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NTR Kathanayakudu is a classic biopic that portrays the life of veteran actor and Cheif Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Garu (Balakrishna).

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NTR Kathanayakudu is a classic biopic that portrays the life of veteran actor and Cheif Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Garu (Balakrishna). Though he initially worked as the sub-registrar at Guntur's sub-courts, he desired to become an actor. When his wife, Basavaramatarakam (Vidya Balan) and brother, Nandamuri Trivikrama Rao (Daggupati Raja) support his decision, he sets off to madras to begin his film career. After a series of failures and flops, he finally stars in K.V Reddy's (Krish) Pathala Bhairavi and the film becomes an instant hit. He shifts his family to Madras after that and things go well for him. Not only is N.T. Rama Rao a brilliant actor, but he also involves in social work and activities. The film traces the journey of a common man who makes it big in the film industry and becomes the face of Indian cinema. he is known for his dedication, determination and frank attitude. How he established his own production house, the service he did to the people, his directorial venture and his rapport with his family are shown in the film. What steps does N.T. Rama Rao take to extend his help to people? Why is he worshipped and idolized? How did his political party come to life? Krrish (Director) narrates the story along these lines.

Critic Review

1 year ago | 123TELUGU

3.25

NTR Kathanayakudu is a fitting tribute to the biggest actor to have graced Telugu screens. Balakrishna lives in the role of NTR and gives Nandamuri fans a reason to rejoice. Terrific performances, honest portrayal of NTR and a good build-up for the second part are huge assets. If you ignore the slightly slower pace, the film ends as a good watch for the fans but the general audience will find the biopic a decent watch.

Critic Review

1 year ago | TIMES OF INDIA

3

Krish Jagarlamudi and Balakrishna’s ambitious project NTR Kathanayakudu aims to not just bring the much-loved superstar on-screen again posthumously, it also tries to offer a hint of the kind of man he was behind the makeup. If one expects the film to show an honest glimpse into the life of a man who stole hearts over five decades after getting there from nothing or show his struggle, they would be disappointed. Because, this is a film that treats the late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao as the larger-than-life hero turned flawless god he was to his fans. Just when you think the hint of him being human is seeping through the miniscule cracks, the narrative ensures that never happens. While it is a disappointment to not see a great personality being humanised or treated as such and instead resorting to fan-service, where the film doesn’t fail is at showing his journey from the silver screen to politics. Right from the get-go NTR (Balakrishna) is shown as a man who will not tolerate corruption and has Telugu pride seeped right into him. Quitting a government job, he makes the risky move of foraying into cinema with the support of his wife Basavatarakam (Vidya Balan). Once there, after landing roles in Manadesam and Palletoori Pilla, the journey to him being a household name because of his roles in films like Patala Bhairavi, Mayabazar, Gundamma Katha, Kanya Sulakam and more is well-known. What is also known is how his portrayals of Krishna and Ravana on-screen earned him laurels. NTR Kathanayakudu recreates scenes from old movies (with NTR’s flawless dialogues left untouched and Balakrishna only lip syncing them) and these are a delight to watch on-screen for the most part. Especially; the episode that dramatically showcases how difficult it was for the film’s team to show him as the ten-headed Ravana in Seetharama Kalyanam. Where the film gets interesting and picks up pace it lacks otherwise is when the death of a loved one makes the star decide to drown himself in work – pushing him to break boundaries that had never before been broken in Telugu cinema and by choosing risqué roles. And later, how the death of many in Diviseema moves the same cinema-obsessed man to take the leap of faith to do something more. This is where the film hints, with an aptly placed dialogue, that one might just also get a glimpse into the human that the actor was in NTR Mahanayakudu, with the makeup finally wiped clean. While the film might not treat NTR as nothing less than a god, it is interesting how the director showcases everyone else around him. His wife is shown as the backbone behind his every decision, small and big. Balakrishna and Vidya Balan deliver honest and engaging performances, with the former fitting the role effortlessly, especially in the latter half of the film. Kalyan Ram nails it as his late father Harikrishna, the man who stood by his father through thick and thin. The camaraderie shown between ANR (Sumanth) and NTR too is refreshing, going much beyond the rivalry they shared on-screen. What is also showcased honestly is the rapport they shared with Savitri (Nithya Menen), caring for her enough to warn her of her ways. NTR Kathanayakudu is filled with cameos that are wonderful for most part, especially when Chandrababu Naidu (Rana Daggubati) makes an appearance at his snarky best, so does a demure Sridevi (Rakul Preet). But, the blink-and-miss appearances and cinematic references get a bit too much after a while. MM Keeravani does a stupendous job with his background score setting the mood for many scenes, so does Gnana Sekhar VS with the cinematography. An uneven narrative, slow pace, thin storyline and the refusal to humanise the great actor hold back the film from what it could’ve been. But not all is lost, for the stupendous performances make it worth a watch, so does the promise of delivering more in NTR Mahanayakudu.

Critic Review

1 year ago | GULTE

3.5

Critic Review

1 year ago | GREATANDHRA

3

Critic Review

1 year ago | INDIAGLITZ

3

The film comes with sincere writing, focussed narration, able performances (by the main cast), and fine dialogues. On the flip side, many scenes are plain.

Movie Details

NTR Kathanayakudu is a classic biopic that portrays the life of veteran actor and Cheif Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Garu (Balakrishna).

Genre : Drama, Biography
Language : Telugu
Director : Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi
Producer : Vishnu Vardhan Induri , Sai Korrapati
Release Date(Theater) : 08th Jan, 2019
Runtime : 2h 51min
Production Co : NBK FilmsVibri Media
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