While Anand Shankar’s debut flick ‘Arima Nambi’ and his second venture ‘Iru Mugan’ had politics to an extent, the director’s third film ‘NOTA’ is an out and out political thriller. Let’s check out how the movie is.
Without wasting time, Anand Shankar goes into the script right from the first scene and has enough guts to make the movie without commercial compromises such as romance, comedy etc.
Varun (Vijay Deverakonda), son of Tamil Nadu chief minister Vinothan (Nasser) leads a carefree life in London. Aspiring to become a video game developer, he enjoys life to the core in the company of his friends.
On the night of his birthday, he is chased by the police who catch him and inform that he has been called by his father for an emergency meeting.
Since Vinothan is convicted by the court and is set to go to jail, he wants to make Varun as the chief minister and to operate things from behind.
Varun is initially very hestitant to accept the top job as he has zero knowledge in politics. He doesn’t even know the name of the governor and his cabinet colleagues.
But soon after becoming the CM, he understands the nuances of politics and also wants to do good to the people. He is guided in his endeavour by Mahendran (Sathyaraj), who is a journalist.
Vinothan is irked by the acts of Varun and wants to bring him down from the seat of the chief minister. The rest is all about the game between the father and the son.
Though there is a strong political content and enough twists and turns which keep the audience engaged, the script lacks an emotional connect, especially between its lead characters.
Warm welcome to Vijay Deverakonda to Kollywood and the actor deserves a pat for taking efforts to deliver Tamil accent right. Mehreen is your regular heroine, while both Sathyaraj and Nasser do enough justice to their respective roles.
Sam CS’s background score is a big plus, while Santhana Krishnan’s cinematography helps the director to visualise his dream. With too many topical contents and a strong message, ‘NOTA’ strikes a chord despite becoming cliched towards the end.
Rating: 3 out of 5