NTR - Mahanayakudu Story
Director: Krish Jagarlamudi
Cast: Balakrishna as NTR, Vidya Balan as Nandamuri Basavatarakam, Rana Daggubati as Nara Chandra Babu Naidu, Sachin Khedekar as Nadendla Bhaskara Rao, Kalyan Ram as Harikrishna, Bharath Reddy as Daggubati Venkateswara Rao, and Daggubati Raja as Nandamuri Trivikrama Rao
NTR: Mahanayakudu depicts the life of the legendary actor turned politician in the initial few years of his political journey. The movie starts off from where the first volume of the biopic NTR - Kathanayakudu ends. It gives brief glimpses down the memory lane showing NTR's life since his childhood in flashes. NTR starts the Chaitanya Ratha Yatra to inspire people and to end the rule of Congress Party.
NTR wins the elections with outright majority despite various machinations from Indira Gandhy and the other Congress leaders. The elections were preponed 8 months in order to take him by surprise. All these didn't work because of people's love for the charismatic leader and they wanted a change in the stagnated state of the state's politics. NTR becomes the Chief Minister but some of his colleagues want to take advantage of his political naiveness.
Around the same time, NTR's beloved wife Nandamuri Basavatarakam was suffering from cancer. NTR also had a heart-related illness. The couple goes to the US for their treatment. NTR entrusted his colleague and the finance minister Nadendla Bhaskara Rao with the governing. By that time, he also roped in his son-in-law, Nara Chandra Babu Naidu into the party. The shrewd politician was taking care of the party's affairs.
But Bhaskara Rao conspires with the center and usurps the power from NTR's hands by the time he returns from the US. How, NTR fights back and regains his rightful throne and what is the role played by Chandra Babu Naidu in bringing NTR back into power form the rest of the story.
NTR: Mahanayakudu received a mixed response from the critics and got a lukewarm response during its theatrical run. The performances of the lead actors, Balakrishna, Vidya Balan, and Daggubati Rana received universal acclaim but the narration and selective depiction of NTR's life were negatively commented upon.
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