Dhanush’s much awaited VIP 2 has fared well on the first weekend of the release. The film which is directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth has reportedly collected Rs 5.75 crores, 6.04 crores, 6.96 crores approximately on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively in Tamil Nadu. The film which is a sequel to the Velaiyila Patadhari directed by Velraj has got mixed reviews from the fans and the critics.
According to producer Kalaipuli Thanu, the film grossed over Rs 25 crore in its opening weekend worldwide. The film has turned out to be one of the most successful Tamil films of this year. In the US, the film’s opening has earned Dhanush a place among the top ten actors, he said. VIP 2 takes the story forward from where VIP ended. In the sequel, Raghuvaran’s (Dhanush) face-off with Vasundara (Kajol) is one of the main highlights. Dhanush has written the screenplay and dialogues for the film, which also stars Amala Paul, Samuthirakani and Vivek in important roles.
The film as of now has grossed Rs 24 crores in the first five days which the crew should be proud of. However, we will have to wait and see if the sequel will go beyond the success of Velaiyila Patadhari, which earned a collection of Rs 53 Cr during its life time run. Telugu film Nene Raju Nene Mantri has got an average opening in Chennai by collecting Rs 7.52 lakh from 39 shows, while another Tollywood flick collected Rs 6.38 lakh from 30 shows.
The mixed reviews for VIP 2 are believed to have taken a toll on its business. Nonetheless, the Dhanush-starrer is expected to do well given the Independence Day holiday. Udhayanidhi Stalin’s Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam is in the second place in Chennai by earning Rs 68.18 lakh from 231 shows. People had lesser hopes on this flick as the hero’s previous movie had bombed at the box office. Yet, it managed to do well in some centres.