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NTR Mahanayakudu is the sequel to the first film that depicted the life of the veteran actor, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (Balakrishna) on the big screen.

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NTR Mahanayakudu is the sequel to the first film that depicted the life of the veteran actor, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (Balakrishna) on the big screen. After establishing his political party, Telugu Desam, Rama Rao with the help of his son, Hari Krishna (Nandamuri Kalyan Ram), sets out to gain support and trust of the people. He restores the glory and importance of Telugu people and earns their respect. He travels and understands the problems of people in his state. After a series of hurdles, he gets appointed as the Chief Minister of combined Andhra Pradesh. He introduces several projects that benefit the common man. These include - Kg rice for Rs. 2, equal rights for a girl child in father's property, establishing Mandal system, Telugu Ganga Project among the others. Everything doesn't happen smoothly and several hurdles from within his party and the center try to stop his progress. However, the man faces them all. In between all this, his wife, Basavaramatarakam (Vidya Balan), gets diagnosed with Cancer and falls ill. Despite this, he works for his people and balances personal life with professional using the help of his son-in-law, Chandra Babu Naidu (Rana Daggubati). How he battles corruption, destroys crimes and makes his place in the hearts of people forms the story of the biopic.

Critic Review

1 year ago | 123TELUGU

3

On the whole, NTR Mahanayakudu showcases NTR, the legendary politician, to the current generation. Balakrishna’s splendid performance as NT Rama Rao and Krish’s deft handling of the political events that rattled Andhra Pradesh in the late 80s are the major highlights of this political drama. On the flip side, the abrupt climax, the serious tone throughout the film and a slightly underwhelming subplot between NT Rama Rao and his wife Basavatarakam may hinder the film’s prospects to an extent. NTR Mahanayakudu is definitely a one-for NTR fans but for the regular audience the film may end up as just a one time watch.

Critic Review

1 year ago | INDIAGLITZ

2.75

As a political thriller, the film should have been far more imaginative and edge-of-the-seat.With no topicality, 'NTR: Mahanayakudu' has its disadvantages. Able performances and BGM are a blessing.The dialogues could have been better. There should have been subtlety.

Critic Review

1 year ago | GULTE

3

Critic Review

1 year ago | GREATANDHRA

2.5

Critic Review

1 year ago | TIMES OF INDIA

2.5

Just over a month after its first part NTR: Kathanayakudu, the much-awaited political journey of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister NT Rama Rao came to life in Krish Jagarlamudi’s NTR: Mahanayakudu. Right at the outset, the audience has an idea about what’s going to unfold in front of them for the next couple of hours – NTR’s political journey is well documented after all. And yet, the filmmaker seems confused about what kind of a film he wants it to be – a love story or a dramatic thriller – and as the film progresses, it becomes a mix of both, and less of a biopic that it’s meant to be. Everything about this biopic seems to have been carefully thought out, which part of history to retell and which parts to ignore – perhaps, keeping in mind the optics ahead of the upcoming general elections. In NTR: Mahanayakudu, all you get is parts of NTR’s political journey, some told in a rushed manner, and some stretched beyond its potential. The film takes off from where Kathanayakudu ends – with NTR (played by Nandamuri Balakrishna) taking the political plunge. He’s seen as a political novice, almost dismissed as ‘just an actor’ by seasoned politicians. Indira Gandhi, the then Prime Minister of India, advances AP elections by eight months, in an attempt to catch NTR by surprise and blow him away. But NTR has people on his side, and he sweeps the election – there’s a telling moment that signifies the change in political winds when people leave Indira Gandhi’s rally to join NTR’s. The film actor becomes the Chief Minister, aided by Nadendla Bhaskar Rao (Sachin Khedekar) who joins his cabinet as the Finance Minister. Soon after winning the elections, NTR inducts his son-in-law. Chandrababu Naidu (Rana Daggubati) into the party. A shrewd politician, Naidu mobilises the party workers to ensure continued success for NTR. However, things take a turn when NTR’s wife Basavatarakam (Vidya Balan) gets diagnosed with cancer and NTR has heart issues. As NTR flies to the US to get an open-heart surgery while his wife undergoes cancer treatment, back home Bhaskara Rao stages a political coup to upstage NTR and take over the CM seat himself. How NTR fights back against the unjust coup against him makes for the rest of the film. As was the case in the first part, NTR is shown as a holier than thou figure, who has a magic wand that brings people closer to him. The journey of him getting elected goes by in a flash – all he has to do is take a dusty old vehicle, turn it into a ratham and campaign among the masses. The film regularly switches to the love story between NTR and Basava Tarakam, which gets a tad too melodramatic right till the end. Basava Tarakam is shown as NTR’s backbone and interestingly, is shown to convince NTR to fight back against Bhaskara Rao when he stages the political coup against him. “Come back when you become CM again,” an ailing Basava Tarakam tells him. A coup that lasted 31 days makes up for the majority of this ‘biopic’, with ample cinematic liberties taken, especially during scenes involving the assembly sessions. Nandamuri Balakrishna as NTR takes some getting used to but he seems to be more at ease playing the older version of NTR than the younger self seen in the first part. Vidya Balan gets a meaty role and sinks her teeth into it, while Sachin Khedekar is effective as usual. But the surprise element is Rana Daggubati, who does a splendid job as Chandrababu Naidu. His look and dialogue delivery is spot on and he’s extremely convincing and relatable as the younger Naidu. As far as political biopics go, NTR:Mahanayakudu falls way short of expectations. The focus is clearly on parts the makers want to show and even while glorifying NTR, the focus is hardly on his governance or policies but more on the awfully stretched slugfest between NTR and Bhaskara Rao and him taking the fight to Delhi. But for all the euphoria surrounding the legendary actor-politician, NTR:Mahanayakudu shows only parts of one term of a three-term CM. To call it a biopic would be a great disservice to NTR’s political journey.

Movie Details

NTR Mahanayakudu is the sequel to the first film that depicted the life of the veteran actor, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (Balakrishna) on the big screen.

Genre : Drama, Biography
Language : Telugu
Director : Radhakrishna Jagarlamudi
Producer : Vishnu Vardhan Induri , Nandamuri Vasundhara Devi , Sai Korrapati
Release Date(Theater) : 22nd Feb, 2019
Runtime : 2h 08min
Production Co : NBK FilmsVibri Media
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