Controversy triggers over proposed NTR biopic

Controversy triggered off regarding the proposed biopic on evergreen star, TDP founder-president and former chief minister Nandamuri Taraka Ramarao to be made by Hindupur MLA and film star Nandamuri Balakrishna.

Balakrishna, the TDP MLA and son of late NTR, had announced that he was planning to make a biopic on his late father and that a research was in progress with regard to its contents.

Reacting sharply to the proposed biopic, Lakshmi Parvathi, NTR’s second wife, declared that she would move the court if the true facts regarding the life of NTR was not depicted. She would not allow any deviations of the facts, she added. Obviously trying to take potshots against NTR’s son-in-law and AP Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Lakshmi Parvathi said she would not allow him to be projected as a hero in the proposed biopic. Her insistence that the “true facts” should be brought out in the biopic, Lakshmi Parvathi undoubtedly wants the role played by Naidu in “dethroning” NTR to usurp power in the undivided Andhra Pradesh.

It may be recalled here that Chandrababu Naidu has earned notoriety of hatching a bloodless coup in dethroning his father-in-law to become chief minister after NTR in a surprise move married Lakshmi Parvathi and she became a power centre of sorts in Telugu Desam party and government.

Vijayawada: Meanwhile, Balakrishna met Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu here on Tuesday. Naidu, who claims to be inheritor of NTR’s political legacy, discussed with the actor his plans for the biopic. Balakrishna is also a TDP leader and represents Hindupur constituency in the State Assembly. His daughter is married to Naidu’s son Lokesh.

It may be mentioned here that Chandrababu staged a revolt in August 1995 against NTR and became Chief Minister with the support of NTR’s sons. NTR had launched a campaign against Naidu for ‘backstabbing’ him. He died in January 1996 at the age of 72.

As a counter to Lakshmi Parvathi’s reaction, some TDP leaders, including Bonda Uma remarked that she would be the villain in the biopic. (NSS)