Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Tuesday said he is proud to be given the opportunity to direct a biopic on legendary Telugu actor and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR).
In an emotional voice note shared with IANS, Varma was thrilled to announce he will be helming the project.
While actor Balakrishna had announced that he would be playing his father in the latter’s biopic, it is now being reported that Ram Gopal Varma may direct this film.
Apparently, the two developed a good rapport when Balakrishna met Amitabh Bachchan on the sets of Hindi film Sarkar 3. From then on, it is learnt that the duo has been exchanging notes, on various things including the biopic.
“NTR is a name to reckon with every Telugu-speaking individual. He was not just a great actor but a leader with unprecedented following. I’m very proud to direct a film on his life,” Varma said.
NTR’s son actor Nandamuri Balakrishna will play his father in the yet-untitled biopic.
Elaborating on why he is proud to direct the project, he said: “My personal relationship with him goes back to the year when his blockbuster film ‘Adavi Ramudu’ had released. I didn’t have money to take the bus to the movie hall. I walked ten kilometres each time and watched the film 23 times.”
“I was also one among the lakhs of people who had gathered during his first political meeting, soon after he launched the Telugu Desam Party. From being a faceless guy in that large gathering, to getting to direct his life story means something,” he said.
Earlier this year, Varma had expressed interest to direct a biopic on the life of Sasikala, a confidante of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
Ram Gopal Varma last directed Vangaveeti in Telugu which was a political thriller based on stories of politicos in Vijayawada. RGV had said during the promotions of Vangaveeti that it will be his last film in Telugu and will not make another film after Vangaveeti in Telugu.
More details about the cast and crew are yet to be known. Presently, Balakrishna is working on his 101st film “Paisa Vasool” with director Puri Jagannadh and producer Anand Prasad of Bhavya Creations.
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