Release Date : 09/01/2019
Genre : Biography, Drama
Cast : Balakrishna, Vidya Balan, Prakash Raj, Sumanth, Rana, Rakul Preet Singh, Murli Sharma
Director : Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi
Duration : 02 hrs 51 mins
Language : Telugu
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 shows 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.
The movie begins with Basavatarakam (Vidya Balan) undergoing treatment for cancer at a hospital in Madras (now Chennai) in 1984. She reminisces the life of her husband Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, fondly known as NTR (Balakrishna). 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.
Balakrishna and Vidya Balan deliver honest and engaging performances. The camaraderie shown between ANR (Sumanth) and NTR too is refreshing. Kalyan Ram nails it as his late father Harikrishna, the man who stood by his father through thick and thin. What is also showcased honestly is the rapport they shared with Savitri (Nithya Menen). Chandrababu Naidu (Rana Daggubati) makes an appearance at his snarky best, so does a demure Sridevi (Rakul Preet). MM Keeravani does a stupendous job with his background score. Stupendous performances make it worth a watch.