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Similarly, Shah Rukh Khan had to change the title of his movie 'Billu Barber' to 'Billu', released this Friday (Feb 13th) following protests by the barbers now working as hair cutters or hair stylists in very costly saloons and parlors.
Since the movie is called 'Billu' who happens to be a barber, the role of Billu played by none other than Irrfan Khan becomes vital. And, as usual, Irfaan takes a role and the actor and the character are perfectly in sync with each other.
The same happens in this movie when Sahir Khan played by Shah Rukh Khan, now a prosperous star, comes across Billu, the barber, played by Irfaan Khan, with whom the former used to share his tiffin in the past. Interestingly, Irfaan alias Billu had sold his gold earring to fetch a ticket for Shah Rukh alias Sahir to travel to Bollywood for a career.
However, poor Billu is afraid to embarrass his friend Shair even in the midst of a persistent demand of the villagers who still remember their friendship.
We wonder why the its original version 'Kuselan' in Tamil didn't succeed in spite of our historical saga of Krishna - Sudama's long standing friendship even in the wake of the glaring gaps in their prosperity and poverty. Maybe the earlier Tamil version lacked Hindi director Priyadarshan's masala (usual spice).
Though all the three actors have acted excellently well but Lara has proved that she could synchronize with any given role, irrespective of being a beauty queen once upon a time. The village has a few key characters: there's Om Puri's self-important moneylender, Rajpal's Yadav's hopelessly untalented poet, a competitor with golden flecks to the hair etc.
The villagers don't lag behind in making hay while the Sun shines. They welcome the film star and crew and some enterprising folk and do a good business by making Sahir Khan T-shirts and haircuts. The village learns about it sooner than later thanks to his family's bragging -his children's school fees are waived off, he is gifted new furniture, all for varied Khan-related favors.
The idiom-heavy dialogue (vintage Priyadarshan) makes sure the characters talk unnaturally at every turn. Lines like 'dar ki billi ko hath mein leke baithe ho'; or when a villager wonders how Billu can make them meet superstar Khan, another answers -`jaise hukka dhuan se, aur sharaab sapne se'.