Producers: Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati and Vishnu Induri
Pre-Release Buzz: NTR Kathanayakudu made a good buzz as it is the biopic of legendary actor and former chief minister for combined Andhra Pradesh, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao.
Nandamuri fans are eagerly waiting to witness the legend on screen. Krish and his team had roped an excellent star cast to recreate iconic moments from NTR’s life.
Story: Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao’s career started as a sub-registrar at Vijayawada. The legendary actor’s life is familiar to audience over decades. Nobody really knows the bonding that NTR shared with his wife Basava Tarakamma and the biopic focuses more on that aspect. The rise of NTR’s cinema career, circumstances forced him to think about service to society, further incidents which led to announce a political party. The film ends at announcing historical TeluguDesam party in 1982.
Analysis: Balakrishna as NTR has performed well especially as older NTR i.e. 60s age NTR. This 30 + years of his life (1949 to 1982) has been covered touch basing his good qualities – leaving controversial ones aside. Although most of the drama in NTR’s life happened during his political stint, the first part NTR Kathanayakudu doesn’t show anything about politics.
M M Keeravani, who elevates the emotion of the scene with his background score, at his elements yet again. Cinematography by Gnansekhar V.S. and Sai Madhav Burra’s dialogues stood highlights for the film. Charity work done by NTR and ANR in Rayalaseema drought, Diviseema cyclone years also has been covered.
Balakrishna looks odd as young NTR. The whole spice elements in NTR’s life were after his political entry. Krish didn’t inject any cinematic elevation elements and so the film is very slow.
On a whole the film is slow but decent. Krish’s style of handling the screenplay is said to be a must watch.
Bottom Line: Krish and his team tried hard to make enough but not a great tribute to legendary actor.