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NTR Mahanayakudu Movie Review

NTR Mahanayakudu Movie Review

Release Date: Friday 22nd February 2019

Cast: Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vidya Balan, Nandamuri Kalyanram, Rana Daggubati, Sumanth, Sachin Khedekar, Vennela Kishore and others


In 1982, NTR establishes Telugu Desam party. With his populist schemes and charisma, NTR becomes CM in 1983. When his wife needs treatment for cancer, he takes her to USA.

While his wife was getting treated for cancer and he gets operated for his heart ailment, back home Nadendla Bhaskar Rao is plotting a coup against him.

Nadendla takes power and becomes CM with the support from PM Indira Gandhi at center. How NTR rides back to power by leading a peoples movement forms the rest of the drama.


In recent media interviews, director Krish said Valmiki Ramayanam was the reference to write the screenplay for NTRs Biopic as Valmiki ended the story with Lord Ramas Pattabhishekam, and didnt focus on his later life.

Similarly, Krish has suppressed NTRs political life to only three years  1982 to 1985 in order to avoid the controversial aspects of NTRs later life.

To avoid to show Nara Chandra Babu Naidus 1995 coup against NTR and NTRs marriage with Lakshmi Parvathi, Krish has ended the second part with the passing away of Basavatarakam who died of cancer in 1985. This has given Krish limited scope to make the movie into a fullfledged biopic.

He rather has focused on the coup of Nadendla Bhaskara Rao and made him a villain for all convenient reasons.

Although the Nadendlas episode is truthful to the history, if we excuse some dramatization and some liberties taken in the process, the second half of the drama turns as a propaganda vehicle for Nara Chandrababu Naidu.

Krish has used this film to showcase Chandrababu as the person who helped NTR in strengthening the party and that he planned everything to keep their MLAs together away from Nadendla.

Krish has also written unnecessary scenes of showing Naidus virtue  like how congress party had not given him better chances despite showing more loyalty and how NTR spotted his talent when he was about to leave politics and run a hotel in Tirupathi. At one time, it seems the movie is turning into CBNs NTR than an NTR Biopic.

Coming to the movies main plot the second part runs two parallel aspects. One is strong relationship between wife and husband, Basavatarakam and NTR. The other is NTRs rise as a formidable political leader.

The former is told in more engaging and neat manner, the latter is narrated in clumsy and documentary way.

There is no denying the fact that NTR created history by coming into power within nine months after formation of his party but the scenes of canvassing and the sequences of involving him and Indira Gandhi are filled with over drama, less engagement.

Besides Babu bajana in the second half also goes in documentary style in depicting the 1984 political developments thereby making us lose interest in it. Despite reasonable runtime, the slackened pace in the second half gives a lengthy movie.

The positive aspects in the film are its tighter duration, Balakrishna and Vidya Balans moments and depiction of some sequences. However, the film takes too much of cinematic liberties like Doordarshan running news bulletins for every assembly seat. There were no such running bulletins back then on TV. And moreover, the entire characterization of Chandrababu Naidu is far from the truth.

In the end, Mayanayakudu becomes both as CBNs NTR as well as Basavatarakams NTR (since the movie begins with Basavatarakam and ends with her death) and glorifies him to the hilt.

The film also becomes an exercise to showcase Chandrababu Naidu as the most-trusted alludu of NTR.

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