Saturday, February 02, 2008
Movie Review: Billa
Amithabh's Don is the best among the 4 movies. That movie had style, some decent amount of substance, fantastic songs and more importantly that movie was thrilling. Sarrukkan's Don was a load of trash. Rajini's Billa could probably be least stylistic and the worst among the 4. Bad songs. Probably the worst set of songs for a Rajini movie. The wigs, sets and the clumsiness stand out. Ajith's Billa is everthing but cool. The exact opposite of Amithabh's Don.
Most of the movie shows Ajith walking out of a car and closing the door in slow motion. Wind is blowing his coat is like fluttering in the wind. How many times will they show us this? Apparently that is showing style for Vishnu Vardhan. Granted the movie's stylistic aspects and quality of production is excellent. But to show Ajith getting out of the car again and again and closing the door 50 times in slowmo just started to get boring. Ofcourse the real gangster Billa cannot be a serious ruthless badass. That is because Ajith has an image and he can't be shown as a non trusting killer goon. That kills the first half of the movie, which has Ajith saying "naan ellariayum nambuven, avanga ulla irukara mirugathai namba maaten" and giving a sad Neo look from inside a 'cooling glass'. Amithabh's Don, one was clearly taken into Don's reluctance to get caught alive and also the replacement's anxiety of getting caught as Don. In the later movies that 'connection' is lost. You feel nothing.
The second Ajith cannot do a comic role and so is not given one. 'Velu' as Billa's replacement is bland boring role, which only Ajith can do. Amithabh could do serious and comic role with ease. Rajini is a natural in comic roles. Ajith can do neither. That means the fun element is completely gone. Having said that - the first 10 minutes of the movie is a riot. I couldn't stop myself from laughing. What the hell is this 'ilaya thilagam' Prabhu doing in movies? Is he 'Ilaya Thilagam'? Is he the same guy who was shown so stylishly in Agni Nakshathiram? Here he looks like a midget with a funny voice. He says close to 50,000 pags of dialog in the first 10 minutes almost extolling gay love for Ajith. Looks more like Janakaraj than Prabhu. I was reminded of Anil Kapoor from Taal. It is quite sight to see the incredibly fat Prabhu in Coat & Suit, eat kadalai from conical paper thing and walk. The front angle of him walking is so funny.
Namitha, is ofcourse my favorite in this movie. She is like the 'Attack of the 50 foot woman' dream come true. Two words for Namitha- Surface Area. There are two such bodies in this movie. Nayanthra is the other one. Damn Sexy. Her 'cooling gilass' was funny. But they should have cut out that fencing scene and just got to the cat fight. In the fencing scene Nayanthra looked like some jelly poured into a fencing coat. The movie also shows a cat fight between Namitha and Nayanthra. I had my hopes high before it was ruthless cut short. Bad. The movie also assumes that we know who the hell 'Jagadish' is. Whats his relation to Billa? Shouldn't they tell us that clearly. I am still asking - Who the hell is Jagadish? At least they took us on tour to Malaysia and showed us stuff. In summary this movie is No Thrill, No Story, No Life and poorly flowing mass of boredom.