Sameer Thahir in Dhanush’s VIP 2
We had earlier reported that Soundarya Rajinikanth will be directing the sequel to 2013 blockbuster movie VIP. The new movie titled as Vellai Illatha Pattathari 2 aka VIP 2 is written by Dhanush who is also playing the lead role. Sean Roldan has replaced Anirudh from the first part to handle the music department. Popular Mollywood cinematographer turned filmmaker Sameer Thahir is the DOP for VIP 2.
He made his Kollywood debut last year with the award winning movie Sila Samayangalil which had Prakash Raj in the lead role. The movie was directed by ace filmmaker Priyadarshan. Sameer Thahir’s work in Sila Samayangalil was widely appreciated as almost the entire movie was shot in a single room. Though the movie was screened in several film festivals across the globe it is yet to have a theaterical release.
The movie marks the seventh outing of Sameer Thahir as an independent cinematographer. He started his career working as an assistant to Amal Neerad. He made his debut as a DOP with his mentor’s directorial debut Big B starring Mammootty in the lead. The kind o framing used in Big B was rarely seen in Malayalam cinema. Sameer made heads turn with his work. He then turned director with the critically acclaimed Chappa Kurish.
He later worked as a cinematographer in some super hit movies like Lal Jose’s Diamond Necklace and Anjali Menon’s Bangalore Days.
VIP 2 was earlier in the news after the makers roped in Bollywood’s top actress Kajol to play a pivotal character in the movie. She is making her return to Kollywood after a gap of nearly two decades. Amala Paul who essayed the female lead in the first part will reprise her role in the sequel as well. Samuthirakani, Vivek, Cell Murugan and Hrishikesh will reprise their roles from VIP. The movie is produced by Kalaipuli S Thanu under his banner V Creations.