VIP 2 movie review: Dhanush is the one-man army that lifts wafer-thin plot of this sequel
The Soundarya Rajinikanth-directed Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 (better known as VIP 2) is a film that is sure to please Dhanush fans. It follows the adventures of one of Dhanush’s most loved onscreen characters, Raghuvaran, from the original Velaiilla Pattadhari, which struck a chord with large number of unemployed young moviegoers. VIP 2 is merely an extension of what happens further in the life of Raghuvaran, who is now married and facing new problems on the work front.
Raghuvaran is leading a happy life with his father (Samuthirakani), brother, and his loving-but-nagging wife Shalini (Amala Paul). After his mother (Saranya Ponvannan) passes away, Raghu has become more mature and is devoted to his work at a private construction firm. He even wins a 'Best Engineer of the Year' award. This irks Vasundhara Parameswaran (Kajol), whose Vasundhara Constructions has swept the industry awards in all the other categories.
Vasundhara is a spoilt, arrogant, rich woman who thinks her money and political connections will make people fall at her feet. She wants Raghuvaran to join her company and on her terms, but our engineer is made of steel and point blank refuses to accede to her demands. An ego game starts between the two and Vasundhara brings him down with her machinations, as he becomes unemployed again. Raghu and his friends then start their own construction company — called VIP — and the rest of the film shows how he bests Vasundhara.
The plot is wafer-thin and relies for the most part on the confrontation scenes between Raghu and Vasundhara, as well as the acerbic dialogues by Dhanush and Kajol. Dhanush carries the film on his shoulders with his dialogue delivery (especially the punch-lines), and in the final showdown with Kajol. Amala Paul, as Raghu's wife, doesn't have much to do as the focus is entirely on Kajol — whose characterisation as Vasundhara is also weak. There is no real reason for a tycoon like Vasundhara to have ego issues with a bit player like Raghuvaran, and in the end she is bested by him. Kajol character seems to be a mixture of Vijayshanti from Mannan and Ramya Krishnan of Padayappa, both Rajinikanth films, where hero 'tames' an arrogant woman.
The sequel lacks the punch of the original, especially when it comes to the emotional quotient and in the music department. Anirudh Ravichander's background score and songs were one of the major strengths of VIP, but Sean Roldan cannot recreate that magic. The only hummable number is 'Iraivanai Thandha Iraiviye' and some of the background music from Anirudh's score for the original film that has been used. On the whole, VIP 2’s strength is one-man army Dhanush and his towering screen presence in this two-hour-nine-minute film.