The inspiring story of NTR Kathanayakudu is well-known of Telegu cinema star Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao as he is one of the biggest icons down south. How his career took a political turn is what the movie narrates.
Beloved son of Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao, Nandamuri Balakrishna has essayed the role of his father in the movie and undoubtedly, no one could have done it better than him. Critically speaking though, he should've done this movie much-earlier in his career if it was always on his mind. Some parts in the first half which depicts the early days of NTR needed somebody with more younger and charismatic persona. However, in the second half of the movie NBK completely suits the character which surely leaves a mark as he looked age-appropriate. We appreciate Balakrishna in the movie the most as he proves himself as a fine actor attempting to do such a challenging role of a senior actor and has done justice to his father's life story.
The movie is directed by Krish, who has made other movies as well with Nandamuri Balakrishna previously. With their last movie, the only complaint their viewers had was that there was really less content because there were only four actions which were stitched together with fillers in between. Fortunately, the real-life story of NTR is well-documented and very sincerely delivered. There are no big struggles in NTR's biopic which couldn't be cinematically depicted. The movie is all about the right attitude and choices made by Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao. Krish definitely had the more difficult job of keeping the audience engaged through movie's narrative. You might notice in between that the husband-wife drama on which the entire emotional arc of the movie rests lacks depth. He was only able to scratch the surface of the emotions. The over-enthusiasm to show NTR as a hero in all the choices he made through his life makes the story a little inconsistent, especially in the first half.
However, in the second half, the story gets much better and the charaters get more relatable. Finally, starting with the Diviseema block, the entire focus of the film shifts to politics.The story ends on a high note with the political party launch.
Basically, the first half of the film is passable and the second half is slightly better in comparison. It's a decently made biopic which will be appreciated by general audience and surely is a onetime watch. There is nothing bad about the film if you go with a mind of expecting a classic.
Now, let's talk about the most delightful performance in the film which was portayed by none other than the most-fabulous actor, Vidya Balan. She aces the role of the lead female protagonist and indeed was a delight to watch. Whenever she was in the same screen space with Balakrishna, the moments became highly engaging.
There are numerous other known faces in the film like Sumanth playing Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Kalyan Ram in Hari Krishna’s part are well-portayed. Prakash Raj, Krish, Murali Sharma, Vennela Kishore and others are all good in the limited time they got in the script.
The music in the film is provided by MM Keeravani and all the songs are situational which indeed go very well with the flow of the movie. The background score is the best effort musically from Keeravani and the cinematography is commendable as well.
You will surely enjoy most parts of the movie. The highlights of the movie include brilliant acting by NBK and Vidya Balan in the whole political aspect. There as some drawbacks in the movie as well like too many cinematic references, a little uneven narrative, pace of the movie, thin story line and ofcource not enough emotional depth. According to us, the movie is still watchable as it gets you excited for its sequel, N.T.R: Mahanayakudu which will be releasing very shortly. It will further take you though the political journey of NTR in detail. We give NTR Kathanayakudu 6 out of 10!