As a part of his prep, Rana Daggubati had met the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu, in early August for his turn as the politician in Krish’s biopic on Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao. The film will feature NTR’s son Nandamuri Balakrishna in the lead. Now, we have learnt that the 33-year-old actor filmed at the late actor-turned-politician’s residence in Abids, Hyderabad, earlier this week.
“From the time I was a child I was fascinated by NTR, his films and politics, his influence on society and on Telugu as a language. So, getting an opportunity to recreate his life was a big deal for me. My excitement doubled when the first call sheet I received for this film read ‘Location: NTR residence, Abids’. From that day to walking into that house was like travelling through history and time for me. It was the same house where NTR lived, the room where he put on his make-up. It’s been left intact, just touched up a bit to show what it looked like back in the day. Recreating his story in his own home was surreal and probably will be my most memorable day in my life in films,” exults Rana, adding since no one has ever shot in that house before and they are the first to do so it made them feel even more special.
Rana learnt history and mythology through NTR’s films, his favourite being the 1977 Telugu mythological, Daana Veera Soora Karna, in which his hero played the triple role of Karna, Krishna and Duryodhana, as also the 1951 fantasy, Patala Bhairavi. “I have grown up on his cinema, learnt reading and writing Telugu practicing his dialogues,” smiles the actor.
He is grateful to Chandrababu Naidu for sparing a few hours from his busy schedule to spend with him, informing that their conversation revolved around his politics, the CM’s growth as a leader, historic incidents that he was a part of, which helped him understand the politician he was going to play on screen. Rana has simultaneously been working with images and videos from the archives, going back to Naidu’s days as a student leader and his early days in politics to the beginning of the Telugu Desam Party.
The biopic will be made in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi since NTR was a popular figure across India in films and political circles. Being jointly produced by Balakrishna, Vishnu Induri and Sai Korrapati, the film will have music by MM Keeravani. The makers of the NTR biopic are eyeing to release the film on Sankranthi next year.