In anticipation of Dhahush’s upcoming VIP 2, I took the first VIP movie with me on my recent vacation to watch. Dhanush is such a good actor! The title VIP is shortened from Velaiilla Pattadhari (English: Unemployed Graduate)
I am really impressed with Dhanush. I had previously only seen his Hindi film Raanjhanaa with Sonam Kapoor. He was very good in that, but his role was kind of stalkerish.
In VIP, Dhanush plays a young man who has a civil engineering degree, and has been looking for the right job for 4 long years. His father is frustrated with him. Dhanush’s younger brother has a good job. He applies and applies and can’t catch a break. He belongs to a Facebook group of other unemployed young graduates. I had no idea this was such an issue in India.
There’s an adorable romance with Amala Paul who moves in to the house next door. She sees a lot to admire in this unemployed young man, and can’t help but be witness to all his struggles next door, and family drama. They have great chemistry together.
Dhanush is fantastic in the couple of action scenes, and a really good dancer. I also really loved this montage love song:
After a family tragedy, a coincidence leads to him getting a break, and getting a construction project. The second half of the film deals with his struggles with an arrogant young rich developer. He calls on his extended network of other unemployed graduates to help him out, and it was very moving.
I’m really excited to see VIP 2 now. I don’t know if it will be a continuation of the story, or another retelling of a similar unemployed graduate tale. The key is that it has Kajol! Not sure if she will be his boss or nemesis or what.