While Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu’s family is keen on the release of his father-in-law NTR’s biopic, ahead of 2019 polls, so that it would yield some political benefits, its director Krish has turned controversial on the release dates of this film. In order to complete the biopic ahead of elections, Krish had deserted his other film Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is a magnum opus dedicated to the life of Rani Lakshmibai, at final stages.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi had run into several challenges including unavailability of its director Krish. The director had moved on to direct a biopic on NTR, who was a famous and revered star and former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, besides founder of Telugu Desam Party (TDP).
As a result left no choice, Kangana Ranaut, who played lead role in the film, has decided to step in the director’s shoes to finish the patchwork and re-shoot of certain portions. However, it seems Krish is trying to outbeat Kangana and releasing the first part of the biopic on January 9 and the second part on January 24, ahead of earlier film.
Manikarnika on the other hand will be releasing on January 25. So both the movies directed by Krish will be clashing. What is really ironic is all this is that the release date announcement for NTR biopic has come just twoi days after Manikarnika’s teaser was launched.
While most actors and directors don’t like their own movies clashing at the box office, it is very strange and unprofessional of Krish to have taken this route. Kangana on the other hand has shown full professionalism by first working round the clock to finish the movie and making sure it releases on time and then by even refusing to take director’s credit.