Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014)
Movie: Velaiyilla Pattathari (U)
Cast: Dhanush, Amala Paul, Vivek
Direction: Velraj
Producer: Dhanush
Banner: Wunderbar Films
Music: Anirudh Ravichander
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Run Time: 135 Mins
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Velaiyilla Pattathari (2014)

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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.

4 Reviews

  1. Behindwoods

    A completely crowd pleasing silver-jubilee outing for Dhanush

    We have seen Dhanush in such characters in movies like Polladhavan, Yaradi Nee Mohini and Padikathavan to name a few. But the entertainment quotient never dips and Dhanush keeps his fans hooked through something or the other. Dhanush’s comic timing is impeccable. His ‘dabba vandi’ is a character in itself and we make a connect with this cute moped straightaway.

    Samuthirakani shows his solid acting prowess and the father-son relationship is firmly established with strong dialogues. Hrishikesh as Dhanush’s respectful younger brother passes muster while Amitash as the ‘Amul Baby’ villain just can’t hold himself against a powerhouse performer like Dhanush.

    Amala Paul’s beautiful eyes serve her well and her chemistry with Dhanush is easy on the senses. Surabhi is somehow fitted into the script but the way her role has been showcased isn’t convincing. Saranya Ponvannan has patented such mother roles and you can’t find a single glitch in her spotless performance. Vivek’s one-liners make a mark on a few instances.

    Dhanush’s screen presence get the feeling of seeing a mass hero. The way he smokes, his stylish walk, the 6-pack finale, his ease in the stunt scenes and his ‘superstar swag’ are a delight to his ardent fans. His long monologue about the travails of a humble and hard working engineering graduate who has come up the hard way, is ‘ear-drum exploding’ stuff. VIP should turn out to be that much-needed superhit for Dhanush at the box-office.

    Anirudh deserves credit for keeping the audiences thoroughly entertained with his songs and his BGM lifts all manner of scenes. But in a few odd scenes, one may feel that Anirudh could have added a bit more to the overall experience.

    VIP entertains in a big way and Dhanush fans couldn’t have asked for a better treat from their star.

  2. Rediff

    Velaiyilla Pattadhari is two hours of pure entertainment, definitely worth a watch

    Dhanush, of course, is the life of the film. The movie shines because of Dhanush’s performance. The role is tailor-made for him and though we have seen him deliver similar characters in his earlier films too, he is undoubtedly a wonderful entertainer.

    He proves that he is a mass hero, entertaining with his flawless comic timing and dialogue delivery. He is equally competent in heart-wrenching sequences and action scenes.

    The climax, however, is rather tame with everything coming together very simply without much fanfare. There is not much menace in the bad guys and Dhanush outwits them easily, taking away some of the fun.

    But the film is without doubt a credit to both Dhanush, as well as ace cinematographer-turned-director Velraj.

  3. Indiaglitz

    Story of every grad, “dedicated to all engineers”

    Dhanush is all emotions that an unemployed, talented youth would be. He has lived the character dealt to him, who knows to differentiate aspiration from dream. Amala is the understanding partner, who balances her love and career, without letting both trespass borders. Her simplicity is what makes her stand out.

    The combination of Dhanush and Vivek makes for classic comedy, which is sure to hurt your stomach in laughter. Velraj breaks all stereotypes in delivering a healthy entertainer with a complete story and picture perfect experience. Though the story is predictable at certain places, the dialogues take the cue in gluing you to the seat, entertaining through and through.

    While songs kept you engaged, the background score moves you in each phase of the story. Anirudh is an artiste who will always stay close to your heart. Dialogues are a major plus in the movie.

    ‘Vellaiyilla Pattathari’ is a film for entertainment seekers of all ages, and a masala that aptly explains the predicament of the unemployed. With this, Velraj leaves behind a message that staying focused never fails.

  4. Sify

    Guaranteed for some fun and a good time at the movies

    The first half of the film has its best moments with comedy, soft romance and terrific punch lines. In the second half the film becomes more emotional and has a climax you can predict but is executed well. Dhanush is one actor who clearly knows where his strengths lie. He is like a chameleon who doesn’t just ‘play’ characters, he ‘becomes’ them and he lives the role of Raghuvaran. His eyes and body language alone convey volumes of pain and repressed anger of millions of educated youth of our country who are forced to settle down with jobs they get.

    Die hard fans of Dhanush, don’t miss this one!

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