Mumbai: Bollywood actor Vidya Balan is all set to make her Telugu debut in actor Nandamuri Balakrishna’s biopic on his father, late actor and former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao (NTR).
Actress Vidya Balan is one of the most versatile actresses in Indian Cinema today. The National Award Winning actress has never shied away from going off the beaten track and picking up complex and challenging roles. Needless to say, she has effortlessly nailed them all with aplomb and has given us some memorable onscreen characters. And now, the powerhouse of talent is all set to add one more interesting character to her eclectic list.
The 39 years-old actress has confirmed that she will be playing NTR’s wife – Basavatarakam, in a film based on the late actor’s life. The film on the Telugu superstar-turned-politician is one of the most awaited biopics and will also mark Vidya’s debut in Telugu film industry.
Speaking about her character in the film, an excited Vidya said, “People know Basavatarakam as NTR’s wife, but she was not really a public figure. People knew of her but they didn’t know her. That was interesting for me as an actor. There has not been much material in the public domain about her. That’s basically the preparation I am doing…this will be my first Telugu film so it’s exciting.”
NTR, directed by Krish, will also star Rana Daggubati as Chandrababu Naidu. Keerthy Suresh, who impressed everyone as Savitri in Mahanati, will play a cameo in the film as the legendary actress. In addition, Naga Chaitanya will also play a cameo as Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
She has also committed to produce and star as Indira Gandhi in a yet-untitled film based on Sagarika Ghose’s biography Indira – India’s Most Powerful Prime Minister.
Vidya Balan is not new to biopics, as she had also worked on Silk Smita’s biopic titled Dirty Picture in Hindi. Her inclusion in the cast will be an interesting highlight of the film.