Plot – Dhanush is back with a sequel to his most loved film, Velai Illa Pattadhaari. In VIP 2, he repeats the template which worked wonders in the first part (a street smart, lovable underdog civil engineer who takes on an arrogant big shot in the professional arena). But, his decision to not use the services of composer Anirudh has proven costly. The second part doesn’t give as many ‘wow moments’ as the first and comes out as just a passable product.
– VIP2 is a watchable product thanks to Dhanush’s energetic presence; it’s a one man show. Be it his over-the-top drunken antics, graceful dance moves, acrobatic stunts or the typical underdog engineer moments, the writer – actor is in complete control.
– The 2nd half has a lot for Dhanush fans to whistle & enjoy – the ‘Madam, Raghuvaran Coming’ scene & the ‘friend’ dialog stand out!
– The film closes on a cheeky, funny note which works to an extent. The underdog continues to struggle for most of the 2nd half but it ends in a very light, feel good way without any tension or big opposition from the queenbee (Kajol)!
– Kajol’s screen presence and styling are mighty impressive. She gets the lip sync right, in a largely one-note performance which gets a different shade only in the climax. She isn’t the villain and is just a ruthless, narcissistic business magnet.
– Amala Paul looks beautiful but she is portrayed as this tyrant wife mostly. Samuthirakani, Saranya, Vivek, Hrishikesh and Cell Murugan continue what they did in the first part, with limited results this time around due to over exploitation of the same ‘VIP’ tropes. ‘Bigg Boss’ fame Raiza gets some applause whenever she appears on screen.
– Though he is missing in action, Anirudh’s famous BGM themes for the first part are used to good effect every now and then, and earn wild response from the audience.
– It’s high time our filmmakers stop portraying marriage as a torture & the wife as a demon (even if it’s just for comedy). It’s an overdone trick. Coming from a female director (Soundarya Rajinikanth), one definitely didn’t expect this cliché to be repeated yet again.
– Composer Sean Roldan does his best for the project at hand. His work definitely pales in comparison to what Anirudh did in the first part and that’s the film’s biggest undoing. Maybe, they should have just retained ‘Ani’!
– The beautiful Ritu Varma does what Surbhi did in the first part. She looks very weak on screen. It’s hard to fathom why a promising lead heroine took up such a minuscule part here.
Final Word – To make a sequel which betters Part 1 is such a tough ask, that too when the core musician (Anirudh) is missing. Avoid comparisons, just go see VIP 2 once and get entertained by its lead man.