Rating: 2.5 / 5
Banner: Suresh Productions, V Creations
Discard: Venkatesh, Priyamani, Rao Ramesh, Nassar, Karthik Rathnam, Ammu Abhirami, Rajeev Kanakala and others
Writer: Vetri maaran
Music: Mani sharma
Cinematography: Sam K Naidu
Editor: Marthand Venkatesh
Action: Pierre Hein
Producers: D Suresh Babu, Kalaipuli S Thanu
Written and directed: Sreekanth Addala
Release date: July 20, 2021
Broadcast on: Amazon Prime Video
After âVâ by Nani and âNishabdhamâ by Anushka, âNarappaâ by Venkatesh is the major Telugu film to have a premiere on the OTT space. The film was due to hit theaters in May 2021. Due to the second wave of coronavirus, it is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.
Let’s find out the pros and cons.
The story takes place in the 1980s in a village in the district of Ananthapuram. A poor farmer Narappa (Venkatesh) flees into the forest with his youngest son, Sinnappa, to hide in a safer place. Because 16-year-old Sinnappa (Rakhi) murdered a landlord to avenge the death of his brother Munikanna.
Fearing that his son has no future, Narappa takes him to the forest. Narappa plans to take the blame on himself and head to court when things calm down. The owner’s men are also looking for Sinnappa to kill him.
In Sinappa’s eyes, Narappa is a “weak” person. But he was a fierce and cranky person in his youth.
What made Narappa forget about his violent past? And how far would he go to protect his son and the family?
Venkatesh appeared in two dimensions, that of an aging Narappa and his young self. Venkatesh gave a superb performance in the older character, a realistic portrayal that stays with us. Narappa matured, Venkatesh holds the film most of the time. But as a young Narappa, Venkatesh doesn’t seem out of place in his midst. Wearing designer dresses, appearing as a handsome Telugu hero, Venkatesh takes the wrong role. This is a major scrap.
Priyamani as Narappa’s wife put on a solid performance. But the stage thief is new actor Raakhi, who played Sinnappa. His diction and his natural playing are perfect.
Karthik Ratnam as the eldest son of Venkatesh, Rajeev Kanakala as a brother-in-law and Rao Ramesh as a lawyer are also impressive.
Rustic, dry locations shot mostly in Tamilnadu gave the theme credence. The camera work is good. The production design follows the original film.
Sreekanth Addala’s dialogues in Rayalaseema slang are perfect. Mani Sharma’s music is the same as the original.
Venkatesh’s performance as an elderly man
The central point of the story
The first half
Lack of effective emotions
âNarappaâ is the second collaboration between Venkatesh and director Sreekanth Addala after âSeethamma Vaakitlo Sirimalle Chettuâ. Unlike their previous movie, âNarappaâ is a remake of a Tamil movie, Asuran.
One of the reasons âAsuranâ was immediately liked by audiences is a young Dhanush playing a middle-aged character. He played father to adult sons. His transformation into this role fascinated everyone. While Venkatesh, who is over 60, takes on the role, is no surprise at all. Still, Venkatesh kept doing this again.
Revenge as a central theme, “Narappa” is a multi-level story that also deals with social inequality, class division, the feudal system in villages in a bygone era. Ultimately, it also emphasizes the importance of education.
‘Narappa’ begins as a father trying to protect his youngest son from the owners of the village, who are after him.
The first half of the film is a survival drama, which is told in an engaging way. Not straying an inch from the story, the first half of the proceedings are captivating. Interval shot and combat sequence are captured well. The first half of the film is also rich in emotional quotient, which makes for a fascinating watch.
The second half of the film switches to the drama of revenge, with the flashback story for the hero falling into place. The flashback portions were also low in the original Tamil movie. And in this remake, they’re even more passive.
Plus, Venkatesh doesn’t seem out of place as a young Narappa. While his entire community lives in small huts in scarcity, Venkatesh wears colorful, ironed dresses.
The common thread between Venkatesh and Ammu Abhirami seems strange, due to the age gap between them in real life. Dhanush is a much younger person in real life, and his track with Ammu Abhirami looked good. This whole part is shot more like an ordinary commercial film than a realistic film.
Shortly after the backstory ends, the film hits the runway, further capturing the bond between a father and son.
It is very difficult to see this kind of remakes because every image and every minute detail is directly cut and copied from the original. Even camera angles, artwork, and defined properties are perfectly lifted and offset.
âNarappaâ does indeed have some emotional moments and is a frame-by-frame remake. Still, it’s paltry compared to the original Tamil movie in many ways. The performance and the interesting plot of Venkatesh and Priyamani are the reason why “Narappa” partly works. It might have worked as a whole if the second half had been better handled.
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