Pizza II: Villa

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Pizza II: Villa
Pizza II the Villa.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Deepan Chakravarthy
Produced by C. V. Kumar
Written by Deepan Chakravarthy
Starring Ashok Selvan
Sanchita Shetty
Music by Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography Deepak Kumar Padhy
Edited by Leo John Paul
Production
company
Distributed by ABI & ABI PICTURES
Release dates
  • 14 November 2013 (2013-11-14)
Running time
102 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Telugu
Budget 7 crore (US$1.1 million)
Box office 20 crore (US$3.2 million)(both versions)

Pizza II: Villa is an Indian Tamil suspense supernatural thriller film, written and directed by debutant Deepan Chakravarthy.[1] It stars Ashok Selvan and Sanchita Shetty in lead roles, while Nassar and Vegan Rajesh appear in other pivotal roles[2] The music for the film was composed by Santhosh Narayanan, while cinematography was handled by Deepak Kumar Padhy and Leo John Paul has done the editing.[3] Produced jointly by Thirukumaran Entertainment and Studio Green, Pizza II: Villa is a spiritual successor to Pizza (2012).[4] The filming commenced on 17 April and was completed in May 2013.[5] The film released in November 2013 to positive reviews from the critics and audience, and was later dubbed into Telugu under the same name.[6]

Plot[edit]

A debutant English novel writer Jebin M. Jose discovers that his dead father is bankrupt with an unlisted property in Puducherry. To pay off the debts, he makes a visit to the villa for valuation. But after seeing framed paintings by his father, he calls his girlfriend Aarthi, an amateur artist, to accompany him. She immediately likes the villa and urges him to not to sell. Meanwhile, Jebin's career gets a new break when an established publisher comes forward to buy rights for his first novel Maybe, Maybe Not !. He also gets advance 500000 (US$7,900) in a two-book contract. So, Jebin continues his stay in the majestic villa as good omen and begins work on his second novel The Director.

Aarthi returns to Chennai to seek permission from her father for their marriage. One night, ecstatic Jebin plays the Victorian piano. The strings get jammed abruptly. He opens the lid and finds a secret key underneath. Jebin also gets curious on the remarkable geometry of a painting. It seemed more like a map than a work of art. Then he realises that it was similar to the floor plan of the villa given by his advocate. So he probes each room and stumbles upon a secret door behind a wardrobe. He uses the secret key to open the lock and sees plenty of frameless paintings hidden in a trunk. Many scenes appear to have come straight out of his life like his mother's death by car accident. Suddenly he realises that his father had precognition skills. So he concludes that though some of the paintings did not make sense but may predict the future events. Soon, Jebin wins a literary award (as predicted by his father's paintings) and critical acclaim for his debut novel. But he gets panicky and tries to sell off the villa. The estate agent is injured in a freak accident by the cast-iron gate and the buyers back out of deals at the last minute because they thought the agent getting hurt was a bad sign. Jebin is frustrated and begins furiously working on his second novel. When Aarthi arrives back from Chennai, Jebin tells her about his discovery. They decide to burn all the paintings in the secret room. But almost instinctively, the secret room defends itself by toppling furniture and fittings to block his entry.

Jebin's friend advises him to consult a parapsychologist Devanesan to find a solution. Devanesan conjectures that the villa may have the left-over negative energy of prior owners as symptoms manifest psychic phenomena. Devanesan also suggests that Jebin's father may have found an outlet, in his passion for paintings, to survive this negative energy which can neither be created nor destroyed but only transferred. So he requests Jebin to allow him to conduct more experiments using a tuning fork within the villa compound. But all hell break loose midway and apparitions begin to appear. In the chaos, one of Jebin's friends lose his legs. Jebin also finds the identities and whereabouts of prior owners. But all report similar grim events in their lives like infanticide, lunacy, fratricide, disease, insolvency, death, et al. Frustrated Jebin decides to set fire to the villa and end the cycle once and for all.

But there is a multilayered twist in the tale. It is revealed that Jebin's girl friend is not what she claimed to be, hoping to secure the cash Jebin would gain from the sale of the house rather than to continue their relationship, and she eventually dumps him and marries another. It is then implied that the biggest mistake Jebin does is thinking that he is the one in every painting, as the person in the marriage and murder paintings is not himself, but another man dubbed as the Director (S. J. Surya), who also turns out to be Aarthi's husband. Thus, it can be understood that Jebin did not realise that he too inherited his father's gift, with his second novel depicting that a "director" character would soon appear in the prophecy.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

After Pizza became successful, young software professional and short filmmaker Deepan Chakravarthy came up with the idea of making a sequel. He wrote the script in three weeks and submitted it to the producer, who thought of building it up as a franchise.[7] Thirukumaran Entertainment who produced Pizza produce the sequel too. In March 2013, Studio Green secured the film and co-produced it.[8] Abinesh Elangovan of Abi & Abi Pictures bought the theatrical rights of the movie.[9]

Vaibhav Reddy and Sanchita Shetty were cast as the lead pair at first.[10] Later it was said that K.E. Gnanavel Raja of Studio Green, chose to remove Vaibhav and Sanchita from the cast to replace them with bigger names.[11] But Sanchita was retained and Vaibhav only was replaced by Ashok Selvan,[5] who were both part of the hit film Soodhu Kavvum.[12] Deepan said that most of the actors of Pizza are part of Villa as well, but were playing different characters.[13] Ashok Selvan plays a 30-year-old writer in the film,[7] and Sanchitha plays lover of the hero in the film.[14] S. J. Suryah was also added to the cast, but his role was not disclosed to the public.[15]

A song sequence, a romantic number at that, called Aayiram Enngal was filmed at Luz Church, Mylapore.[13] Pizza II : Villa will have Dolby Atmos sound.[16] This film had completed their shooting and production work and now getting ready for release.[17] A one minute teaser on the film was released on 15 June 2013.[18]

Soundtrack[edit]

Pizza II: Villa
Villa Audio Cover.jpg
Front Cover
Soundtrack album to Pizza II: Villa by Santhosh Narayanan
Released 2 September 2013
Genre Film soundtrack
Language Tamil
Label Think Music
Producer Santhosh Narayanan
Santhosh Narayanan chronology
Soodhu Kavvum
(2013)
Pizza II: Villa
(2013)
Jigarthanda
(2014)

The soundtrack album was composed by Santhosh Narayanan. The lyrics were penned by Ganeshkumar. B and Arun Raja. The album was released on 2 September 2013 in the presence of actor Prasanna.[19][20] Think Music purchased the audio rights for the album.

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Boomiyil"   Arun Raja Pradeep Kumar 03:58
2. "Disco Woman"   Ganeshkumar Dhee 03:27
3. "Kannum Gnyanam"   Ganeshkumar Kalyani Nair 03:25
4. "Pa Pa"   Ganeshkumar Gaana Bala, Heavy metal singing by Vineet Mani 04:36
5. "The Villa (Theme Music)"   Instrumental Studio Orchestra of Sydney 01:02
6. "Varaipadam"   Instrumental Studio Orchestra of Sydney 01:51
Total length:
16:99

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pizza 2 - The Villa was released in November". The Times of India. TNN. 18 April 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pizza 2 to commence from April 17". The Times of India. TNN. 11 April 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ashok Selvan replaces Vaibhav in Pizza 2". Nowrunning.com. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pizza 2-Villa is a gripping suspense thriller". Rediff.com. 15 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "'Pizza-2 The Villa' shooting wrapped". The Times of India. TNN. 27 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Music launch of Pizza 2 on Sep 2 - Times Of India
  7. ^ a b Udhav Naig (23 May 2013). "Another slice of Pizza". The Hindu. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  8. ^ Studio Green bags Pizza 2- The Villa
  9. ^ "Pizza 2: The Villa theatrical rights sold". The Times of India. 4 September 2013. 
  10. ^ Gupta, Rinku (10 March 2013). "Vaibhav’s next is Pizza 2". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  11. ^ "Sanchita and Vaibhav not a part of Pizza 2". Deccan Chronicle. 26 March 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  12. ^ "‘The Villa’ to begin from ‘Pizza’ climax?". The Times of India. TNN. 25 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Venkadesan S (22 May 2013). "Pizza’s cast to play other roles in Villa". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  14. ^ "The Villa in French style". Deccan Chronicle. 23 May 2013. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  15. ^ SJ Suryah has a mystery role in Villa - Times Of India
  16. ^ "The truth about Pizza 2 - The Villa, pizza 2, pizza 2 the villa". Behindwoods. Retrieved 13 June 2013. 
  17. ^ Pizza 2: The Villa Tamil Movie.Review.Trailer.Stills - Box Office Noon - Movie,Review,Box Office,Stills,News
  18. ^ Pizza 2 Trailer - Villa Latest Tamil Movie - Teaser, Song on YouTube
  19. ^ "Pizza II: Villa audio released". Sify.com. 2 September 2013. 
  20. ^ S. R. Ashok Kumar (14 September 2013). "Audio Beat: Pizza II - Villa - House of Horror". The Hindu. 

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