Naa Peru Surya Naa Illu India is about an Indian army soldier with serious anger issues. To save his job, he is forced to meet a psychiatrist who he hates to work on his anger issues. How things change because of that and will he continue to serve the Indian army is what the film is about.
With the premise of the story being simple and intact, Naa Peru Surya is what Surya (Allu Arjun) experiences as an angry soldier with the passion to serve the nation. Thanks to the director, Allu Arjun is utilized far more than the usual gimmicks and compulsions of a commercial hero. He is made to cry, look defeated, feel his pain, and also get hurt quite a lot of times.
Allu Arjun looks macho, has a flawless body, wears ruggedly attractive costumes and his hairstyle will very soon set a trend. He delivers the right emotion and is effortless with the multiple transformations his character goes through. With the envying macho looks and the sweltering screen presence, Allu Arjun is undeniably one of the best man to pull off a powerful role as such. If not for anything, the film will be remembered for its stunningly choreographed stunt sequences. Allu Arjun was at his usual best with his flawless dialogue delivery too.
Naa Peru Surya runs close to 3 hours and this story-driven film that doesn’t take the usual commercial route, still engages due to the Allu Arjun factor. The first 45 minutes was largely about Surya’s character establishment as that is the core USP of the movie. To twin a raw subject with ample commercial elements is where the director scores his brownie points. Having said that the overall treatment at places looked cheesy apart from being illogical.
Anu Emmanuel shines with her beauty and elegance thought she doesn’t have any scope to perform. Arjun and Sarathkumar get noticeable roles and have perfectly done what have been told. Vennela Kishore evokes laughter when you badly need it.
Though the songs don’t emotionally connect with you, the BGM works pretty fine. Especially the anger theme music elevates Allu Arjun’s screen presence. The final dance number seemed totally unnecessary and was a pace burner. Failing to make the songs part of the narrative was a downer.
Vakkantham should be credited for making a movie, not for Allu Arjun fans, but what the story demands. Though the film works better than most patriotic films that talks about the Indian Army, Naa Peru Surya still has preachy treatment, especially towards the end. Maybe a different ending could have made things look even better.