Vastavam web: A proposed biopic on NT Rama Rao’s life by filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has kicked off a controversy in Andhra Pradesh.Varma has announced the film on the Telugu film legend and TDP founder’s last few years and it has not gone down well with the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) as certain episodes in NTR’s late life are historically uncomfortable for its current leadership.NTR’s son and film hero Balakrishna had first announced a biopic on his late father. It was supposed to portray NTR’s life from childhood to films and his ascent to the chief minister’s chair. Varma’s name had cropped up as the director of the film but nothing was made official.
“His (NTR’s) story is like a Mahabharata and that kind of epic will have lots of chapters in it. We know of him when he was a superstar and when he rose up to be a great leader. But after she entered his life, there are only perspectives and conspiracy theories,” Varma told.A lecturer, Parvathi entered NTR’s life in the early 1990s seeking to pen his biography. N T Rama Rao married her in 1993 after his kin allegedly neglected him.His critics had alleged that Parvathi became an “extra- constitutional authority” when NTR returned to power in December 1994.
YSRC leader from Chittoor district, P Rakesh Reddy, is producing the film that is expected to go on floors in March next year.Varma, however, dismissed Reddy’s political affiliation as a “coincidence”.”I have never been associated with any political party or ideology and so I will be partial only to the truth of the matter and, with regard to the producer Rakesh Reddy, it’s only a coincidence that he happened to be a leader in the YSRCP,” Varma said.He alleged that YSRC leaders were behind the film.
“It will be better if Jagan (YSRC president) produces the film and Lakshmi Parvathi herself dons the heroine’s role,” Somireddy mocked.