on Oct 5, 2018
Actors: Vijay Devarakonda, Sathyaraj, Nasser, Mehreen, Priyadarshini, Karunakaran and others
Camera: Sattanakrishna Ravichandran
Music: Sam CS
Production Companies: King of Hills, Studio Green
Producer: K.E. Gnanavel Raja
Directed by Anand Shankar
Release date: October 5, 2018
With the extraordinary success of Vijay Devarakonda’s ‘Arjun Reddy’ and ‘Geetha Govindam’, the audience have a huge expectations from ‘NOTA’. Did Vijay Devarakonda make a new mark with a political film as a young and dynamic Leader? But did the film live up to everyone’s expectations? Let us have a look.
The story starts with The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigating and prosecuting the Chief Minister Vasudev (Naser). It is decided by the CM that, he will resign from the post of CM till he proves his honesty. Until then, his son Varun (Vijay Devarakonda) will be sitting on the Chief Minister's post. Varun is a happy go lucky guy who is just not interested in his corrupt father’s (Nasser) political life.
Varun takes things on a silly note but a small incident changes his mind and he becomes committed to the job. Rest of the story is as to how Varun fights his father and finally continues as the CM of the state.
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. Political thrillers need to have a strong supporting cast and NOTA can done complete justice in that department as well.
Nasser is a cunning politician as his role has a lot of weight and he makes things very interesting whenever he is on screen. Satyaraj plays his key role well and ably supports Vijay throughout the film. Vijay Devarakonda gives freshness to this routine political thriller with his sincere performance. On the other hand, Vijay did not get the expected elevation to play the role of a political leader though the Director has a good scope of elevating his character. The only reason why Vijay might have accepted this story because it will give him a good break in the Tamil Industry.
Mehrene’s role looks incomplete and completely out of the scope which is extremely disappointing. Her character is nowhere connected to the main plot. M S Bhaskar and Priyadasrshi as Vijay Devakonda’s friend got crucial roles and they have executed their part very well. Yet another drawback is the ‘NOTA’ story. It is another routine political story which has already been showcased in many Telugu political films earlier.
Music given by Sam is very dull and could have been very much better. Except the first song no other song worked out well. Production Values by Studio Green are excellent. Director Anand Shankar has just done an okay job with this film since his incapability of handling a political drama is clearly seen on screen.
Over all, NOTA is a below average political drama whose poorly written scenes does not add up to the story they chose. This may go well with the Tamil audience but as a Telugu audience we can give it a shot only and only for Vijay Devarakonda.