NTR biopic kicks off
Balakrishna calls it an honour to get to reprise his father’s role in this prestigious project
Actor-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna's much-awaited film, NTR, based on the life of his father and actor-politician late Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, was launched with pomp and fanfare at Ramakrishna Studios in the city on Thursday. The star-studded event was presided over by Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. The biopic starring Balakrishna, is being directed by Teja and produced by Sai Korrapati and Vishnu Induri, and is said to trace NTR's life, from childhood to his becoming the chief minister of the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh.
Speaking at the event, Venkaiah Naidu was all praise for the legendary actor and stated that NTR is the pride of Telugu people. "Crores of people worship NTR as Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Lord Vishnu, and many other gods. He upheld the self-respect of Telugu people at the national and international level, and created history in the world of politics and films. He has always been an icon for us and our people saw hope in him," he said. "Today is an important day for Telugu people. Despite my hectic schedule, I am present here out of my respect for NTR. Cinema is a powerful medium and I appreciate Balakrishna for coming forward to honour his father’s life. I hope this film turns out to be a big success and makes history."
Balakrishna, who dressed up as Duryodhana for the first shot of the film, called it an honour to get to reprise his father’s role in this prestigious project. “These days, people are calling everyone a great personality. For me, NTR is the only charismatic legendary personality. His story would need a film spanning five-six hours. Our script has come out really well, and I take this opportunity to thank our producers, Sai Korrapati and Vishnu Induri, for coming up with the idea to make this prestigious project. It’s an auspicious day to us; it was on this date that my father rose to stardom with Pathala Bhairavi (1951), founded Telugu Desam Party in 1982, and oversaw the release of classics like Lava Kusa and Desoddharakulu.”
One of the prominent guests at the event, veteran director K Raghavendra Rao, expressed his wish to direct one scene in this film. “NTR still commands great respect among everyone. Balakrishna and Teja are blessed to make this film. I hope they won't mind giving me an opportunity to direct one shot in this film.”
A self-proclaimed fan of NTR, director Teja said, “I’m lucky to have got this opportunity and I will try to give my best. NTR’s story cannot be told in just one film, but we have tried to bring everything into one film.”
Also starring Kota Srinivasa Rao, Jeeva and Sivaji Raja, the film has dialogues by Sai Madhav Burra and music by MM Keeravani. Veteran actors Jamuna and Kaikala Satyanarayana, directors Puri Jagannadh and VV Vinayak, and the family members of NTR were present at the event.