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Saw it in pvr Vega city 12.45 show to full house ....It is a city centric movie ....It is good one I enjoyed it....appu damn man I loved you a guest appearance shown meaningfully and correctly......This movie will bore those who are unable to understand English here and there
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Nanige thakka matige artha aaythu .....Nan jathe nan friend bandhidha he said yaav movie ge karkobandyo maaraya antha......
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Humble Politician Nograj movie review: Danish Sait’s political satire mirrors real world
Satire is a very effective political weapon, which allows the weak to question those in power. While mocking the powerful, this form of comedy also enlightens the people about the real intent behind the actions of those who give us the marching orders.
Popular TV show host John Oliver creates a massive political impact in the United States with his show Last Week Tonight. In favour of the open internet, in 2014, he told his over 4 million viewers why they should protest against the government’s proposal to alter net neutrality. The next day, the Federal Communication Commission’s website was unable to handle the overflowing traffic and crashed. So did the telecom companies’ efforts to change the status-quo of the free and fair internet.
Filmmaker Saad Khan and comedian Danish Sait have made a political satire Humble Politician Nograj and have released it when the major state assembly elections are around the corner in Karnataka. This film does not recommend who you should vote for. But, it does show types of politicians, who you shouldn’t empower with your vote. It is also a progressive film, that deals with taboo and touchy issues with maturity and kindness.
Nograj (Danish Sait) is the embodiment of political corruption. He his soaked in corruption to the point where his brain fails to understand why it is wrong to take or give bribe. For Nograj, a politician by definition means corruption. His life’s purpose is to plunder people and share the loot with his partners in crime.
Nograj is not a stranger to people in Karnataka, especially in Bengaluru. He had been an internet sensation among urban dwellers for years. Danish created this animation character for his prank shows on radio and later started doing social commentary using him. What makes Nograj a hit is that he makes no bones about the fact that he is corrupt. Or call out members of the public who sell their political rights for money.
After being humiliated at a public function by MLA Jagatprabhu F Kumar aka JFK (Hanumanthe Gowda), Corporator Nograj sets off on a personal mission to destroy JFK’s political career. He hides behind the mask of a clown. His opponents never see him coming and people just sit back and enjoy the freak show.
Nograj’s shot at being an MLA faces a formidable challenge posed by honest businessman Arun Patil (Roger Narayan). After returning to his home state from the US, Arun is fed up with the flawed system of the state. And decides to lead the change by independently contesting the elections.
Nograj fights the campaign in an old-fashioned way by dividing people on the basis of caste, creed, religion and in fact sexual orientation. In one scene, making an ally with a gay politician, he says, “I don’t have a problem with you people but I can make other people have a problem with you.”
Arun leads an issue-based political campaign without throwing muck on his opponents. He addresses the real problems and gains public trust by solving one problem at a time. To defeat Arun’s progressive politics, Nograj resorts to the dirty one.
Bengaluru’s never-ending garbage problem. The detachment between the local governing body and the state government. An ailing party patriarch, who refuse to hand over the baton to his successor. Non-issues that change the outcome of elections and more. The film mirrors the sorry state of the politics in the country and the demeaning ways used to win an election. Not just that, it also enlightens people on whom to blame for the problems they face in day-to-day life.
In a surprising way, Humble Politician Nograj is also very kind to treating homosexuality in the film. Yes, a few jokes are made at the cost of a gay politician’s constant effort to seduce Nograj. But, I can’t recall a film in India in the commercial space that handled the taboo subject with maturity and without an iota of vulgarity like this film.
HUMBLE POLITICIANN NOGARAJ MOVIE REVIEW
Nograj is your stereotypical corporator, whose dream is to make big money and enjoy maximum power. He decides to play the big league and ensures he gets a ticket to contest for an MLA post. What happens when he meets his nemesis in a holier-than-thou honest man?
Saad Khan and Danish Sait are popular names in the comedy circuit nationally. Their acts online and on the stage in improv shows have won them fans. Will an extension of their slapstick humour, wordplay and satire on the big screen work? Well, it does to an extent. Humble Politiciann Nograj's best asset is the timing of its release, ahead of the state assembly elections and it presents a rather scary picture of what politicians can do if power goes in the wrong hands.
The film begins with an introduction to Nograj, about how scamming, taking and more taking defines his character and how his character is defined by the lack of any morals. The film sees him and his faithful secretary Monjunath try and climb the political ladder — after all his dreams are to become the President of the USA one day. With a mismatch in morals and aspirations, Nograj lives in his own paradise, with friends, foes and family (all mostly caricatures) to entertain him and keep him on his toes. When an honest NRI Arun Patil decides to set things right and contest against him, Nograj has a new battle on his cards. Will he emerge victorious?
One of the best points about the film is the combination of Nograj and Monjunath — Danish Sait and Vijay Chendoor. The chemistry and timing that the two share is commendable. To a large extent, it is this that works even when the humour might seem excess or repetitive. The ensemble has some good performers, be it Sumukhi Suresh as Nograj's wife Lavanya, Vamsidhar Bhogaraju as Pramod or Roger Narayan as Arun Patil. There are many praiseworthy moments where you get to laugh out loud.
But what disappoints is the fact that the editing and screenplay could have been far better to hold these performers together. At times, it feels jagged and scenes suddenly jump from one to another. The comedy is fun, but one wonders if too much of it can get excessive and if the film could have been more tighter to ensure the comedy remains fresh throughout. While the writing is clever and some of the puns and wordplay are smart, it seems too forced eventually throughout the film. Of course, this doesn't take away a few priceless scenes from the film that you end up discussing long after you've watched the film.
Humble Politiciann Nograj is a Kannada film in nomenclature, but it does place itself in a niche category since the best jokes of the film are in English. Given that Kanglish films aren't many, this could appeal to the urban audience who understand the problems being discussed there. Watch it for Nograj, Monjunath and some LOL moments, with a pertinent message in the end.
Humble Politiciann Nograj movie review: A ‘laughing’ stock
Though certified as Kannada movie, in a true sense this is neither an English nor a Kannada venture. In fact, it is made in a 'punny’ language which comes with utterly bad grammar. Jokes apart, Humble Politiciann Nograj makes a satirical effort to focus on the sad state of affairs in our present democratic set up, which is corrupt politicians.
When comedy gets involved with politics, the pun obviously gets doubled and talents such as Danish Sait teaming up with Saad Khan, expectation are always a high. But, this one fails to sustain the real fun as it heavily 'concentrates’ and revolves around the English speaking skills of the protagonist filled with grammatical errors.
Based on the characters etched by Danish Sait himself, he plays the protagonist - Nograj, a corrupt corporator who calls himself humble. While the tale does highlights, to some extent the practices of corrupt politicians, their schemes and scams to stay in power, it is the senseless portrayal of characters which spoils the fun. Apart from Nograj, none of the other characters are fully developed. Nograj along with his personal secretary played by Vijay Chendur manage to irritate with their worst English speaking skills. The mannerism could have been used wisely but the whole of it becomes a little too much to digest.
While an NRI returned to his hometown speaks much proper Kannada, and Nograj is simply pathetic. The so called satire takes a turn when the local MLA humiliates him. He now aims to contest for legislative assembly. Thereafter, Humble faces a real humble competition when Roger Narayan, a former NRI decides to bring a change and contest the assembly election.
Will Nograj finally manage to get elected as MLA through all his dirty tricks and maligning the opponent, is the end factor. While a section of the audience may enjoy the language in error and all the pun, Nograj is not 'reely’ humble, and is another corrupt politician who does nothing but giving assurances.
HUMBLE POLITICIAN NOGRAJ MOVIE REVIEW: CUNNING LINGUIST
In this rare satire on the Kannada screen, an overtly corrupt city corporator’s attempt to become a MLA is turned in to a sarcastic commentary on the system. The story takes some liberties and does require you to suspend disbelief but, in the end, when you realise who the joke is on, the plot makes complete sense.
The film makes fun of the political class. While the film is something you have seen before, there are character portrayals that you have not. Nograj is obviously the pick of the characters.
Some of the characters that would have been outright vulgar in commercial films are handled with maturity. Gay characters were never so normal (though there are instances where the usual sleaze is employed).
Protagonist Nograj’s opponent is an honest businessman. This part of the plot is not buffoonery but tries to tackle civic issues practically. That is the duality in the script. However, the script could have done with a little more surprises. There are clever sounding inclusions including political parties named ‘One Big Party’ and ‘Some Opposition Party’ and a political leader too old but too self-important to leave the party post. There are many such nuggets that require an eye for detail to notice as they are not deliberately explained or exaggerated.
Danish Sait, Vijay Chendur and Roger Narayan give highly noticeable performances. The film too stands out for many of reasons. It however is in real danger of becoming a talking point only for its puns.
What does not work for the film is the overdose of these puns. The film never runs out of them. Nograj’s mistakes in English are the bread and butter of the script. Like a star film’s build-up scenes that go on even in the climax, this too goes on for too long. You can laugh at some of them for a while. While these English puns are intentional, the Kannada accent of Nograj is not. Corporator Nograj is probably Gujarati or Rajastani. The non-resident Indian’s (played by Roger Narayan) Kannada sounds cool while Nograj sounds like a resident non-Kannadiga.
A significant portion of the dialogues, especially those of the protagonist, are in English. Ironically, the puns are purged of their comic sense in the English subtitles. The film required Kannada subtitles instead.
The film may not resonate with everyone for the same reason that Nograj makes his opponent in the film realise. However, it is an honest effort at a purposeful film.
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