Telugu360 rating: 2.25 / 5
NOTA has gained public attention for its political setup with Vijay Deverakonda attempting a serious role who assumes contemporary politics in his own style. Business circles are eagerly awaiting to see if Vijay manages to draw the crowds without any young and entertaining element. Directed by Anand Shankar, the film stars Mehreen Pirzada in the lead female role. Let’s see how it goes.
Vasudev (Nasser), the chief minister of the state of Telangana, is a hero turned politician. He made his son Mr. Varun (Vijay Deverakonda) as CM proxy on the advice of a Swami Ji. After Vasudev was jailed for corruption, the responsibility for running the state fell to Varun, a newbie to politics. The rest of the story is about the obstacles Varun encounters as CM
Fully accepting the role of a committed politician is a bold step for Vijay Deverakonda. Had he chosen a compelling topic, it would have helped him reach a wider audience outside of his strong youth segment. We can’t call this role a broadcast error, but Vijay’s image and CM role didn’t behave in a positive way. The role of the heroine (?) Mehreen is tantamount to a guest appearance, and therefore cannot comment on her performance as a guest. The main actors Nasser, Satyaraj got long and easy roles. Most of the drama in the film involves these two characters, well-interpreted. In the second half, Nasser’s makeup is very bad. MS Bhaskar, priyadarshi has played key roles and is doing well.
Attempting serious political drama with a young, courteous picture hero requires substantial story depth. Of course, every political story may not have depth, a minimal engaging story is needed to keep the audience interested for 2.5 hours. NOTA lacks such a story, also suffers from poorly written scenes. In general, political dramas have ample opportunity to play galleries by discussing the everyday problems of the common man and offering superficial cinematic solutions. Ironically, NOTA fails even in this aspect. A corrupt CM who is also benami for a swami ji earns thousands of crore. Then Swamiji tries to grab all the wealth after Vasudev (Nasser) goes to jail. Swami Ji even tries to take CM’s life, on the other hand the new CM Varun tries to change the official of government officials and party workers. The first half is a bit bearable, but the second half of the film turns out to be a farce and tests patience. There are no dialogues to remember, which is a setback for a political genre film. The swami ji yarn is half baked, the title NOTA does not even have a distant justification. Political drama interwoven with family conspiracies, scenes from hospitals and resort camps, etc. remind us, linked to the politics of Tamilnadu.
With the exception of the intro song, there are no commercial songs that one cannot of course expect from this genre. Same with entertainment, there is absolutely no relief in terms of comedy. Nasser’s flashback, Satyaraj takes on more length. There is no justification for the title NOTA, not even an attempt to justify the title. Overall, no scene stands out in the film.
Studio Green’s production values are good. Director Anand Shankar once again fails with a simple subject.
Good points :
- Vijay Deverakonda
- A relatable political drama for the state of Tamil Nadu
Negative points :
- Weak story, bland storytelling
- Lack of entertainment
- Very bland second half
NOTA is a forgettable political drama with no notable moments at any phase. It offers material relevant to the Tamil audience, but for the Telugu states, no such saving grace. Without entertainment or other commercial elements, this film disappoints overall. A poor judgment by Vijay Deverakonda because of whom this film opened well at the box office across South India and the United States
Telugu360 rating: 2.25 / 5
Release Date: October 05, 2018
Director: Anand Shankar
Musical Director: Shakthikanth Karthick
Choreography: Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran
Production company: Studio Vert
With: Vijay Devarakonda, Mehreen Pirzada