Movie: Billu Barber / Billu
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta
Music: Pritam Chakraborty
Production: Red Chillies Entertainment
Official trailer on YouTube:
The movie Billu is originally titled Billu Barber and released with that title in United State. Directed by Priyadarshan under Red Chillies Entertainment.
It’s another remake of the Malayalam movie Katha Prayumbol and the movie had been already remade in Tamil Kuselan with Rajnikanth.
The story is all about a poor Baber (hair dresser/ hair stylist) who’s name is “Billu”. Irrfan Khan plays the barber with the sort of plodding sincerity that initially grates on our nerves. He lives with his wife and two children. But his life suddenly changed when a famous actor sahir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) arrives his village for a movie shooting. The village people come to know about that Billu is a childhood friend of actor Sahir Khan and the movie rolling on the plot of getting reference from Billu to meet the actor.
There are three item numbers with Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra. A viewer feels better left off in the raggedy, tattered world of Billu than being subjected to the glossy, blinding sheen of the superstar’s gyrations with cosmetic beauties. You almost wish the film’s editor had snipped his scissors more on this glam quotient made mandatory by commercial concerns.
The film may not have done well in its previous Tamil and Malyalam version, but Priyadarshan has suitably peppered it with some heart-tugging moments to make it a moving ode to friendship and ordinariness. Of course, Irrfan manages to invest the ordinary with kingly glow, even as Shah Rukh Khan lends the glamour quotient with his filmy naach-gaana. Surprisingly, Lara Dutta too manages to fit in with her glamoured avatar as the poor barber’s better-half, in crumpled cottons.