The biography of late comedian M.S. Narayana, who acted in nearly 700 films, titled M.S. Narayana Jeevitha Katha, was released recently. Before he started his film career, the actor worked as a Telugu lecturer and was also well-versed in Sanskrit. A native of Nidamarru village near Thadepalligudem in Andhra Pradesh, M.S. Narayana’s early days, his struggles and progressive thoughts are very interesting. However, writer Kunaparaju Kumar has failed to capture the same in his biography. One never gets a feel of the book. Perhaps the writer is not experienced enough to write biographies, but he should have referred to some others to get an idea.
Kumar has completely ruined some of the interesting happenings in the actor’s life and film career with confusing sentence construction. There are several language errors and the writer fails to put sentences or words in a proper manner. Also, the incidents are not in a chronological order and Kumar seems totally confused about where and how to start describing the actor’s film career. Although his life is inspiring and interesting, the writer makes it ordinary with his bad writing. The saving grace of the book is the articles written by Brahmanandam, Thanikella Bharani and Paruchuri Gopalakrishna about M.S. Narayana. A potentially great biography is ruined by Kunaparaju Kumar and hopefully, if and when the book is reprinted, somebody will take care of the language.