Starring : Venkatesh, Priyamani, Karthik Rathnam
Director : Srikanth Addala
Produced by : Kalaippuli S. Thanu; D. Suresh Babu
Music Director : Mani Sharma
Release date : July 20, 2021
Narappa is a film that has gone the OTT way. The film is out on Amazon Prime and, read our review to find out if the film has any juice in it or not.
Narappa(Venkatesh) lives with his small and poor family in a remote village. He gets into trouble due to his land and Narappa’s elder son, Muniappa(Karthik Rathnam) gets killed by Panduswamy, the crazy landlord. How does Narappa saves his lands and family is the basic crux of Narappa.
Venkatesh is stunning as Narappa and gives a memorable performance. It is the first time that he has tried something like this and gets full marks in the emotional department. Priyamani is also good as Venky’s wife and does so well in her act as an emotional mother. Karthik Rathnam who plays Venky’s elder son was so good in his role and gives a high whenever he is on screen. After a long gap, Rajeev Kanakala gets an impactful role and is amazing.
Narappa is the remake of the Tamil hit Asuran starring Dhanush. One should not compare Venkatesh with Dhanush but Venky does well. The film starts with a gripping episode and the family emotions and village issues are brought so well in the film. The first half is filled with gritty action and showcases Venkatesh in a never-before-seen avatar.
But things fall flat when the film heads into a flashback mode. Here Venkatesh plays his younger self and this is where the emotions don’t work at all. The divide between the rich and poor is routine and has been seen in so many films and this takes the tempo down.
The last half an hour of the film is where things get back from the flashback mode and start making sense. The film is a faithful remake and is made well in the first half.
But things are half baked and the steam is lost in the post-interval. If you have not watched the original, you will like the film but those who have seen will draw big comparisons.
Bottom Line – Works in Parts