N.T.R: Kathanayakudu Casts Balakrishna, VidyaBalan in lead roles.
N.T.R: Kathanayakudu> is directed by Krish Jagarlamudi under NBK Films banner. Produced by Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati and Vishnu Induri. Music composed by M. M. Keeravani, Cinematography by Gnana Shekar V.S., editing is done by Arram Ramakrishna
NTR Kathanayakudu film primarily runs on the life legendary actor NTR film carrier and the incidents that drove him to launch Telugu Desam Party. The story begins in 1947 and ends in 1982 with Basavatarakam (Vidya Balan) who was being treated in Madras Hospital in 1984 recollecting her husband’s memories looking at an old pic of NTR. The first part of the NTR Biopic ends exactly when he announces Telugu Desam party, this clearly shows NTR Mahanayakudu the second part delves the political life of NTR
Balakrishna essays the role of his father NTR. He has impressed the audience in various getups. after getting the job in his first film Mana Desam how he struggles for the next film has shown clearly. How he develops the bond with ANR already established star is shown well. The first half entirely focuses on his career till the 1960’s, the second half moves on the 70’s career and incidents that made him to plunge into politics.
Nandamuri Balakrishna has got whole credit of essaying his own father’s role. In the lifetime of his father NTR had played hundreds of different roles, had appeared in varied getups and Balakrishna has himself transformed into some of these characters. He has also appeared as NTR in his 20’s to ’60s. Balakrishna has pulled off NTR’s second phase of acting career roles but he looks odd in the first half as his age doesn’t suit.
In the story of NTR’s life is narrated through Basavatarkam memory of the actor, this film gives equal importance to her. In the role of Basavatarkam, NTR’s wife, Vidya Balan impresses. It shows how much NTR used to give importance to his wife Basavatarakam. After Vidya Balan, it is Daggubati Raja as NT Trivikrama Rao, NTR’s brother who steals the show. Akkineni Nageswar Rao played by Sumanth steals the show, Sumanth resembles ANR as well. Kalyan Ram essays in the role of his father Nandamuri Hari Krishna impresses.
In NT Rama Rao’s life, many persons (actors, directors, friends and other people) played important roles. Hence director has given touch of all by introducing few episodes to us K V Reddy (played by Krish), HM Reddy (the veteran actor Kaikala Satyanarayana), L V Prasad (Bengali actor Jishu Sengupta), BA Subbarao (VK Naresh), Aluri Chakrapani (Murali Sharma), Nagi Reddy (Prakash Raj), K Raghavendra Rao (Prakash), Dasari Narayana Rao (Chandra Siddharth). Savitri (Nithya Menen), Krishna Kumari (Pranitha), Sridevi (Rakul Preet Singh ), Jaya Prada (Hansika), Prabha (Shriya) also appear in various bit songs.
Saahi Suresh has done an excellent job with his artwork. Costumes are also perfect. The cinematography is apt M Keeravani’s background score is average. Editing would have taken care to be more engaging
A tribute to Legendary Actor NTR