NTR Kathanayakudu Review: Hero Worship
Let’s be honest, over the years we’ve seen Nandamuri Balakrishna shoot bullets from his mouth, command trains to move on his order and even have fans try his unique dance moves. However, what we haven’t seen in Nandamuri Balakrishna play a role that’s close to realistic, while still elevating his heroism. His role as his late father N T Rama Rao, is terrific in director Krish’s NTR Kathanayudu.
A biopic should have one core element – to show the rise, fall and the character’s position to the top. NTR Kadhanayudhu does it, as it shows NTR’s rise and success. The film’s strength lies in bringing to life the old-world charm. With its terrific lighting, props, and sets this biopic works well in these departments.
Another shining aspect about the film is the music score by M.M. Keeravani. It is exceptional in the scene where NTR’s appears as Lord Krishna. In fact the entire way the scene was staged was simply terrific. Imagine the triumph of the scene director Krish has created from NTR’s film of the 1960s.
However, the film falters when NTR had everything easy in his life to climb to the top. The conflicts aren’t major roadblocks. After a while, there is only hero worship, which shows his growth in the industry.
What it does rightly, is that it explores his love for acting, his dedication for the craft and his interest to always push more. The film also explores his never-say-die attitude, and his power to excel. This becomes a tad-bit too long, as it doesn’t show us interesting shades of his character. There are scenes which show his involvement in filmmaking as well. Not only acting, but he decides to direct, produce and show that’s he’s up for experimenting in films too.
The film boats of an extensive cast, where actors only get to feature in two minutes in the whole film. Be it Shriya, Hansika, Payal or Shalini Pandey – they all give a blink and miss an appearance. It is Nandamuri Balakrishna who delivers a powerful screen presence, and performance so good that it draws you to watch him, despite the hurried, inconsistent writing. Another actor who hold power on screen is Vidya Balan. Although she has little to do, her warm smile and innocence on her face is a treat to watch. Another actor who deserves a mention is Rana Daggubati, who appears in a brief role with striking expressions!