Based on whose life story, Megastar Chiranjeevi's 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy' was directed?

Megastar Chiranjeevi's new starrer 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy' teaser has been released today and the movie is said to hit the theatres on 2nd October 2019 on the eve of Gandhi Jayanthi. The movie lovers all over India are eagerly waiting for the movie to be released. However, there are a few things we need to know about the movie. What actually is the story of the movie and based on whose story was the movie directed?

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Megastar Chiranjeevi in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy
Megastar Chiranjeevi in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy; Image credits: YouTube

Indian soil has seen many brave freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation to bring independence for India from the Britishers. The story of the movie 'Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy' revolves around one of those forgotten freedom fighters, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy who was a brave heart and one of the unsung heroes and early freedom fighters. 

Narasimha Reddy was related to the Polygar family of Uyyalawada in Koilkuntla taluk, Kurnool district. His father Peddamalla Reddy married two daughters of the Polygar of Nossam and had three sons, of whom Narasimha Reddy was the youngest. 

Real picture of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy
The real picture of Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, Image Credits: Wirally

The early Colonial rule under the East India Company (EIC) was an oppressive one as it was in a complete expansion mode at the expense of Indian rulers, such as Maharajahs and Muslim rulers who were stated powerless and money-less. 

Also affected were the local rulers and chieftains (Polygars) at many places who were forced to pay taxes to the Britishers. Many feared to fight against it, but some of them came to revolt against the unjust British rulers.

One among them was Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, local ruler, an unsung freedom fighter. Like the other freedom fighters, Reddy was hung to death by the EIC officials without any mercy or regret.

Reddy, who had around 66 villages under his control and an approximate army of 2000 men, were not able to tolerate the inhumanity committed by the corrupt officials of EIC and the sufferings and pains his people had to go through under their ruling. 

Start of Rebellion

Things came to a head in 1846 when the British authorities seized land rights which were previously held by various people who had died in the villages of Koilkuntla, Goodladurty and Nossum. Then, the region of Rayalseema was owned by the British.

Being a Polygar and grandson of Jayaram Reddy, the last powerful Zamindar of Nossam,  Narasimha Reddy used to receive a pension of Rs.11 per month from the British Government. One day the Government refused to pay him any portion of the lapsed pension of that family and he was sorely disappointed with that. 
On 10 June 1846, Narasimha Reddy collected other men and raided the Koilkuntla treasury and evaded the police before killing several officers at MittapallyThey also plundered Rudravaram before moving to an area near to Almore, pursued by the British military forces who then surrounded them. 
On the way, at Rudravaram he also killed the forest ranger which became a serious matter. Then the Collector, Thomas Monroe issued orders to arrest him. The EIC put a reward of Rs. 10,000, which was a massive amount at that time.

Reddy, with his army of the 5000-strong band, rose a serious attack on the British forces battling with Lieutenant Watson and killed the Tahsildar of Cumbum camped at Giddaluru on 23 July 1846 and defeated them. With around 200 of the rebels being killed and others captured, they were able to break out in the direction of Kotakota, Giddalur where Reddy's family were situated. 

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Unable to capture him, the British deceptively imprisoned his family at Kadapa. But to the government’s surprise, he rescued his family by pointing a knife at the officer of the Lal Bangla, where his wife and son were imprisoned.

Having collected his family, he and the rest of the rebels moved into the Nallamala Hills. He then moved from place to place to hid in the hill forts of the Erramalas and Nallamalas, and though tracked by troops from Cuddapah and Kurnool, he continued to commit his ravages in Koilkuntla and Cumbum. 
British forces were informed by someone about the hideout of Reddy. To avoid being caught by the British in the Nallamala area, Narasimha Reddy returned back to Koilkuntla area and hid in Jagannatha Konda. 

After roaming around the hills for several months, Reddy was caught as the British army moved in upon as per the information which was given by someone from the villagers and then arrested him and his followers at midnight on 6 October 1846. The EIC tied him with heavy chains and paraded him in the streets of Koilkuntla in front of his people with blood-stained clothes so that the people consider it as a warning. 

Telugu Teaser of Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy

Around 112 of his followers were arrested and convicted for 5 to 14 years and few of them were jailed in Andaman. The special commissioner of Kadapa conducted the trial and Narasimha Reddy was charged with revolt, murder and being a dacoit and was convicted on all charges. 

He was publicly hanged to death on 22nd February 1847, on the banks of a nearby river in the presence of Collector J. H. Cochrane. His head was hung on the fort wall in front of public view for 30 years from 1847 to 1877 to instil fear in the people so that another rebellion won’t start against the Britishers.

His revolt in India against the Britishers was 10 years earlier than India’s First War of Independence of 1857 also known as Sepoy Mutiny of 1857. The vestiges of the early events are well frozen in the ruins of the fort at Kotthakota, near Giddalur.

Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy was a braveheart who didn’t let the British take away his lands and he fought against them more than 10 years before the 1857 revolt (which is often called as the first war of independence). After 50 years of his demise, born the next big hero of the freedom movement from the Telugu Land, Alluri Seetharama Raju.

The story of the unsung hero of the freedom movement had inspired Ram Charan Tej to produce a movie directed by Surender Reddy with Megastar playing the role of Narasimha Reddy. The cast of the movie also consists of Amitabh Bachchan, Nayanthara, Vijay Sethupathi, Kichcha Sudeep, Tamannaah Bhatia, Jagapati Babu and many more.

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With the teaser being released today, it would be interesting to see how they display the characterisation of Narasimha Reddy in the form of Megastar's screen presence and the other co-stars.

Below is the Hindi teaser of the movie in Hindi and Telugu:

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