The story traces the story of David Billa (Ajithkumar), a refugee whose personal circumstances sees him enter the world of gangsters, drugs, arm smuggling and murder. Told with a stylish take on the gangster-film genre, Billa 2 takes an intense and sometimes disturbing view on the violent-filled world of crime where very little is as it seems and where trust is fleeting and treachery a way of life.
Story and screenplay
While the story is fairly thin, it is very engaging and is helped by a very clipped screenplay that makes the film a truly enthralling experience. There are some very minor flaws but nothing that clouds the overall impact of the film.
Ajithkumar has elevated himself to an actor of international repute with his suave handling of the title role, extending his ability to play negative characters to new boundaries. While Bruna Abdullah is there primarily for eye candy, it is former Miss World, Parvathy Omanakuttan who surprises with a very soulful and stirring performance. Manoj K Jayan introduces style to his character while Bollywood stars Vidhyut Jamwal and Sudhanshu Pandey are both impressive. Illavarasu is in a brief but entertaining role.
The hues, filters and colour effects of this film are simply amazing. It seems that cinematographer R.D.Rajsekar has set new benchmarks for the power of the visual medium
Yuvanshanker Raja’s music elevates the film a notch or two although there are no full songs in the film. The catchy “Gang Gang Gangster” song appears in the closing credits.
BILLA 2 is not aimed at the usual Tamil film audience. It redefines the action genre for Indian cinema and places Indian cinema firmly at the upper rungs of international cinema.
RATING : 8/ 10