NTR: Mahanayakudu

NTR: Mahanayakudu[2] (transl. NTR: The Great Leader) is a 2019 Indian Telugu-language biographical film, based on the real life and political career of N. T. Rama Rao, produced by Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati, Vishnu Vardhan Induri under NBK Films, Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram, Vibri Media banners[3] and directed by Krish Jagarlamudi.[4] It is the second movie in a two-part series, with the first being NTR: Kathanayakudu.[5] The film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna,[6] Vidya Balan, Nandamuri Kalyan Ram, Rana Daggubati in the lead roles[7] and its music is composed by M. M. Keeravani. The film received positive reviews and yet bombed badly at the box office.[8]

NTR: Mahanayakudu
NTR Mahanayakudu.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRadha Krishna Jagarlamudi
Written byNandamuri Balakrishna
Krish Jagarlamudi
Sai Madhav Burra (dialogues)
Produced byNandamuri Balakrishna
Sai Korrapati
Vishnu Vardhan Induri
StarringNandamuri Balakrishna
Nandamuri Kalyan Ram
Rana Daggubati
Vidya Balan
CinematographyGnana Shekar V. S.
Edited byRama Krishna Arram
Santosh Kiran Billakurti
Music byM. M. Keeravani
NBK Films
Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram
Vibri Media
Release date
  • 22 February 2019 (2019-02-22)
Running time
128 minutes
Budget₹70 cr
Box office₹18 cr[1]


The film begins, after NTR announces his party as Telugu Desam. N. T. Rama Rao (Nandamuri Balakrishna) designs his flag & agenda. He wants to tour across the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh. So, he orders his son Nandamuri Harikrishna (Nandamuri Kalyan Ram) to repair an old Chevrolet van to use for his campaign and name it Chaitanya Ratham. He then starts his journey, with Harikrishna as his charioteer and his son-in-law Daggubati Venkateswara Rao (Bharath Reddy) also accompanies him. He struggles hard by traveling all over the state for restoring the dignity of the Telugu people and acquires their faith & admiration. The center gets frightened as Andhra Pradesh is a major league to them. So, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (Supriya Vinod) advances the elections and also appoints Kotla Vijaya Bhaskara Reddy (Varla Ramaiah) as the new Chief Minister. In that situation, Nadendla Bhaskar Rao (Sachin Khedekar) prepares the list of candidates who are ex MPs & MLAs with bad conduct. Rama Rao denies it and replaces them with new young blood.

Thereupon, the Congress party looks down on Nara Chandrababu Naidu (Rana Daggubati) as he is the opponent’s son-in-law, yet he contests against his father-in-law’s party but loses. In the elections, Rama Rao wins with a high majority and becomes the 10th Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Meanwhile, humiliated Chandrababu Naidu decides to leave politics but Rama Rao recognizes his caliber and inducts him into the party. There onwards, Rama Rao toils a lot and wears a Saffron as a symbol of his initiation. He always puts check on Bhaskar Rao’s dominance and makes many revolutionary changes in the governance such as ₹2  kg rice for poor people, an equal share to a daughter in father's property, abolishing Patel-Patwari system, creating Mandal system, Telugu Ganga project, etc. He also decides to eradicate corruption and does not spare even his own, to establish a corrupt-free state. Annoyed by all this, Bhaskar Rao aims to demoralize Rama Rao by making a few of his men go against him but Rama Rao does not yield. Eventually, Indira Gandhi does not allocate proper funds to the states. When nobody dares to question, Rama Rao stands up to achieve their rights. Self-esteemed Indira Gandhi decides to stop him for which she appoints Thakur Ram Lal as a new Governor of the state.

Parallelly, Basava Rama Tarakam (Vidya Balan) gets diagnosed with cancer and falls terminally ill. Eventually, Rama Rao also suffers from heart problems, so both of them fly to the US. At that point, Bhaskar Rao makes secret negotiations with Indira Gandhi and she orders to dethrone Rama Rao with the help of Ramlal. The shrewd politician, Chandra Babu Naidu gazes at his intentions and takes all precautionary measures. Soon after Rama Rao’s arrival, Bhaskar Rao submits Motion of no confidence and fraudulently becomes Chief Minister by backstabbing. Immediately, Rama Rao moves to Raj Bhavan to demonstrate his strength of MLAs. But Ramlal does not relent and gets him arrested. After release, Basavaramatarakam fires up his energy, advocates to gain public support, and promises to hold her breath until his return. Now Rama Rao relaunches his Chaitanya Ratham, and mobilizes the support of the people, other Chief Ministers of the country, and anti-Congress political parties. During that plight, Chandrababu Naidu allies him as a backbone by safeguarding the MLAs in a secret place to avoid horse-trading. They all decide to land in Delhi with their MLAs to prove their majority. At every level, Indira Gandhi creates many obstacles but Rama Rao & Chandrababu successfully cross the hurdles and meet President of India Zail Singh (Guldeep) who mandates to conduct confidence motion. But Bhaskar Rao cleverly postpones the Assembly sessions and makes all attempts to provoke Rama Rao. During 1 month, a lot of public consciousness arises who revolted against Congress Govt. So, Indira Gandhi also accepts her defeat, dissolves her support to Bhaskar Rao, and unwillingly replaces Shankar Dayal Sharma (Satya Thummala) instead of Ramlal. Shankar Dayal Sharma removes Bhaskar Rao and restores Rama Rao as the Chief Minister. Immediately, after his swearing-in ceremony, Rama Rao reaches his wife. Finally, the movie ends with Basavaramatarakam departing in his lap.



N.T.R. Kathanayakudu - Mahanayakudu
Film score by
Released21 December 2018 (2018-12-21)
LabelLahari Music
ProducerM. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
N.T.R. Kathanayakudu - Mahanayakudu

The music is composed by M. M. Keeravani for both the parts. The music released on Lahari Music. The audio and trailer launch of the biopic was held at JRC Convention Center, Hyderabad on 21 December 2018. Veteran Telugu stalwarts Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Mohan Babu, K. Raghavendra Rao, N. T. Rama Rao Jr. and others attended the function along with complete Nandamuri family.[9]

1."Kathaa Nayaka"K.Siva Datta, Dr. K. Rama KrishnaKailash Kher3:35
2."Venditera Dora"M. M. KeeravaniM. M. Keeravani4:19
3."Bhantureethi Koluvu"Sirivennela Sitarama SastryChitra, Sreenidhi Tirumala4:54
4."Kathanayaka (F)"K.Siva Datta, Dr. K. Rama KrishnaSreenidhi Tirumala, Ramya Behara, Mohana Bhogaraju3:36
5."Ramanna Katha"M. M. KeeravaniChitra, Sunitha Upadrashta5:09
6."Chaitanya Ratham"Sirivennela Sitarama SastryM. M. Keeravani, Kaala Bhairava, Keerthi Sagathia, Sai Shivani4:58
7."Rajarshi"M. M. Keeravani, Dr. K. Rama Krishna, K. Siva DattaM. M. Keeravani, Kaala Bhairava, Sreenidhi Tirumala, Sharath Santosh, Sathyaprakash5:22
Total length:31:53


The movie was released on 28 February 2019.[10]

Box officeEdit

The film ended up as the biggest commercial failure in Nandamuri Balakrishna's career.[11]


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  2. ^ "Title for NTR biopic by Balakrishna finalised?". The News Minute. 26 October 2017. Archived from the original on 14 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Three producers for Sr NTR Biopic". The Hans India. 12 October 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  4. ^ "NTR biopic: Manikarnika director Krish may direct the Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer". www.hindustantimes.com/. 23 May 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  5. ^ "NTR biopic confirmed to release in two parts". 123telugu.com. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Actor Balakrishna to play his father NTR's role in upcoming biopic". The News Minute. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Vidya Balan to make her Telugu debut with NTR biopic, will play his first wife". www.hindustantimes.com/. 24 March 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  8. ^ "Keeravani for NTR biopic". www.deccanchronicle.com/. 21 October 2017. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. ^ "N.T.R. Biopic (Audio Launch)". idlebrain.com.
  10. ^ "NTR Mahanayakudu early reviews: Balakrishna film gets mixed response". India Today. Ist.
  11. ^ Hooli, Shekhar H. (27 February 2019). "NTR: Mahanayakudu box office collection: It is the biggest failure of Nandamuri Balakrishna's career". International Business Times, India Edition.

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