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NTR - Mahanayakudu Review

U Biopics, Drama 2 hrs 8 mins Feb 22, 2019





NTR - Mahanayakudu Review & Rating


NTR Mahanayakudu Review: Decently Executed Drama

NTR Mahanayakudu is a crucial film in Nandamuri Balakrishna and Krish's careers. After the unexpected debacle of NTR Kathanayakudu, they have a point to prove with NTR Mahanayakudu. With lots of negativity being spread against the film and with Lakshmi's NTR becoming a hot topic, NTR Mahanayakudu needs to be a lot better than the first part to impress the audience and critics. Will it turn out to be so? Or will it disappoint the audience? Let's find out in our review of NTR Mahanayakudu.

NTR Mahanayakudu starts where NTR Kathanayakudu ends. NTR is seen making his political entry and after announcing Telugu Desam Party, he is told that the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi has preponed the elections by 8 months in order to surprise him. However,  NTR meets people across the state on his Chaitanya Ratham along with his son Nandamuri Harikrishna (played by Kalyan Ram). NTR gets a thumping victory and becomes the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. But for the novice politician he is, he gets trapped in a political conspiracy and loses power. How he faces the obstacles and gets back to the power forms the rest of the story.

NTR Mahanayakudu is a biopic on NTR's political journey and the story/premise is no secret. Many are aware of all the events that happened in the 1980s but Krish cleverly chooses what to reveal and what to hide, keeping the forthcoming general elections in mind. Also, he ends the film with NTR's wife Basavatarakam's death, thus by clearly eliminating the entire episode of NTR-CBN issue and the character of Lakshmi Parvathi. So it is not fair to call this NTR Biopic anymore.

Also, Krish plays it to the galleries whenever he gets an opportunity to elevate the heroism. But he fails to etch a convincing subplot between NTR and Basavatarakam and the scenes between them lack the emotional punch. As Krish has given a lot of importance to the role of Basavatarakam, he should've taken a bit more extra care while filming the scenes involving them. However, he has executed some political scenarios in the 1980s with perfection. Had he continued the same momentum throughout the film, it would've made a lot of difference.

Nandamuri Balakrishna has shown the glimpses in NTR Kathanayakudu that he is at ease while playing the older NTR than a young NTR. While it takes a few minutes to get used to seeing him as a political leader at the age of 60, once he is in his zone, its a one-man show from him. He aces the legendary NTR's look and body language. Balakrishna delivers one of the finest performances of his career and it is surely going to be a treat for his fans and especially for Nandamuri fans. Balakrishna has given a power-packed performance in a few crucial scenes like the confrontation scene with Indira Gandhi, in a few Assembly scenes.

Vidya Balan who gets a superb role proves why she is one of the brilliant actresses of the country right now. In scenes where she shows her love towards NTR, she is pitch perfect and brings back Basavatarakam to life. Rana Daggubati who gets to play the younger version of Nara Chandra Babu Naidu is dam effective with both his looks and dialogue delivery. He has the knack of committing so much to all of his roles and this role is no exception. Sachin Khedekar who plays Nadendla Bhaskar Rao is pretty impressive as usual.

Keeravani does his job perfectly and is successful in elevating the crucial scenes with his background score. Though the songs are not that effective he makes up for them with his astounding work for the background score. Visuals by Gnanasekhar are superb and he captures the events in various timelines perfectly. A special mention for Art Director Sahi Suresh who has superbly recreated the era of the 1980s. Sai Madhav Burra who has written the dialogues is not so effective this time as he focuses more on elevating the charisma of the already charismatic NTR.

NTR Mahanayakudu is not a great film and not a bad film either. It is somewhere in between and that is what makes it tough to appreciate the efforts of Nandamuri Balakrishna. He did everything a son would do to tell the story his father - one of the prominent actors and politicians of India. And Krish who took over the project after its launch also has done a great job. But it is the lack of that perfection which makes this film fail.

People would expect to know everything about NTR's life, not the just the victorious moments and highlights. Though it would be unfair to compare, it is that vulnerable side of Savitri that made the audience to connect well with the film Mahanati. But in the case of NTR Mahanayakudu, we get half-baked sub-plot between NTR and Basavatarakam and we don't get to see how the life of NTR has changed post her demise which is very crucial. As it is the biopic of NTR we expect to see the entire life story, but everyone knows why the makers have intended to avoid showing the last few years of his life.

Overall, NTR Mahanayakudu makes for a one-time watch for the earnest performance of Nandamuri Balakrishna and a decent direction from Krish. On the flipside, a dragged subplot and drama fail it.


  • Balakrishna's Performace
  • Vidya Balan and Rana Daggubati
  • A Couple Of Well Executed Sequences


The subplot of NTR and his wife


Pycker Rating: 3 out of 5

NTR - Mahanayakudu Critic Reviews

NTR - Mahanayakudu User Reviews

  • Gokul

    23 Feb 19 @ 3:28 PM

    Excellent Action By Balayya, Vidya Balan, Rana And Sachin Khedekar

  • Lakshman

    13 Nov 19 @ 2:01 AM

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    5 Mar 19 @ 5:11 PM


NTR - Mahanayakudu Live Updates & Public Talk

NTR Kathanayakudu, the first part of NTR Biopic has receieved glorious reviews when it released for Sankranthi 2019. However, the film failed to set the box office counters ringing and ended up as a huge disaster. Now, the second part, NTR Mahanayakudu has released with a very low buzz because of the failure of NTR Kathanayakudu. However the trailer looked decent and considering the political scenario in Andhra Pradesh, the chances are high that the film might connect well with the audience. A special premiere was held by the makers at AMB Cinemas, Hyderabad and below is the response from the audience and film celebs.

The first half is said to be very gripping with a terrific performance from Balakrishna and superb dialogues from Sai Madhav Burra. The narration by Krish seems to be very racy with some well executed pre-interval and interval sequences. Rana is said to have lived the role of Nara Chandrababu Naidu and his performance seems to be one of the highlights of NTR Mahanayakudu. Vidya Balan who made a confident Tollywood debut with NTR Kathanayakudu is said to have done a fantastic job in NTR Mahanayakudu as well.

The celebs are going crazy for the performances of Nandamuri Balakrishna as his father Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao - a legendary actor-politician. Being termed as an emotional entertainer, NTR Mahanayakudu is said to be about the inspiring journey of NTR as a politician. Krish is being appreciated for sticking to his promise and delivering a gripping emotional drama which connects well with the audience and the fans of NTR. Keeravani's music is said to be yet another major asset for the movie.

Stay tuned for NTR Mahanayakudu review and more live updates.

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What is NTR: Mahanayakudu About? 

NTR: Kathanayakudu was critically well received but the attendance of the audience in the theatres wasn’t encouraging. Those who watched on the big screens loved it but surprisingly the positive word of mouth failed to bring box office returns. But that doesn’t make the second volume of this epic biopic any less. 

As one of the most prominent film critics commented, a more recent event of NTR’s life would have been interesting to the current generation which might not have an established connection with NTR’s early life. But now, NTR: Mahanayakudu is based on the relatively recent events of NTR’s life. That is, his fabled entry into politics and the rise, fall and rise of him as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. This time, the story has an arc that was said to be missing in the first film. 

Krish being Krish and with Balakrishna not wanting his tribute to the life of his father to be a failure, Mahanayakudu is going to be an all out effort from this director-actor duo. The trailer might not have caught up like the first volume’s, still it received general appraisal and the content looks tightly woven. With all this in mind, let’s dive into the promises made by NTR: Mahanayakudu 

NTR: Mahanayakudu Promises:

A reflection on the recent happenings of NTR’s life 

For most of the current generation, NTR is known mostly as the mass leader who changed the face of Andhra Pradesh Politics. Curiosity factor about what lead a more than highly successful film star to come into political arena dominated by the Congress with legendary politicians is a fascinating story. Also, the happenings post the grand victory of NTR in 1983 elections is the crux of the story. 

Whatever are our political affiliations, it is the first time this aspect of a leader like NTR is touched upon on the big screen. Even if the people don’t like NTR on political grounds (be frank guys), Mahanayakudu is going to be a terrific political thriller with the recent historical happenings in the Teluguland as backdrop is going to be a thrilling watch. And as an aside the analysis and various versions of the tale will make for great reading. Win win either way. 

Balakrishna as Mahanayakudu 

One of the very few factors that were talked about in Kathanayakudu in could-have-been-better tone is Balakrishna as the young NTR. But here, there is no such problem. With the age factor being negated and the actor is even playing a relatively older role, we all know how good an actor Balakrishna is. If the role demands all out seriousness and proper diction, we can count on Balakrishna unlike any other actor (have to give credit where it’s due). 

Krish’s direction 

A lot has happened since the release of the first volume’s release. But nothing outshines the fact that Krish is one of the best directors of this generation at least in South India. With him now taking every care possible for Mahanayakudu, we can safely assume that this is the time he’s going to hit the bullseye. The trailer gives a fairly good idea about how tautly scripted Mahanayakudu is and coupled with some best work by the dialogue writer Sai Madhav Burra, Mahanayakudu is the movie most of the movie buffs are actually waiting for NTR’s life. 

Stay tuned for NTR: Mahanayakudu review, rating, and complete analysis. The countdown starts!