New Delhi: Rajinikanth's son-in-law, South star Dhanush, kicked off the sequel of his 2014 blockbuster film Velaiyilla Pattathari, popularly known as VIP, with the blessing of none other than the Thalaivar on Thursday. The puja that marked the launch event in Chennai was a star-studded affair - apart from Dhanush, Rajinikanth was accompanied by wife Latha, daughter Soundarya and actress Amala Paul, who is the leading lady in the film. Kabali producer Kalaipuli S Thanu, whose V Creations will back the film, was also present. VIP 2 releases in both Tamil and Telugu. VIP 2 will be helmed by Soundarya, Rajinikanth's younger daughter. Dhanush is married to Aishwaryaa R Dhanush, who directed him in 2012 Tamil film 3.
- Dhanush reprises his role as Raghuvaran in VIP 2
- VIP 2 will be directed by Rajinikanth's younger daughter Soundarya
- VIP 2 also stars Amala Paul, Kajol
This is how Rajinikanth blessed Team VIP 2:
Wishing #Vip2 team all the very best ... god bless pic.twitter.com/IppXZklyha— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) December 15, 2016
"Thank you Amma and Appa for blessing the team," Aishwaryaa, who was not part of the puja, wrote on Twitter when she shared pictures:
#Vip2 Pooja day today ... need all your blessings thank you amma & Appa for blessing the team @dhanushkraja@theVcreationspic.twitter.com/ypEN6nNXWc— soundarya rajnikanth (@soundaryaarajni) December 15, 2016
Aishwaryaa also made an interesting revelation - actress Kajol will also be part of the sequel to VIP. With VIP 2, Kajol will make a comeback to Tamil films after two decades. Kajol's first Tamil project was Rajiv Menon's 1997 film Minsara Kanavu - a romance co-starring Arvind Swamy.
Am so excited and honoured to be working with the @KajolAtUN mam in #Vip2 .... always been such a big Kajol fan #BackInTamilAfter20years— soundarya rajnikanth (@soundaryaarajni) December 15, 2016
With VIP 2, Dhanush will reprise his role as Raghuvaran, a character who portrayed the transition from an unemployed graduate to a successful civil engineer. In the teaser released in early November, only a silhouetted Dhanush was featured against a sketchy construction site.
#D33 bless us @soundaryaarajni@theVcreations@RSeanRoldan@anirudhofficial#bilingual Tamil and Telugu. pic.twitter.com/5ZBtCOfmrY— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) November 9, 2016
VIP 2's producer also shared mystery-shrouded posters of the film:
Very happy to announce our next project with @dhanushkraja and @soundaryaarajni#VIP2#RaghuvaranIsBackpic.twitter.com/nR2DxbADfy— Kalaippuli S Thanu (@theVcreations) November 9, 2016
Soundarya's debut in directing was with Tamil film Kochadaiiyaan, co-starring Rajinikanth and Deepika Padukone. Dhanush's Velaiyilla Pattathari also starred Amala Paul but was directed by debutant Velraj.
Dhanush's upcoming films include Nilaavukku Enmel Ennadi Kobam, Enai Noki Paayum Thota and Vada Chennai. Dhanush, 33, also has a guest appearance in Power Paandi.