Most of us have come across an event in our life which has shown us right path, giving us an opportunity to prove to the world who we really are. Known by the term ‘reality check’ such incidents help us redefine ourselves, thereby introducing to the greener side of life. Dhanush’s 25th film, Velai Illa Pattadhaari, deals with the same terms, along with a huge worry that we see almost everyday in our lives – unemployment. Directed by Velraj, who is a cinematographer by profession, we have Amala Paul, Samudhrakani, Saranya Ponvannan, Vivek and Surabhi in the cast. Music is by the hot and happening Anirudh Ravichander. Will VIP revamp the dry Kollywood Box Office? Read on.
VIP is the story of how Raghuvaran (Dhanush), an unemployed graduate, checks his boxes and puts himself on the right track. Right from the start, VIP walks on with unemployment as its main theme. Though the attention is zeroed on the main character Raghuvaran (Dhanush), the movie never fails to keep reminding us of the theme, unemployment. Even the jokes in the first half revolve around this. The film moves with its enjoyable moments sowed here and there, but the final result together is only half as engaging. With the sentimental breakdown at the interval, the movie does make a king’s move, but sadly we are presented with a second half which is filled with clichés and balloon punches when its gets on to the much hyped ‘mass’ stage. In VIP, the first half reminds us of Polladhavan and Yaaradi Nee Mohini, while the second has traces of Thiruvilaiyadal Aarambam.
Coming to the casting, and we cannot escape without lauding this man. Dhanush, once again the ace actor proves why he is a master of cinematic emotions, bringing out stupendous reactions with complete ease. In the song visuals especially, the actor juggles between happy and sad expressions, making it an absolute delight to watch. Ostensibly the saving grace of the film, VIP would have been a bummer if not for this guy. Amala Paul looks a bit bloated up, and her makeup which looked oily doesn’t help her appearances either. Dhanush’s family in the movie consists of two veteran artists and a debutant, who fit the bills to perfection, Saranya Ponvannan and Samudhrakani are superb picks by Dhanush for their respective roles. You will have to wait for the second half to watch Vivek’s comedy and Surabhi’s beaut, but their moments are truly assets to a film going down the lane. Being a mass entertainer, VIP needed a tough villain. Unfortunately, the villain here is stiff and ends up being a complete dummy.
Technically, VIP just passes muster. Cinematography is middling except for the song sequences, and there is nothing much to say about the editing too. Yet, we have relief in the form of the stunts, which are well planned, notably the first stunt sequence.
Music by Anirudh is superb, and one can say that he has done a fair job in the re-recording too. VIP will remain to be one of his best, musically. The songs somehow create the excitement for the front benchers.
Velraj as a director has been overparticular to bring out a convincing mass entertainer, losing track in the process. Though he must be appreciated for his sharp dialogues which are well etched with facts and figures, the treatment of the script isn’t mature, things unfold onscreen just as how you have them worked out in your head. VIP ends up fetching all essentials of an entertainer, just that it fails to have them in the right proportions. It will be a party for Dhanush’s fanbase, but not everyone can dance there. Right?
Customary entertainer which sparkles here and there but misses out on the final connect.
2.5 / 5