NTR Kathanayukudu based on the life of NTR, directed by Krish has lots of cameo’s which make more relatable to Telugu audience but otherwise, it’s cut you away if you haven’t subscribed to Telugu movies, that too from the 1960s. Kathanayakudu plus point was that it had been made in two parts, that was not done before in any of biopic. Kathanayakudu explains NTR journey to Telugu cinema and how he became the first superstar of South India. The sequel ‘Mahanayukudu’ will show how NTR foots into politics and how he involved in social works.
Unlike Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju or Mahanati NTR Kathanayakudu is narrated from the perspective of NTR’s wife Basavatarakam played by Vidya Balan, and it begins with NTR quitting his registrar job in the time of independence. Soon, he moves to Chennai (Madras in 1947) to try his fate in cinema and after a brief period of struggle, he became a star with Pathala Bhairavi. And then you will see NTR’s avatar in big cult Telugu movies as Lord Krishna in Mayabazar and as Duryodhana in Dana Veera Soora Karna.
The previous historical biopic ‘GPSK’ made by the same makers have separated the legendary warrior and the real person ‘Satakarini’ but Kathanayakudu fails to differentiate between the actor turn politician icon, who is considered as God and the real person NT Rama Rao. NTR Kathanayakudu is the ultimate showreel of a Lord Krishna personified icon NTR whose influence on Telugu cinema and audience is bisected. Kathanayakudu does what every most of Indian biopics do from perfect man’s journey right from the first frame.
Director: Krish Writer: Sai Madhav Burra (dialogues) Music Director: M. M. Keeravani Cinematographer: Gnana Shekar V.S. Editor: Arram Ramakrishna
Nandamuri Balakrishna playing his own father ‘N.T.Rama Rao’ is 100% convincing in the role but in a very small role, Vidya Balan makes a very good impact to the movie in the role of the first wife of NTR. There’s no major drama or emotional upheavals for a larger part of the story. Except for one single moment where NTR refuses to breakdown on the making of a film, despite hearing the news about his son’s death, the rest of the first installment is dedicated to showing NTR’s acting skills. Despite the flaws in the first installment of NTR, the writer has done a fine job.
MM Kreem’s music and background score and VS Gnana Shekar’s cinematography pull the movie to a great extent to engage the audience, and Krish has done a fine job in terms of delivering a very good tribute to Telugu Cinema icon. Yes, definitely NTR Mahanayukudu will be must-watch ahead which will show the form of TDP, but it would be more interesting to watch RGV’s “Lakshmi’s NTR”.