Billa II (soundtrack)

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Billa 2
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 1 May 2012
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Mr. Nookayya
(2012)
Billa 2
(2012)
Dhenikaina Ready
(2012)

Billa II is the soundtrack album, composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja, for the 2012 gangster-action thriller film of the same name, directed by Chakri Toleti that stars Ajith Kumar as the titular character. The album consists of six tracks; five songs and a theme music track.[1] Na. Muthukumar penned all lyrics for the songs.[2]

Production[edit]

Although a new director (Chakri Toleti) was chosen to direct the prequel, Yuvan Shankar Raja, who had worked on the score of Billa (2007), was retained as the composer of Billa II, which became his fifth project starring Ajith Kumar. The soundtrack album was reported to feature six tracks, including one promotional video song.[3] It consists of five songs and a theme music track, an altered version of the original 2007 Billa theme. Yuvan Shankar Raja had composed a sixth song for a belly dance sequence, which was not included in the soundtrack, but featured only in the film.[4][5] Na. Muthukumar agreed to write the lyrics,[2] replacing Pa. Vijay who had worked on Billa's lyrics. In a departure from convention, the lyrics were penned first which were set to tunes later.[6]

In January 2012, reports emerged that the team was trying to recruit international rapper Pitbull for one of the tracks,[7] however the claims were deemed untrue.[8] Yuvan Shankar Raja, however, later told that he tried to recruit Shakira for the project but failed because of "budget troubles".[9] Later in January, Yuvan Shankar Raja left for Florida, US, Chakri's home place, to finish the compositions.[10] During the trip, he had composed a "melody song".[11] Singer Krish informed via Twitter that he had lent his voice for a R&B style song that would be the introduction track of the protagonist,[12][13] while Shweta Pandit was reported to have performed one song, too.[14] However, Krish's version was later replaced by Yuvan Shankar himself.[15] Sources further suggested that the album would contain another remix of "My Name Is Billa",[16] originally composed by M. S. Viswanathan for the 1980 film that had been previously remixed by Yuvan Shankar Raja for the 2007 remake, which was proven untrue upon the album's release. Re-recording works began by May 2012 in Mumbai.[17]

Release[edit]

The audio launch was initially to be released in mid-March 2012, but was then pushed to second week of April. Actor Rajinikanth was approached to unveil the soundtrack, with the team supposedly rescheduling the audio launch to suit Rajinikanth's dates, who had left for London for the filming of his film Kochadaiyaan.[18][19] The soundtrack was unveiled on 1 May 2012, coninciding with Ajith Kumar's birthday.[20] Sony Music Entertainment that marketed the album of Ajith Kumar's previous film Mankatha, acquired the music rights of Billa II as well for an unprecedented sum after some weeks-long negotiations.[21] In the week before the audio launch, Sony Music began releasing teasers of each of the songs every day and promoted them across social platforms.[22][23] The Telugu version of the soundtrack was released on 5 June 2012 at the Taj Deccan in Hyderabad.[24]

Reception[edit]

The soundtrack received positive response. Kaushik L. M. from Behindwoods.com rated the album 3.5 out of 5 and stated: "The Thala Yuvan combo continues to rock with another youthful album. Until the next biggie comes around, Billa 2 will stay on top of the charts merrily".[25] Rediff's Pavithra Srinivasan gave it 3 stars out of 5 and went to add that Yuvan Shankar Raja had "infused certain freshness to the music", describing it as "quite promising".[26] Indiaglitz.com quoted that "with Billa 2, Yuvan has come out with an interesting recipe. The mass audiences are satisfied, and the multiplex ones too are not left out".[27] Musicperk wrote: "All the tracks are good in their own way and Yuvan has tried something different from his previous albums! Worth a listen".[28]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Na. Muthukumar

Track listing
No. Title Singer(s) Length
1. "Gangster"   Yuvan Shankar Raja, Stefny 4:07
2. "Idhayam"   Shweta Pandit 4:04
3. "Yedho Mayakkam"   Yuvan Shankar Raja, Tanvi Shah, Suvi Suresh 4:22
4. "Madurai Ponnu"   Andrea Jeremiah 3:55
5. "Unakkulle Mirugam"   Ranjith 4:18
6. "Billa II Theme Music"   Yuvan Shankar Raja 1:56
Total length:
22:42
Second release
No. Title Singers Length
7. "Everytime I See You (Georgian)"   Sofia Bedia 3:53

Personnel[edit]

Instruments[edit]

  • Live Drums & Percussion: V. Kumar
  • Flute: Napoleon
  • Veena: Devi
  • Sitar: Ganesh
  • Nadaswaram: Thirumoorthy
  • Electric Guitar: Kabuli & Joshwa
  • Tabla: L. V. Prasad, Prasad, Madhu, V.Ramana, Neelu, Venkat Balu, Venkatrao, Shruti
  • Tavil: Sundar
  • Female Harmony: Surmuki, Priya, Priyadharshini, Anitha

Production[edit]

  • Program Manager: V. Karthik
  • Program Co-ordination: A. S. Subbiah
  • Recorded at: Prasad Studios & S.a.s.i Studios, Chennai
  • Recorded by: M.Kumaraguruparan, Baranidharan & Prabhakar
  • Theme Music mixed by M.Kumaraguruparan
  • Theme Music mastered at Studio N.Y.S.A. Mumbai
  • Theme Music mastered by Murali
  • Mixed at nHow Studios, Berlin, Germany
  • Mixed by Kausikan Sivalingam & Özgür İkinci
  • Mastered at Masterlab Berlin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sony Music snaps Billa 2 audio". Sify. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "‘I compete only with myself’". The New Indian Express. India. 9 June 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sony Music snaps Billa 2 audio". Sify. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Manigandan, K. R. (25 June 2012). "Shot Cuts: A weird friendship". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 
  5. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/83267.html
  6. ^ "Billa 2 Is Full Of Thrills". Behindwoods. 2 April 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Janani Karthik (21 January 2012). "Akon, Shakira, Pitbull to sing in Tamil?". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Reports About Billa 2 Denied". Behindwoods.com. 18 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  9. ^ http://silverscreen.in/features/striking-chord-yuvan-shankar-raja-interview/
  10. ^ "Yuvan flies to Florida enroute to Hollywood !". Sify. 19 January 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  11. ^ "Yuvan's melody in Billa 2". The Times of India. 12 February 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  12. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/Krrishsinger/status/169447468264730626
  13. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/Krrishsinger/status/169486693559308288
  14. ^ "“Singing is a beautiful process.” Singer Shweta Pandit talks with BollySpice about her life and music". BollySpice. 19 February 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2012. 
  15. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/Krrishsinger/status/195179056210251777
  16. ^ "'Billa 2': Audio soon". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  17. ^ http://www.sify.com/movies/billa-2-re-recording-in-mumbai-news-tamil-mfvrmEjheeb.html?ref=false
  18. ^ "Will Rajini attend Billa 2 audio launch?". The Times of India. 19 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  19. ^ "Rajini to unveil Ajith's 'Billa 2' music?". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  20. ^ "Billa 2 audio, on Ajith’s birthday?". Sify.com. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  21. ^ "Sony Music snaps Billa 2 audio". Sify. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2012. 
  22. ^ "Billa 2 audio online!". The Times of India. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  23. ^ "Sony Music goes viral to promote Tamil movie 'Billa 2' songs | Editorial-News". Radioandmusic.com. 2010-01-14. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  24. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/telugu/article/82681.html
  25. ^ http://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-music-reviews/review-1/may-12-01/billa-2-music-review.html
  26. ^ http://www.rediff.com/movies/review/south-review-billa-2-music-is-quite-promising/20120504.htm
  27. ^ http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/musicreview/12833.html
  28. ^ http://www.musicperk.com/billa-ii/