pradesh who fought the British goons (the film tells us that”s what they were and who are we to argue?) with his faithful bunch of unarmed warriors. While the legendary Chiranjeevi occupies the central part with confident swagger, the supporting cast, specially in the mob sequences, are reduced to two basic emotions: cowering and glowering.