Release date : January 09, 2019
Starring : Balakrishna, Vidya Balan,Kalyan Ram, Sumanth, Rana Daggubati
Producers : Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati
CB Rating : 3.25/5
Director : Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi
Cinematographer : Gnana Shekar V.S
Music Director : M.M Keeravaani
The much-awaited movie of the season, NTR Kathanayakudu, the first part of NTR biopic has hit the screens today. Let’s see wheater it manages to impress the viewers or not.
NTR Kathanayakudu is the life story of legendary actor NT Rama Rao. How he started his journey into films and what sought of struggles he faced at the initial stages of career? How he became the matinee idol of Telugu people? and finally which circumstances made him establish Telugu Desam Party? forms the rest of the story.
Undoubtedly, it is Nandamuri Balakrishna, who should be given credits for living in the role his father NTR. He gets under the skin of NTR and carries the film on his shoulders with perfection. If not Balayya, no one would have done justice to the legendary actors’ role and matchup his aura. Looks wise also Balakrishna is terrific and tried his best to carry NTR’s charisma. The rise of NT Rama Rao to Superstar NTR is narrated in a brilliant manner.
Yet another important role in the film is NTR’s wife Basavatarakam which is portrayed by Vidya Balan. We can easily say that she is a perfect cast for the film as she breathes life into the role of NTR’s wife and did a fantastic job. All the scenes between NTR and Basavatarakam have out well.
Special mention to hero Sumanth, who reprised his grandfather ANR in the film. His makeup, mannerisms and dialogue delivery as an iconic personality are highly convincing. Nandamuri Kalyan Ram as his father Harikrishna is believable and managed to give decent performance. Rana Daggubati makes an impressive appearance in the film and the second part promises an important role for him. Lastly, Balayya’s speech during climax sequence where he announces his political party standout and sets a right hype for the second part NTR Mahanayakudu.
One of the main drawbacks of the film is its slow-paced narration at regular intervals and lengthy runtime. All the artists who come in a cameo role are not used properly. The basic drama which we generally see in Krish films is missing in the film as most of the film runs on the cinema sets which showcase the rise of NTR.
Those who expect a solid political drama in the film will be disappointed as only during the climax the film shifts to the political angel.
Director Krish started the film on a positive note but somewhere deviates with a few unnecessary scenes which come as a speed breaker to the flow of the film. If he would have written the proceedings by incorporating nice drama, the result would have been even better. Dialogue writer Burra Sai Madhav shines once again with his pot-boiler and message-oriented dialogues. Editing work is not up to the mark. The cinematography is brilliant as the film is shot quite lavishly. The production design and set works are nice and captivating. Music by MM Keeravani is a big asset for the film as he did justice with both songs and background score. Production values for the NBK’s home banner are in high standard.
All over, NTR Kathanayakudu is the life story of legendary actor NT Rama Rao which showcases his rise as the biggest star of Indian cinema. But the film has a few cliches here and there which dilutes the film’s flow and narration. In one word, the film is a feast to Nandamuri fans and ends up as a one-time watch for the general public.