The suspense is finally over. The hype and hoopla has receded as the first show of Billa 2 is done and dusted. The question that immediately pops up in one’s mind is whether the movie is worth a watch? Does it match its first part? The answer could be a yes, but partially.
Billa 2 is a prequel to Ajith’s 2007 film Billa which was directed by Vishnuvardhan. The new edition is directed by Chakri Toleti who has wielded the megaphone for Unnaipol Oruvan.The film traces the history of a dreaded gangster David Billa and finds out the reasons behind his transformation from an ordinary man to a warlord.
Pravathy Omnakuttan and Bruna Abdullah play female leads while Bollywood stars Sudhanshu Pandey and Vidyuth Jamwal are cast as baddies. Music is by Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography by R D Rajasekar.The movie relies heavily on Ajith. With a wafer-thin storyline, at places events unfold quickly to sustain our interest. Produced by Sunir Khetarpal, George Pius and Suresh Balajee, Billa 2 is strictly for Ajith fans
David Billa (Ajith) a Lankan refugee comes to a camp in Rameshwaram.He fights against injustice in the refugee camp.Now he comes across a few mafias and tries to become one. Slowly he moves towards achieving his mission and meets Abbasi (Sudhanshu Pandey) in Goa. Abbasi is a dreaded mafia don. Billa manages to win his patronage and makes trip to Georgia to meet an international don Dmitri (Vidyut Jamwal). As it happens, the rise of Billa creates a rift in between him Billa and Abbasi. Now Billa decides to announce his arrival.Several hurdles come his way including Dmitri himself. How he accomplished the task is the rest.
Ajith shoulders the burden as he did in the first part. He is at ease playing a baddie. It is no easy task to do such a character, but he does it well. Especially the climax stunt sequence is a treat for Ajith fans.Parvathy Omanakuttan and Bruna Abdullah seem to play cameos. They come and disappear.Sudhanshu and Vidyut are majestic and have terrific screen presence. Also the film has Ilavarasu, Manoj K Jayan and Rahman.
Rajasekhar’s camera speaks a lot in Billa 2. Be it Goa, Chennai or Georgia, he captures them well. Yuvan’s music is a letdown. He manages to bring solace with his background score. Dialogues by Era Murugan are worth to listen. ‘Mathavanoda Bayam dan nambaloda Balam is one of the highlights.Selva’s art works are authentic.
It is a triucky tale for the story is wafer-thin. But Chakri has ensured that events unfold at quick pace. Sadly more brawny and less brainy, Billa 2 sparkles in moments. It is a thorough entertainer for Ajith fans.
Era Murugan’s dialogues
RD Rajasekar’s camera
Average music by Yuvan
Too much action
First things first- If you expected Billa-2 to be a stylish film, you will not be disappointed. Problem is, apart from a few stale gimmicks borrowed from a bunch of Hollywood films — nothing really happens in this film at all. It is a miscalculation on the part of both the film’s writer and director Chakri Toleti who has to take the blame for it.
Packaged snazzily with a charismatic hero like Ajith, glossy-finish camerawork by RD Rajasekhar, exotic locations and fancy costumes, every frame of the film probably cost lakhs to put together, but it still feels like a hollow piece in the end because the story doesn’t hold.
The film has no soul, not even a wafer thin story or any smart packaging in terms of commercial elements associated with a big hero film. In short, director Chakri Toleti has made a film without understanding the basic structure of commercial mass films and it lacks local flavour.
The story is a prequel on how David Billa became the biggest underworld don of all times. David Billa (Ajith) a refugee (?) comes to Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu and his journey begins into crime. First he starts as a local diamond smuggler who graduates into drugs and later international arms smuggling. On the way up the crime syndicate, he meets a lot of treacherous opponents whom he eliminates one by one and becomes the dreaded don. But the treatment’s so over-the-top, so indulgent that it fails to establish any connect.
In all fairness, the first half of the film is marginally better than the second. If Billa-2 is salvaged to some extent, it’s thanks to Ajith’s irresistible screen presence and his spontaneous approach to the character. Sadly you have no words of praise for good looking villains Sudhanshu and Vidyut and girls Parvathy Omanakuttan and Bruna Abdullah who can’t rise above the flawed script.
Do we really want impressionable young children to see this kind of violence where people are brutally chopped, throat slit and killed at regular intervals? You cringe in the scene when Ajit kills the corrupt policeman (KK) when he is having kinky sex in a brothel!
Don’t go in expecting too much, perhaps you won’t be too disappointed. Watch Billa-2 for its stylish presentation, it hasn’t got anything else to offer.
Verdict: All style, No substance