Celebrate NTR Jayanthi with 11 prolific films starring NT Rama Rao

An actor, producer, director, politician, leader, there are many famous Telugu icons. Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao, known as Sr. NTR, is an integral part of creating a national sensation with Telugu content. Rama Rao NT not only brought Telugu films to the hall of all-time fame, but he also played a role in representing the Telugu people as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The era in which NT Rama Rao portrayed various famous characters is described as a golden age for the Telugu film industry (TFI). Image of Sr. NTR as a holy god carries his personality as a phenomenon bigger than scrolls and even he is worshiped in various corners of the world. Because of his majesty, Sr. NTR holds the title Viswa Vikhyatha Nata Sarvabhouma and is also known as Anna Garu.

It had been 25 years since he left his mortal scroll, but the legacy he left behind lived on forever. While we celebrate the 98th birthday of Sr. NTR, a unanimous call to honor her with the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna has been trending on social media. The initiative started with the #BharatRatnaForNTR campaign by Megastar Chiranjeevi which attached a letter to the central government demanding the same.

TFI still reminisces about the golden age and refers to the drama Sr. NTR has been a beacon all along. Join each other in celebrating NTR Jayanthi, Yo! Vizag brings together a collection of NT Rama Rao movies that you should revisit to reminisce about the 90s.

#1. Pathala Bhairavi

Pathala Bhairavi is an Indian fantasy film inspired by the story of Aladdin. The film was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil. The film revolves around the son of a gardener who is forced by the challenge to amass wealth equal to that of king Ujjain to marry his daughter. The film also tells the story of a witch who has to sacrifice a smart and brave man to the goddess Pathala Bhairavi to receive a boon to fulfill any wish. The film also features Ghantasala composing the music and Marcus Bartley serving as the cinematographer.

Where to watch: YouTube and Amazon Prime Video

#2. Malliswari

Malliswari is a historical romance film about a mismatched couple. In a sad state, Malliswari is separated from her husband by her greedy mother. To add to Rani Vasam’s suffering, a habit of prolonging suffering. With two parts, the film focuses on the consequences that Nagaraju (NTR) faces when he secretly enters the palace to meet Malliswari. Malleswari is Sr. NTR which gets a cult status and is considered one of the best works of BN Reddy who also plans to dub the film in English.

Where to watch: YouTube and Amazon Prime Video

#3. MissCelebrate NTR Jayanthi with 11 prolific films starring NT Rama Rao

Missamma is a romantic comedy adapted from Rabindranath Maitra’s drama Manmoyee Girls School. The film stars anyone from the industry including NT Rama Rao, Savitri, Akkineni Nageswara Rao and Jamuna. The plot revolves around the hilarious incident of two unemployed people who disguise themselves as married couples to get jobs at a convent. Despite the commercial success the film saw, it also saw 100 days of theatrical performances. The film was released in Telugu and Tamil. While the Telugu title is Missamma, the Tamil title is Missiamma. This film is widely hailed as one of the best films ever made by NT Rama Rao.

Where to watch: YouTube

#4. Mayabazar

Mayabazar is an epic fantasy film adapted from the folk tale Sasirekha Parinayam, which is based on the Mahabharata. The film was shot simultaneously in Telugu and Tamil. The film revolves around the role of Lord Krishna (NTR) as they try to reunite Arjuna’s son, Abhimanyu, with his love, daughter Balarama. This mythological film was a first in many ways and required a large technical crew to make. This legendary actor was initially reluctant to play the role of Lord Krishna, but later this role was recognized from all walks of life. This role has also been used by several films in the past whenever a depiction of a god is required.

Where to watch: YouTube

# 5. Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam

Sri Venkateswara Mahatyam is a mythological film based on the avatar of Venkateswara Vishnu in Tirumala. The film begins with the advent of Kali Yuga, with all the disasters in the world. The film aims to reinforce that as and when adharma appears above dharma, god will incarnate to appease the bad. The plot dates back to the time when Kasyapa Muni performed a Yagna to bring peace to the world. This film became the turning point of NTR’s career in the eyes of the audience, and his respect as a holy god began to emerge. Some people who visit the holy place of Tirupati will queue at his residence to complete the pilgrimage.

Where to watch: YouTube

# 6. Gundamma Katha

Celebrate NTR Jayanthi with 11 prolific films starring NT Rama Rao

Gundamma Katha is a comedy play, partly inspired by William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. It is also the official remake of the Kannada Mane Thumbida Hennu film. Gundamma Katha tells the story of a widow who treats her selfless stepson (Lakshmi) badly and turns her into a maid. The change of events that can be adapted to marriage brings changes in his life. Gundamma Katha’s film was later remade into Tamil. This film also leaves a legacy as the last film of Vijaya Vauhini Studios. The Gundamma Katha film also has a sequel. The sequel was written by Chakrapani and titled Gundamma Gari Kootulla Katha.

Where to watch: YouTube and Amazon Prime Video

#7. Nartanasala

Nartanasala is a mythological film starring NT Rama Rao with Savitri. The film is based on Virata Parva from the Indian epic Mahabharata. While other NTR films focus on the various plots of the epic, this film focuses solely on the trials and tribulations that the Pandavas endured in their final year of exile. While the 100-day theatrical performance was a milestone for other NTR films, it set the bar high with a 200-day theatrical screening. Nartanasala also won the National Film Award for Second Best Feature Film and the Filmfare Award for Best Film. CNN-News 18 also included the film in The 100 Greatest Indian Films of all Time.

Where to watch: YouTube

#8. Kusa lava

Lava Kusa is a Telugu mythology and remake of the 1934 film of the same name. The film is based on Uttara Kanda, which is the last part of the Ramayana written by Valmiki. It describes the life of Lava and Kusa, son of Rama. The film also includes a brief period of Rama Rajyam and the example of Rama sending Sita into exile. The film centers on a paid visit by Lava and Kusa to Ashwamedha Yagna and the conflict between Rama and his sons. The film Lava Kusa also shares a plot about Rama calling it the end of his avatar. Among the many mythological films, this one really stands out as the best of NT Rama Rao.

Where to watch: YouTube

#9. Sri Krishna Tulabharam

Sri Krishna Tulabharam is a mythological drama starring NT Rama Rao, Anjali Devi and Jamuna. The film reveals with Lord Krishna and Satyabhama returning after defeating Narakasura. All Dwaraka are happy and happy to see both of them. The play finds its center on the Parijata flower which is offered to Lord Krishna. At Lord Krishna offering flowers to Rukmini, Narada sings praises to Rukmini and insults Satyabhama. This film is kind of unique with a moral to carry. This film is recorded and referenced in time of decision-making testing.

Where to watch: YouTube

#10. Kanchu City

Celebrate NTR Jayanthi with 11 prolific films starring NT Rama RaoKanchu Kota is a superhero film starring NT Rama Rao, Savitri, Devika and Kanta Rao. The plot is based on the kingdom of Bhallamma which saw its downfall due to the death of the king. Due to the forces of evil and cruelty, the kingdom witnessed many trials and tribulations. The directors didn’t miss the chance to see the legendary actor as a rebel against evil, and here, NT’s Rama Rao is portrayed as a messiah who has come to pull the kingdom out of its locked horns. In this journey, NT Rama Rao takes over as Commander in Chief and falls in love with a lonely woman who lives in the forest. The film is one of the first in this genre, with the incorporation of legendary KV Mahadevan music.

Where to watch: YouTube

#11. Justice Chowdary

Celebrate NTR Jayanthi with 11 prolific films starring NT Rama RaoJustice Chowdary is an action drama starring NT Rama Rao and Sridevi. Chowdary (NTR) is an advocate and loyal to the nature of justice. His stubborn and sincere nature lets the truth win and the truth emerges, letting him win the court battle. It was the second highest grossing film at the box office in 1982. It was a Hindi remake starring Jeetendra of the same name. The film was made in Tamil starring Sivaji Ganesan as Neethibathi, and in Malayalam starring Prem Nazir as Justice Raja. This film will remember everyone in the 90s, because Sr. NTR had a heart attack during filming of the film.

Where to watch: YouTube

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