NTR Kathanayakudu, part one of the NTR biopic that hit screens on January 9, has premiered on Amazon Prime even before the release of the second part of the biopic, NTR-Mahanayakudu. The movie released on the OTT platform on February 8, a month after its theatrical release.
NTR Kathanayakudu failed to impress viewers at the box-office and did not receive favourable reviews from film critics either. The makers were criticised for the larger than life portrayal of NTR in the movie that barely had anything new to offer to the audience.
The second part of the movie was slated for release on February 8, clashing with the release of the YSR biopic Yatra. But after NTR Kathanayakudu turned out to be a box-office dud, the makers have postponed the release of the movie towards the end of the month. There has been no confirmation on the release date yet.
The release of the first part of the biopic on Amazon Prime would definitely push the film to a wider audience. The hope probably is that more people will get to know about the film before the second part, NTR Mahanayakudu, of the biopic hits the theatres. While Kathanayakudu traces the life of NTR as the demi-god of erstwhile Andhra, Mahanayakudu will trace his journey as a politician and cover the formation of the Telugu Desam Party in Andhra.
Along with NTR Kathanayakudu, other latest Telugu releases like Antariksham, the space movie starring Varun Tej, Padi Padi Leche Manasu, starring Sharwanand and Sai Pallavi, and Madhavan-Naga Chaitanya starrer Savyasachi are also available for streaming.
The NTR biopic has been directed by J Krish and produced jointly by N Balakrishna along with Vishnu Induri and Sai Korrapati. The filmâ€™s star cast also includes Vidya Balan, Mohan Babu, Sumanth, Keerthy Suresh, Rana Daggubati and others.
While N Balakrishna plays his dad NTR in the film, the film has Sumanth playing Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Vidya Balan as NTRâ€™s wife Basvatharakam, and Rana Daggubati as N Chandrababu Naidu. MM Keeravani has composed music for this venture with Gnana Shekar VS handling the cinematography and Arram Ramakrishna editing it.