I know the word Barber has been dropped from the movie name but I couldn’t find a poster without it in Google Images. Moreover I did not see any insult of barbers in the name or movie. One more point before I review the movie point wise.
The story is supposed to be based in Budbuda village in Uttar Pradesh. And the movie opens with a scenery similar to this
And that is not U.P. Uttar Pradesh doesn’t have palm trees as far as I know. Google told me the movie has been filmed in Pollachi which is near Coimbatore. I think the director Priyadarshan needs to make the location of story as real as possible.Anyway, now for the review:-
# The story :- Bilas Rao Pardesi (Irrfan Khan) aka Billu is a barber in a remote village. He is poor but he has his head and heart at the right place. His family consists of his pretty wife (Lara Dutta) and two kids. On the other hand there is the superstar Sahir Khan who is rich and famous. Billu’s life takes a dramatic turn when Sahir Khan comes to his village for a film shoot because apparently Sahir Khan is Billu’s childhood friend. But is he really or is Billu bluffing?
I have not seen the original (Malayalam) and the remake (Tamil) so I cant compare the re-remake with those two. For the Hindi movie (not version) I can say the story is simple yet effective and well executed. It may be a disappointment for the masses who expect a masala movie from King Khan and Red Chillies Entertainment. Maybe that is why it is not doing good business.
# The actors :- Irrfan Khan has acted well as usual. I like his natural acting style. Lara Dutta also looks rustic enough and has acted fine but I feel a more earthy looking actress would have been better…someone like Vidya Balan maybe? Shahrukh Khan is pleasing and doesn’t go overboard in the climax scene unlike most of his movies. (I am a SRK fan but I just can’t bear his typical overacting and shaking head) Shahrukh Khan’s occasional digs at the film industry made his character more realistic. Rest of the actors have suited their roles well except the rival barber. Who is that guy? I have seen him in other movies and I detest him. Is he some famous South Indian actor? Maybe that’s why Priyadarshan has taken him in this movie. I would like a change of actors in Priyadarshan’s next movie. The cast kept reminding me of the movie Malamaal Weekly.
# The music :- The songs are well woven in the story but tend to be a bit long. The music is average, nothing memorable.
# The movie :- The suspense is well maintained till the end. The director has captured the frenzy of simple villagers about a movie star quite well. Overall the movie was good, emotionally touching and funny. Worth watching once without any expectations of the glitz and glamour offered by Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om; both movies from the same production house.
P.S. The movie even has a website http://www.billubarber.com/ Check it out for some fun stuff.