What is the story about?
Narappa is the official remake of Dhanush starrer Asuran, and tells us the story of Narappa, a troubled father who is constantly under the hammer of oppression in his village. As his sons run into troubles with the local landlords and goons, things heat up in the family asking Narappa to return to his bloody past and red habits.
Being a remake of a National Award winning film that is widely acclaimed all across India, it is tough to not draw parallels between Narappa and Asuran. The film is a poor sister of the original, as it falls back in almost all the departments - be it the acting, the dialogues, the situations or purely its cast too. Despite moving along at a fine pace and religiously sticking to the events of the original alone and not diluting much, the film does not manage to keep our attention intact for a long period of time. It would have been much better if some sort of localization had been done, which would have helped the film connect better and also bring in some sort of a novelty for the audience who are watching it after watching the original.
Though Venkatesh does a fine job in the titular role, it somehow does not fit into the requirements of the character and seems odd at places. The actor does well in the emotional sequences and the action stretches, but the X-factor and the power required for such a role is missing. Priyamani offers great support throughout the film and has once again proved herself as a quality actor who can pull off many kinds of roles. The rest of the cast including Karthik Rathnam, Rajeev Kanakala and others are decent fits.
Music & Other Departments
The biggest issue with Narappa is its music, which is credited to Mani Sharma, but largely feels like remix versions of the songs from Asuran which had music composed by GV Prakash. However, the title track flies in straight from the original. On the other hand, the cinematography in the film is a spitting image of what Asuran had too, with even some of the famous frames being recreated.
Venkatesh’s performance to an extent, along with Priyamani.
The fact that the film lacks the emotional value of the original.
Did I enjoy it?
No. This remake did not work out for me, and you’re better off watching the original.
Do I recommend it?
No. If the makers wanted to actually do something special, they could have come out with a version that adheres to local sensibilities, instead of this carbon copy.