Verdict: A moving depiction of NTR’s life.

It’s been raining biopics for a while in Tollywood and Lakshmi’s NTR is the latest entrant. We’ve seen two biopics made on the legendary actor that showcased NTR’s rise as a philanthropic actor in Kathanayakudu, and the political galore in Mahanayakudu. Lakshmi’s NTR, as alleged by its makers will showcase the upheaval of the legend after Lakshmi Parvathi entered his life. Every frame shown in the theatrical trailer has garnered immediate attention within the political circles as Ram Gopal Varma was mightily successful in giving us a glimpse of the hidden truths in the theatrical cut. With no known faces and a low budget flick in hands, this could be a learning to many newbie producers of how one can cleverly strategize the pre-release buzz to bring audience to theatres.

What’s Lakshmi’s NTR About:

NTR (P. Vijay Kumar) faces a defeat in the 1989 Andhra Pradesh assembly elections. Being a widower, he is left lonely among his family. Enter Lakshmi Parvathy (Yagna Shetty), with the intention of writing his autobiography. They gradually grow close and get married. Come 1994, NTR wins the elections with a thumping majority. When everything seems to be going fine, he is dethroned from the CM post by his own son-in-law (Shri Tej), with the support of family and party members. Unable to come in terms with this betrayal, he faces emotional turmoil, which is what the movie portrays.

What Works:

Lakshmi’s NTR is the most intense drama from Ram Gopal Varma, post Sarkar. With debutante, Agasthya Manju co-directing the film, they have reinvented the crime movie by focusing more on the family bonding. Vijay Kumar, Yagna Shetty and Sritej have delivered a memorable performance that will be remembered for their life time. The make-up and detailing for Shri Tej deserve a special mention. Kalyan Malik’s background score and music is heart-wrenching while Sira Sri’s lyrics blend with the story of Lakshmi’s NTR. Cinematography by Rammy dwells well with the plot and Kamal’s editing is to the point.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The narrative of the movie may seem biased to many. Nevertheless, given the good production values, Lakshmi’s NTR will be a sure shot winner at the box-office.

Why You Should Watch:

Lakshmi’s NTR is the portrayal of the darker side of legend’s life during his final years. The director duo’s hard-hitting chronicle and impenitent human drama will leave you with a pinch of pain.