Directed by Shyam Tummalapalli, the film sheds new light on the dark truths beneath naxalism and communism
Last Updated: 10.47 AM, Apr 21, 2023
While Sindhooram, the national-award winning film, helmed by Krishna Vamsi, set a tall standard for naxal dramas in the 90s, another release in 2023 named after the popular film offered a different perspective to naxalism and communism. Dharma, Brigida Saga and Siva Balaji played the lead roles in the film directed by Shyam Tummalapalli, who also worked as a cinematographer for a handful of films.
The naxal drama earned praise from critics for its unique take on a controversial subject and had a brief run in theatres. The film is now out on OTT. Leading OTT platform Amazon Prime acquired the post-theatrical digital rights and premiered the drama today. Dayanand Reddy, Ravi Varma, Naga Mahesh, Keshav Deepak and Ananda Chakrapani essayed other important roles in Sindhooram.
The story revolves around Ravi, a youngster in his 20s, who runs a coffee stall in Sriramagiri (a village in Khammam). Sirisha Reddy, sister to the village head Eeshwar Reddy, returns to her native as an MRO. Ravi and Sirisha, college mates earlier, rekindle their friendship. However, Ravi conceals his true identity from his lady love and this could prove to be the biggest undoing of their relationship.
Praveen Reddy Janga bankrolled the film under Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Movie Makers while it was co-produced by Chaitanya Kandula and Subbareddy M. Kishore Sri Krishna penned the dialogues for the film, while Kesav cranked the camera. Aare Madhu Babu and Gowra Hari are the art director and the music director respectively. Jesvin Prabu edited the film.
In its review of the film, OTTplay.com's critic wrote, “If you find your way past a middling, dull first hour, Sindhooram is a not-so-bad (anti) naxal drama with a few interesting twists. The director Shyam Tummalapalli drives his idea forward through good dialogues though the storytelling and characterisation could’ve been better. Siva Balaji shines and (yet again) proves why he’s one of the most underutilised talents of this generation.”