NTR Kathanayakudu review- Okayish tribute lacking nitty-gritty

Release Date
January 9, 2019

Direction: Radha Krishna Jagarlamudi

Cast: Balakrishna, Vidya Balan,Kalyan Ram, Sumanth, Rana Daggubati

Producers: Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati

Music Director: M.M Keeravaani

Cinematographer: Gnana Shekar V.S

Editor: Rama Krishna Arram

NTR Biopic Movie Review, Positives And Negatives

Biopics are the toast of the season in Bollywood and Tollywood. After the success of Mahanati last year, another biopic has made way on the celluloid which charts the journey of late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao who created many wonders. The film is being put out in two parts – NTR Kathanayakudu, NTR Mahanayakudu. Nandamuri Balakrishna has done the role of his father and has also turned producer for the flick. The films expectations have raised even more as Balakrishna for the first has donned the producer’s hat. And what are the expectations of NTR’s heroine? This is the second time Krish has paired up with Balayya after Gautamiputra Satakarni. So did the two have revived the same magic is to be seen.


The makers have shown NTR’s journey on the celluloid. Particularly, NTR’s affection with his wife and the value he gives to her words. The film begins with straight away with his cinema career and Krish has refrained from talking of his childhood. The movie begins with the introduction of Basava Rama Tarakam (Vidya Balan) who suffers from cancer ailment. The original story starts when Vidya Balan NTR’s album.

NTR (Balakrishna) has a good job at the Registry Office but the circumstance around him at the office who are involved and illicit and bribery forces him to leave the job in three weeks after his joining. Later, he makes up his decision to work in cinema industry. He heads on to Madras to meet LV Prasad (Jishush), who had earlier seen Ramarao’s drama and got impressed with his acting skills. The hiccups he faced as an actor, his association with Akkineni Nageshwar Rao (Sumanth), and his announcement of the political party sums up the film.


The entire movie is about NTR and in every frame Balakrishna papers. This actually looks like a fairy tale for fans of Nandamuri fans. However, Balakya’s look is not as impressive as NTR in his heydays. Having said that, Balayya look and performance in his father’s role was impressive. Another key role in the film is NTR’s wife Basavatarakam Nandamuri. Vidya Balan has impressed with her subtle actions and took the character to another level. NTR’s brother Trivikram Rao is another character who has long episodes in the film. After a long time in this role, Daggubati Raja appeared on the screenwriter. Sumanth lived up to his grandfather ANR’s role well.  Other artistes have also played well.


Director Krish has taken up the responsibility to showcase NTR biopic in the most factual and correct way. Apparently, Krish has focused more on elevating Balakrishna to impress his fans rather focusing on the story and narration. NTR’s story is a disappointment to the viewers.  The director has captured the scenes between NTR and Basava Rama Taraka well. What makes annoying is the length of the film, but it is Keeravani’s music that helps in proceedings. Writer Sai Madhav Burra has tried to play well with the dialogues. Balayya is praiseworthy as a producer but not as a hero.



  • Balayya, Vidya Balan acting
  • Music
  • Dailogues


  • Balakrishna look in the first half
  • movie length
  • a few sluggish scenes


One time watchable for legend NTR

Also Read: NTR Kathanayakudu audience Twitter review

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Critic Reviews for The Boxtrolls

Only Balakrishna-Vidya Balan stand out
Rating: 2/5

Times Now

For NTR fans must watch
Rating: 3/5

The Hans India

One time watchable for legend NTR
Rating: 2/5