NTR Kathanayakudu: Old is Glitter
Biopics are the current ‘in-thing’, be it in Bollywood or Tollywood and we have yet another biopic in NTR Kathanayakudu. Nandamuri Balakrishna dons the role of his father and legendary actor Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao while Krish Jagarlamudi wields the megaphone.
NTR Kathanayaku deals with the start of NTR as an officer at the registrar office. His fetish for acting makes him cross states and try his hand in films. After a few hiccups, NTR’s looks and talent get noticed which in turn make him a new star on the block along with the existing super star ANR (played by Sumanth).
As the movie progresses, we get to see the sweet nothings between NTR and his wife Tarakamma (Vidya Balan), his camaraderie with his family members, friends and of course, with the other film personalities.
The first part of NTR, i.e. Kathanayakudu showcases the rises of a super star in the form of NTR, his different getups, his quench for cinema and slowly gives us a feel of his inclination towards people welfare. As we come towards the end of the film, NTR’s penchant for politics and his much famous entry is shown.
Nandamuri Balakrishna dwells into the character of his father with ease. It feels good to see him act in such meaningful roles as they suit him, and it brings out the actor in him. Vidya Balan plays it quite well with her subtle mannerism. Kalyan Ram plays his father Hari Krishna in the film and he looks almost the same.
Sumanth gets to play his grandfather ANR’s role and his character is one of the best suited ones in the ensemble cast. Prakash Raj, Murali Sharma, and Ravi Prakash get meaty roles and they do justice. Hansika Motwani, Shriya Saran, Rakul Preet, Pranitha, Shalini Pandey and Poonam Bajwa are fine in their parts. Rana Daggubati comes towards the end and all we can expect is some fireworks from his role in the next part of NTR, i.e., Mahanayakudu.
Krish Jagarlamudi should be lauded, not for accepting this film or for showcasing the elements of NTR, but for shooting the two parts within a short period of time. He seems to have the knack to complete high budget films within a stipulated timeframe.
Alas, with a runtime of 171 minutes, NTR Kathanayakudu delivers its essence with aplomb. Though there isn’t much of a story shown, the film has no dull moments and keeps you glued with all the enigma of NTR through Balakrishna’s act.
Review by Sandeep Rao (Sandy)