Cast: Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek
Banner: Wunderbar Films
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Run Time: 135 Mins
Release Date: 18 Jul 2014
Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014)
Velraj who worked as the DOP of Dhanush’s mega hits like Polladhavan and Aadukalam, has chosen to take on the mantle of the director in Dhanush’s latest offering Velaiyilla Pattadhaari
This is Dhanush’s 25th film and the actor has produced it himself under his home banner, Wunderbar Films. Amala Paulhas been paired opposite Dhanush, while director Samuthirakani and Saranya Ponvannan play his father and mother respectively.
Like the title (jobless degree holders) very obviously suggests, the film deals with the indignities and frustrations suffered by the lakhs of unemployed graduates in our country.
Velraj has chosen to weave a simple tale laced with plenty of humour, sentiments, romance and action, around this very relevant contemporary issue.
Raghuvaran (Dhanush) belongs to a middle-class family and is hunting for a job for the last four years since he has completed his Civil Engineering degree. He is adamant about working in a job related to his field only and is unwilling to accept any other position. He often comes into conflict with his father (Samuthirakani), who considers him irresponsible. His younger brother, Karthik (Hrishikesh), works in an IT company, earning well and, evidently, his father’s approval.
But society is insensitive, labeling him a ‘dhanda soru’ (useless fellow) and ridiculing him at every opportunity. Even his father constantly passes caustic remarks. His mother, Bhuvana (Saranya Ponvannan) is his only support system. She encourages him and protects him from her husband’s taunts.
Shalini (Amala Paul), a doctor, enters his life as a new neighbor and empathises with his situation. Gradually, a friendship develops between them that eventually blooms into love. The entire first half deals with the trials and tribulations faced by unemployed people in our society every day and ends with a dramatic life-altering twist.
One day, when Raghuvaran goes out on a date with Shalini, on returning home, he finds that his mother died of a heart attack. Raghuvaran feels guilty and develops depression. Meanwhile, Bhuvana’s lungs are transplanted into Anitha (Surabhi). Anitha’s father is the chairman of a big engineering company in Chennai and offers Raghuvaran a job in his company as a token of his gratitude for saving Anitha’s life. Raghuvaran accepts the job and is subsequently offered an assignment on buying a land used for a government project to construct high-rise flats to re-house people living in a nearby slum. Azhagusundaram (Vivek) and Manickam are appointed as his assistants. He successfully wins the contract from the government and begins work on it immediately.
Arun Subramaniam (Amitash Pradhan), a business novice who took over his father’s company, bid for the same contract. Furious that he did not get the land, he tries to thwart Raghuvaran’s progress but fails in all attmepts.
Arun and a gang of rowdies ambush Raghuvaran on day of building’s inauguration. He outwits them but spares Arun. Raghuvaran says he has no intention to compete with or beat him and wishes to be his friend. Raghuvaran takes Arun to the site on his moped, where the district minister and Anitha inaugurate the building.