Out Of Theatre

VIP 2: Lalkar

Out Of Theatre
18 Aug, 2017 2 hrs 13 mins U
Dhanush, Kajol, Monal Gajjar, Amala Paul, P. Samuthirakani
Synopsis
VIP 2: Lalkar may work for people seeking star-powered entertainers. But otherwise, it gets lost in translation.
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  • Times of India
  • Mumbai Mirror
Story: Raghuvaran tries to lead a change in the corporate world but his righteousness irks an egotistical businesswoman who becomes hell-bent on taking him down.

Review: Some films sell stories, some sell stars. VIP 2: Lalkar is the latter and it makes no bones about it. It bends over backwards to accommodate its lead actor’s skill-set and presents him with multiple opportunities to grow as the mass-hero, Raghuvaran.

Raghu (Dhanush) is fresh off the success of a slum-rehabilitation project; he’s even won a Best Engineer award. Just as he’s inching closer to the goal of starting his own construction firm, he makes an enemy out of the ruthless and bratty businesswoman, Vasundhara (Kajol), by refusing to work with her. A fundamental difference in ideologies leads to inflamed egos, and Raghu and Vasundhara face off for the rest of the movie’s runtime.

That south Indian potboilers play at a slightly higher pitch than their Hindi counterparts is a fact. But one expects a basic level of competent storytelling to make up for the tonal and cultural differences. The dialogue, if paraphrased as opposed to translated, can remain meaningful and funny; the dubbing, if moderated, can temper the mood. Unfortunately, VIP 2: Lalkar offers no such compromises.

In its effort to make room for Dhanush’s swagger, it often fails to exercise restraint. The lines are thoughtlessly translated; the scenes with Raghu's wife and colleagues are especially accentuated. And the film also has a paradoxical view of women; on one hand, Raghu refuses to let his wife work, sings a whole song about women being troublesome and threatens to beat-up his wife in a drunken stupor. On the other, he deems himself the savior of fallen women everywhere and thumps woman-beaters. Kajol’s Vasundhara is also made to look villainous for being a powerful woman who is in charge of her life.

The redeeming factor here is Dhanush, who is nothing if not charming. How he beats up goons who are thrice as big as him, is a mystery worthy of Sherlock’s time. Kajol plays Vasundhara with grit. The movie drops its aesthetic and gives you a surprisingly sweet conclusion.

In spite of its issues, it may work for people seeking star-powered entertainers. But otherwise, it gets lost in translation.
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