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When Rajni was Billa

Comparisons are odious. If Rajnikanth was his stylish best, the bulky and buxom Sripriya in Deepa's role was not a patch on Zeenath Aman, either in the looks department (made worse by garish make-up) or histrionic talent.

Comedian, villain cum character artist of yesteryears, late Thengai Srinivasan reprised veteran actor Pran's role (in Don) in Billa -- that of JJ, an erstwhile gang member. There was hardly any trace of refinement in Thengai Srinivasan's performance bogged down by overacting and exaggerated mannerisms.

Rajnikanth, Balaji and to some extent Major Sunderrajan were the only actors who deserved any brownie points in the histrionics department in Billa.

Also read: Billa, the next big thing after Sivaji

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