MOVIE REVIEW: VIP 2

RATING: 3/5

OVERVIEW: The ‘Velai Illa Pattadhari’ Raghuvaran (Dhanush) now a successful Engineer. He is married to his lover Shalini (Amala Paul) who is in charge of running the household taking care of her husband, his father (Samuthirakani) and younger brother Karthik (Hrishikesh) in the place of Raghuvaran’s late mother (Saranya Ponvannan).

Raghuvaran (Dhanush), who is working in Anitha Constructions, is being cornered by a real estate construction big shot Vasundhara Parameshwaran (Kajol) of Vasundhara Constructions. But why is he being cornered and why do Raghuvaran and Vasundhara have to lock horns? For those who ponder about the film’s title, and is he once again becoming a Velai Illa Pattadhari is a surprise to watch out for! The cat and mouse game between Raghuvaran and Vasundhara is what the film is all about.

REVIEW: The movie is directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth and story, dialogues were handled by Dhanush himself. Sean Roldan has composed the music and few BGM’s of Anirudh from first part were also retained. Produced by Dhanush and Kalaipuli S. Thanu.

Major Highlight of the movie is the return of Kajol to Kollywood after years but is it worth it? Let’s see about it in detail. The movie plot is almost similar to part 1, Raghuvaran receives best Engineer award for his Slum clearance project and thus Vasundara (Kajol) want him to join her company, but Raghuvaran refuses. There was a rift between them in taking over a project and the usual story continues.

The performances by Dhanush and Kajol are top notch. They’re bitter rivals from the word go. There’s no romantic link, but even then, their chemistry is superlative. There’s even a song and dance routine, kind of like a dance-off but done to prove ideological supremacy. Their rivalry makes VIP 2 peppy and engaging. The supporting cast of Amala Paul, Vivek and Samuthrakani return from the first movie, with new shades to their characters. Even Raghuvaran’s deceased mother, played by Saranya Ponvannan makes a surreal return. VIP 2 coasts on the back of its performances.

The biggest let down of the film is the music though. While the original had some awesome tracks by Anirudh, this time the songs are composed by Sean Roldan. While the music is contemporary, it isn’t quite as effective as the first go. VIP 2 takes everything that made the first movie a hit and repackages it in an intelligent and subtle avatar. Its not Dhanush’s best film, but it is one solid entertainer that benefits from the crackling chemistry between its leads

Final verdict of the film is A good watch. The performance of Dhanush and Kajol holds the entire story into one good part.

                                                          –panchanjanya