Thursday, November 08, 2007

Billa 2007 - Teaser Trailer



Teaser trailer for the new Billa from the Ajith Fanclub website. Works well as a teaser. A memorable, catchy line and a nice, energetic background score.

17 Comments:

At 6:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Balaji,

I had the chance of watching all the diwali releases, as predicted none were up to the expectation. The one which has Prithvi and Sandhya is a degree better than the rest. I had the sense of watching an old movie while watching Vel( separated twins- against the villains- family reunion). The only aspect to be looked forward in Polldhavan is the remix song by Nachatara.

 
At 6:45 AM, Blogger Raju said...

Happy Deepavali, Balaji!!

Did you notice the ambigram? Quite an interesting ploy by the director, considering the story (and the climax)..

 
At 9:21 AM, Anonymous vijay said...

Surya has been acting in some sucky movies of late. Disappointing. Him and Vikram have lost a lot of the headstart they had over others in terms of getting opportunities to work with some pretty good directors even 5 yrs back and doing some different from the usual stuff. They probably peaked a little too early?(although in terms of age Vikram got his break quite late I consider his career started in 1999 for all practical purposes). Vel is the kind of film Surya should have done in 2002 or something like that, if at all he had to do it. I hope atleast Jeevan keeps experimenting.

 
At 9:23 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope the film becomes a for ajith and his fans...this film should help Ajith gain some lost ground to Vijay....

3 Superhits in 7 years doesnt look like a making of a Superstar unfortunately......

 
At 10:22 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, lucky u :) i will defly jot down my thots once i've seen them :)

raju, wow great observation! i missed that :)

vijay, agree with u on the recent track record of vikram and surya. pretty disappointing after some of their earlier movies. and u mean jeeva and not jeevan right? :)

anon, i hope so too :)

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous fans_USA said...

which amigram . which movie . i dnt see any..

 
At 8:39 AM, Anonymous Asokan said...

Erm, fellas... what Ajith says there in the teaser... that's actually a line from THE GODFATHER, PART II, only spoken in Tamil... :-D

"If history has taught me anything, it's that you can kill anybody."

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

fans, the way the name 'billa' is written makes it an ambigram :)

asokan, so the original 'billa' is not the only inspiration for this version :)

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger Zero said...

Asokan,
And it's such a painfully lame interpretation of that classic line from The Godfather, Part II.
The first time I heard it, it sounded very silly coming from a Don. It took me a while to sink in that Vishnuvardhan is actually quoting Michael Corleone!

 
At 11:07 PM, Blogger Zero said...

Or, may be, Vishnuvardhan is cleverly paying a double-homage to The Godfather and Nayagan ("Naalu perukku nalladhu nadakkum'naa..."). A meta-commentary on how we interpret The Godfather!

 
At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Asokan said...

Woohoo, zero! Don't bring out the big guns as yet! What do you mean with meta-commentary on how we interpret The Godfather? Clarify that bit please, cause it sounds mighty interesting. And I don't see the Nayakan-reference as of now. Cheers!

 
At 7:49 AM, Blogger Zero said...

Asokan,
Though the line seems like a literal translation of the line from The Godfather, it's totally stripped off the spirit and the context in which it is said. Michael simply talks (with such cold assurance that it's frightening; "Tom, you know you surprise me") about the possibility of killing *anyone* and is not in the least bit bothered about where it's "right" to do so or not.

The spirit of the line in Billa, I think, lies really in the lineage of Nayagan. It's an updated version of "nAlu pErukku nalladhu nadakkum'nA... edhuvumE thappu illa." Both these lines emphasise on reason ("namma vAzhaNumnA" -- "nalladhu nadakkum'nA") for crime or killing. Now, the Nayagan line isn't silly because it's Velu's justification for the path (of crime) he takes, but to my mind, no Don would be overtly "concerned" about the act of killing itself!

And, well, the meta-commentary bit was in half-jest. But, this line does offer a commentary upon how we interpret the ruthlessness of The Godfather by spelling out an "alternate morality."

P.S. Balaji, pardon the longish comment.

 
At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Asokan said...

Nicely done, zero!

Come to think of it Kamal's character in "Nayakan" was much more of a Robin-Hood-type than a classic mafia gangster boss, since one of his main concerns was helping the impoverished against police brutality and government indifference. Don Corleone was more about helping others and collecting friends, so that some day he could ask their favour for a service he provided earlier.

I hope "Billa" actually lives up to this trailer, given that it's much more stylish and self-assured than we are used to of Tamil films.

 
At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think zero and asokan are the same person.

 
At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Asokan said...

hahahaha... nice one, anon! I guess one can only have an intelligent conversation about a film with onself, huh?!

 
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