Billu

Cast: Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutt, Shah Rukh Khan, Om Puri and Rajpal Yadav

Director: Priyadarshan

Being screened at theatres near you

Kathmandu

A mix of simplicity and glamour, of misunderstanding and comedy, Billu is all about Irrfan Khan’s talent and Shah Rukh Khan’s grandeur.

When superstar Sahir Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) comes to a village for a movie shoot, Sahir fever takes over the entire place and one man’s life changes drastically — that of the local barber Billu (Irrfan Khan). The news that Billu is Sahir’s childhood friend spreads like wild fire and suddenly everyone starts showering Billu and his family with special favours. Billu, who till then was struggling to make both ends meet and was ridiculed by everyone for his sorry state, overnight becomes a star of the village. However, Billu is very apprehensive that Sahir will not recognise him, so he keeps telling everyone that he won’t ask Sahir for special favours that they are asking him to do. But due to certain obligations, he agrees to meet the superstar but all his attempts go in vain. Everyone, including his family, starts doubting him and the villagers even blame him for taking advantage of them by spreading rumours about his friendship with a great star. Billu, a simple man, is completely shattered.

Billu does have a different storyline, plus the dialogues are the best part of the movie. With simply hilarious dialogues and splendid performances by all actors, the movie has quality humour.

Billu also has the typical elements of a Priyadarshan movie — from the cast to the whole village set up — but it is Irrfan Khan’s movie for his performance has taken the whole movie to another level. His oneliners will make you laugh and at the same time your heart goes out to this honest man who is stuck in a difficult situation. There are scenes where he uses just his eyes to emote.

This is not the first time that Shah Rukh Khan has played this huge superstar, but unlike Om Shanti Om one feels that he has gone overboard trying to show super-stardom. The movie could have easily done without those scenes and especially the song where they show clippings of all his movies. Plus he doesn’t look as fresh as he used to. One can also witness a typical SRK acting — in the end — which does bore you.

Everyone else in the cast has done full justice to their roles — Om Puri as always is delightful to watch on screen. Lara Dutt delivers a commendable performance as Billu’s wife. However, Rajpal Yadav hasn’t got as much footage as he deserves and at times his comedy looks repetitive.

The movie does have some loopholes like the first half has been basically used to introduce characters and also to show how the whole village is in the grip of Sahir mania. |

This does make the movie drag a bit.

As for the music, most of the songs are item numbers which have already become popular. But still you don’t remember any song when you leave the theatre.

A fun watch for one time.