Starring : Vijay Deverakonda, Mehreen Kaur Pirzada, Nassar
Director : Anand Shankar
Producer : K. E. Gnanavel Raja
Music Director : Sam C.S.
Cinematographer : Santhana Krishnan R.
Editor : Raymond Derrick Crasta
Happening star, Vijay Devarakonda is making his Tamil debut with the bilingual NOTA. The political thriller has hit the screens today and let’s see whether it meets the expectations or not.
Varun(Vijay Devarakonda) is a spoilt brat who is not interested in his corrupt father’s(Nasser) political life. To his shock, his dad makes him the CM of the state for a temporary period. Initially, Varun takes things on a silly note but a small incident changes his mind and he becomes committed to his job which is not liked by his dad. Rest of the story is as to how Varun fights his father and finally continues as the CM of the state.
Vijay Devarakonda is the biggest asset of the film as his sincere performance is the one which gives freshness to this political thriller. Vijay performs with ease and all his scenes as a CM have been executed well and the star hero looks and plays his part convincingly.
Political thrillers like these need to have a strong supporting cast and NOTA is spot on in that department. Nasser is top class as the cunning politician as his role has a lot of weight and he makes things interesting whenever he is on screen. Satyaraj plays his supporting role well and ably supports Vijay throughout the film.
The film has some realistic political scenarios featuring Tamil Nadu politics and they have been shown quite fearlessly. The entire political set up looks convincing as the characters have been kept real.
Vijay’s fans will be disappointed a bit as the needed elevation and heroism they expect from their star hero is missing in this film. The makers had a good scope to showcase Vijay in an even aggressive manner but lost out on that. Mehrene’s role looks out of place and is disappointing.
One more biggest disadvantage is the story. Looks like Vijay has chosen this story as it is his Tamil debut and gives him a good chance to do something new there. But such stories have been previously made in films like Leader and Bharath Ane Nenu.
There is nothing new that the film showcases as the political game and twists like these are quite old for Telugu audience. The second half is not that gripping and this is where the film goes down. The reason for which Vijay going against his dad and he deciding to fight corruption should have been showcased in a more effective manner.
Music by C S Sam is really disappointing but the background score was gripping. Production values by Studio Green are top notch as the political set up and richness of the CM and his surroundings have been showcased well by the cameraman. Editing is decent and so were the dialogues.
Coming to the director Anand Shankar, he has done just an okay job with the film. His inexperience in handling a political thriller is clearly seen as he could not make the narration engaging in spite of having seasoned actors. He has showcased Vijay well and made his debut in Tamil impressive.
On the whole, NOTA is a routine political drama which the Telugu audience have seen many a time. Vijay Devarakonda leads from the front but the story and proceedings are predictable and do not support him much. However, this film will be a good launch pad for Vijay in Tamil and will be liked by the audience there as the flavor, sensibilities and satires are quite relatable. But for the Telugu audience this film ends as a below average fare and can be given a shot only to see Vijay in a new avatar.
After a series of political mind games, the film comes to an end. Movie done. Keep watching telugunow.com for complete review.Date & Time : 07:14 AM October 05, 2018
As the political drama intensifies, Varun’s close circle is being targetted by opposition party goons. Serious drama is going onDate & Time : 06:54 AM October 05, 2018
A few more twists in the plot…Varun is messed up in deep troubles.Date & Time : 06:48 AM October 05, 2018
The film is dealing with multiple threads. Priyadarshi is now investigating on black money transactions in Panama.Date & Time : 06:38 AM October 05, 2018
Varun started his political campaigning. A typical political fight between ruling and opposition parties is being showcased now. Director AR Murugadoss in a cameoDate & Time : 06:28 AM October 05, 2018
A few family scenes are going on between Vijay Deverakonda and Satyaraj families…Date & Time : 06:20 AM October 05, 2018
Floods in the city. Rowdy CM Varun is handling the situation in an effective manner.Date & Time : 06:12 AM October 05, 2018
Post interval, Pelli Choopulu fame Priyadarshi makes an entry as Varun’s friend.Date & Time : 06:05 AM October 05, 2018
Terrorist attack on Nassar and he is badly injured. Time for the rise of ‘Rowdy CM’. Break nowDate & Time : 05:55 AM October 05, 2018
The film is completely running on a serious note. A few terrorist activities are being showcased nowDate & Time : 05:40 AM October 05, 2018
After a few serious political scenes now its time for Raja Raja Kula song…Date & Time : 05:32 AM October 05, 2018
Opposition parties started criticizing Vijay as worthless CM. With a small twist in the tale, Varun(VD) is now trying hard to shapeup himself as a serious politician and the state CM.Date & Time : 05:18 AM October 05, 2018
As per his father orders, Vijay takes charge as the state CM. A few satirical political scenes are on nowDate & Time : 05:06 AM October 05, 2018
Nassar has been introduced as Vijay’s father and CM of the state. Heroine Mehreen also come into the scene as a young reporterDate & Time : 05:00 AM October 05, 2018
Soon after the song, the film shifted to political drama. A few serious political scenes are going on. Senior actor Satyaraj joins the scene as a press reporter.Date & Time : 04:57 AM October 05, 2018
Vijay Deverakonda’s home production ‘King of the Hill’ logo is good. Now, the film kick-started with Yeththara Yeththara Shot Number One song. Vijay Deverakonda has been directly introduced in the songDate & Time : 04:51 AM October 05, 2018
Movie started with a thanks card for hero Suriya and director A.R. MurugadossDate & Time : 04:45 AM October 05, 2018
Hi the film has just started and its runtime is 149 minutes….Date & Time : 04:42 AM October 05, 2018