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Veerasimha Reddy : Routine story, but Balakrishna rocks with his energy

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Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Shruti Haasan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar, Honey Rose, Duniya Vijay, Naveen Chandra, Murali Sharma, and others.

Crew: Director-writer-screenplay: Gopichand Malineni
Dialogues: Sai Madhav Burra
Producers: Naveen Yerneni, Y, Ravi Shankar
Cinematographer: Rishi Punjabi
Editor: Naveen Nooli
Music: S. Thaman
Banner: Mythri Movie Makers

K. Ramya Sree


With his mother and far from his relatives, Jayasimha Reddy resides in Istanbul. Apparently, he believes he is fatherless. He later learns that his father, Veerasimha Reddy, is residing in Rayalaseema and guarding the seema and its people, after deciding to marry Shruti Hassan. Later, Jai visits Rayalaseema.This tale, in a nutshell, is about Jai taking his father’s route to protect and save the people of Rayalaseema.


The film begins in Istanbul where Nandamuri Balakrishna as Jayasimha Reddy makes his entry in a stylish look bashing the goons and Jai telling, “If you want to know about me, then go to any pub that closes in 15 minutes, you will know who I am.” This was a bang on start for a commercial Balakrishna flick.

On the other hand, Veera gets a hyped entry making people whistle for the star.
Clearly, this is a one-man show. Balakrishna is the one who carries the entire movie on his back and steals the show with his dialogue delivery, energy.His appearance was remarkable throughout the movie, including his looks in t-shirt jeans, stiffened white clothing, and the lungi look. Veerasimha Reddy’s look particularly in grey hair and a lungi was eye pleasing. At many scenes, you might feel there is some political agenda behind his dialogues, given how Balakrishna took a dig at Andhra Pradesh’s ruling party and its leader.

Like in any other commercial film, Shruti Haasan was here just for a few scenes and to up the glamour quotient. Honey Rose as Jay’s mother didn’t fit well. She looked too young to be Jay’s mother, but her role as Veera’s love interest was cute to look at.

Bhanumati (played by Varalakshmi Sarathkumar) has a very important role, in fact the film’s story is centered around her. She stuns with her performance as a Rayalaseema native and her voice was admirable, her biggest weapon.

Duniya Vijay is a notable flaw in the cast. He didn’t make an impression on Veera and Jai as a formidable foe. For us, he failed as a villain in a role that has a lot of scope to perform.


The second half’s emotional content prevents the entire movie from being uninteresting, despite the screenplay’s occasional lagging in both the first and second halves.The director succeeded in creating some intense fight scenes for this movie, which is set against the backdrop of the faction scene in Rayalaseema.

The dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra were excellent, but the plot was predictable.
For example, “Muthi meeda molosina prathi bochu meesam kadu ra bacha” dialogue, when heard from Balakrishna, proves this is a “Jai Balayya” kinda film.

While the film has barely any story, it is the brother-sister sentiment, Balakrishna’s energy paired with Burra’s mass dialogues that run the film.

Gopi got the interval bang right. The twist there gives a thrill to the audience.
The artwork is noteworthy. The attention to detail in designing Balakrishna’s weapon and chair was especially commendable.You won’t be surprised if the same begins to sell in the market.The cinematographer captured the right emotions in all action scenes.

However, there is another disappointment. There is a huge cast whose talent was not properly utilised.

In the overall film, something that needs a special applause is S. Thaman’s BGM. It elevates the plot of the entire film. The BGM during Balakrishna’s fight scenes or entry gives goosebumps. However, the songs could’ve been better.


Don’t go expecting a fresh story or any story for that matter. Watch it as a pure commercial Tollywood film and you will enjoy it. Balakrishna, with his energy, performance, paired with Gopichand’s writing and Burra’s dialogues, makes the watch worth-while. Mass elevations, dialogues, hero’s mannerism will make the audience roar along with Balakrishna.

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