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NOTA - Honest Movie Review

‘Well done you f*cking politicians’, Vijay Deverakonda, the Southern Sensation of Tollywood, begins his journey in Tamil Cinema Industry in an exceptional way. He gets a dream debut with packed theatres and his fans whistling and cheering during his introduction scene.

Verdict - “Competently Made Political Satire!

Earlier, we have seen movies in which the main lead accidentally land in the Chief Minister’s position. Be it Shankar’s ‘Mudhalvan’ or Koratala Siva’s ‘Bharat Ane Nenu’, those movies are about how the protagonist takes forward the unexpected power he's given, and how he reforms the State. NOTA begs to be different. In spite of getting into the shoes of a Chief Minister, Varun (Vijay Deverakonda) is reluctant and acts as only rubber stamp before certain events change him. 

NOTA is not a full-fledged political film, the movie deviates to focus on the sub-plots, which cause an issue to the intensity of the film. It parodies every single important event in the political timeline of Tamil Nadu. Director Anand Shankar fearlessly satirizes the Government with his well-written screenplay and sharp dialogues. 

Vijay Deverakonda has already become a household name in Tamil Nadu, and the audience didn’t feel alien with him. They're elated, powerfully applauded and supported him. Devarakonda shined well as the accidental Chief Minister and performed his role proficiently. Yet, the movie doesn’t completely rely on him, as the supporting cast, Nasser, Sathyaraj and M. S. Bhaskar had significant characters to perform. Even though the subplots slow down the pace of the film, it didn’t have any unwanted duets to cause any mayhem or disruption.

Finally, NOTA will sure be well received by the Tamil audience and for the Telugu fans of Vijay Deverakonda, I am sorry as you guys would not be able to connect with this film and the scenes unless you had followed the Tamil Nadu politics from 2015. The film is a fearless attempt and a successful debut to The Deverakonda.

Welcome, Vijay Deverakonda!

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade – B (Worth a Watch!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Nirmal Raj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)
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Geetha Govindam - Honest Movie Review

[This review was first posted on Anurag's 'The Filmy Basti' Blog]

Firstly, let’s welcome Vijay Devarakonda to mainstream Telugu Cinema! After playing the lead in two offbeat movies which became massive hits, he finally moves into the quintessential Telugu hero zone. Well, he almost does. Directed by Parasuram, ‘Geetha Govindam’ has all the major elements of a Telugu masala potboiler – stunning leads, lip-syncing songs, a slight dose of family drama, unrequited twists and an unnecessary female-bashing song! But, Parasuram, who has also written the dialogues and screenplay, alternates between an offbeat rom-com and a masala potboiler, making it an irregular movie to watch.

Vijay Govind (played by Vijay Devarakonda) is a young college professor, who believes in old-school romance and love stories. Even though he has his students swooning over him, he idolizes Kamal Hassan-Sukanya’s equation from Bharateeyudu (quite an odd couple for inspiration) and daydreams of stealing similar small pleasures of life – cuddling after a shower or while sharing a cup of coffee. The girl of his dreams takes the form of Geetha (played by Rashmika Mandanna), whose brother is set to marry Govind’s sister. To make this review spoiler-free, let’s just say that Geetha’s equation with Govind starts on a bad note, but while preparing for the wedding, it begins to change (predictably). If you look at my summary of the plot, Geetha Govindam, gives the vibes of a breezy, feel-good entertainer. I wish it was just that, without being burdened by the demands of commercial cinema. The movie would have worked better had it been treated the way Tharun Bhaskar handled 2016’s sleeper hit, Pelli Choopulu – which worked without having any needless subplots or pointless twists. Even the screenplay is problematic in the first 20 minutes when there seems to be an issue in the continuity. Having said that, Parasuram deserves credit for the witty dialogues, especially for Vijay Devarakonda and Rahul Ramakrishna.

But, it is Vijay Devarakonda, who makes this movie a delight to watch. In comparison to his previous cult, Arjun Reddy, Govind is a complete non-hero. He is awkward with female attention, listens to Chaganti’s pravachanam to help him find an ‘ideal wife’ and has no false pretense! Vijay Devarakonda channels his raw energy to play a submissive and naïve, Govind, who is a victim always caught on the wrong foot by Geetha. He has immense screen presence and does not seem to miss a note anywhere. His dialogues and demeanor are so contrasting to Arjun Reddy, that he appears like an adorable misnomer. (He plays a Kakinada boy with a Telangana accent though) Rashmika Mandanna manages to be effective and strong even in the presence of a spectacular Vijay Devarakonda. As the perennially suspecting and angry Geetha, she gets some of the best moments in the movie. The ones where she catches Govind in uncomfortable situations, followed by confrontations are hilarious! Another happy change was to see her gushing and crushing over Vijay – a rarity in Telugu cinema. (Thankfully, this was not shown negatively as in RX100) And yes, both the leads are extremely pleasant on the eyes! The supporting cast comprising of Subbaraju, Nagababu, Rahul Ramakrishna and Annapoorna Amma play their parts well. Vennela Kishore, whose entry was welcomed with a huge applause in the theatre, gets a small role but he manages to evoke quite a few laughs.

It would be a sin not to praise the melodious music by Gopi Sundar, especially, my current favorite – Inkem Inkem Inkem Kavale, in the mellifluous voice of Sid Sriram. Even the background score complements the narrative well. I wish the narrative had continued to remain easy-breezy in the second half as well, instead of going the routine Telugu film route. But, nonetheless, the leads make up for it.

My Rating – 3/5 | Grade - B (Worth a Watch!)
-An Honest Movie Review by Anurag Rao (@The Filmy Basti!)

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Vijay Deverakonda's 'Taxiwaala' Teaser Trailer and Poster Launched!

After scoring one of the biggest hits of Tollywood last year with the trendsetting film 'Arjun Reddy', Vijay Deverakonda is all set to launch his upcoming sci-fi film 'Taxiwaala' directed by debutant Rahul Sankrityan and produced by SKN under the GA2 Pictures and UV Creations banners.

On Friday, the makers of the film released the first teaser trailer naming it "First Gear" as we've got to see Vijay Deverakonda driving a Hindustan Contessa doing burnouts with a visible excitement on his face. A first look poster was also released with the teaser.

As stated earlier, the film is a sci-fi thriller and revolves around a driver (played by Vijay), a cab and an experiment that goes awry. Also starring Priyanka Jawalkar and Malavika Nair as the female leads, Kerala born musician Jakes Bejoy will score the music for the film as it is scheduled to release later this year.

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