How did you get the chance to remake Billa?
I had worked as an assistant director to Santosh Sivan for Ashoka. From then on, I was planning to make a film with Ajith Sir. Twice I missed out the chance to direct him. The third time when I got a chance to direct him, I made sure that I would not miss it.
I was all ready to write a good script for him but he said, he wanted me to re-make Billa. It takes a lot of guts to act in a Rajnikanth remake and I appreciated that. Actors are scared to do that but this man had guts.
I feel today is the right time for him to play Billa, because you need a handsome, attractive Bond-like guy to play Billa. In suits, he should be dazzling. He should command power. He should have excellent screen presence. When you look for all these qualities, you cannot think anyone but Ajith today!
Is your Billa a faithful remake of the old one or is it more like Farhan Akhtar's Don?
I have not disturbed the soul of the film at all. Don had all the ingredients needed for a successful film. Personally, I feel Don is one of the best screenplays of Salim-Javed.
Yes, Farhan Akhtar made changes but we didn't want to. What we have changed is the way we have presented the film. Without disturbing the original story, we have made changes while writing the screenplay. So, you will be surprised to see how we have presented every scene.
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