Billu Barber (2009)

Director Priyadarshan can safely be labelled as the king of remakes.Not surprisingly, for his latest venture Billu (earlier titled Billu Barber) he borrows the story from the original Malayalam film, Katha Parayumbol.This is the second time that this critically acclaimed film is being remade after last year’s heavily panned and box office disaster Kuselan featuring Rajnikanth.

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Shah Rukh Khan

Billu Barber is a story of a simple ordinary man who led an extra ordinary life.Bilas Rao Pardesi (Irrfan Khan) was living in his village with his wife Bindiya (Lara Dutta) and two great kids.Life was bitter sweet… we can say more sweet than bitter.One day a superstar Sahir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) came into their lives and everything changed. Life changed, people changed, friends changed, the village changed but one man did not… Billu Barber.

Will this ordinary man redefine the words ordinary? Will the words see the greatness behind his small existence? And most of all, Will life ever be the same for Billu Barber again?

Talking about the performances, Billu is more of an Irrfan Khan film than a King Khan one.He is simply superb and natural to the core and is the only saving grace of this average film.Billu as a character had immense potential to become memorable, something like Munnabhai or even Gabbar Singh, but poor writing plays the spoilsport again.Talking about Shah Rukh this time he isn’t too impressive and fails to live up to the magnitude of his character.His emotional breakdown in the climax looks like an extension from K3G.The rest of the supporting cast is strictly average, mostly comprising of Priyadarshan regulars like Rajpal Yadav, Om Puri, Asrani and Manoj Joshi.

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