“Velai Illa Pattadhaari 2.”… A pleasantly surprising masala movie, even if it lacks the punch of Part 1

Posted on August 18, 2017


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: http://www.filmcompanion.in/article/vip-2-movie-review

Whether we’re talking Bond movies or the Dhoom franchise or the Singam series, the mantra of the next instalment is this: feed them more of the same hit formula, yet make it taste different. So one doesn’t walk into Velai Illa Pattadhari 2 (Unemployed Graduate), directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth, expecting Raghuvaran (Dhanush) in a bungalow, a Merc parked in the garage. He’s still in the same middle-class house. He still drives his dinky old bike, which seems to weigh even less than he does. But he’s no longer unemployed. He works in a construction firm. It’s the same, yet a bit different. Part 1 had him graduate from a nobody to a somebody. Here, the arc is somebody to nobody to somebody.

It’s a year since the events of the first film. Raghuvaran and Shalini (Amala Paul) are married, but she’s transformed from the sweet, supportive girlfriend of earlier to a nagging shrew. Should we burden women directors with the expectation that their female characters be more sensitively crafted? (Soundarya Rajinikanth also gets screenplay credit. Story/dialogues are credited to Dhanush.) I remember wringing my hands over a similar issue in Vai Raja Vai, directed by Soundarya’s sister, Aishwarya. That film had a scene where parents agree to marry their daughter off to a groom who demands ten lakhs as dowry. A bigger issue is that Shalini has given up her dental clinic practice and become a housewife. Couldn’t they have sneaked in a scene around this decision?

Continued at the link above.

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