NTR’s best-known film as director is a mammoth mythological about the life of Karna, a character from the Mahabharata born to Kunti, brought up among the Kauravas and eventually killed in the great battle by Arjuna when his chariot wheel gets stuck in the ground. NTR plays three roles in this special- effects-laden movie: Krishna, Duryodhana and Karna. It was later resurrected as part of the propaganda for NTR’s Telugu Desam Party. After the film’s success, he directed himself in several multiple-role mythologicals e.g. Shri Rama Pattabhishekham (1978); he plays five roles in Shrimad Virat Veerabrahmendra Swamy Charitra (1984).
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Each of the three characters (Karna, Duryodhana and Krishna) played by N. T. Rama Rao took at least three hours to put on the makeup and two hours to remove it. Read More