Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India

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Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India
Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byVakkantham Vamsi
Written byVakkantham Vamsi
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyRajeev Ravi
Edited byKotagiri Venkateswara Rao
Music byScore:
Vishal–Shekhar
John Stewart Eduri
Songs:
Vishal–Shekhar
Production
company
Release date
  • 4 May 2018 (2018-05-04)[1]
Running time
164 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Budget₹65 crore[2]
Box officeest. 100.5 crore[3]

Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India (transl. My name is Surya, my home is India) is a 2018 Indian Telugu-language action film written and directed by Vakkantham Vamsi in his directorial debut. Produced by Ramalakshmi Cine Creations, the film stars Allu Arjun, Arjun Sarja and Anu Emmanuel. Supporting cast includes R. Sarathkumar, Boman Irani, Thakur Anoop Singh, Sai Kumar, Pradeep Rawat, Harish Uthaman, Rao Ramesh, Nadhiya and Vennela Kishore.

The film follows Surya, a short-tempered soldier who aspires to serve at the borders, but he finds trouble after getting into brawls and killing a terrorist. He is given the chance to prove his worth by getting a clearance signature from a renowned psychologist, who is none other than his estranged father. Surya must curb his angry behavior while still confronting his enemies if he wants to fulfill his dream.

The music was composed by Vishal-Shekhar with editing by Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao. The film released on 4 May 2018. It received mixed reviews but Allu Arjun's performance was praised.R. Sarathkumar won SIIMA Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role (Telugu) for his role in the film.

Plot[edit]

Surya is a soldier in the Indian Army who suffers from anger management issues and dreams of being posted at the LOC. After getting into a brawl at a local club and attacking Inspector Himanshu Negi and stealing the latter's gun, Surya uses it to shoot dead a terrorist right when the officer comes to ask for the gun from Surya's senior Col. Sanjay Shrivastav. Surya's dreams are now shattered after being Court Martialled for indisciplinary action. His godfather requests Shrivastav to give Surya a final chance. Shrivastav agrees on the condition that Surya gets a signature of approval from the country's top psychologist and the Dean of the Institution of Psychology and Foreign Languages, Dr. Rama Krishnam Raju, who happens to be Surya's estranged father.

In order to fulfill his dream of going to the border, Surya agrees, taking up home with a passport officer named Kishore, who has been waiting for a year for a similar signature from Raju. Upon meeting, Surya and Raju refuse to acknowledge each other, and Raju questions Surya's personal life. Surya reveals to Raju about his relationship with Varsha, whom he broke up with when she distanced him on finding of his profession and his disrespecting her uncle. Surya gets frustrated, in turn accusing Raju of enjoying himself on listening to Surya's failures. Raju then reveals about Surya to the entire university.

Surya then takes up a challenge from Raju to control his anger for three weeks and not cause any fights from the following day. He, however, beats up a young gangster when the latter makes a commotion in the middle of the road, who is revealed to be the son of a dreaded gangster Challa, the very day before the challenge is to start, as a final fight. In the following days, Surya encounters several situations with Challa and his men; however, being able to control his anger and even becoming used to living within the society have reformed.

However, things take a turn when Surya ends up as the sole witness of the murder of Mustafa in the hands of Challa's son, over a property dispute. He keeps quiet about this, as he learns from the society. However, he is guilt-tripped when Police Officer Krishna Kumar, who was investigating Mustafa's murder, addresses him as someone who made a great impact on the latter's life. Meanwhile, Surya reconciles with his father, returns to his family, makes up with Varsha, and seemingly has won the challenge. However, he addresses his mistake publicly and refuses to take the signature. Having completely realized his error, Surya attacks and kidnaps Challa's son, asking Challa to help him find Mustafa's son Anwar, who expressed his hatred against the nation, which he believes did not recognize his father's sacrifices or death and left his home. Surya fears that Anwar may follow a wrong path, and both he and Challa set off on a mission to recover Anwar.

On finding Anwar in Mumbai, Surya makes him realize his mistake and warns him not to take the wrong route in life, after which Anwar shows his care for his nation. Surya receives Raju's signature, and a few months later, he is shown to be standing at the border hoisting the Indian Flag.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The film marks the debut of Vamsi as a director. Vamsi has previously written stories for successful films such as Kick (2009) and Race Gurram (2014). The film stars Allu Arjun and Anu Emmanuel in the lead roles while Arjun Sarja and R. Sarathkumar play supporting roles. Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao, Rajeev Ravi and Rajeevan are the editor, cinematographer and art director respectively.

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack for the film was composed by Vishal-Shekhar. The original score is composed by Vishal-Shekhar and John Stewart Eduri. After a successful collaboration in Tiger Zinda Hai, Vishal–Shekhar cast Meghdeep Bose to produce their songs for this album.[4] The first single from the film, "Sainika", was released on Indian Republic Day, 26 January 2018, as a tribute to the soldiers of the Indian Army.[5] The film's second single "Lover Also, Fighter Also" was released on 14 February 2018.[6] The Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India audio launch event was held on 22 April at Military Madhavaram, West Godavari, Andhra Pradesh.[7] The Naa Peru Surya- Naa Illu India pre-release event was organized on 29 April at Gachibowli Stadium, Hyderabad.[8]

Track listing (Original - Telugu)
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Sainika"Ramajogayya SastryVishal Dadlani4:20
2."Lover also, Fighter also"Ramajogayya SastryShekhar Ravjiani3:56
3."Beautiful Love"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryArmaan Malik, Chaitra Ambadipudi4:51
4."Maya"Ramajogayya SastryArijit Singh, Ramya Behara3:54
5."Yenniyallo Yenniyallo"Ramajogayya SastryMalavika1:44
6."Iraga Iraga"Ramajogayya SastryMohana Bhogaraju, Rahul Sipligunj4:00
Track listing (Tamil dubbed)
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Desathin Ellai Oramae"Pa. VijayPalakad Sairam4:20
2."Aadi Kalukae Nenjukulla Than"Pa. VijayV. M. Mahalingam3:56
3."Oru Kanam Mayanguthu Manam Manam"Pa. VijayKarthik, Sameera4:51
4."Maya"Pa. VijayKarthik3:54
5."Kondatamo Kondatam Than"Pa. VijayRoshini1:44
6."Adi Atthe Ezhuthu Manasa"Pa. VijayM. L. R. Karthikeyan, Rita4:00
Track listing (Malayalam dubbed)
No.TitleLyricsArtist(s)Length
1."Ee Sainikan"Siju ThuravoorAnvar Saduth4:20
2."Lover also, Fighter also"Siju ThuravoorZia Ul Haq3:56
3."Beautiful Life"Siju ThuravoorZia Ul Haq, Jyothsana4:51
4."Jeevitham Puzhayay"Siju ThuravoorMadhu Balakrishnan3:54
5."Kannanunni"Siju ThuravoorSyama Siju, Athuira Janakan1:44
6."Avesham Vithani"Siju ThuravoorSam Shiva, Priya Jerson4:00
Track listing (Hindi Dubbed)[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Lover also, Fighter also"4:00
2."Beautiful Love"4:25
3."Maya"3:54
4."Desi Katta"4:02

Release[edit]

The film was scheduled to release on 27 April 2018, due to post-production delays, the release date was pushed to 4 May 2018. The film was released on 4 May 2018 along with its dubbed versions simultaneously in Tamil as En Peyar Surya, En Veedu India[10] and in Malayalam as Ente Peru Surya Ente Veedu India[11] and later in Hindi as Surya: The Soldier on 7 September 2018.

Critical reception[edit]

Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India received mixed reviews but critics appreciated Allu Arjun's performance, calling it the "biggest strength to the film."[12] and his "career-best performance". The Hans India critic Vyas gave it 3.25/5 stars, writing, "Na Peru Surya, Na Illu India is a film that gives us solid entertainment throughout the movie. The film starts off impressively and takes a U-turn to the interval point. The best part of the movie is that the director is stuck to the core point and did not deviate himself from the main content"[13] Idlebrain.com gave it a 3/5 rating and wrote: "Though the director tried to cater to all cross section of audiences by having all types of elements in the first half, he made sure that he sticks to the basic plot of the film towards the climax. Allu Arjun stands out in the film with his stylish and terrific performance."[14]

Neeshitha Nyapati of The Times of India gave it 2.5/5 stars, reviewing, "Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India is a hard film to describe, what with so much happening in a span of fewer than 3 hours. The film has all the requirements of a commercial potboiler – there's unbridled patriotism, a love track, a family drama, an ambitious man striving to make it big in his career, several points of conflict replete with goondas and other moral dilemmas that all play out, interspersed at regular intervals with colourful and highly choreographed songs."[15] Priyanka Sundar in her Hindustan Times review gave it 2.5/5 stars, concluding, "Naa Peru Surya is a film that would work purely because of dramatic emotional moments in combination with the high powered action sequence, something that Tollywood is well known for."[16]

Re-release in Hindi[edit]

In December 2020, the film was re-released in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar with 50% cap on theatre occupancy due to COVID-19 pandemic. The Hindi dubbed version, title "Surya: The Soldier", is well received at the box office, despite releasing after 3 years post original release, and being available on YouTube and Zee5.[17]

References[edit]

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  11. ^ "Allu Arjun's Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India will release in Tamil too, teaser to be unveiled soon". The Indian Express. 20 March 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
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  13. ^ "Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India Review & Rating {3.25/5}". The Hans India. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2018.
  14. ^ "Naa Peru Surya review by jeevi – Telugu cinema review – Allu Arjun, Anu Emmanuel". idlebrain.com.
  15. ^ Naa Peru Surya: Naa Illu India Review {2.5/5}: NPS is a film that is confused as to which direction it wants to take, retrieved 4 May 2018
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