2012 will be marked a special year in the history of Indian Cinema, with the release of Billa 2, India’s first prequel movie, a forte even the Badshahs of Bollywood haven’t tried.
Given that the film is going to ride on the success of Billa 2007, it should keep reminding the audience that it’s a prequel to keep them engaged. Otherwise it would be yet another run-of-the-mill don movie.
Few factors can be taken into consideration in the making of the movie.
Characterization: Reportedly, it’s about David, an Eelam refugee, becoming a dreaded don. So it’s a game of survival, hence you cannot expect David to be fooling around, he means only business. Also, it would be better off if the movie doesn’t have songs that involve David directly or show him dancing. The glam dolls can dance around him, just like “Sei Ethavadu” in Billa 2007.
Right from the beginning, David should be shown involved in smuggling, a petty smuggler becoming a master of smuggling.
Continuity and References: This is the most important factor that needs to be taken care of since it’s a prequel. There should be a lot of continuity between the first and second part. Unanswered questions from the first part can be given a reason in the second part. Why Billa doesn’t smoke or drink? Why Billa doesn’t trust anyone? There can be a scene which shows David’s interests in cars, learning driving and trying out few stunts; gives you a strong backing for why he is such a good driver.
Few interesting dialogs can be added to hint about Billa 2007. Like David can say to someone, "Enna madiri yaarum illa, en edathukku yaarum vara mudiyadu", and the character he is speaking to can reply, "Apdi solla mudiyadu, kandippa ennaikavadu oruthan varuvan", which hints about Velu's character from Billa 2007.
Character names and places in Billa 2007 can be referred in Billa 2 somewhere in the movie. Since it doesn’t involve, Mark, CJ and Sasha, let’s say towards the end of the film, where he would have become almost a don, an accomplice of Billa can say, “We have come across a guy named Mark, he would be useful for us.” Somewhere in the movie, Malaysia should be mentioned and a reason should be given on what triggered David Billa to set up his empire in Malaysia.
Theme: Most Hollywood movies follow a theme throughout the movie, an important factor most Indian movies lack. There were only a handful of movies in Tamil that followed a theme, in spite of them being masala movies.
In our case, Billa 2007 talks about survival, be it DSP Jai Prakash, Sasha or Billa, each one worries about their survival and killing others. Same way, Billa 2 too should carry a theme in which it has to travel. Of course, survival is the main theme, but doing so would come very close to the movie Pudhupettai.