Cast: Balakrishna, Vidya Balan
Director: Krish
Music director: M. M. Keeravani
Producer: Korrapati Ranganatha Sai, Balakrishna
Release date: 9th January 2019

Continuing the trend of biopics, here comes another biopic on the legendary actor and politician NTR. After creating a huge hype, the first part of NTR’s biopic, NTR-Kathanyakudu hits the screens finally today.
Let’s see whether the movie can meet the expectations or not.


The movie’s plot is mainly focused on the initial days of NTR working as a sub-registrar and his journey to film and rise to stardom as the ‘numero uno’ in Telugu cinema. The film ends after NTR establishes his political party Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in 1982.


Balakrishna has lived his father NTR’s character especially as a 60-year-old man. However, Balakrishna didn’t match as young NTR in the 20s as he looked too old for a young NTR.

Vidya Balan as Basavatarakam has done a decent job. Other actors Rana, Sumanth, Kalyan Ram, Rakul Preet, Nithya Menen, and Hansika did well in their respective roles.



Music director MM Keeravani, who elevates the emotion of the scene with his background score, at his elements yet again. The dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra’s dialogues are the worth applause. Editing is patchy, several times popular NTR songs come and go without proper lead. The overall length of the film is 10 – 15 minutes longer which is director/editor combined call.


The plot of NTR – Kathanayakudu showcases NTR’s rise to a star hero, the incidents which influenced his thoughts towards society and finally starting a political party. Director has focused on covering 30 + years of NTR’s life (1949 to 1982) and highlighted his good qualities – leaving controversial ones aside. Director

The scenes between the two legends NTR – ANR the film are very nice, it’s been depicted both of them have very friendly relation in cinema life.


Energetic second half, with a powerful climax
Balakrishna’s controlled performance as NTR
Krish’s sensible direction
Great teamwork by technicians Keeravani, Sai Madhav etc
Huge Star Casting


The pace of the first half
Balakrishna age mismatch for younger NTR Role


NTR-Kathanayakudu is a perfect tribute to the legendary NTR. Except for the pace of the film in the first half, and a few loopholes like Balakrishna’s age mismatch, this is a decent watch for fans and others as well.

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