N.T.R: Kathanayakudu

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N.T.R. Kathanayakudu
NTR Kathanayakudu.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed byKrish
Produced byNandamuri Balakrishna
Sai Korrapati
Vishnu Induri
Written bySai Madhav Burra (dialogues)
Music byM. M. Keeravani
CinematographyGnana Shekar V.S.
Edited byArram Ramakrishna
NBK Films
Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram
Vibri Media
Release date
  • 9 January 2019 (2019-01-09)
Running time
171 minutes
  • still running at the B.O

N.T.R. Kathanayakudu[1] is a 2019 Telugu biographical film based on the life and acting career of N. T. Rama Rao. It was produced by Nandamuri Balakrishna, Sai Korrapati Ranganatha, Vishnu Induri under NBK Films, Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram, Vibri Media banners[2] and directed by Krish.[3][4] The film stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, as his father N. T. Rama Rao,[5] Vidya Balan in Basavatarakam's role as a debut in Telugu[6] and music is composed by M. M. Keeravani.[7] The film has a sequel, N.T.R: Mahanayakudu that will showcase the political journey of N. T. Rama Rao.[8]The movie got positive reviews from critics however disaster at box office.


Principal cast
Supporting cast

Cameo appearances[9][edit]


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

The original score and soundtrack for both NTR Kathanayakudu and Mahanayakudu were composed by M. M. Keeravani, marking his second collaboration with Krish and his consecutive fourth and fifth collaborations with Nandamuri Balakrishna. The music rights were acquired by Lahari Music Company. The audio and trailer launch for Kathanayukudu and Mahanayakudu was held at JRC Convention Center, Hyderabad on 21 December 2018.[10] Krishna, Krishnam Raju, Mohan Babu, K. Raghavendra Rao, N. T. Rama Rao Jr. several other industry stalwarts graced the function along with complete Nandamuri family.[11]

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, Mohana Bhogaraju5:22
Total length:31:53


The film began on 29 March 2018 at Ramakrishna Cine Studios, Hyderabad.[12] Nandamuri Balakrishna dressed up as Duryodhana and started with his father's famous dialogue Yemantive Yemantive from the movie Daana Veera Soora Karna (1977).[13] Vice President Venkaiah Naidu gave clap and K. Raghavendra Rao directed the first shoot.[14] Telangana Minister Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Veteran actress Jamuna, Allu Aravind, Dr. Rajashekar, Jeevitha Rajashekar, Boyapati Srinu several industry stalwarts have graced the occasion. The film was planned to release to Dussera.[15] Initially Teja[16] was announced as director of movie but he walked out of the project due to creative differences with Balakrishna. Teja was later replaced by Krish.[17][18]

Marketing and release[edit]

Two new posters of the film have been unveiled on leading actresses Vidya Balan's birthday on 1 January 2019.[19] It was released on 9th Jan 2019 this date is known for NTRs first term swearing as CM of Andhra Pradesh .


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  19. ^ Taran Adarsh [@taran_adarsh] (1 January 2019). "On the occasion of New Year and also Vidya Balan's birthday, presenting two new posters of #NTRBiopic... Stars Nandamuri Balakrishna, Vidya Balan and Rana Daggubati... Directed by Krish Jagarlamudi... #HappyNewYear #HappyNewYear2019 #HBDVidyaBalan t.co/Tb6dxOeKUa" (Tweet) – via Twitter.