The N. T. Rama Rao biopic starring NTR’s son, Nandamuri Balakrishna, has been the talk of the town for a while now. Not just in the South film industry but in Bollywood as well. While earlier reports stated that Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal have been offered cameos in the film, now we hear that even Deepika Padukone has been approached for the same.
Reports claim that the makers want Deepika for the role of Sridevi in the film. “The makers are approaching Deepika Padukone for Sridevi’s cameo role. NTR and Sridevi’s combination was a big hit and they had many popular songs. It’s a short role and they feel that Deepika is perfect for it,” a source told Deccan Chronicle.
Sridevi, who passed away recently, had paired up with Late NT Rama Rao in many films. She had acted as granddaughter to NT Rama Rao as a child artiste in Badipantulu and later she played his love interest in blockbusters like Vetagadu, Kondaveeti Simham and Bobbili Puli.
Earlier, Vidya Balan was approached to play NTR’s wife Basavatarakam role. Later reports came out that Paresh Raval will play NTR’s rival Nadendla Bhaskara Rao who has also dethroned him at one time.
The biopic will sprawl across three time periods in the lifetime of NTR – his childhood, rise to fame and entry in politics. The report further states that the makers are scouting for actors to play the roles of prominent personalities that touched the life of NTR, as will be seen in the film.
Besides Nandamuri Balakrishna’s film, two more biopics on NTR are underway. There is one by Ram Gopal Varma which is based on the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s life, as seen through the eyes of his second wife Lakshmi, reports Hindustan Times. It will be called Lakshmi’s NTR. According to a report in Times of India, producer Kethi Reddy Jagdeswara Reddy too has plans of a film on NTR.