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Billa II is a 2012 Indian Tamil-language action thriller directed by Chakri Toleti. It is a prequel to Billa and focuses on how David Billa, an ordinary man from the coastal regions of Sri Lanka, becomes a dreaded underworld, with Ajith Kumar playing the title character. Parvathy Omanakuttan, Bruna Abdullah, Vidyut Jammwal and Sudhanshu Pandey appear in supporting roles, all of which marked their debut in Tamil cinema. The soundtrack and background score of the film were composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, while R.D. Rajasekhar took care of the camera and Suresh Urs worked as the editor.
The film, produced by Wide Angle Creations in association with Hinduja Group IN Entertainment, was officially announced in November 2010, with Vishnuvardhan as director. Due to scheduling conflicts, Vishnuvardhan was replaced by Chakri Toleti. A new script was written by a team that included Toleti, Sarath Mandava and Eric Felberg. The film is said to be an unofficial remake of the Scarface film.
from 1983. The main photography took place between July 2011 and December 2011. The filming took place mainly in Tamil Nadu, Goa, instead of Hyderabad and Georgia. Billa II was released worldwide on July 13, 2012, and at the same time a dubbed Telugu version entitled David Billa was released in Andhra Pradesh. The film received mixed reviews when it was released, and it garnered decent box office hype due to the hype it created earlier.
David Billa, a Sri Lankan refugee arrives with several others at a camp in Rameswaram, where he befriends Ranjith. The refugee camp is constantly terrorized by the corrupt police officer Raghubir Sinha. Billa attacks Raghubir when he tries to forcibly arrest one of his friends. In revenge, he has Billa tortured in a police cell and vows to let him suffer. A few days later, Billa and Ranjith are hired to transport fish from Rameswaram to Chennai. But unknown to them, it was a Raghubir conspiracy to catch them since the truck they were driving contained diamonds. But Billa realizes the trick and kills all the cops and drives the truck to its destination, where they meet Selvaraj, who is delighted with Billa's loyalty and includes him in his business. Billa murders Raghubir in a brothel.
. The criminal Kotiswara Rao visits Selvaraj and asks him if he can help sell the heroin he has brought with him. Billa volunteers for sale and tries to distribute the heroin to a local thug who refuses to pay for it. In a brutal altercation in which one of Billa's friends is butchered, Billa kills them all and goes straight to Koti's boss Abbasi with the money and heroin, which is very impressed with and recruits the former. Abbasi is in business with the Barovian Mafia led by Dimitri, who tell him that his gun shipment has been held by the Indian Coast Guard, and he seeks his help. Billa and Ranjith agree to pick up the shipment for him and Dimitri congratulates them on their work.
Billa quickly climbs the ladder of Abbasi's gang. He later learns of his sister's death and brings his niece Jasmine with him. Billa and Koti travel to Russia to meet Dimitri, who happens to own a weapons and ammunition production unit. Billa signs a contract with Dimitri without Abbasi's knowledge, who learns this from Koti and is angry with Billa. Tensions rise further when Billa Satish Kumar, the son of an influential minister, beats up Praveen Kumar while trying to misbehave at a party with Jasmine. Abbasi expresses his dissatisfaction and ventilates him. Billa, surprised and angry at his ingratitude, walks away with Ranjith. Billa, Ranjith, and ally Ram plan to venture into the drug business on their own during Carnival. At the carnival, Billa is betrayed by Ram and brutally attacked. However, he survives and takes down the attackers, kills Abbasi and Ram and becomes Goa's most powerful gangster. He begins a relationship with Abbasi's girlfriend Sameera.
Dimitri comes to Goa and has an argument with Billa when they try to negotiate a deal with Billa. So Dimitri tries to suppress him. Dimitri seeks the help of Koti, Satish and Praveen to eliminate David. They keep killing Prime Minister Mohan Kanth and Billa is held responsible. However, Billa is freed by threatening the judge and his family. After Billa comes out, he saves Jasmine from Koti's men and instructs Sameera to bring Jasmine to safety. But Sameera betrays Billa and informs the minister's son who is holding Billa and Jasmine prisoner. Billa is held to the ground and mocked by Satish, who slits Jasmine's throat. Angry at her death, Billa overwhelms and kills everyone.
Meanwhile, Dimitri is auctioning his weapons in Russia, and Koti is with him. He shows his factory on his computer via a series of webcams and, to everyone's shock, Billa is seen destroying his factory in Georgia. He also sees how his consignment train deviates from course. He gets angry and kills Koti for not killing Billa and sets off to finish the task. The arms factory is destroyed by Billa and his friends. Dimitri arrives and follows his delivery train when, to his shock, the delivery train is blown by Billa, who would be waiting for him in his own helicopter. After an intense fight, Billa kills Dimitri. In the epilogue, Billa and Ranjith get on a plane outside the country, and the loose threads (Sameera, police and lawyer) are removed by Billa's assassins.
In 2008, it was reported that Soundarya Rajinikanth was planning a follow-up investigation after discovering Billa's commercial hit, to be produced by Ocher Studios in partnership with Warner Bros. However, the sequel did not materialize and the idea was dropped. Ajith Kumar, Vishnuvardhan and Soundarya are busy with other projects.
In 2010, sources confirmed that Vishnuvardhan had completed the script for a prequel that Ajith Kumar would re-play as the title character and begin in 2011. The project was officially announced in late 2010 after Ajith Kumar signed the prequel and the first production poster was released in the media. Further details were revealed, with Suresh Balaje, son of producer and actor K. Balaji, who produced the original Billa with Rajinikanth, and George Pius of Wide Angle Creations banner confirmed as producer who would associate with IN Entertainment Limited of Mumbai , a Hinduja group company. The entire production team for the Billa remake, including cinematographer Nirav Shah, editor A. Sreekar Prasad and music director Yuvan Shankar Raja have been announced to be retained for the sequel.
In a series of events, Vishnuvardhan decided out of the project, citing that his dates clashed with the making of his Telugu film Panjaa (formerly titled The Shadow). Chakri Toleti, director of the 2009 Kamal Haasan - Mohanlal star Unnaipol Oruvan, was subsequently hired by the producers to direct the company. In May 2011, Chakri Toleti held his first press conference in which he stated that production would start in late June 2011 and revealed that "Billa 2 would focus on it, like David, an ordinary man from the Thoothukudi coast in southern Tamil Nadu , becomes Billa, a feared underworld don ". David's character was later widely referred to as a refugee from Tamil Eelam or a Tamilian from Sri Lanka. Both the director and producer refused to confirm the statements, merely saying that the film would depict David's journey over a five-year period.
When Vishnuvardhan left the project, his script was scrapped and Toleti and Ajith Kumar began to write a new script for the prequel. Yuvan Shankar Raja was only taken over from the original production team, the rest of the technical crew was completed in the following weeks. Hemant Chaturvedi, who previously only worked in Bollywood productions, was hired to replace Nirav Shah as cameraman after his schedules clashed with the production of his other film, Vettai. However, in July 2011, Hemant Chaturvedi also pulled out of the project for fear that delaying the start of Billa 2 could hurt his chances in Bollywood and R. D. Rajasekhar has been appointed as the new cameraman. V. Selvakumar, who had worked in Madrasapattinam in particular, was selected as art director. The crew also announced that the film would be the first Indian production to be shot with a RED EPIC camera at 5K resolution. Writer Ee. Raa. Murugan, who had previously worked with Chakri Toleti in the Kamal Hassan star Unnaipol Oruvan, was tasked with writing the dialogue.
From the previous film, the producers made it clear that most of the other characters except Ajith Kumar and Rahman would not be retained. The female lead was expected to be turned over to Anushka Shetty, but despite media speculation, she was not signed. The female lead was given to debutante Huma Qureshi, a Mumbai-based stage actor who previously appeared in commercials. Toleti graduated from Qureshi after a nationwide search for an actress. However, due to date conflicts, she was removed from the project until September 2011, and later that month replaced by Miss India World 2008 Parvathy Omanakuttan, whom the director discovered and offered the role of Jasmine at a fashion show. Parvathy described her character as "a simple girl who transforms into a modern person" who Billa looks up to, adding that she had more scenes in the "emotional part" of the film. Bollywood actress and model Bruna Abdullah was selected to portray another significant figure she described as "super powerful, very strong and sexy". In addition to the models Abdullah and Parvathy Omanakuttan, Meenakshi Dixit was recruited for the item number "Madurai Ponnu". Another three models, including Gabriela Bertante and an unknown artist, were recruited to perform a dance number "Yedho Mayakkam".
TV actor Krishna Kumar was signed on to play a "dirty cop". In June 2011, Sudhanshu Pandey, a former model who has appeared in several Hindi films, was given the role of "graying ganglord" who becomes the mentor of young David, while Malayalam is the character actor
Production of the film has been delayed as Ajith Kumar's previous film Mankatha advanced beyond the estimated completion dates. In March 2011, the producers released a press release that the film would open in early May 2011, but it didn't. It was also suggested during this time that Billa II may not be Ajith Kumar's successive project and will only begin after the actor finishes an M. Raja. Finally, there was a photo shoot with Ajith in June 2011 that featured a man in his mid-twenties. Main photography began on July 14, 2011 in Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. Filming during the first 30-day program in July and August 2011 took place in Hyderabad and Vizag. As part of the schedule, a song was filmed in Puducherry under the direction of choreographer Raju Sundaram. The two actresses Parvathy Omanakuttan and Bruna Abdullah joined the crew for the second schedule in Goa, which lasted 39 days and ended in the first week of November.
During the third week of November, a unit of thirty-six traveled to Eastern Europe in Georgia to prepare the film's final 20-day schedule. In Georgia, the crew filmed in the country's capital, Tbilisi, Borjomi and Rustavi. Billa II was the first Indian film to be shot at the Likani Palace, which serves as the summer residence of the President of Georgia. In the middle of the filming, heavy snowfall began. The crew continued firing, however, and later re-fired the entire sequence with the snowy background to maintain continuity. There, the highlight sections were filmed in front of a snow-covered backdrop, for which aerial photographs were taken from a helicopter. About half a million dollars were spent in Georgia on the entire schedule, which was completed by mid-December. In February 2012, despite the ongoing strike in the film industry, the remaining scenes, including the movie's theme song, were recorded in the Ramoji Film City in Hyderabad. An item number "Yedo Mayakkam" with three models was shot in a studio in Goa. Although producer Kheterpal named Bangkok, Thailand as a potential location, no filming took place there. All of the filming was completed over a period of 90 days.
Three stunt choreographers were involved in the creation of Billa II. The stunt sequences in Georgia were partially choreographed by an award-winning German company led by stuntman Stefan Richter, while the highlights of the action scenes were made by the Jaika stunt team led by Kecha Khamphakdee. K. Rajasekhar choreographed the fight sequences in Hyderabad and Goa. Madhu Sudhanan, a VFX creative director, said that VFX is in action sequences, in "set extensions" and in sequences with 3D.
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The audio launch was originally supposed to be released in mid-March 2012, but was then postponed to the second week of April. Actor Rajinikanth was approached to reveal the soundtrack. The team reportedly postponed the audio launch on the dates of Rajinikanth, who had traveled to London to shoot his film Kochadaiyaan. The soundtrack was released on May 1, 2012 on the occasion of Ajith Kumar's birthday. Sony Music Entertainment marketed the album of Ajith Kumar's previous film Mankatha also acquired the music rights to Billa II for an unprecedented sum after several weeks of negotiations. In the week leading up to the audio launch, Sony Music published teasers for each of the songs every day and promoted them on social platforms. The Telugu version of the soundtrack was released on June 5, 2012 at the Taj Deccan in Hyderabad. The soundtrack was received positively by critics and topped the charts.
Billa II experienced an extensive marketing spree before its release. A first teaser poster with the new logo design was published in Diwali 2011, while the first poster with Ajith Kumar's look was published in January 2012 during the Pongal Festival. From the end of February, more posters with Ajith were revealed. In late March, a poster showed a young Ajith with a kerosene can on a boat, which sparked speculation about the character's origins. A one-minute teaser trailer was uploaded to YouTube on April 13, 2012. The teaser garnered over 500,000 views in the first three days of its release, setting a new record for Tamil films.
As part of the marketing, the creators planned to publish a Billa 2 calendar with the two main actors. Parvathy Omanakuttan and Bruna Abdulla; The stills were shot in Goa exclusively for the calendar. An event to mark the launch of the official cinema trailer was due to take place on July 2nd in the auditorium of the Anna Centenary Library in Kotturpuram, Chennai. The entire cast and crew, as well as Russian dancers, were to attend the event, which was later to be televised. The event was canceled at short notice. However, the trailer was uploaded to YouTube on the same day and scored record-breaking views. A promotional video was also shot with Ajith starring composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, but it was not released either.
Billa 2 has been released in 2500 cinemas worldwide. On the first day, Mayajaal Multiplex published Billa 2 on all screens and in all shows - a total of 102 shows on 14 screens. The overseas distribution rights were sold to US-based GK Media for 53 million, the highest ever for an Ajith film. In March 2012, The Sun TV bought the satellite rights at a record price. Sources estimate the price at £ 6 million. According to reports, three prominent production houses were trying to acquire the domestic cinema rights at the time. Venasc Ravichandran Aascar Films eventually acquired Tamil Nadu's theatrical distribution rights for £ 260 million. All distribution rights to the film, with the exception of the dubbing rights for Kerala and Hindi, were sold for a record price of more than £ 400 million.This makes Billa II one of the top grossing films of all time in the Tamil film industry. In early May 2012, the release rights to Kerala were finally sold to Sagara Entertainment and Money Tree Entertainment for £ 8 million, also a new record for an Ajith film. Billa II received an adult rating ("A" certificate) from the Central Board of Film Certification for its "high glamor quotient, violence and mature content". In the UK, the film received a 15 certificate from the British Board of Film Classification stating that it contained "a very strong theme of violence and vengeance".
The release of Billa II was originally scheduled for April 13, 2012, coinciding with Tamil New Year, but the release was postponed to May 1, 2012, coinciding with Ajith Kumar's birthday, and the makers considered showing the film by four days to post on a Friday. However, the release was delayed further and was postponed to the second half of May 2012. After the first four Fridays in June 2012 had been taken into account for the release of the film, the producer finally set July 13th as the release date.
Billa 2 has been released to over 1,400 screens worldwide, making it one of the greatest Tamil releases of all time. The film was released simultaneously in the four southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, as well as in northern India and international markets. In Tamil Nadu, it opened in 550 theaters, while a designated Telugu version of the film was released in Andhra Pradesh as David Billa. In Kerala, the Tamil version was shown and Karnataka saw both versions released. The film was also released by Aanna Films in most of France's major multiplexes with French subtitles. Malay, Hindi and Arabic subtitles have been added to the film in Malaysia, northern India and the Gulf States, while other international markets have screened with English subtitles.
Karthik Subramanian from The Hindu said: "Where the film lacks content, he tries to score with technical aspects. The camera work by RD Rajasekhar, background score by Yuvan Shankar Raja and editing by Suresh Urs are mostly superlatives" and that the film "dem Hype lives up to ". MSN India said, "Billa 2 would only be an interesting movie if you are an avid Ajith fan. Otherwise, it's an average film with a poor script that spoils the show."
Meena Iyer of The Times of India recommended it with a 3-star rating: "If you are an Ajith fan - Billa 2 is a must. If you are an action fan it is a pleasure. If you are not, then not." Trouble. "Indiaglitz called it a cunning entertainer who only ran 129 minutes. Prathibha Parameswaran of IBN Live said," If you liked Billa and Mankatha and expected so much from the prequel, expectations fall far behind. " Watch out, only for Thala. "Deccan Chronicle's Anupama Subramanian rated the film 3 stars out of 5, saying," The film works to a large extent because of the sheer screen presence of a star named Ajith Kumar. After all, it's his movie all the way! "
In the domestic market, Billa II had a great opening with 95% occupancy in single screens and multiplexes. In the opening week the box office in Chennai brought in around 4.79 billion GBP and after 5 weeks 7.79 billion GBP after tax. It brought in around 41 crore in Tamil Nadu, 2.4 crore in Kerala, 2.1 crore in Karnataka, 2 crore in Andhra, and 1 crore in the rest of India. The film was not exempt from entertainment tax due to an A certificate. It brought in £ 7 crore, or 10 percent of the year's total entertainment tax revenue, for the treasury.
In Malaysia, Billa II raised $ 348,000. The film grossed $ 78,000 in the UK and approximately $ 20,000 in Australia.
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