Telugu hero-turned-politician Nandamuri Balakrishna, son of legendary actor and former chief minister of combined Andhra Pradesh and founder of the Telugu Desam Party, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao aka NTR, on Monday announced his plans of making a biopic on his late father.
Balakrishna who is the sixth son of Rama Rao, was participating in various developmental programmes at Nimmakuru along with his son-in-law Nara Lokesh, who is the son of Andhra Pradesh chief minister and TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu. Lokesh is married to Balakrishna’s daughter Brahmani.
Balakrishna, whose 100th film Gautami Putra Satakarni, based on a king of the Satavahana empire was a recent blockbuster, declared amidst loud cheering his plans of making the biopic on NTR and that he would play the role of his father.
“At present, the script is being worked upon and a lot of research is being made on NTR’s life. It is going to have all aspects of NTR – right from his birth to death, that encompass his career in films, his political entry and his personal life. We shall disclose all the details very soon,”
Balakrishna said, adding that he was also yet to finalise the director and other actors for the film.
However, it is not yet clear whether Balakrishna would touch the controversial aspects of NTR’s life including his second marriage with a research scholar Lakshmi Parvathi in 1993 that led to the differences between him and his family members. It was because of Lakshmi Parvathi’s growing importance in NTR’s life and also in the TDP politics, his family members led by Chandrababu Naidu, staged a coup against him and dethroned him as chief minister in August 1995. NTR died less than six months later on January 18, 1996.
NTR’s widow has already ticked off Balakrishna.
“It would be ideal if Balakrishna does not attempt a biopic on NTR. If he really wants, he has to make a sincere and realistic picture on NTR. If there is any attempt to distort my role in NTR’s life or project me in bad light, I will move the court. He cannot make the movie without consulting me,” Lakshmi Parvathi told Hindustan Times.
She said since NTR himself was a very popular actor, it would be meaningless to make a movie on his film career.
“The real story of NTR comprises his political entry, his pro-poor governance, his efforts to build an anti-Congress platform at the national level and his fight against the forces who dethroned him from power in 1984 and again his fight with his own son-in-law Chandrababu Naidu, who had stabbed him in the back to usurp power. Without touching these aspects, Balakrishna cannot make a biopic,” said Lakshmi Parvathi, who penned a two-part biography of NTR titled “Eduruleni Manishi” and “Telugu Tejam.”