Before we head to see what director Krish and Balakrishna offer in the second part of NTR biopic, let's brush up on few things. A biopic on a popular personality is always debatable since there would be many versions of what the reality is. And more so if that celebrity is an actor who turns to politics and eventually becomes the Chief Minister before being dethroned. NTR Mahanayakudu portrays the journey of NT Rama Rao after he announces his arrival in politics with his own political party, how he became the Chief Minister and later how his own people hatch a plan to remove him from the most coveted position.
What's it about:
NT Rama Rao establishes his political party Telugu Desam Party, takes the support of former Congress Minister Nadendla Bhaskar Rao, reaches out to masses and tells them how things need to change for the people of Telugu state. With his humongous following and liking amongst the masses, NT Rama Rao eventually becomes the Chief Minister. But the real struggle begins now. Rao is handicapped by his own people who oppose him for promising unreasonable sanctions to people without their consent. Camps are formed within the party, majorly led by Nadendla Bhaskar and fuelled by Indira Gandhi from Congress, and NTR is dethroned from the chair of Chief Minister eventually. NTR announces a battle against the forces in Delhi and comes back to power eventually becoming the Chief Minister.
Nandamuri Balakrishna looks, behaves and talks exactly like his father NT Rama Rao and reminds that there couldn't have been a better actor than him to play the part. Vidya Balan, playing his wife Basavatarakam, unleashes the performer in her and delivers a thumping performance which will leave you awestruck. Rana Daggubati as N Chandrababu Naidu brings out an unexplored side of him to the fore and gives you no reason to question his ability. Sachin Khedekar, playing Nadendla Bhaskar Rao, matches Balakrishna's prowess on screen and steals the show with his role which is full of grey shades. Director Krish brings together a bunch of great actors to tell the story of a legendary actor and music composer MM Keeravani takes it to another level with his engrossing background scores. The real hero in the story is writer Sai Madhav Burra who, with his prowess, adds life to each glorious moment with his simple yet powerful lines.
All these actors mentioned above and their performances go in vain in this biopic which feels like a wasted opportunity. Director Krish tries very hard to tell you the unknown story of a legendary personality but the pace of his narrative tests your patience. Predictability partnered with the slowness of the story hampers the excitement with which the audience want to watch this film making it a disappointing experience. Even Balakrishna, Rana and Vidya Balan together cannot bring life to the film which goes on forever. The dull progress of the story leaves a bland taste and struggles to get to the end. Director Krish, in his films, gives a great viewing experience with his aesthetics but his brilliance as a filmmaker at many moments cannot keep you hooked onto in Mahanayakudu.
Mahanayakudu needed more than just Krish, Balakrishna, Vidya Balan and Rana Daggubati to make it more engaging and unfortunately it fails to do so. The performances are brilliant, but they end up in a lost cause. We go for a 2 for NTR Mahanayakudu!
2 out of 5
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