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NTR Mahanayakudu Review And Rating

NTR – Mahanayakudu is the second chapter in the story of legend Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao. As the makers have mentioned, the second part concludes the arc of Basavatarakanm, the wife of NTR who has been suffering from cancer. What happens in between in the life of NTR is what the movie is all about?

When it Comes To Story

Nandamuri Balakrishna continues from where he left in the first part of the biopic, NTR – Kathanayakudu. As we have mentioned in the review, the old age part of NTR has suited the star well as its more close to his age. He picks up the mannerism of his father well and builds on it to deliver a likeable performance. The point to remember here is that Balakrishna has made the part likeable and a lot of it is due to the connection with the aggressive body language of the NBK. In short, we see more of Balakrishna rather than NTR on the screen which makes it “likeable” for the fans, but doesn’t become a memorable lifetime role for movie lovers in general. While he succeeds on the former count, he fails on the latter aspect.Krish has better focus narrative wise on the second part compared to the first. The reason is simple; there are no deviations for ‘cinematic’ purposes. It is also the weakness of the biopic. With no ‘real’ engaging story to tell and it being all about politics and that too only a small part, the whole thing treads the line of propaganda. While watching the opening one is sure to get a feeling that if they could showcase the entire first part and more in five minutes through a song, couldn’t they have done the same with the young age ‘hero’ portions of NTR. The showcasing the rise of NTR as an icon could have been completed briefly in the opening half an hour, and the rest could have been about his political journey. The beginning portions are okay. It gathers momentum with the arrival of Indira Gandhi’s character and continues until the victory. Post that, the energy dips and is again raised with the dissatisfaction of government employee’s block over the retirement age. The whole sequence is neatly executed conveying three different issues related to the governance of NTR, the scheming nature of Nadendla Bhaskar and the saviour of the hour Chandra Babu Naidu. second half in comparison is fast and gets over quickly. The central theme here is agenda driven with the sole purpose of elevating the party leader and the party and in doing so highlighting the role of Chandra Babu Naidu. The sequences involving CBN are okay, but again the drama and everything else happening ‘politically’ is boring. The climax ends on a melodramatic note that is non-political which again undoes all the build-up to that point.

Highlights

Length

A Couple of Blocks Casting

Drawbacks

Lack of Emotional Connect

Predictable Narrative

Screenplay

Rating:2.75/5

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