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
Release Date : January 12, 2023
Sankranti is finally here and that means a host of big releases will be out one after the other. The first in line is Balayya’s Veera Simha Reddy directed by Gopichand Malineni. Read our review here.
Jaya Simha Reddy(Balakrishna) and his mother Meenakshi(Honey Rose) live in Turkey. They have a tragic past and one that has some painful memories. After a tragic turnaround of events, Jaya Simha Reddy comes to know that his dad is the powerful Veera Simha Reddy who is still alive and lives in Pulicherla. Things change and both the father and son get involved in the ruckus. Who is this Veera Simha Reddy? and what’s his past is the actual story of the film.
Veera Simha Reddy brings back the faction backdrop to Telugu cinema after a while and who better than Balayya to do this? He aces both roles but is solid as VSR. The way he looks, mouths powerful dialogues, and does action, the fans are going to have a blast. Full marks should go to Gopichand Malineni as he has showcased Balayya in a powerful manner. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar is also powerful in her role but her look is horrible. Duniya Vijay was neat and Shruthi Haasan is only there for songs.
Balayya’s powerful avatar
Racy First Half
Same old storyline
Dragged Second half
Director Gopichand Malineni has got the golden chance of directing Balayya and he makes full use of it. He does not shy away one bit and showcases Balayya in a very powerful avatar. The first half is filled with solid action and the manner in which Veera Simha Reddy gets introduced is also solid. There is hardly any error in the first half as the twists at the interval also come in a solid manner.
The second half is also decent but not as good as the first. As there is no proper storyline, Gopichand fails to connect the dots properly. There are scenes that derail the tempo but still Balakrishna makes sure that he entertains the audience in a big way. Varalakshmi’s character is good to see on screen and all her confrontation scenes with Balayya are surely whistle-worthy.
Thaman is also one of the unsung heroes of the film. He has given a super hit score and makes sure that his BGM lives up to the hype created in the fight. Rishi Punjabi’s visuals are top notch and the production values are just amazing. Mythri Movie Makers have gone all out with this film and this can be seen in every scene. Shruthi Haasan has a dull role but she looks lovely in the songs.
Veera Simha Reddy does not have anything special but it gives the fans a solid ride. What they come in with expectations from a Balakrishna film, everything is served to them. Don’t expect a special story or great twists as VSR is a plain mass masala film that will be loved by the masses and Balayya fans will have a feast.
Bottom Line – Balakrishna kills it once again