NTR Mahanayakudu: Film Review – Telugu Pride Growls In The Form Of NTR

Verdict: NTR’s legacy continues to shine in this captivating sequel.

Despite critical acclaim and positive word-of-mouth, NTR Kathanayakudu left a scar for the distributors involved. However, the Nandamuri scion quickly came to the rescue of his buyers by sharing the losses and allocating them with the distribution rights of NTR Mahanayakudu. While comparing both the parts, NTR Mahanayakudu promises to be a crisper film than what the predecessor offered and is bound to have more drama and emotions as it encompasses the political journey of the legendary leader who has sprung to power in a record time of nine months after announcing his party. Will the team of NTR Mahanayakudu have the final laugh? Let’s see.

What’s NTR Mahanayakudu About:

While NTR Kathanayakudu starts off with the story of NTR as narrated by his wife, Basavatarakam (Vidya Balan), NTR Mahanayakudu ends with her death in 1984. The first instalment deals with the rise of NTR as a legendary actor and his entry into politics. NTR Mahanayakudu starts off where it left and showcases a step-by-step political journey of NTR (Nandamuri Balakrishna). To sum it up, the film unfolds the anecdote of a man who brought about a revolution in Telugu politics.

What Works:

Director Krish has given us the ultimate experience of a life that truly deserves a tribute and a man who believed and lived by the slogan “With power comes responsibility”. Every frame gives us the feeling of love and respect that the makers had towards the legendary figure. While Balakrishna brings a fireball of experience, Vidya Balan breathes life into the character of Basavatarakam. A surprise feather in the cap is Rana Daggubati, who embodied the spirit of Nara Chandrababu Naidu. Shritej as YSR, Sachin Khedekar as Nadendla Bhaskara Rao, Bharath Reddy as Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, Kalyan Ram as Harikrishna, and Manjima Mohan as Nara Bhuvaneswari excel in their respective roles. The technical crew involved with the preceding installment are as skilled and elegant with the successor.

What Could’ve Been Better:

After Mahanati, it hasn’t been a smooth walk for biopics in the Tollywood box-office. Though NTR Kathanayakudu and Yatra were well made and appreciated by critics, it could not meet the benchmark that Mahanati created. One wonders if it is the political heat that is causing the drift. Forget politics and enliven the journey of this well-made biopic.

Why You Should Watch:

NTR Mahanayakudu is an emotional journey of the greatest legend and the pride of Telugu people. It is powerful, engaging and packed with emotions. The crisp and flawless execution amalgamated with brilliant performances makes it a must-watch.

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