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If not ace, Rana Daggubati does look like a fine choice to play Chandrababu Naidu


The film's makers have released the look of Daggubati's character in the biopic of legendary actor-politician NT Rama Rao.

Mayur Lookhar

Apart from directing the Kangana Ranaut-starrer Manikarnika: The Queen Of Jhansi, director Jagarlamudi Radhakrishna, better known simply as Krish, is helming a biopic on NT Rama Rao, the former chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh.

The film has NTR's son Nandamuri Balakrishna playing the legendary film star-turned-politician while Vidya Balan plays his first wife Basavatarakam. Baahubali star Rana Daggubati plays NTR's son-in-law N Chandrababu Naidu, the current chief minister of the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh.

The makers of the Telugu film released Naidu's look from the year 1984, when NTR's newly formed Telugu Desam Party, which had stormed to power in united Andhra Pradesh on the slogan of 'restoring Telugu pride', survived an attempt to split its legislature wing and was reinstated in power.

Naidu played a crucial role in the party at that stage and was rewarded with the position of general secretary.

Rana Daggubati himself tweeted this: 

The hashtag is a clever play on Naidu's name, which is Nara Chandrababu Naidu. While Daggubati hasn’t quite aced the look of the younger Naidu, that there is a resemblance cannot be denied.

We saw Rana Daggubati as this big, burly, bad man in the Baahubali franchise, but Naidu was more frail in his younger days. So, it will be interesting to see how Daggubati looks in a full-length picture. Based on the image the star has shared, he does appear to have shed some weight. 

Rana Daggubati (left), and Chandrababu Naidu

Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, one of Telugu cinema's biggest stars from the 1950s through the 1970s, was the founder of the TDP and mentor and father-in-law of Naidu, who quit the Congress to join the infant party in 1983.

Naidu became NTR's closest aide in the party and the state government. However, the relationship soured when Naidu led a coup within the TDP in 1995 to upstage NTR as the chief minister and president of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Though a date has not yet been announced, NTR is slated to be released this year.