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NTR Kathanayakudu Movie Review

Starring : Balakrishna, Vidya Balan,Kalyan Ram, Sumanth, Rana Daggubati
Director : Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi
Producers : Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati
Music Director : M.M Keeravaani
Rating: 3.25/5

NTR Kathanayakudu is one of the most awaited biopics in the history of Telugu cinema. Based on the life of legendary NTR, the first part has hit the screens today amidst huge pre-release buzz. Let’s see whether the film lives up to all expectations or not.


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.


Balakrishna comes up with a convincing performance as NTR. He is quite impressive in many getups that looked good on the later actor. This is a wonderful tribute from a son to his father. His performance in the emergency episode is simply superb. Vidya Balan has a very limited role, but makes her presence felt. Sumanth is good as ANR. Rana appears in a couple of scenes as Chandrababu Naidu. Prakash Raj and Murali Sharma are good in their respective roles. Daggubati Raja as NTR's brother is believable. There are many popular actors who appeared in cameo roles and everyone did their bit.

Plus Points:

Krish direction
Right choice of actors

Minus Points:

Screenplay could have been crisp in certain parts

Technical Aspects:

What catches you right away is the manner in which the time frame is captured through the brilliant camerawork by Gnana Sekhar. He has showcased the different time frames in such a beautiful manner that you relive many of the memories yourself. What makes the camerawork even better is the superb production design. Be it the sets or the costumes or locations chosen, everything looks quite authentic on screen. Dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra and those written for Balayya are clap-worthy and stay in your minds even after you come out of the theaters.

Yet another unsung hero of the film is undoubtedly Keeravani who makes things magnanimous with his music. The way he has scored music keeping the royalness of NTR is too good. His background score elevates the proceedings completely. The styling done for each artist is remarkable.

Coming to the director Krish, he has done a pretty good job with the film. He has kept the first part totally to showcase NTR the actor and showcased what the legendary actor went through in each of his crucial phases in his life. The second half has superb emotions and the manner in which NTR decides to join politics is established superbly. However, if he would have added some entertainment quotient through the heroines and made the proceedings a bit crisp, things would have been even better.


NTR Kathanayakudu is a fitting tribute to the later actor and a treat to Nandamuri fans. Go watch it this weekend.

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