NTR: Kathanayakudu is based on one of the biggest cultural icons of the country, NT Rama Rao. After ruling the hearts of fans for several decades, he even dominated state politics in the undivided Andhra Pradesh.
The biopic has been split into two parts: NTR: Kathanayakudu and NTR: Mahanayakudu. While the first part has hit the screens today, the second part will open in cinemas on February 7, this year. The film has a star-studded cast, including Balakrishna and Bollywood A-lister Vidya Balan. While Balakrishna has played his father NTR, Vidya has essayed the role of NTR’s wife Basavatarakam.
Rana Daggubati, Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Daggubati Raja and Bharath Reddy among others have played pivotal roles in the biopic. Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi aka Krish has helmed two-part biopic, which is co-produced by Balakrishna.
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NTR Kathanayakudu: Our verdict
When you watch this film as a tribute to the legend of NTR, rather than his life’s story, it offers several moments that keep you interested in the narration. Especially, his contributions to cinema at a time, when advancement in filmmaking technology was decades away from reaching the shores of the country.
Shalini Pandey on NTR Kathanayakudu
Gopi Mohan on NTR Kathanayakudu: Balakrishna's career best
"Classic NarrationStyle,Wonderful Direction by most talented @DirKrish Hats Off To the Film Team. It’s an emotional journey about our TFI Legendary Actor & Leader #Ntr . This film Respected the 2 Eyes of TFI. Congratulations to the NTR Team 💐 2 Thumbs Up 👍👍" He added in another tweet.
Mohan Babu on NTR Kathanayakudu
NT Rama Rao is my brother. It is not an easy task to make a biopic on such a human being and actor. On top of it, his son Balakrishna trying to recreate the characters his father played is not at all easy. It is nothing less than a miracle to see Balayya playing NTR on-screen in such an extra-ordinary manner. When I saw some clippings of the film, I felt the legend has come back. This means his son Balayya in some angles does look like his father, which is a great thing. I pray to God that this film reaches zenith of success.
Actor Naresh on Balakrishna in NTR biopic: It is the performance of a lifetime
Sampath Nandi on NTR Kathanayakudu
"#NTR, a name that needs no introduction to the Telugu people. His biopic is one kind of an honour for us and there can be no one like #NandamuriBalakrishna garu in the role. Like audience, even I'm eagerly waiting for the movie. All the best to @DirKrish garu and team," Sampath Nandi said via Twitter.
NTR Kathanayakudu cast and crew attend screening
Balakrishna turns producer with NTR Kathanayakudu
“I never thought I would be playing my father on the big screen. When this idea was pitched to me, I realized it was my duty as a son to make this film. I launched my own production house and co-produced this movie,” Balakrishna said at a press meet of NTR: Kathanayakudu.
Mahesh S Koneru on Kathanayakudu
Mahesh S Koneru posted on Twitter, "#NTRKathanayakudu - A faithful and honest portrayal of a Legend’s life . The climax has set up the story nicely for the second part. Loved it .. Waiting for #NTRMahanayakudu eagerly."
Mixed early reviews
While Dr Harish Goutham (@Harish_goutham) wrote on Twitter, "Decent first half with emotional scenes and detailed rise of NTR. Felt slow at times but overall liked the first half. Dialogus are plus point #NTRkathanayakudu," Sandeep Athreya (@SandeepSpeakz) tweeted, "#NTRKathanayakudu is a well-made and well-balanced film that Chronicles the life and times of N.T.R . #Balakrishna gets under the skin of NTR and carries the film on his shoulders. @vidya_balan is perfect cast for Basava Tarakam. She breathes life into the role. @DirKrish 👌👍🙏"
Kathanayakudu is all heart and a lot of hard work, says Rakul Preet
"#NTRKathanayakudu All the best @DirKrish #Balakrishna sir @vidya_balan and the entire team. .. ❤️ this film is all heart and a lot of hardwork has gone into recreating the life of a legend #Ntr sir .. plz watch it only in theatres," Rakul Preet said via Twitter.
Kathanayakudu off to a good start in US
Film trade analyst Ramesh Bala tweeted, "#NBK garu has his Best #USA premieres with #NTRKathanayakudu. $440K till now.. It beats #GPSK 's $375 #USA premieres.."
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Vidya Balan on NTR Kathanayakudu
“This is my first Telugu feature film and it is a bonanza for me. I signed up for one but it’s like getting to know you are going to have twins. This is not one but two films,” Vidya Balan said at a press meet of NTR: Kathanayakudu.
Gopi Mohan on NTR Kathanayakudu
Screenwriter Gopi Mohan shared on Twitter, "Best Wishes to #NBK @vidya_balan @iSumanth @RanaDaggubati, Captain @DirKrish @mmkeeravani garu & #NTRBiopic Team. Hearing good things about the film #NTRKathaNayakudu. Advance Wishes to @NBKFilms_ @Vibri @vishinduri & @VaaraahiCC @SaiKorrapati5 .💐💐💐"
Devi Sri Prasad on NTR Kathanayakudu
Devi Sri Prasad wrote on Twitter, "Wishing all the very best to the whole team of #NTRKathanayakudu !! The BioPic of a Great Legend !! Cant wait to witness the magic of @DirKrish & #NandamuriBalakrishna garu 😊😊👍 and the fantastic Starcast !! Wishing U all a BLOCKBUSTER !!😁🎹🎵"