Billa is a stylistic film with vibrant visuals and stunning stunts. This is a remake of Ajit’s Billa in Tamil, which in turn is the remake of Shah Rukh Khan’s Hindi Don which again was a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Don.
Billa (Prabhas) is an underworld don with international ramifications operating from Kula Lampur, Malaysia. His key associates include Ranjit (Supreet) and Lisa (Namitha). Maya (Anushka), sister of Vijay (Subbaraju) an erstwhile member of the don’s gang executed by Billa, joins with an intention of seeking vengeance on the don.
Krishnamurthy (Krishnamraju), an Assistant Police Commissioner, is on the trail of Billa the don and shoots him in an encounter. The death of don is not publicized. By a strange coincidence, the ACP finds a petty thief Ranga (Prabhas again) who is a look alike of the dead Billa.
The ACP gives professional training to Ranga and unleashes him on the underworld impersonating Billa the don. The rest of the story deals with the fight of ACP and Ranga against Billa’s network.
Prabhas looks very fit and fashionable and gives a very effective performance. Veteran Krishnam Raju is a misfit as an ACP. Namitha, Anushka and Hansika Motwani fill in the glamour part of the film and they have nothing much to do in a male oriented action film.
Supreeth and Kelly Dorji are convincing. Subbaraju, Rehman, Jayasudha and Ali are adequate in their cameos.
Being a remake, nothing much can be said about story and screenplay. But, the post-interval narration speed dips and drags. The dialogues lack punch and director Meher Ramesh should have taken the help of a professional, proficient dialogue writer. Mani Sharma’s music is neither foot tapping nor pleasing to the ear.
Sounder Rajan’s cinematography is brilliant, to put it mildly. Siva’s stunts will please action lovers. The editing and audiography could have been better. The production values are high.
The stylistic package called Birla can be enjoyed for its vibrant visuals, rich locales, the make over stylish looks of Prabhas and scintillating action sequences.
The Cast and Crew
Prabhas, Krishnam Raju, Namitha, Anushka, Hansika Motwani, Supreet, Kelly Dorji, Rehman, Subba Raju, Jayasudha, Ali and others.
Music: Mani Sharma
Cinematography: Soundar Rajan
Stunts: Stun Siva
Story: Javed Akhtar
Producer: D Narendra & Prabodh
Banner: Gopi Krishna Movies
Screenplay – dialogues – direction: Meher Ramesh
2.5 out of 5
Review by Deen Kumar
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