A few days ago, news about director Teja quitting the NTR biopic made it to the headlines, creating quite a stir. While there was much speculation about who would get the opportunity to direct this prestigious venture, reports surfaced that N Balakrishna, who plays the title role in it, will be doing it himself.
However, we now hear that a senior director has been roped in for the project and the announcement will be made on May 28th, which happens to be the birth anniversary of the legendary actor and politician NT Rama Rao.
Sources in the know say that the filmmakers are in the process of making many more exciting announcements on that day. Being Balayyaâ€™s dream project, a lot of research has gone into it and the biopic will have several interesting facts about the late Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, NT Rama Rao.
Interestingly, the biopic is being jointly produced by Balayya with Vishu Induri and Sai Korraputi. Earlier, the makers of the biopic said that they are scouting for a suitable actor to play NTRâ€™s wife Basavatharakam and it is now finalised that Vidya Balan will be seen in that role. Reports say that the award winning actor has allotted dates in July and her portions will be shot then.
Another major announcement that is expected to be made on May 28th is the inclusion of Rana Daggubati to the star cast of this biopic. We hear that the Baahubali star has been approached to play NTRâ€™s son-in-law and the current chief minister of Andhra N Chandra Babu Naidu. It may be mentioned here that Chandra Babu Naiduâ€™s son Nara Lokesh is married to Balayyaâ€™s daughter.
The shooting of the film began on 29th March 2018 at the Ramakrishna Cine Studios in Hyderabad. Nandamuri Balakrishna, who plays NTR, was seen dressed up as Duryodhana and started with his father's most popular dialogue 'Yemantive Yemantive' from the film Daana Veera Soora Karna. The filming began with the Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu giving the first clap and veteran director K Raghavendra Rao directing the first shot.
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