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Nandamuri Balakrishna confirms NTR biopic will release during Sankranti 2019

Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer NTR biopic was initially to be directed by Teja. However, it was confirmed on Monday that Gauthamiputra Satakarni director Krish Jagarlamudi would take over the reins.

regional movies Updated: May 29, 2018 14:02 IST
Karthik Kumar
Karthik Kumar
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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Nandamuri Balakrishna plays his father, the late NT Rama Rao, in the upcoming NTR biopic.

The highly anticipated NTR biopic, which will star Nandamuri Balakrishna in the role of legendary NT Rama Rao, will hit the screens during the Sankranti festival next year. To be directed by Teja initially, it was confirmed on Monday that Krish Jagarlamudi, (currently directing Kangana Ranaut starrer Manikarnika), will direct it.

Speaking to reporters on the occasion of NTR’s birth anniversary on Monday, Balakrishna said that he was happy to be collaborating with Krish again after last year’s Gauthamiputra Satakarni. “I have full faith in Krish. We are happy to be joining hands again. The script work is still underway. We plan to start shooting from July. If everything goes as planned, we will come to the cinemas next year for Sankranti festival.”

In the introductory shot, a scene from NTR’s widely popular Daana Veera Soora Karna was filmed. Nandamuri Balakrishna appeared as Duryodhana from the said film.

NTR biopic was launched by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on March 29 in Hyderabad. The crème le crème of Telugu film fraternity had gathered on this occasion to wish the entire team luck for the commencement of the prestigious project.

However, even before the project could get into full-fledged shooting mode, the team faced its first major setback when Teja opted out of it. On Sunday, via an announcement video, it was made official that Krish Jagarlamudi, will direct the film.

While we don’t know for certain yet, but going by the industry grapevine, Teja chose to walk out of the project after facing creative differences with Balakrishna. Some reports hinted that veteran filmmaker K Raghavendra Rao, who was one of the guests at the launch of the film, may take over the reins of the project as its director.

Balakrishna will jointly co-produce the film with Vishnu Induri and Sai Korrapati. MM Keeravani has been roped in to compose music. While Santhosh Thundiyil will crank the camera, Kotagiri Venkateswara Rao will take care of editing.

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First Published: May 29, 2018 13:58 IST