Actor Dhanush‘s highly anticipated Tamil comedy-drama Velai Illa Pattadhari 2 aka VIP 2 has been released today. VIP 2, which is helmed by Soundarya Rajnikanth, is a sequel to the 2014 Tamil-language film Velaiilla Pattadhari. The film features Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek, Saranya Ponvannan and Samuthirakani returning from the first film, other cast including Kajol. Besides acting, Dhanush has co-produced the film and has written the story and dialogues for the film. While the film is also bankrolled by S. Thanu; Music is scored by Sean Roldan. The makers of the film had already got Dhanush and Kajol‘s fans all interested with its theatrical release, songs and behind the scenes, now with the release, fans are on a different level of excitement. While the actor has rendered his own voice for his role in the Tamil version, the Telugu and Hindi have been done by different artists. Since the first film (2014) has been a super hit, the critics have tried to compare the sequel to the one that was released in 2014. Here are some honest reviews by the critics. Also Read - Karnan Box Office Day 3: Dhanush Starrer Rocks With Rs 63 Crore Opening Weekend Collection Worldwide

Times of India: The first film offered the chance to set up the characters in Raghuvaran’s life the first half and then turn Raghuvaran a mass hero in the second half. Here, Soundarya has to set up the conflict right away, so by the time the first half ends, it seems to have covered the whole trajectory of the first film’s narrative. Thus, 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. This is a hardly compelling arc, so the film feels like it is running around in circles, trying to gain mileage out of recent events like the jallikattu protests and the Chennai floods. Also Read - Karnan Box Office Day 2: Dhanush Starrer Mints Rs 1.43 Crore Despite 50% Threatre Occupancy in Chennai

Behindwoods: Right from the initial minutes of the film, it takes you through many nostalgic moments and the audience is already emotionally attached to the characters from the word go. The characterisation of Vasundhara is impressive and they have balanced the sketching perfectly in an interesting manner. Her lip sync could have been better at few places, but otherwise, a fitting voice has been provided to her. Soundarya Rajinikanth’s screenplay is engaging and takes the right path. Also Read - Karnan Box Office Collection: Dhanush Starrer Earns Rs 10.50 Crore on Day 1

Hindustan Times: Dhanush’s Velaiilla Pattadhari was unanimously well received and loved because its story, thought tried-and-tested and predictable, could connect with all the sections of the audiences. It worked because of the way it was packaged, apart from a terrific Dhanush winning us over in the role of a jobless graduate. It wasn’t one of those commercial outings you could easily write off and that’s what made the film stand out. Unfortunately, its sequel Velaiilla Pattadhari 2 fails miserably in every aspect, ending up as a movie that shouldn’t have been made in the first place. The first half of the film is watchable mainly due to the retained scenes and characters but after a point, the film has nothing new to say and each and every scene becomes repetitive and predictable. Especially, the second half is a plodding ride with unimaginative scenes, dull screenplay and a disappointing climax. Just like the first part, VIP 2’s lifeline is Dhanush, it is his energetic screen presence which is the biggest strength and one reason to watch the film. But sadly, Dhanush’s presence and performance alone can’t save a mediocre predictable drama like VIP-2.

We see that the critics have found the first good as it takes one through many nostalgic moments but they have criticised the second half as they feel that there is nothing new to watch. VIP signature moments such as Dhanush’s trademark flying kick, his strong screen presence (swag, dialogue delivery) among others, keeps you hooked.