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.

Director: Saad Khan

Cast: Danish Sait, Sumukhi Suresh, Vijay Chendur, Roger Narayan, Sruthi Hariharan

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.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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