Basavatarakam who is suffering with cancer narrates the story of NTR. The film focuses on political journey post announcement of TDP party. It shows NTR’s strive to power with in eleven months of establishing the party. NTR beats the odds facing hurdles from Congress led center as he vows to eliminate the national party from Telugu state.
Meanwhile, Nadendla Bhaskar Rao who initially supports NTR conspires a coupe when the later goes to America for a surgery. NTR’s son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu takes party into control and fights the coupe with his political wit. NTR dissolves and re-elects with bumper majority.
NTR Mahanayakudu Review:
Krish peps up the second part of the biopic with pace in the narration. Emotions are striking unlike in Kathanayakudu.
First half focuses on NTR’s rise to power. His confrontations with Indira Gandhi are intense. After he assumes office as CM, the film drops a bit. It again picks up as political drama of villains begin. Sentimental scenes with wife are touching.
It is more a family drama than political drama. Krish avoided controversies and emphasizes on NTR’s glory. Chandrababu Naidu is showcased as angry young man to woo mass public. The film serves the purpose of political propaganda as well with yellow flags flashing every now and then.
Balakrishna is flawless as NTR. He fits the bill in political NTR more than as hero NTR of Kathanayakudu. Balayya’s mannerisms and dialogue diction is also to a T. Sachin Khedekar is decent as Nandedla. Vidya Balan moves us to tears with her performance. Rana steals the show in second half. Vennela Kishore, Bharat Reddy and others are apt in their roles.
Music by MM Keeravani gives retro vibes of 80s. It compliments the emotional content of the scenes. Cinematography is equally good. Sai Madhav Burra’s dialogues are power packed.
Bottom-line: NTR Mahanayakudu – Better half & better impact