Actor Vijay Deverakonda's NOTA is due to hit screens on October 5. Vijay plays a politician in the film which marks his Tamil debut. NOTA will also release in Telugu. The makers have now put out a promo for the film along with YouTube channel Put Chutney.
Titled 'How to Become a Politician in Tamil Nadu', the video starts with Raj Mohan held captive by Vijay's men. Vijay, who is dressed in a white veshti and shirt, the eternal garb of politicians in TN, is in conversation with his hostage.
Raj Mohan suggests that he set up a tea shop to become a politician. However, Vijay says he doesn't want to become the PM but that he wants the CM's chair. The conversation continues in this line, with the two actors taking potshots at late TN CM Jayalalithaa's associate Sasikala and Deputy CM OPS. In the background is a portrait of Tamil poet and philosopher Thiruvalluvar, only he has cricketer and CSK player Harbhajan Singh's head (Bhajji's Tamil tweets were a hit online during the IPL).
Raj Mohan is supposed to "educate" Vijay on how to act like a politician. Lesson 1, 'How To Behave Like a Politician', is a clear reference to the BJP's H Raja and his infamous line on courts. Lesson 2, 'How to Fight Like a Politician' is a jibe at the DMK cadre who beat up staff at a biryani shop for asking them to pay the bill. From the Sarkar song 'Simtangaaran' to rape accused 'godman' Nithyananda's 'e=mc square' video, Jayalalithaa's famous 'Seiveergala?' evocation, and the squabble over party symbols, the promo has plenty of references to current Tamil Nadu politics and popular culture.