VIP 2 Lalkar movie review: This Dhanush-Kajol film suffers due to a hopelessly stilted plot

VIP 2 Lalkar movie review: The film could have been the better watch, however, Dhanush flubs it, essentially because of a treatment that is all cliché. Given that there is a female director at the helm, it has surprisingly regressive lines, poking fun at wives and other women.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: August 18, 2017 5:42 pm
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VIP 2 Lalkar movie cast: Dhanush, Kajol, Amala Paul
VIP 2 Lalkar movie director: Soundarya Rajinikanth
VIP 2 Lalkar movie star rating: 1.5

The only reason to keep watching this film right till the bitter end comes right at the end. This is not a spoiler. It’s just a tip, which comes to you via gritted teeth, because you keep asking yourself in disbelief, just how bad can a Dhanush film get?

Going by VIP 2, let me tell you, it can get pretty terrible.

VIP 2 Lalkar is 99 percent tosh, created for the express purpose of getting Dhanush to sing and dance and ‘do comedy’ and fight, all the things a Hero is meant to do.

Given that the leading man is capable of terrific acting, and has done all kinds of interesting, edgy roles, this one should have been a snip. But he flubs it, essentially because of a hopelessly stilted plot and treatment that is all cliché.

Taking off from where the original VIP left off, we see Raghuvaran (Dhanush) crossing swords with the very toffee-nosed Vasundhara (Kajol), the former being the very proletarian, down-to-earth engineer and the savior of many working class young joes like himself, the latter being the very wealthy, arrogant owner of the biggest architect firm in the region.

‘Vellai’ (work) plus ‘illai’ (no) adds up to Jobless Raghuvaran, whose fight against Vasundhara is on the principles of fairness and justice and truth and saving the environment. That must have sounded good on paper, but is executed so ham-handedly, that you cringe.

And Kajol, who was so good in her big Tamil outing many years ago (Rajeev Menon’s Minsara Kanuvu aka Sapnay, ‘97) is all snarly and slit-eyed and power-suited here, snapping fingers at her underlings. She’s written with no variation, and you watch in despair: Kajol has much more in her; she certainly doesn’t need this. And we are expected to believe that Dhanush, the slender, lightweight Dhanush, can take on burly villains single-handedly, and send them flying, slo-mo.

All you can is to roll your eyes.

And one more thing. Given that there is a female director at the helm, it has surprisingly regressive lines, poking fun at wives and other women. These jokes have gone old, and more so in a film helmed by the next gen.

In the last few minutes, the film changes tack, loosens up, allowing the two leads to break out. Suddenly, we find the two talking to each other, measuring each other up for size, showing us two actors at work.

This could have been the film.

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    James
    Sep 12, 2017 at 6:46 am
    You are absolutely wrong I suppose just because you like kajol you have been boasting about her where as dhanush has done great film and vip 2 was good for entertainment
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      Maari Hari
      Aug 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm
      wonderfull film by dhanush sir and this story is more creative and the songs is extra ordinary I love it
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        eugin eugin
        Aug 18, 2017 at 5:07 pm
        Subhra , u r the worst reviewer. Stop reviewing movies ..
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          Likhith Vulapu
          Aug 19, 2017 at 9:28 pm
          ssssssssssssssupeerrr correcr bro
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            Maari Hari
            Aug 27, 2017 at 2:57 pm
            Yes this is fact bro
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            Sanjay Lod
            Aug 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
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              Koolearth
              Aug 18, 2017 at 9:40 am
              Dear Subhra, I have gone through your review. the '99 tosh' according to me is incorrect and innacurate. Of course i agree that they ended the movie on an insipid note and diluted the whole movie, however i wouldnt say the entire movie is bad. I also agree with you on single handed fighting by dhanush.I did roll my eyes there. But, VIP 2 is supposed to be a mass movie. And the female director seems to have captured the local sentiments. Your opinion about her degrading women is probably due to lack of familiarity with local culture. you should also note that in the same movie Dhanush makes several efforts to please his wife. Raghu's father tells him the dignity of a man is in how he treats his wife with respect. So i wouldnt betalking about the female director here on that score. Looks like you missed these because of language issue. And lol ...its Velai not vellai .
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                Maari Hari
                Aug 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm
                Yes, this is the fact
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                Umar Sadiq
                Aug 18, 2017 at 8:57 am
                Hi
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