The much-awaited movie based on the life of late legendary actor and politician NT Rama Rao also known as NTR has been launched, following a customary pooja at Ramakrishna Studios in Hyderabad. This grand event was attended by few celebrities of the Telugu film industry and Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, who did the honours by giving the muhurat clap.
Late actor-politician NTR’s son Nandamuri Balakrishna will be playing the role of his own father in the film. At the event, actor Balakrishna was seen dressed up as an epic character for the muhurtham shot. He was seen in full costume of Duryodhana, including a heavy looking crown on his head. The film crew had recreated a court scene from the blockbuster period drama Daana Veera Soora Karna, which had NTR playing roles of Karna, Lord Krishna and Duryodhana. Daana Veera Soora Karna was the first film to be shot at Ramakrishna Cine Studios. MGR had clapped the muhurat shot for the 248th film in NTR’s decorated career. The filmmakers also had an actor dressed up like late matinee idol MG Ramachandran for the opening shot.
The NTR biopic, directed by Teja, will showcase the life of the actor-politician right from his childhood days. As per reports, the director has already started shooting the portions that shows the early days of NTR. Where in 1947, NTR was a government employee in Madras (now Chennai), but he had to quit his job within a month of joining, since he got an opportunity to act in BA Subba Rao’s Palletoori Pilla. The NTR biopic will begin from this point and will concentrate on the rise of NTR as an actor and a politician.
Speaking at the event, director Teja said, “I’m extremely lucky to have got the opportunity to direct a film based on the life of NTR. Being his biggest fan, I never even in my dreams thought I will be directing a film on him one day,” Teja also added by saying about their plans to release the film during Dussehra, “I’m very happy with the story. It is not the story I wrote. It is what happened. It is a very big history. We have enough content to make six films based on his life. So, it is taking time to compress it into one film.”
Talking at the event, Balakrishna gave credit to his good karma from his past life for getting the opportunity to play his legendary father on the big screen. The actor also mentioned, writing the script for the film was the most challenging part of doing this film. He also noted that not just in the field of cinema, but NTR’s contribution to politics also had far-reaching effects at the national level.
Balakrishna also explained about why they decided to launch this film on this particular day. He explained, “Patala Bhairavi released on March 17 (1951). But, looking at the way it was received at the box office, we increased its prints on March 29. Which made it the film with the highest number of prints in South India. This film became a super hit and with that, he became a mass hero. Later, Lava Kusa released on March 29 (1963), and NTR’s first colour film Desoddharakulu (1973) also released on the same date. On this same day (in 1982), Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was also founded.”
NTR biopic, directed by Teja featuring Balayya aka Balakrishna, will be shot in Telugu and Hindi simultaneously. Later, the film will be dubbed in Tamil and other South Indian languages. The full details about the cast and crew of NTR biopic will be announced officially in the coming days. The regular shooting of the film will begin from March 30.