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Simha Review

Simha
Deepa Garimella / fullhyd.com
EDITOR RATING
7.0
Performances
Script
Music/Soundtrack
Visuals
7.5
5.0
6.5
7.0
Suggestions
Can watch again
Yes
Good for kids
No
Good for dates
No
Wait to rent it
No
Simha celebrates brand Balakrishna. It thus also celebrates the brands that he in turn celebrates - his vamsam, his netturu, the works.

It speaks about the vanquishing of evil; heck its plot is chopping limbs, breaking bones and defying gravity. It is the kind of movie outing that'd make even the plainest of women feel overdressed for the occasion. Actually the kind of movie outing where women are just not welcome.

And first of all, it is a movie outing.

Indeed, some things never change. Where Telugu cinema is concerned, some things aren't allowed to. Simha is almost a loud assertion of that fact. Sure, Balayya now won't canoodle with navels as much as he did earlier, and reversing a train's motion purely by intent seems laughable now, but it is - gasp - refreshing to see the cinematic tradition of The Hero being kept alive with such grandeur.

The downside is that the cinematic tradition of the medical marvel, consisting of a man with multiple stab-injuries passionately finishing off a 100 goons in one shot, is also being kept alive. But that's an aside we'll forgive.

So Srimannarayana (Balakrishna) is this He-Man professor who protects students in his college from evil forces all around and within. His grandmother fears for his life and keeps asking him to stay out of trouble. He doesn't, of course, and things start spinning out of control when he has to protect a student Janaki (Sneha Ullal) from several oily crooks.

Next up is a flashback that everyone shares. Narasimha (Balakrishna again), Srimannarayana's father, was a doctor of royal lineage. He served the people of his town not just by means of his personal palace-turned-hospital, but by warding off the local set of villains who see peace only in evil. Needless to say, he was revered by the populace - or whatever survived of it - there. Srimannarayana, then, has to finish whatever and whoever his father wasn't able to.

The movie starts off, unfortunately, being desperately bouncy. Where the hero must show off his dance steps; or back off from the oversexed English teacher (Namitha) drooling over him; or fall for an unacceptably younger girl (Sneha Ullal) - it all smacks of retro.

Maybe that doubles the impact of his avatar in the second half, but the senior Balayya seems much more in tune with what people do want to watch. He's a saviour still, but a lot dignified and stately.

And the dialogues work exactly like they must in big-budget productions like these. The lines are well-timed, powerful and sharply delivered. Wanting to pander to the audiences is one thing, but when the audiences too want to pander to your every superstar whim and cheer on, it does make for a potent combination.

Like we said, Simha has gore - plenty of it - and the story is almost punctuation. The characters are black and white, and the direction is almost laugh-out-loud campy in several places. Such violence is almost outdated now, but the way the flick brings it all together is pretty impressive and exactly what the targeted fan base is looking for.

Performances aren't a problem here. The first half sees Balakrishna seem jaded and quite detached from the proceedings, but the second half is where he snaps out of it and delivers. As for the women, they're all wallpaper. No one makes an impact except for Nayantara, who emerges out of the whole deal looking graceful and putting up an expressive job. Namitha - as a character - is irrelevant, and Sneha Ullal does not act.

Kota has some biting villain lines, and Brahmanandam, Krishna Bhagawan, Ali and Jhansi contribute to an entertaining comedy track.

Well-shot though the movie is, the violence is likely to overshadow your memory of the visuals. The music is pretty banal, and most of the songs are jarring and far from catchy.

Simha isn't novel or extraordinary. Still, surprisingly, even though Dr. Narasimha in this one blurts "anti-arithmetic" once, it doesn't hurt you as a movie-watcher. Maybe some things are indeed better left unchanged.
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  • Cast
    Balakrishna, Nayantara, Sneha Ullal, Namitha, Kota Srinivasa Rao, Ali, Krishna Bhagawan, Brahmanandam, Jhansi
  • Music
    Chakri
  • Director
    Boyapati Seenu
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  • Theatres
    Not screening currently in any theatres in Hyderabad.
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Karmrose on 30th Apr 2010, 1:44pm | Permalink
great movie balakrishna is balakrishna
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Hihi on 9th May 2017, 6:22pm | Permalink
In which college the simha movie got shooted?
Srawan on 17th Aug 2012, 12:08pm | Permalink
Deepa: I had doubted the same about "anti-arithmetic", that Balayya might have blurted it out, so I googled a little and surprise surprise, some drugs do exist which are called as anti-arithmetic, and are used for palpitations.
Deepa Garimella on 17th Aug 2012, 7:12pm | Permalink
Just googled - they are "Antiarrhythmic" Drugs :) However, Balayya very clearly had said "Arithmetic". Now, a slip of the tongue on his part..., or a Balayya-ism?
kodali naresh on 10th Jul 2011, 6:41pm | Permalink
superb movie...i never see like this action scenes before any movie like this
kl on 11th Jun 2010, 6:57pm | Permalink
Balakrishna kicks anyone who comes in his way. Students, milkman, patient, heroine father, heroine brother, labour, fellow professor, ......... anyone.

They made Theaters Suguna Human Center. Kick and kill

Pros: Blood, Swords
Cons:
RATING
4
meghu on 10th Jun 2010, 3:57pm | Permalink
Bakwass Movie yaar. Please dont waste ur money.
My Name is Khan on 9th Jun 2010, 1:47pm | Permalink
Dont watch this nonsense!! You would regret. There is nothing to spare your time and watch this bu**shit. Few thing doesn't change and we should never be in an illusion that it might ... Even i was pralobed to watch it reviewing few web reviews, but the great BALLU gonna have his claws peeling you to piecess untill you turn down to Ash.
RATING
1
Srikanth G on 25th May 2010, 6:27pm | Permalink
Balayya strikes again. He looks like Lion in Simha character.. Songs are very nice.. Its worth watching this movie twice..
Mungalla Rama Krishna on 21st May 2010, 6:55pm | Permalink
After a long time Ballaiah Strikes Back Again

Pros: Hero, Heroines
Cons:
RATING
9
Truth on 11th May 2010, 9:00pm | Permalink
This movie is junk.

Pros: None
Cons: The whole movie.
RATING
1
Saradhi on 11th May 2010, 2:41pm | Permalink
First halflo NBK ni choosthe dokochindi. Chandaalam. Musalodiki hero veshaalenduku? aa placelo Kalyanaram ni pettunte baagundedi? kaanee one thing. Bandodu baagaane egiraadu. I mean dance baaga chesaadu. Surprising. Namitha utha waste, comedy track assalu waste. Sneha ullaal looks good. Nayantara is outstanding. NBK is very good in Simha role. intaki Sreemannarayana garu e subject cheputhaaro artham kaaledu. Professor chillara goondaala laaga kottukovadam. what a shame! Have you ever seen any professor coming in Sleevless blouses and below bellybutton clothes. Disgusting. Made fun of great job. Gururdevobhava annaaru. atuvanti respectful jobni entha khooni chesaaru! Prathi 5 min ki oka fight. Inkemundi bokka ee cinemaalo chooddaniki?

Pros: Dialogues, Nayanatara
Cons: Excessive violence and made fun of teaching faternity
Karmrose on 30th Apr 2010, 1:44pm | Permalink
great movie balakrishna is balakrishna
akd cont 2 on 30th Apr 2010, 12:55pm | Permalink
12.sampoorna error—sneha ullal………..ofcourse namitha.
13 balayya’s improvement---dance, minimising crap,ofcourse –glamour…
14.mere waste call sheets---bramhanandam,jhansi,dharmavarapu,,venu madhav,ali………yeah u got it whole comedy troop.
15.this is not balayya’s one man show…..of course KOTA has rocked again…………
16..PUNCH DIALOGUES------
“OKASARI NAA DANUKUNTE DAANI KOSAM EKKADI DAAKAINA VELTHA” “CHOODU ..NANNU CHOODU ..OKKAVAIPEY CHOODU…RENDO VAIPU CHOODODHU..THATTUKOLEVU…MAADIPOTHAVU..” “NENU MAATLA DETAPPUDU NEE CHEVULU MAATRAME PANICHEYYALI KAADANI INKEMAINA PANI CHESIYO NEEKU NEXT BIRTHDAY VUNDADHU” “ARA NIMISHAMLO CHACHEVAADI ADDRESS NAAKENDUKURA…”
17..FINALLY PARIPOORNA BALAYYA CHITRAM……….OFCOURSE HIT MOVIE..
akd continued on 30th Apr 2010, 12:54pm | Permalink
8.balayya is still doing wonders……I mean miracles………he hits and bring back a man in coma for 28 years back into senses in a single punch…..may be he is real kalki…………
9.punch dialogue—it is there,,punch theraphy—it is there,fat heroine-present,thin heroine—present,beautiful heroine—present,balayya with moustache—present,violent balayya,silent balayya—all present,talakayalu flying –present,
10.gramatical mistakes— doctor give this patient anti arythematics,sorry there is only one room is possible,what a strange!,
11.dramatical errors—5 trains passing through a station in 10 secs,nayan tara following bappi lahiri, balayya like bappa lahiri,weapon in the same place for 28 years,punch theraphy,balayya’s irresponsible parking in college,balayya highly responsible in beating students.
12.sampoorna error—sneha ullal………..ofcourse namitha.
13 balayya’s improvement---dance, minimising crap,ofcourse –glamour…
anil kumar duvvuru on 30th Apr 2010, 12:53pm | Permalink
Points to remember:-
1.balayya with three heroines (samarasimha reddy, narasimha naidu),especially one taller than him(s.s.r-simran,n.s.n-simran,preeiti) with a weapon in his hand …………….no one can beat him.
2.dialogues on family name ……………only his family can do that.
3.5 trains pass through the fight scene in 10 secs…only in balayya movie.
4.balayya in many avatars in a single song………….doctor,romantic husband,teacher,devotee,singer,dancer,horrible vetagaadu.
5.people shoot with bullets and arrows but balayya’s family shoot with axes and hammers……….may be they have learnt fron senior NTR throwing gadaas in devotional movies
6. a single movie in which a zero fat(nayantara) 100% fat (namitha) zero action(sneha) and 1000% action ( I think u know…..and 1000 was not a spelling mistake)
7. balayya needs mass music. I think manisharma is better than chakri……

Pros: balayya , dialogues , directionq
Cons: sneha ullal , namitha , comedy troupe
RATING
7
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