NOTA

 (52)6.32 h 24 min2018X-Ray13+
Varun (Vijay Devarakonda) is forced to become the CM of Tamil Nadu when his father (Nasser) is imprisoned and loses his CM chair. He is an easy going youth who stays the same even after becoming the CM until he realizes his responsibilities and power and decides to change the society and politics with the support of his advisor Mahendran (Sathyaraj).
Directors
Anand Shankar
Starring
Vijay DevarakondaMehreen Peerzad
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Suspense
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తెలుగు

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K.E.Gnanavel Raja
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3.3 out of 5 stars

52 global ratings

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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Audio is not in Tamil
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Audio is not in Tamil
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niranjanReviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Muddled Narration Turns NOTA Boring
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The initial set-up of NOTA is pretty similar to the one in Bharat Ane Nenu, where the reluctant son of a chief minister has to take over the mantle from his father. Even their family set-up is similar. He is the son of the first wife, who is no more, and resides in London. There is a step-mother and a very young sibling. But there the comparison ends. For, Varun isn't an idealist like Bharat. The first time we see him, he is partying like there's no tomorrow. When he is told that he should take over as the chief minister, he remarks he doesn't even know who the governor is. When the governor asks him about the portfolios of his ministers, he is clueless. And he needs someone else to dress him up in dhoti, that trademark costume of a politician.

More than the prospect of running the state, what worries him more are the flex boards that have been put up by his party men. One has his shaking hands with Donald Trump, and another sees him dressed up as Baahubali. And he is bothered about his friends turning these into memes on Facebook!

The plot is all about how this happy-go-lucky youngster realises his responsibilties and acts for the welfare of the people. But NOTA doesn't flesh out this transformation in a gradual way, giving us scenes that show the evolution of this character. All we get is one scene - a tragedy that is staged in a perfunctory manner - to show us that Varun is someone who cares for others. We do get a hint of this earlier, when we are told that he takes care of a few orphan children, but what really makes us buy into Varun's new-found maturity is Vijay Deverakonda's assured performance. The film marks his Tamil debut, but the actor does a competent job; there is very little of the slang that we find in actors from other states, though his modulation needs a little work.

The political scenes, some of which recall Mudhalvan, are the film’s strengths; in fact, its only strengths. For, the emotional drama between the characters is quite weak. The chief reason for this is that the characters, including Varun, are underwritten. Anand Shankar keeps giving us promising leads - a chief minister who is referred to as Rowdy CM, a political opponent (Sanchana Natrajan, impressive) who is equally young and more scheming, a counselor (Sathyaraj, in a Cho-like character) who could have a more personal interest in Varun - but he doesn't follow them through. Surprisingly, the film holds on to a revelation about the relationship between this counselor and Vinodhan until the climax, when we easily guess it right in the scene when it is first brought in. Instead, the director devotes more time on a hawala angle that is hardly dramatic. The lack of a strong antagonist, too, results in a political drama that is less punchy than it should have been.

If NOTA works to the extent it does, it is because it unfolds like the highlights reel of the absurd political happenings that Tamil Nadu has been witnessing over the past two to three years. Anand Shankar gives us a steady stream of references to contemporary political events - a chief minister (his party functionaries bow so low before him that he worries that they would get his face wrong when they install his statue!) facing trial installing a proxy to safeguard his position, the flex board culture, the propaganda that parties do with their respective channels, the Chennai floods and the sticker controversy, the hospital drama, the resort farce, a godman trying to remote control the government, and so on. These moments deservingly get the cheers, for, in them, we see an outlet to show our frustrations. We are supposed to be satisfied with these digs at contemporary politics. While that is certainly a low bar to clear, given these turbulent times, it feels OK to buy into the fantasy of someone coming along and leading us towards a better future.
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KannanReviewed in the United States on March 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good movie
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Feel good political drama. Looking forward to the sequel where he takes on Swamiji.
Some crucial areas of the plot are nothing less than a fairy tale - some random outsider hacking the money trails and identifying all dummy money managers, all apparently using some encryption key codes on a piece of paper. Atleast they should have elaborated more how he achieved that. They should have cut out the useless songs which are only an annoyance and showed more plot.
3 people found this helpful
rsReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
What did Vijay do?
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I watched this movie for Vijay D. I thought it would be good since he is considered a rom-com actor. Don't get me wrong, Vijay has done his bit for the little he is asked to do. The problem with this movie is script and screen play - very very poor. I watched this movie with Telugu audio and while the actors were trying to mime in Telugu, it was not match even for Vijay. The whole was like watching a Bengali actress act in her first Telugu movie!! Not a single song was impressive. Overall unimpressed with story, screenplay, and acting.
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Credible leader
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I like the similarity to a Mashesh Babu movie of same substance whereby he took over for his father to overcome previous corruption. I liked the fact that both of these CM's were righteous leaders.
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SuperP72Reviewed in the United States on March 11, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surprisingly good.
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I was expecting a routine political pot boiler, but movie runs on a serious note.
Kudos for the move makers for not deviating with romantic angle.
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UdayReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Thu!
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Very poor storyline. Vijay cannot act.
3 people found this helpful
AmazonianReviewed in the United States on November 4, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
average.. not a great story
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one time watch..
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