Behind the Movie David Billa: Superb success of ‘Billa’ in Tamil propelled Ajith to go for a prequel with the title of ‘Billa 2’ which is being dubbed into Telugu as ‘David Billa.’ With no fixed market for Ajith in Andhra Pradesh, let us see how far this ‘Gambler’ can make a show at BO as ‘David Billa?’
In the Movie David Billa: Story begins with David (Ajitha), a refugee leaving in slum is a courageous and dynamic guy aiming big in life. David writes every second of his life on his own terms. But, he comes in confrontation with injustice of local goons and cops only to get injured. On a business deal, local contractor sends David to city and unknowingly deal happens to be related to illegal diamonds.
David starts his journey here by meeting Kannan (Manoj K Jayan), who also happens to be personal advisor to Goa Mafia Don Abbasi (Sudhanshu Pandey). Impressed by the bravery of David, soon Abbasi accepts him as friend. Abbasi sends Kannan and David to Barovia for striking an illegal weapons trafficking consignment with International Don Dmitri (Vidyut Jamwal).
The game enters second phase when Kannan develops envy on the growth of David which results in his separation from Abbasi. Now, David becomes David Billa beginning to build his own empire. In the play of betrayal, Billa even kills Abbasi to show his monopoly. However, in a plot etched by Goa Politicians, Police and Dmitri along with Abbasi’s girl friend Samira (Bruna Abdullah), quickly David looses his lady love Jasmine (Parvathy Omnakuttan). Now, the rest is how Billa kills all his enemies one by one to evolve as the biggest gangster is the rest of climax.
Values & Out of the Movie David Billa: As a prequel to ‘Billa,’ this ‘David Billa’ traces on the roots of how a common man David became a Super Power in Underworld. Story written by Eric Felberg and Chakri Toleti touched all the subjects that led to growth of David Billa. In simple, Chakri’s script is compiled with all the elements needed for a Mafia plot. There is sex, betrayal, romance, action, style and grandeur. However, Chakri concentrating on these many aspects seems to have completely missed on emotions and conviction. Director faltered through out in narration while style and lavishness ran the show.
Cinematography of RD Rajasekhar is the lifeline for ‘David Billa.’ Magnificent locations of Goa and Barovia are well caught by the top notch Red Epic camera. Climax action scenes show in Helicopter stood high class. Entire movie is made a show of grandiosity by the excellent resolution of this Red Epic Camera. Editing by Suresh Urs is fine. Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja resembled more of Pawan Kalyan’s ‘Panjaa.’ Production values of SVR Cinema are worth mentioning. All the three songs are Item Songs with Gabriela Bertante, Meenakshi Dikshit and Nicole Amy Madell keeping the screens on fire with their ample skin show.
Performance wise Ajith stood expressionless most of the time. This underplayed character has got proper elevation only because of camerawork. Along with Ajith, those who have got attractive screen presence are Sudhanshu Pandey, Vidyut Jamwal and Manoj K Jayan. Among the heroines, Parvathy Omnakuttan has got very small role while Bruna Abdullah flaunted her curves in bikini. Of the remaining casting, we do not have one of worth.
In total, ‘David Billa’ might appeal only for differently tasted Tamil audience because there are no chances of Telugu public accepting a film which lacks in striking an emotional chord. Concentration was more on style rather than substance. Action scenes are louder with bullets running out of stylishly designed guns. Characters behave mechanically with no play of mental state. Of course, Chakri also adhered to numerous cinematic liberties and worst among them is killing of Goa Chief Minister so easily. Second half of the film is better narrated with moderate pace compared the dead first half. Commercially, ‘David Billa’ might sink very soon without a trace at Tolly BO.
Cinejosh Verdict of the Movie David Billa: High in Style – Low in Substance.
Reviewed by Srivaas