Earlier Ram Gopal Varma was onboard to direct the film, but he opted out citing creative differences with Balayya.

Teja not to direct NTR biopicDigital Native
Flix Tollywood Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 13:40

N Balakrishna’s dream project, the biopic on his late father, actor-politician NT Rama Rao has been running into trouble ever since its commencement. Initially, director Ram Gopal Varma was onboard to direct it, but he opted out citing creative differences with Balayya.

Teja was then roped in to helm the project. He was reportedly doing extensive research on the project for the past several months, gathering info about NTR based on inputs given by Balayya and his close associates. But apparently things did not work out between Teja and Balakrishna, which has forced the former to walk out of the project.

According to sources in the know, Balakrishna was keen on including as many songs as possible in the biopic but Teja was not game for it as it would hamper the flow, which is important for a biopic. Besides, there were other creative differences which forced the director to move out and pave the way for a new director. With Teja out of the project, it now needs to be seen who would helm it.

If the industry grapevine is anything to go by, the makers are in discussion with four directors to helm the film. Puri Jagannadh, veteran director K Raghavendra Rao, P Vasu and Krishna Vamsi are reportedly the prime contenders to direct the flick.

Apart from playing the lead role in the biopic, Balayya is bankrolling it jointly with Sai Korrapati Ranganatha and Vishnu Indukuri under the banners Brahma Teja Films, Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram and CCL Productions.

The shooting for the film began on 29 March 2018 at the Ramakrishna Cine Studios in Hyderabad. Dressed up as Duryodhana, Balakrishna was seen reciting one of his father’s most popular dialogues, 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.

Being one of the most important biopics to be made in Tollywood, every film buff is eager to know who would direct it.

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