Direction : Soundarya Rajnikanth
Production : Wunderbar Films, V. Creations
Starring : Dhanush, Kajol, Amala Paul, Ritu Varma, Samuthirakani
Music : Sean Roldan
Cinematography : Sameer Thahir
Editing : Prasanna GK
Following the grand success of VIP before 3 years, the team is back with some changes (Soundarya Rajinikanth is the director) and Sean Roldan replaces Anirudh on musical part. The second installment titled Velai Illa Pattadhaari 2 features the same star-cast except few characters that includes Kajol.
Raghuvaran (Dhanush) is now awarded as the year’s best engineer and the Corporate Queen Vasundra (Kajol) wants to hire him as her employee. On his rejection, the confrontations pop up between them and the entire drama is about the trials, tribulations and redemption of Raghuvaran.
So what’s the major comparison one might find between the first and second part. Velai Illa Pattadhaari featured an overpowering music by Anirudh, but his exclusion in this project turns out to be a major drawback. Of course, it’ the time of intermission, where the signature theme of VIP is recreated with Raghuvaran smoking off the cancer sticks challenging Vasundra. Or else, the songs by Sean Roldan are just average, except for the melodious track. One more aspect is that the placement of songs along with the screenplay goes missing. When it comes to dramatic narration, there is lots of humour thrust into the first half on pathos of husband more than the issues involved with the protagonist as an engineer. Maybe, the makers have followed the same pattern of first part to focus on personal aspects by first hour and major confrontation by second half. But here, it looks slightly vague as the cause of confrontation between the characters is feeble. For the audiences, Raghuvaran has already crossed a major barrier in his professional life and now when he is to the next level, they expect it more powerful and more challenging. Whereas the role offered to Kajol looks so much dull. It’s nice to see the casual gesture of makers taking a dig on the emotional contents of first part. Say for instance, the mother-son sentiment was a heavy lump in throats as we experiences in the first part, but here they try to make a fun of it and even the ghostly apparition of Saranya Ponvannan is good. But it would have been really more emotional, if it had an impactful placement. The climax looks completely bleak, where everything turns humour (again, the clash between Raghuvaran and Amul Baby in the first part seems to have inspired here). The engineers with Dhanush don’t face hurdles in their work, but just their revolutionary process of shutting down a construction of amusement park, which doesn’t get the weight.
Cinematography is appreciable in many places. Editing has been done of what is required for the film.
Raghuvaran has almost become an identity of Dhanush and in spite of some dull moments in the film, this very characterization holds the film strongly engrossing. Amala Paul gets some additional footage in the film and she does her part well. Kajol could have been offered with a substantial role than what it is now. Samuthirakani is appreciable. Vivek tickles our funny bones with his comedy tracks.
1. Dhanush and Kajol
2. Some sequences in the first half
What doesn’t work?
3. The impact of first part’s huge success
For the ones, who haven’t watched the first part, VIP 2 would prove to be an ordinary passable show. But then with the franchise already turning to be mammoth, it could be an impossible thing to watch the second part without those traits.
Verdict : Raghuvaran becomes showstopper and you can watch it for him.
Rating : 4.5/10
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