Friday, July 13, 2012

BILLA 2 REVIEW

  A sequel but a prequel. Billa 2, directed by Chakri Toleti (of Unnaipol Oruvan-fame) traces the journey of David Billa and his transformation into a dreaded gangster. It is more style over substance attempting to camouflage cliches. 

Billa 2 has a wafer-thin storyline. But Chakri Toleti has intentionally kept the pace swift enough, leaving no time for the viewer to notice loose ends. 

Ajith plays a bravado who is forced to turn a warlord. Being an action flick all through, the director seems to have taken some cinematic liberties and ensured that gun-toting men run around with vigour, baying for blood, spraying bullets all around. It is bad versus bad in a bid to assert their supremacy. 

The film begins in a refugee camp ar Rameshwaram where David Billa (Ajith) comes seeking aylum from the neighbouring island nation. Billa gets acquainted with rough life in the refugee camp and raises his voice against those who treat them in an unfair manner. 

This leads Billa to incur the wrath of police officials and he is forced to go on an assignment planned with an aim of finishing him off. But a brawny Billa overcomes all odds and completes the task given to him with ease. He comes across a few influential men in the society invoved in mafia. There begins a new journey in his life. He comes across Abbasi (Sudhanshu Pandey), a dreaded gangster in Goa. David Billa's brave acts help Abbasi come out of a tangle. He then begins to like Billa. He gives him new assignments and with them come more risks for Billa. But he completes them in style. 

There is a twist when Billa embarks on a trip to Georgia to meet an international don Dmitri (Vidyuth Jamwal) on Abbasi's behalf. But soon a misunderstanding between Abbasi and Billa crops up and they part ways. Now arrives Billa the Don after he bumps off Abbasi. But fresh troubles begin here. Dmitri crosses swords with him. A bloody battle for supremacy then ensues. 

Ajith carries the movie on his shoulders literally. A suit-clad Ajith sports a stylish look as the don. Thanks to his screen presence, he manages to pull a few rabits out of the hat. Though he is predomiantly a baddie on a killing spree, yet it has to be said he adorable. 

Parvathy Omanakuttan and Bruna Abdullah have little to do in the film. Sadly none of them have any song sequence with Ajith. Vidyuth Jamwal's pleasant looks adds credibility to the character. He is at ease before the camera though language is a problem for the Bollywod actor. Sudhanshu Pandey tries hard to look menacing and he does partially succeed. 

Adding strength to Billa 2 besides Ajith are cinematographer R D Rajasekar and dialogue writers Era Murugan and Mohammad Zafar. The former captures the locales in Goa and Georgia in its pristine beauty. Several punchlines by Ajith (penned by Era Murugan) is a treat to Ajith fans. Yuvan Shankar's music disappoints big time. 

Produced by Sunir KhetarpalGeorge Pius and Suresh Balajee, Billa 2 is strictly for Ajith fans who want their favourite star to be seen as an invincible person on the screen always. But one would have preferred to see Ajith as brain than brawny hero.
Verdict: Action, amazing & Ajith 

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