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Billa -1980, promoted “Rajinikanth” to the superstar fame

As Ajith’s Billa is releasing on Novermber 14, here’s a recap of Superstar Rajini’s ‘original’ Billa released in 1980.

Original Billa which released 27 years ago in 1980 introduced a new generation of RajniKanth films. Indeed 1980 was a turning point for Rajnikanth which promoted him to the superstar fame.

In Billa, Rajnikanth reflected Amitabh Bachchan’s role, while Sripriya represneted Zeenat Aman’s role- Directed by R Krishnamurthy who was then called ‘BillaKrishnamurthy after the billa fame.

Plot Outline:

Billa (Rajnikant) is a feared Mafia don in Madras, who is fatally wounded during an encounter with the police. Wanting to uncover Billa’s accomplices, the police commissioner trains a lookalike village bumpkin (also Rajnikant) to pose as Billa and infiltrate the gang.

Here is the Rajinikanth‘s Billa Photos with sripriya

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  • Billa (Rajnikanth) is the leader of an underworld gang. Unlike Amitabh Bachchan in Don, Rajnikanth threw in a so-so performance in dual roles as the bad guy and the good guy.
  • This movie is a remake of Amitabh Bachchan “Don”
  • This is one of the movies that helped Rajinikanth receive a star status.
  • This movie ran for 25 weeks in Chennai and is one of the biggest hits of that year.
  • The song “my name is billa” was a big hit across tamil nadu and people of all age group were mesmerised by this song for a long time.
  • The song “Vethalya Potendi” was also a very big hit at that time.
{ 2 comments… add one }
  • pavan April 3, 2009, 2:10 pm

    thalaivar always rocks…….

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