Chiranjeevi’s next film appears to be very impressive. His magnum-opus Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy based on the life of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narsimha Reddy is one of the most anticipated films. The trailer of the same recently dropped online and it got everyone talking. But who exactly is Uyyalawada Narsimha Reddy and why was he so important? Here’s a trip down the history. Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy was India’s first freedom fighter who raised his voice against the atrocities of the British through East India Company.
Narsimha Reddy was born in the early 1800s to a local chieftain/zamindar named Peddamalla Reddy. With East India Company expanding its ruling in India, many kings were forced to collect taxes from villagers. While some kings kneeled to the demands of EIC, Narsimha Reddy refused to do so. He had 66 villages under his control including an army of over 2000 men. He refused to share the revenue of his region with the British and on June 10, 1846, Reddy raided the treasury at Koilakuntla and marched towards Kambham, Andhra Pradesh. He killed the Forrest rangers in Rudravaram and this led to an arrest warrant against him. Anybody who provided information about him was offered Rs 5000 while Rs 10000 bounty was put on his head.
People of Uyyalawada, Uppaluru, Kotthakota, Gulladurti, Harivaram joined Reddy and supported his revolt against the British. It was on July 23, 1846 that Narsimha Reddy attacked the Britishers in Giddaluru. Still, no one could arrest him. In a bid to get him under control, Britishers captured his family in Kadapa. Narsimha Reddy then moved to Nallamala Forest to free his family but someone gave a tip-off about his whereabouts and hiding place to the Britishers. At midnight, on 6th October 1846, Narsimha Reddy and his troop was captured by the Britishers. As per reports, he was humiliated and was forced to walk through the villages in blood-stained clothes while chained.
On February 22, 1847, Narsimha Reddy was hanged to death publicly by British in Koilkuntla on the banks of a nearby river in the presence of collector Kokcrane. He was killed on the charges of being a murderer, dacoit, and revolt.
He is termed to be the First Freedom Fighter of India and we will get to see his heroic in Sye Raa Narsimha Reddy.
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