Title: NTR Kathanayakudu
CBFC Rating : U
Run-Time: 2 Hrs 51 Mins
Release Date: 09-01-2019
Banner: NBK Films, Vaarahi Chalana Chitram, Vibri Media
Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vidya Balan, Sumanth, Nandamuri Kalyanram and Others
Music: MM Keeravani
Cinematography: Gnana Sekhar
Producer: Nandamuri Vasundhara Devi, Nandamuri Balakrishna
Directed by Krish Jagarlamudi
Nandamuri Tarakarama Rao (Nandamuri Balakrishna) resigns as sub-registrar as he is unable to cope up with the corruption that department has. He then decides to pursue his career in Films. Within no time he becomes a big star with his conviction. Seeing the suffering of people he decides to serve the people. What made a Star to take the path of politics forms the rest of the story.
Nandamuri Balakrishna who is known for ferocious acts takes on the most challenging role in his career. It is the ultimate dream any actor son can have, playing the father on screen and immortalizing him again through a biopic. Balakrishna comes up with a controlled and subtle act that is hitherto unseen from him. The special part is that he never lets the intensity slip. The getup and costume in the second half elevated the entire film. It is an acting role for ages and one that would be immensely loved by the fans.
Vidya Balan is grace personified as Basavatarakam, wife of NTR. She brings an aura of unmatched class and old world charm to the proceedings.
Sumanth got another challenging role in the movie portraying the character of legend Akkineni Nageswara Rao. He was terrific in essaying the legend and brought alive the camaraderie between ANR and NTR onscreen. Kalyan Ram played his dad effectively and brought alive the crowd every time he came onscreen. Rana appeared briefly and showed a glimpse of promise ahead.
Apart from them, NTR Kathanayakudu is filled with numerous well-known faces ranging from Prakash Raj to Murali Sharma to Naresh, Vennela Kishore to veteran Kaikala Satyanarayana etc. They all just slipped into their respective roles and helped in the flow of the narrative.
The film feels a little lengthy.
Director Krish is back with a new outing and also a different presentation. After working on. a periodical drama, a historical, Krish brings us the biopic of Legend Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao.
Right from the opening frame, Krish takes us into the past and the world of NTR through his unique vision. The movie is based on a real-life person but the unmistakable touch of the director is evident throughout. The small moments between NTR and his wife and grand gestures of NTR with the public, both the aspects are well captured.
The first half takes us through the rise of a Superstar and the birth of a demigod. The various iconic moments it touches to take the narrative forward showcases the depth and research done by the team. The second half presents us the circumstances in which the political turn was taken in the life of NTR. In the latter half, Balakrishna literally lives the role. The ending leaves fans on a high, wanting more from the team.
MM Keeravani has done a fantastic job with the music and background score. They properly highlight the mood and emotion of the era that has gone forever. The cinematography by Gnana Sekhar is stunning. The editing could have been improved overall. The production values are sensational. It is one thing to imagine a film on this scale and another to execute and deliver. The uncompromised final output shows the visionary team supporting from behind. Kudos to Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati, Vishnu Induri for making this biopic on such an epic scale.
Bottom-line: A Legendary Biopic