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Times of India
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.