Will SyeRaa Become Another Padmaavat?

Making an historical film in India is said to be bad move now-a-days, owing to the growing intolerance among various groups in India claiming that their sentiments have been hurt. One such classic example is Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bollywood film, “Padmaavat”, which has prompted months of protests across India. The movie, which revolves around the story of 14th Century Hindu queen Padmavati and Muslim King Alauddin Khilji, had sparked fierce protests by various caste groups.

There have been many protests over the film in different parts of the country since January 2017 when members of the Karni Sena had vandalized the set and even slapped Mr Bhansali. The protests had been further intensified in November as the movie's original date of release, December 01 2017, approached that prompted the makers to postpone the movie release. Despite waiting, the movie still struggled to get a release date even after making “necessary” changes so that sentiments of any community are not hurt. Eventually, supreme court had to step in to ensure the smooth release of this film.

Now, looks like the same thing will be repeated for Chiranjeevi’s upcoming historical film “Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy”, which is based on the life of Rayalaseema freedom fighter, Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy. While the makers are trying to show Narasimha Reddy’s heroism on the screen, some historians such as Srinivas Roa have already started rebuking the maker’s intentions saying that Narasimha Reddy is not a hero but a dacoit, who stole lot of treasures for his personal use.  As the movie’s release date comes closer, such kind of protests would also grow in number. Need to see how Chiranjeevi and his team would make sure that their movie would not become another Padmaavat.