Billa 2 review: No message behind the violence
Gangster films are just that. It’s a genre that has an incredible knack of remaining unobjectionable because it usually doesn’t aim at achieving much, openly promoting invincible charismatic heroes, gorgeous girls, loads of violence and bloodshed, trendy looks and styling as its characteristics, but the process of which can have a story or message of its own. Billa 2 fulfils all except the last bit which is its major weakness.
The film narrates the story of David Billa, a Sri Lankan refugee who comes to coastal Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu after the civil war breaks out in the island nation, and becomes the dreaded international don in arms smuggling.
Billa gets acquainted with brutal life in the refugee camp and raises his voice against those who ill-treat the refugees. He incurs the wrath of a policeman, Raghubir Sinha (Krishna Kumar), and is forced to go on an assignment planned with an aim to bump him off, but a brawny Billa overcomes the tricky situation.
Soon, he meets a few mafia gangs and there begins a new journey in his life. On his way up in his quest, he meets Abbasi (Sudanshu Pandey), a mafia shark in Goa. Billa helps him come out of a tangle and gets into his good books. He embarks on a trip to Georgia to meet international arms smuggler Dimitri (Vidyut Jamval) representing Abbasi.
As it happens, Abbasi fears that Billa might surpass him which results in a rift between the two. By eliminating those who put hurdles in his mission, including Abbasi and Dimitri, Billa finally arrives.
The film works to a great extent because of the sheer screen presence of a star called Ajith Kumar. After all, it is his film all the way! He pulls it off mouthing punch lines (thanks to Era Murugan) like ‘you don’t need status to be my friend, but you need one to be my enemy’. The two girls, Parvathy and Bruna, hardly create any impact in their extended cameos.
The two stylish B’town imports (villains) Sudanshu and Vidyut shine in their limited scope. Though there’s hardly any story in the first half, still it is fairly engaging. We expect something to happen in the latter part. Unfortunately, Chakri follows the same pattern of sequencing mindless violence post-interval as well and fails to establish any emotional connect.
R.D. Rajshekar’s cinematography is a visual treat. In the earlier Billa, Yuvan’s music was a talking point. Here, leave alone the lacklustre songs, even the background score is a major let-down. The film may go down well with Thala fans!
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