Director : Anand Shankar
Producer: KE Gnanavel Raja
Production Company : Studio Green
Music Director: Sam CS
Starring : Vijay Devarakonda, Mehreen Pirzada
Release Date: 5th October 2018
NOTA Review: Vijay Devarakonda and Mehreen Kaur Pirzada starrer Political drama, directed by Anand Shankar and produced by KE Gnanavel Raja under the banner of Studio Green, has hit the theaters today. The recently released teaser and trailer of NOTA have already created lot of buzz and the expectations are very high.
Story: Varun’s (Vijay Deverakonda) father and Chief Minister Vasudev ( Nasser ), on the advice of a Swami Ji decides that Varun should be the new Chief Minister of the state and later Varun becomes the temporary Chief Minister. Soon CBI arrests Varun’s father and he go to jail. Varun, who was reckless young guy and hates politics, takes the responsibility of state and goes to Secretariat,. Varun issues strict orders to control the riots which started after the arrest of his father. How does Varun handle the situation? How Swamiji is linked to Varun Father’s Vasudev’s resignation from CM post? To get these answers, one should watch the movie on silver screen.
Performance: Once again the performance of Vijay Devarakonda is highlighted. He steals the show because of his screen presence. He looks energetic and rebellious. This is the first time, when Vijay Devarkonda acted in political drama. There are the movies that are predestined to be hits/flops and blockbusters. Rarely does a film release that needs to be cherished. NOTA directed by Anand Shankar is one such movie. But there is no entertainment in NOTA. It is a complete serious film on interesting plot and there are number of dragging routine scenes which resembles from few old political movies. Mehreen Kaur Pirzada gets limited screen space. Nassar, Yashika Aannand, and Sathyaraj are ok. M S Bhaskar, Priyadarshi and others justify with their roles.
Technical: Music and background score of Sam CS are good. The cinematography of Santhana Krishnan Ravichandran failed to elevate the scenes. The production values are good. The editing of Raymond Derrick Crasta left a lot to be desired. There are many drags in this film that test the patience of the audience. The Screenplay of the film is not interesting. Some of the political scenes and dialogues connect well with the crowd.
Analysis: NOTA is a below average political drama. This time Vijay Devarakonda tries to attract movie lovers with his political avatar but becomes fail because of weak script. Finally it ended up testing the patience of the audience right from the start to climax. There are few scenes in NOTA which highlights the important political happenings in Tamil Nadu.
Overall – NOTA is an an immensely engaging movie with the right amount of twists and turns, and relies entirely on the solid performances of its ensemble cast