It is well-known in industry circles that Ram Gopal Varma is one among the directors who were considered to direct NTR biopic with Balakrishna as the lead. RGV had also announced that he will be making NTR biopic with Balayya and subsequently made a voice over and released it publicly. However, things had changed quickly then and due to some reasons Ram Gopal Varma was shown the door. Later, Ram Gopal Varma has announced Lakshmi's NTR and that has been courting controversy after controversy and creating a lot of heat ahead of the film's release on 22nd March, 2019.
Amidst speculations that Ram Gopal Varma has made Lakshmi's NTR as "revenge" on Balakrishna for denying doing NTR biopic with him, RGV has finally responded and clarified to those rumours. RGV said, "I did meet Balakrishna and discussed about NTR biopic longtime ago. But things haven't materialized between us. My idea is different from his idea. I have always wanted to tell the story of Lakshmi Parvathy and NTR. I've been interested in narrating in that point. But Balayya wasn't interested in that. We fell apart on that and we have moved on."
Ram Gopal Varma said this is the reason for not directing NTR biopic. He said Lakshmi's NTR is not a revenge on Balakrishna or anyone. He said he has not made Lakshmi's NTR due to any ego issues or sort. Ramu said Lakshmi's NTR will bring out the facts to the fore. He said NTR would bless him from heaven for showcasing facts. RGV said there are no political objectives behind Lakshmi's NTR.
Not Scared of Threats - RGV
RGV also said there is no need for anyone's permission to make a film on what happened in public. He said dethroning of NTR and coup against him at Viceroy hotel had taken place in public. RGV said he is not scared of any threats. Admitting that he has been receiving "threats" from many over Lakshmi's NTR that the film's release would be stopped and screening would be held back, RGV said he is not scared of any sort of threats. He said he will deal with such threats in his own way. He said even he can issue threats to those who are issuing him threats. "I can threaten back those who threaten me," said RGV.