Narappa is tailored from Vetrimaaran’s Asuran which in flip was based mostly on Poomani’s novel ‘Vekkai’. At first, we see Narappa, performed by Venkatesh, as a really weak man. He’s somebody who would sacrifice his personal self-respect to maintain him and his household out of hassle. And considered one of his sources of hassle is the three acres of land that he owns. An area huge shot desires to purchase it however when Narappa refuses, there’s a killing, then a revenge killing, after which, all hell breaks free.
This is a narrative of haves and have-nots nevertheless it additionally has plenty of style toppings. It’s a narrative of a chase, a revenge, and an enormous fats whistle-inducing hero transformation scene proper on the intermission level. But inside this broadly generic materials, there are specifics that actually make the story.
The predominant story is that Narappa’s son, Sinabba (Rakhi), kills somebody on account of which the household has to enter hiding. But the story really begins a era earlier than with a person who simply desires a pair of slippers in order that the woman he’s marrying might stroll comfortably. All this violence that spans two generations begins with an act of affection; it’s, sadly, a gorgeous contact.
Srikanth Addala amps up the emotional moments however in any other case, it is a devoted adaptation of Asuran. In reality, I’d name it too devoted an adaptation. The colour schemes, costumes and GV Prakash’s now well-known trumpet blare are retained. There’s a single-take scene in Asuran the place the household packs up their home and leaves. It’s a single-take scene in Narappa too; the aesthetics are very comparable. But Narappa works even in the event you’ve seen Asuran as a result of the core is so highly effective.
Take the spouse, Sundaramma, performed by a really efficient Priyamani. She needs that it wasn’t her son however her husband who took the revenge. As for her sons, they view their father with borderline contempt. They marvel why he’s such a weak man who by no means fights again. Despite his greatest efforts, the bloodlust that was initially inside Narappa has been handed on to the following era: it’s not nurture, it’s nature.
The screenwriting within the movie is cyclical: what occurs in a single era finds an echo within the subsequent. In the youthful Narappa’s time it was forbidden for members of his caste and sophistication to put on slippers. But within the current, he’s capable of casually purchase a pair of slippers for his son. Even the violence is cyclical. Take the scene the place the household canine dies. Sinabba is distraught when his mom consoles him that they’ve one other canine. He asks his mom if she would really feel the identical means if considered one of her two sons died. That single line defines Sinabba’s character all through the movie.
Even the older son, Munikanna (Karthik Rathnam), has his personal peculiar notions of revenge. He’s been crushed up by cops, instigated by the large shot who’s behind all this. And nonetheless, Munikanna rhetorically asks what sort of father would he be if he didn’t retaliate in opposition to somebody who beat up his son.
Venkatesh holds the movie collectively. As he’s older than Dhanush, his world-weary look is basically convincing and he tweaks his picture to superb impact. Thanks to him and the remainder of the solid (and Vetrimaaran’s story and screenplay) we get a uncommon beast in Telugu cinema: an action-driven character drama or a character-driven motion film.
Films like Kshatriya Putrudu have already requested the query: when will the cycle of violence cease? But for all their strengths, they have been glossier merchandise from a specific period. Narappa looks like a sharper whiplash. I felt that Asuran wasn’t as much as the sooner work of Dhanush and Vetrimaaran however nonetheless fairly good. I might tweak that to say that Narappa isn’t fairly pretty much as good as Asuran however — by itself phrases — it’s fairly good.