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On the birth of NTR, a look at how the Tollywood star transformed into an icon of Telugu pride transformed regional films



For the birthday of Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, one of the many actors of his time who cleverly combined cinema and politics, let's look at how each played a big part in shaping the man he was. For starters, the man, better known as NTR, founded a political party called the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and came to power after just nine months in office as Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh. With his oratorio he influenced the voters and broke the convention rule in the state. All he did was get people to understand that it was important to be identified as a proud Telugu state.

He became the leader of the people as he effortlessly switched from canvas to politics. It was a combination of charisma and star power that initially catapulted him to political success and fame, but the man learned fast enough to be a politician.

NTR grabbed the feeling of humans by talking about Telugu Pride. He took advantage of the late Rajiv Gandhi's notorious incident, then a Congressional Secretary-General abused Andhra Pradesh's Prime Minister T Anjaiah, cleverly using him as "atmagauravam" (self-esteem) to woo voters in the state. NTR's TDP came to power in 1

983 with an overwhelming majority, barely nine months after he founded the party.

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But before he became Chief Minister, it was speculated that NTR was not interested in a full fledged policy and just wanted to be a Rajya Sabha member. He was reportedly insulted by Congress, which ignored his request.

Before turning to politics, NTR specialized in playing the role of gods in mythological films. His performance as Ram was especially loved by humans. As he rode the Telugu Pride plank, these divine roles only helped to consolidate a secure political future.

Just over a decade later, however, the sun began to begin the political life of NTR. Between 1992 and 1995, he tried to drown his misery by experimenting on the canvas. At that time, his family began to believe that NTR was heavily influenced by his second wife, Lakshmi Parvathi. His son-in-law and current Prime Minister Andra Pradesh, N Chandrababu Naidu, staged a coup d'état in August 1995 with the help of 200 MLAs. Naidu also had the support of the NTR family.

Former Prime Minister of Andhra Pradesh NT Rama Rao's second marriage to Lakshmi Parvathi strained his relationship with the rest of his family.
(Rajiv Gupta / HT Photo)

In January 1996, the legendary actor who had become a politician died of cardiac arrest. It is generally believed that the coup resulted in the weakened heart of the actor, which led to his death.

On the eve of NTR's birthday on Sunday, his son Balakrishna had announced that director Krish Jagarlamudi would direct the biopic in which he would play his father's role. Not only he, Ram Gopal Varma had also announced a biopic, but presented from the perspective of his second wife Lakshmi Parvathi. While Balakrishna hopes to release the film in time for the 2019 election, RGV has yet to announce.

Vice President M Venkiah Naidu introducing an NTR biopic in Hyderabad in March of this year.
(PTI)

NTR's 95th anniversary remains a mystery to his fans, who are still trying to put the man behind the actor together.

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