|Cast:||Vijay Devarakonda, Mehreen Pirzada|
|Directed by:||Anand Shankar|
|Produced by:||K.E. Gnanavel Raja|
|Music by:||Sam cs|
|Release Date:||October 5, 2018|
NOTA - Story
Varun(Vijay Deverakonda) is a carefree, happy go lucky youngster who is living life king size, and he is the son of Chief Minister of State Vasudev(Nasser). Situations lead to Nasser invoking Varun to take oath as the Chief Minister of state, believing a Swamiji. As Vasudev gets convicted in a case, there are riots and Varun takes impressive measures, but soon after his image is spoiled after being photographed with women in the drunk state, and now with an attack on Nasser's life, Varun begins to transform and handles floods, and later faces a no-confidence motion. Whether Varun was able to withstand the opposition and succeed as a chief minister ultimately is what the movie is all about.
NOTA - Star Performance
Accepting full pledged politician role is a bold step by Vijay Deverakonda. Had he chosen a gripping subject, it would have helped him to reach wider audience out of his forte youth segment. We cannot call this role as miscasting, but Vijay’s image and CM role didn’t add up positively. Heroine (?) Mehreen role is equivalent to a guest appearance in length, hence cannot comment on her performance in guest role. Senior actors Nasser , Satyaraj got lengthy and cakewalk roles. Most of the drama in the film involves these two characters, performed well. In second half , Nasser makeup is very bad. M S Bhaskar, priyadarshi played key roles and are okay.
NOTA - Technical Team
Sam CS's background score elevates heroism at many a place for Vijay Deverakonda perfectly, with the rise of CM theme, and of songs, Yethara Yethara and Raja Kula are okayish. Cinematography by Santhana Krishnan captures the political scenes in a close to reality manner, and the Tamil are lifelike thanks to his work. Editing could have been taut. After tasting double success with the action drama Arima Nambi and the double role action thriller Irumugan. director Anand Shankar has made a return to films after a hiatus of 2 years, with NOTA, starring the young sensation of Tollywood Vijay Deverakonda, in a bilingual mode.
NOTA - Analysis
The movie has all scope for becoming one of the best political entertainers, as it presents almost all the important and burning, topical aspects of TN and AP politics, with scenes on some of the contemporary political scenes in the states, including resort camp politics, flood controls, riot and shootouts, and godmen controlling state and lots more, and it is with these topical scenes that Anand Shankar scores. While the first half begins on a leisurely pace, the movie gains momentum towards interval, and post interval moves at breakneck pace, and with Vijay Deverakonda and Nasser competing with each other, and Sam CS's finely elevating BGM, and splendid cinematography, NOTA is a technically rich venture as well. The second half has several drags, and despite that NOTA is gripping and engaging, though the songs could have been done away with. All said, NOTA is an average thriller from VD.
NOTA - Trailer