Movie Review: NTR Kathanayakudu

RATING: 2.5/5

OVERVIEW: The story of the first part is based on the life of Rama Rao(Balakrishna) who leaves his job and decides to become an actor. He is ably supported by his wife Tarakam(Vidya Balan) and very soon, Rama Rao makes it big and becomes a top star in the industry. But there is more life ahead for Rama Rao as destiny has other plans and makes him take the political route. How does he manage all of it and to know how much of it is showcased in the first part, one needs to watch the film on the big screen.

REVIEW: Nandamuri Balakrishna has portrayed his father NT Rama Rao’s role. He is seen in many roles that his father had essayed. Balakrishna has suited perfectly in some getups of his father like Lord Krishna’s avatar. In the episodes of NTR’s later life, Balakrishna’s performance is good. However, he looks too old to appear in NTR’s varied acting avatars.

Vidya Balan is a delight to watch. She gets the role of Basavatarakam right. Sumanth as ANR and Kalyan Ram as Nandamuri Harikrishna also impress. Sumanth gets more marks here. Daggubati Raja as NTR’s brother gets meatier role and he has excelled in the role. The movie has many known actors in important roles but they hardly make any impression. Rana as Nara Chandra Babu Naidu makes a brief appearance.

Krish has so much story to tell because there are two important phases in the life of NTR. It is not easy to squeeze in everything into a three hour film, which is why it is divided into two parts. Krish’s work is very impressive in bringing the most celebrated actor’s life on to screen. He didn’t miss out on real life drama in NTR’s life in spite of showcasing many important movies and roles that he played on screen. Krish’s direction is particularly impressive in dramatic scenes.

Songs are restricted to the background and it is Keeravani’s background score that elevates the drama. Cinematography is terrific. The way the cinematographer played with the shadows and dark lit backgrounds is a treat to watch. Editing is strictly okay as there are a few lags that would have been edited out. Dialogues by Sai Madhav are fabulous. Production design is clap worthy. Production values are splendid.

Final verdict of the film is ‘NTR Kathanayakudu’ is a fitting tribute to the biggest actor to have graced Telugu screens. Balakrishna lives in the role of NTR and gives Nandamuri fans a reason to rejoice. If you ignore the slightly slower pace, the film ends as a good watch for the fans but the general audience will find the biopic a decent watch.