While the first half of the film transports you to VIP1 with similar expectations that prevailed while one watched the prequel, the disappointment sets it rather quickly as you know what the ending is. It is refreshing to see the characters from the first film, Raghuvaran (Dhanush), his father (Samuthirakani), Shalini (Amala Paul), and his colleague Azhagusundaram (Vivekh)and even Harry Potter, the pet dog. Besides memories evoked, the film is rather yet another predictable regular tale where finally good triumphs over evil.
Shalini(Amala Paul) is too loud and a bit overdone with her dominant personality trying very hard to take the place of the mother.The father, played by Samuthirakani, is now more of a friend, and an understanding father.And talking about the mother, the film has the mother sentiment running through the film. It was good to see Saranya in the recreation of the terrace scene in this film.
Kajol as the antagonist, Vasundhara Parameswaran is a good choice and she plays the character with ease.The arrogance is exhibited at a different level than that of ‘Amul Baby from the first part. Her first encounter with Raghuvaran sparks of their conflict and how Raghuvaran proves his point and wins her over forms the rest of the film. Like most of Dhanush’s film the women characters are given their due place and reverence.
From a regular Raghuvaran in the first half to a mass hero in the second half, Dhanush clearly wins the audience. Kajol also makes her impression. The director tries to bring in a twist in the second half, we get another villainous character, Prakash (Saravana Subbaiah), a corrupt businessman who wants to build a theme park in a marshy land.And it takes the Chennai floods for the arrogant Vasundhara to realise her folly and lend a supporting hand to Raghuvaran.This plot is a failure as it failed to rise up to the storyline of the first part.
The other aspect where the film fails-woefully short of the original, is in the music, which lacks the catchiness of Anirudh’s numbers in the earlier film. The comic element provided by Vivek and some punch dialogues in the script, this film falls short of its prequel.
Review: Film fails to be in par with it’s prequel.
Rating: 2 stars