NOTA (Tamil) ~ Review

The focus on the narrative is wavery in this political drama that goes on and on and on and on and on and on.

   2.0 / 5.0

By: Rajarajan V.S.

***** SPOILER ALERT !!! *****

I like director Anand Shankar’s idea of incorporating the recent political happenings in Tamil Nadu to narrate the story, penned by Shan Karuppusamy. That brings about some sort of a connect between the audience and the proceedings. But, that’s where the predominant issue lies. The film depends way too much on it, at the cost of the film itself.

During the initial scenes, you can’t help, but only keep thinking about Bharat Ennum Naan, the recent Koratala Siva directorial, starring Mahesh Babu. The emotional back story that connects Vijay Deverakonda, Nassar and Sathyaraj is the core plot (I guess that’s the core plot). Anand hardly cares about it. All he wants is that the audience should cheer up, when they connect themselves with an instance, that actually happened in TN for real.

Vijay Deverakonda’s relationship with his step-sister and the opposition party’s president is somewhat interesting. The way the child artist (the one who plays Vijay Deverakonda’s step-sister) is depicted is mature. Appreciate Anand for that. He’s not a film-maker who views child artists as toons.

Vijay Deverakonda doesn’t allow the weightage of the Chief Minister role to squash him. His role has dual shades to it and he very well knows what he’s emoting. Yet, there’s nothing extraordinary about his role play.

There are many characters that don’t even have a propose in the film – like those 2 songs that are present in the film just to remind us of the fact that Vijay is a youngster-turned-CM and he worked in London.

Post interval, there is a set piece. A war room is set up too. But sadly, that set piece dips itself in its very own mediocrity – so ineffective it is. They call it a war room and there is absolutely no tension – that seeps into us. We feel the presence of a high point, but it doesn’t get us high.

Following that set piece, a flashback sequence involving Sathyaraj brings to limelight the back story. What comes after that is unnecessary and a total waste of time. On the whole, the film is overlong because it goes on and on and on and on and on and on – the reason is that it lacks a focused narrative.

This film marks the debut of Vijay Deverakonda in Tamil. At least Anand does not make the star to kick fighters into the air, speak insane punch dialogues and dance to 5 songs. He goes the decent way and the result is barely watchable.

Cast: Vijay Deverakonda | Nassar | Sathyaraj | M.S.Bhaskar | Mehreen Pirzada | Sanchana Natarajan | Yashika Anand | Karunakaran

Crew: Writer: Shan Karuppusamy | Director: Anand Shankar | Cinematographer: Santhana Krishnan | Editor: Raymond Derrick Crasta | Music Composer: Sam C.S. | Production Designers: D.R.K. Kiran, S.S.Moorthy

Produced By: Studio Green – K.E. Gnanavel Raja

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