Nayantara is on cloud nine now. The actor from the God’s Own Country who is currently busy acting in Tollywood, will be playing Ajith’s heroine in Billa 2007.
The actor enacts the role played by Sri Priya in the original. Buzz is that Pooja might play the second heroine in the movie.
Nayantara had a fantastic run last year in Kollywood. She had three releases on the same day last Deepavali. E, Vallavan and Thalaimagan released on the same day.
She then chose to concentrate in Tollywood for a while.
With Billa 2007, she is ready and raring to go in Tamil again.
Billa 2007 can easily be cited as one of the most expected films of this year in the making. It is not only due to the big names of the industry associated with the film like Ajith, Vishnuvardhan and Nayantara but also due to the curiosity it has aroused regarding the film itself.
The original film being a runaway hit, the remake has kindled a lot of anticipation. What has the movie in store – the plot being the same? Introduction of novelties? Narration? Glamour quotient? There are many eager questions. These anticipations seem to raise the barometric levels to new highs.
In the current version, Nayantara would be donning the role that Sripriya played in the original. Initially Isha Shervani was said to be the heroine but for reasons unknown, she has withdrawn from the film. The team is scouting for an actress to assay the role played by Praveena in the older version. According to the grapevine Pooja is being considered for this role.
We had reported that Nayanthara will do the role of one of the heroines in “billa 2007“, now it is being reported that actress Pooja, who had done movies like Jay jay, Thambi, Attagasam, Pattiyal… etc has been approached to do the role of the other heroine. Here is the original news from Dinakaran.
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February 22, 2007
For the first time, Nayantara teams up with Ajith. Despite her broken romance, public display of her intimate photos with Simbu and rumours of attempted suicide, Nayantara looks fresh. Because of the these problems it was thought that she would move away totally from Tamil films. She also gave call sheet to some Malayalam films.
But she has decided to forget the past and move on. After finishing her Telugu assignments ‘Thulasi’ with Venkatesh and ‘Dubai Cheenu’ with Ravi Teja, she will do a Tamil film.
Selvaraghavan is directing Telugu film ‘Aadavalla Maatalukku Arthaalu Verule’ that is being made in Tamil too. Telugu version stars Venkatesh and Trisha and the Tamil version stars Dhanush and Nayantara. This untitled film is being directed by Selvaraghavan’s assistant Jawahar.
Rajini’s ‘Billa’ is being adapted to today’s time frame by Ananda Pictures L Suresh. Titled ‘Billa 2’ it is being directed by Vishnuvardhan. Ajith is the hero of the new Billa. He has two heroines in the film and one of them is Nayantara.
Even though she has given the call sheet for the Tamil film, the shooting will start only 4 or 5 months later. Till then, Nayantara will avoid coming to Chennai.
NOTE: CINESOUTH HAD MISTAKENLY REPORTED “For the first time, Nayantara teams up with Asin” BUT IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN “Ajith”, I HAVE MADE THE CORRECTION
It is now known Ajith is the man who is going to be the next “Billa”, but well before the news broke that “Billa 07” is going to be made, people guessed Ajith would be the first choice for the role. Here is a excerpt from the blog of Dinesh:
Apart from the superstar who else can play Billa ?
– Ajith. He has been playing a stream of movies with the “Dada” look. There has been a long list of action movies under his name, starting from Dheena. Some of them have fared well, while some of the portrayals have been grotesque. He can still be a decent candidate for this kind of role. [comment dated 2006/09/04]
Seems like Ajith was an instant choice for some.
February 17, 2007
It has been officially announced that Nayantara will be seen opposite Ajith in Billa 2007. A lot of names had been discussed before Nayantara was decided upon. Now the question. Why did Vishnuvardhan prefer Nayantara over some other names that were thrown around?
We found a couple of reasons when sources close to the director were enquired. Vishnu found Nayantara’s body language to bear a close resemblance to that of the then svelte looking Sri Priya’s, who carried out the role with great aplomb in the original version opposite Rajinikanth.
The other reason being that the heroine of Billa 2007 is not going to be a run of the mill stuff just appearing for songs, a few romantic scenes and then in the climax. The heroine here will have to be present right from start to finish competing with the hero for screen space essaying a very strong and bold performance. Vishnuvardhan found Nayan to be one amongst the current crop of heroines, who is capable of handling a role that is bold and rough, especially after her display in E!.
Anyways, all the very best Nayantara.
Thursday, 15 February , 2007
Nayanthara has bounced back in Kollywood with a bang! She has signed on the dotted line to be Ajit’s heroine for Vishnuvardhan directed Billa.
Isha Sherwani who was given an advance was dropped as she demanded the moon and the makers thought that Ajit-Nayan combination is any day a hotter proposition.
This news comes at a time when everybody had written off Nayanthara after a few intimate photographs with her former lover appeared in a section of the media. And later there was this rumour about her suicide attempt!
Nayanthara told Moviebuzz: “All this has made me a much stronger person. I believe that rumours and fame go hand in hand. I want to make it clear once again that I am focusing all my energies on my career in Tamil and Telugu.”
Nayan has given continuous bulk dates from May for Billa. Vishnu and Ananda Suresh are just back after finalizing locations in Malaysia and Singapore for the shoot.
Nearly 65 percent of the film will be shot in foreign locales and it will be one of the most stylishly shot films in Tamil. Ajit and Nayanthara is sure to sizzle as they make a fine pair.