The trailer for the Dhanush-Amala Paul starrer VIP 2 is out. And yay, it also gives us more than a glimpse of Kajol, who seems to be playing the antagonist. The film mark's Kajol's return to Tamil cinema after 20 years.
Although she's acted in only one Tamil film, Rajiv Menon's Minsara Kanavu, in her career, fans who grew up in the '90s have not forgotten the Ooh la la girl with the magical green eyes.
Minsara Kanavu was a love triangle with Kajol, Arvind Swami and Prabhu Deva. AR Rahman's terrific musical score for the film, which included evergreen numbers like Vennilavey Vennilavey and Poopookum Osai, set the state on fire when the album released. The film had a rather tedious plot, but became a hit mainly because of the cast and the songs.
Now, 20 years later, Kajol is pitted against Dhanush, who plays Raghuvaran from VIP. And from the trailer, it appears that the engineer is without a job again! The portions with Kajol who plays the owner of Vasundhara Constructions suggest that she will lock horns with Raghuvaran who becomes a thorn in her side for some reason.
Predictably, the trailer has Dhanush delivering punch dialogues to put Kajol in her place, including a line where he calls her 'Amul Baby' condescendingly. Although Kajol looks stylish and smashing, the role seems to be written to build up the hero's machismo at the cost of making her appear silly. A pity, considering Kajol's tremendous talent. But then, this was the case in the first VIP film, too - a rant against "corporates" which had zero nuance to it and reduced the villain to a mere caricature.
Moreover, the woman villain in Tamil cinema is usually "tamed" by the hero who's out to prove that he's the "man". Interestingly, Dhanush's Kodi was the first Tamil film to depart from the stereotypical "villi" we've been given all these years. We would indeed be glad to be proven wrong - if Kajol's role turns out to be better and she has more to do other display her "thirmiru" and get snubbed for it. With a woman director at the helm, one would expect things to be better in this respect.
Amala Paul, Pelli Choopulu fame Ritu Varma, Vivek and Samuthirakani can also be seen in the trailer, with Amala playing the "nagging" wife.
Directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth, the film is expected to release in July this year.