Title :NOTA CBFC Rating : U/A Run-Time : 2 Hrs 30 Mins Release Date : 06-10-2018 Banner : Studio Green Cast : Vijay Deverakonda, Mehreen, Yashika Anand, Nassar, Sathyaraj, MSBhaskar and Others Music : Sam.CS Producer : GnanavelRaja DOP : Santhana Krishnan Direction: Anand Shankar
Vasudev (Nassar) ready to face a CBI enquiry quits his position as Chief Minister. He appoints his son Varun (Vijay Devrakonda) as CM in his pace for the time he is going to be away for questioning. Varun (Vijay Deverakonda) is uninterested and reluctant initially, but soon gets the drift of things and makes quick progress. What happens, when his father decides to come back to power is the basic storyline of the film.
Vijay Deverakonda picks an interesting subject and delivers the required with his act. The “Rowdy CM” attitude brings the much needed high in the movie. He is fine, as usual, in the emotional scenes.
Mehreen Pirzada gets a small role in length, but an important one in the overall narrative. She is okay and does her bit well. Yashika Anand is on the same boat with a different character. She also has her moments to leave a mark.
The seniors Nassar and Sathyaraj play their parts like a pro. They demonstrate the importance of casting actors with experience in critical roles as they fill the screen with their presence and elevate the proceedings with acting. MS Bhaskar is also sailing in the same boat. Priyadarshi and others are decent in small parts.
Second half loses momentum
Director Anand Shankar seems to follow all the political updates very keenly. It is the first thought that comes to our mind looking at various real-life inspirations incorporated into the script. Does that make NOTA? It surely does in parts, is all that can be said.
The basic storyline is a repeated one. There is nothing new in it, but the movie is filled with so much content that, there is always something happening. There is a twist ready around the corner. It works well in the first half. The screenplay stays fluid, and the “Rowdy CM” angle feels refreshing.
The problem comes in the second half when too many plots are running parallel with real life or other movie influences. Not only is the pace effected, but the engaging nature of the movie is also spoiled. Some individual scenes shine, but overall an impact is missing.
Sam CS’s music is decent. The two single songs are catchy and peppy. The background score is neat as well, although nothing spectacular. The cinematography by SK Ravichandran gives the movie a fresh vibe. The editing should have been better by Raymond Derrick Crasta. The production values are superb giving the film a rich feel.
Bottom-line: Solid Political Thriller