The Baahubali series was a game-changer for Indian cinema, setting new benchmarks as far as period films were concerned. Its pan-India success instilled belief in producers that recovering huge investments shouldn’t be concern if the product is good. Chiranjeevi revealed that during the promos of his latest film Sye Ra Narasimha Reddy, a tale of the first-ever rebel who revolted against the British East India Company, in the 19th century. The film is a journey of courage and grit mounted on a huge scale.
The story is set 10 years prior to what’s widely regarded as the first battle of independence fought in 1857. Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy (Chiranjeevi), emperor of Rayalseema in Andhra Pradesh, decides to take on the British East India Company’s harassment of the peasants in the region. After the initial reluctance, the neighboring kings also join him in the war for freedom. With the unending resources and manpower commanded by the British, winning is next to impossible but Narasimha Reddy and his men vow not to go down without a fight.
One of the major reasons behind the making of this film was the relative ‘unknown entity’ factor associated with Uyyalwada Narasimha Reddy when it comes to freedom fighters in India. Not many have heard of this legend. Of course, it’s difficult to be inch-perfect in terms of facts with regards to events that happened in the 19th century and a certain amount of cinematic liberty is permissible.