Velai Illa Pattadhari 2 (literally translated as The Unemployed Graduates) is the sequel to the 2014 film of the same name. The film released on 11 August, 2017 in Tamil Nadu and on 18 August, 2017 in rest of India. I watched the film in an Urban Multiplex and I felt as if I was watching in Chennai. The whistles, cheers and applauds were so rousing, that let me know the Dhanush’s popularity outside Tamil Nadu. I don’t know about the critical reception down south but I thoroughly enjoyed the film to the core.
Dhanush is a multi-talented person who predominantly not only acts but is a writer, lyricist, producer and director. His swag and his attitude are at a terrific peak and deliver a mass entertainer. You feel like screaming every time he appears on the screen and delivers a phenomenal performance. The pre-interval scene is one such fcukall scene where we are left to adore and cheer him and just go on with it. Also his drunken sequences are one to watch. The way he sits, he smokes, he speaks and he emotes; proudly a son-in-law of Rajnikanth but with his own style. Having written the story and dialogues himself, the story has the soul of the first part intact.
Excluding the minor technical and writing flaws, the film is thoroughly enjoyable and speaks about the male-female equality in high manner. Here, the quintessential engineer Raghuvaran (Dhanush) is back in action facing a tussle with the arrogant business-woman Vasundhara (Kajol). The take on gender equality, attitude and the world of honesty is appreciable. Raghuvaran dominates the world of engineers but is dominated by his wife at home (in a good way). Director Soundarya Rajnikanth does a decent work of executing the film. The film preaches equality in the latter half; the best part is spicing it metaphorically with the 2015 Chennai Floods. Vasundhara’s Mercedes as well as Raghuvaran’s scooter is beneath the water while their tussle is raging. At first it felt like the climax will be a typical, but its one hell of a funny ride with an anticlimax.
When the film starts slipping and the tussle between them starts diluting, a new villain is introduced. But Soundarya Rajnikanth blends the emotions and the mass ingredients very well. The worst part is the songs, though they run for a shorter time but are misplaced. A character exclaims while Dhanush starts singing an emotional song, “sing a peppy song, the reach is more” but Sean Roldan who gave the terrific album Pa Paandi (2017) doesn’t live up the reach and we miss Anirudh’s charm which lived and lightened the first film. His signature electrifying theme rouses.
Kajol is electrifying and gives an excellent performance, great that the makers choose her- nobody could have lit the character other than her. Most of the times we see her in slow motion but it’s a cinematic treat. Her tussle with Dhanush is raging.
Coated with love and swag, this is an out-an-out entertainer filled with equality and honesty.
Release: 11 August, 2017 [18 August: Outside Tamil Nadu]
Director: Soundarya Rajnikanth
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