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NOTA’ doesn’t go beyond spoofing real life political characters and situations

In April, we saw the story of a young scion being plucked from academics and given the CM’s chair. A reluctant player at first, he refuses to be a pawn and takes an authoritarian stance to show the political fraternity a thing or two about administration.

Months later, we are presented another scion who’s on a short break from London, where he’s working as a game developer. He’s partying the night to ring in his birthday; he’s summoned at midnight to be told that he will be the CM by dawn. In the background, there’s a comment as to how key decisions are taken at midnight. This scion, Varun (Vijay Deverakonda), is in a trickier situation than Bharat in Bharat Ane Nenu. The politics that plays out here is a different beast. NOTA, a bilingual, marks the entry of Vijay Deverakonda in Tamil. Directed by Anand Shankar, the film references plenty of characters and situations that form the murky, messy political milieu of Tamil Nadu in recent times.

Nasser plays a yesteryear actor who turned to politics and rose to the position of chief minister. He has skeletons locked up in his personal life. The opposition leader has been trying for decades to dent Nasser’s position. The opposition now has hope in the form of a daughter who has a way with words, can hold attention at public rallies and is waiting for a chance to strike. She’s called Kayal (Sanchana Natarajan is impressive; and it’s easy to guess who her role is modelled after).

Predictably, a turn of events drag Varun deeper into the political cauldron. When he realises he has to get down and play the game, he seeks the counsel of an elderly journalist who runs a political magazine, essayed by Sathyaraj (again, not tough to guess who this part is modelled after).

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by Daily Report and is published from The Hindu.)

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