Krish Jagarlamudi has earlier worked with Balakrishna in his 100th movie ‘Gautamiputra Satakarni’, which is based on the life of Satavahana king ‘Satakarni’. There are good relations between Krish and Balakrishna. So, after discussions with the team, the project is finally handed over to Krish Jagarlamudi. The current project of Krish, Manikarnika, is also a biopic based on the life of the queen of Jhansi, Lakshmibai. In fact, Gautamiputra Satakarni helped him to get this prestigious project. Another asset of the film is that the story is provided by the writer of Bahubali, K. V. Vijayendra Prasad. As NTR’s biopic will be a multi-lingual project, the makers are of the opinion that Krish will help market the film in Bollywood. They are producing the film with a huge budget.
Incidentally, Ram Gopal Varma has also announced the biopic of NTR, titled Lakshmi’s NTR, based on the circumstances that lead to his second marriage. The status of the project is unknown as Varma has shelved many projects at several stages earlier. The trend of biopics is gearing up in Tollywood with the recent success of Mahanati, which is the biopic of actress Savitri. The biopic of late Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy is also being made. The other notable biopics include Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, which is the biopic of freedom fighter Uyyalawada Narasimha Reddy, and the biopic of wrestler Kodi Rammurthy Naidu. Akkineni Nagarjuna has been planning the biopic of his father and legendary actor, Akkineni Nageswara Rao. There are rumours about the biopics of Uday Kiran and Soundarya too but there is no official announcement. Nevertheless, it is very clear that biopics are the latest fad among the filmmakers of Telugu film industry.