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.

28 comments:

maxdavinci said...

ah loved the namitha part!

reminds me of the last scene in 'dude wheres my car'

Anonymous said...

dude..watz ur obsession with wrong spelling names of bollywood heroes? amitabh is always amithabh and aamir is always amir. If thats your level of knowledge with Bollywood movies, then you should stick with writing tamil and sivaji movies and how kamal haasan is the god and how mani ratnam, kamal are the last (few) heroes standing in Indian cinema. Just my 2 cents...
i know your argument is names are not important..content is...but there is lack of respect at your content at that point. You know what i mean i guess. Anyways, i enjoy your southern blogs. Hopefully thats what you will stick with, without attempting to use ur minimal knowledge at bollywood :) stay away..plzzzzz :(

Sarang said...

I agree the first Don is the best of all four. Any day!

Hawkeye said...

anon,

its not tamil. its thamizh :-)

dont get me started on hindi people's horrible usage of roman script to represent devanagiri.

I said...

D-auntie will never forgive me.

Hawkeye said...

max,

dude wheres my car was an awesome movie. I loved it so much.

sarang,

the first 20 minutes where amithabh appears as the real don was classic. one of my favorite cine moments. at that time i watched it i was a die-hard amithabh fan and so was devasted when he died

I,

D-auntie, who?

Anonymous said...

i guess thatz what the argument was abt.. :) true...

Anonymous said...

ami*** uvakk...avanellam madichu nee edho oru spell panradey perusu..bytheway asith evalavo thevalam..

glass said...

first anonymous responder was extremely rude: fudge off u damn northner. we'll spell amitab any way we want to. and yeah kamal is better actor than ambhitabh......

MissJ said...

"naan ellariayum nambuven, avanga ulla irukara mirugathai namba maaten"

now where have I heard that before?

haha :)

"I trust everyone; I just don't trust the devil inside them" - The Italian Job, 2003

Hawkeye said...

missj,

:-) thanks for that. I wasnt able to connect.

I said...

the billa auntie.

Hawkeye said...

I,

ippo remembering your blog.

Anonymous said...

hawkeye is so smart. knowing that some north Indian is going to leave a "rude" comment in which Tamil (Tamizh??) is spelt Tamil, he pretended to be an idiot who doesn't know how to spell Amitabh.
see! his strategy has worked so well, the "rude" took his bait. now he has such a clever come back that justifies his deliberate idiocy in the post.

Hawkeye said...

anon,

its thamizh. 'th' as in that this them and thus.

Anonymous said...

hawkeye,

when English is spelt as English (read it with the closest equivalent Tamil script) and not as 'aangilam' we can talk about whether we should spell Tamil as Thamizh.

Anonymous said...

i know..hawkeye is very smart indeed... bloody show off :). devanagiri script..my ass..ozhunga spell pannu da ambi.. And i am not a "North Indian"..naanum south indhiyan (cockeye style) thaanpa. Hardcore AB fan as well. namma Hawkeye thaan thailavar perey saavu adikararey :(

Hawkeye said...

anon,

i surrender.

Rastafari said...

its thamizh. 'th' as in that this them and thus.
Objection your honor. 'th' as in Thirst, Thunder

Hawkeye said...

rastafari,

add thy thumb too.

Deepak said...

Thats a fantastic review.

//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//

This is exactly what I felt when I was watching the movie. And Nayanthara's role was worse. All she had to do was walk around swimming pools, cars and helicopters with a 'positive' attitude. Gosh! It was like watching a fashion parade or a photoshoot! Ajit was like a walking corpse. A big bore!

However, I dont agree with u on the 'Ilayathilagam' part. After watching the movie, I felt the only actor who had some scope to act was Prabhu.

Deepak said...

Hey Anon!

Amithabh Sarukkan Amir'nnu sonna onakku enna?
How does that bother u? Stop fighting for such pukeworthy eunuchs.

Thanks for calling Kamal, a god! Yes he is!

Anonymous said...

Deepak- sorry..very true. I will stop... Komal hazun is god..i agree..but lets spell him this way from hereon since its trivial anyway ;-)no offense, but i hope u dont support these "pukeworthy eunuchs" as well..lets include komal since he looks to the biggest of them all in terms of character :)

Hawkeye said...

children! shhhhh

Anonymous said...

teacher- he started it... dey deepak, nee veliye vaada..paathukren...

aapu said...

"pukeworthy eunuchs"

perfectly fits the northie bastards...

Komal hazun has balls....dats y he screws even today...bt old coot bitches lik bachchan,rajini(another marathi emigrant..traitor),etc are castrated i guess..u r anonymous..so u r by default as well..

Thoodhu said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrM2Kp_aWoU

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