Billu Barber Movie Review

Billu Barber starring Irfan Khan and Lara Dutta in the lead also has Shahrukh Khan playing a superstar, a role pretty close to his real-life self. Directed by Priyadarshan, Billu Barber is a simple story about Billu (Irrfan Khan) a barber, his wife Bindiya (Lara Dutta) and his two kids. Billu’s life is just like any ordinary man, but it turns upside down when superstar Sahir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) enters his village to shoot for a film.

Back in school days, much before Sahir Khan climbed the ladder of success in the Hindi Film Industry, the now barber and the superstar were childhood friends. The news that Billu is Sahir’s childhood friend spreads like wildfire and suddenly, the barber is now the talk-of-the-village. But does Sahir remember his friend after all the wealth, fame and success that he has achieved since? Watch the movie to find out as Billu Barber is indeed worth a trip to a nearby theatre.

Bilu Barber Review

Popular Priyadarshan films this decade have all mostly been comedies with a tad bit of emotions in the second half. But Billu Barber is different; it’s a realistic take on what could happen when a life of an ordinary barber clashes with that of a hugely popular superstar. Its also about how ordinary people are passionate about their cinematic heroes, who in some way is a part of their lives.

The pace of the pre interval portions is slightly slow, but the film picks up in the second half. But its the last 30 mins of Billu Barber that makes the most impact! The speech delivered by Sahir Khan on stage, is filled with morals on why one should never forget their roots regardless of the heights of success or wealth achieved.

The narration is very entertaining, the 3 songs of SRK with Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra and Kareena Kapoor are visually brilliant and placed perfectly. The music is good. Love Mera Hit Hit and Mar Jaani are the pick of the lot. Billu Bhayankar is funny and stays with you long after the credits roll.

Bilu Barber belongs to Irrfan Khan. The highly talented actor is splendid as Billu displaying a huge array of expressions and emotions on screen. Lara Dutta compliments Irrfan pretty well, it has to be her best role to date. Character actors like Om Puri, Ansari, Rajpal Yadav and the others, entertain.

Coming to Shahrukh Khan, he is convincing in the role of Sahir Khan. Playing a character that is very close to his real life self, Khan is surprisingly restrained and delivers an extremely warm performance. This is undoubtedly his best short role in any film so far!

Overall, Billu Barber isn’t an out-n-out comedy but a well directed Priyadarshan film on relationships and emotions. It has something in it for everyone and in particular a must watch for children.

The film is not expected to shatter box-office records, but should open well thanks to SRK’s presence and not to forget the well-promoted songs featuring the hottest female stars in the industry. A lot should depend on the audience verdict too, strong word of mouth should ensure yet another success for SRK and Red Chillies Entertainment!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Other Notes – Bilu Barber turned out to be better than I expected it to be. The first half is slow and bores at times, but the second half more than makes up for it. And one of the reasons the film is a must watch is Irrfan Khan, he’s truly brilliant.

SRK has a short role, but he is there in bits and pieces throughout. His screen time should be about 35 – 40 mins, which is great and big enough to warrant a trip to theatre if you happen to be an SRK fan.

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65 Comments

  • what touched my heart in this movie so much is that Billu was so poor man that he couldn’t afford to buy a new chair for his saloon, so he tiedup the broken chair with a string and used it for his visitors. In these circumastances that he barely had his day to day food to feed his family, billu never tried to get close to his rich friend and didn’t want any help, didn’t want to give his friend any impression that he’s waiting for something.. waiting for his support, therefore, he stayed away.

    It’s a movie which you’ll never forget.. it’s made for people who love and stick to values in life and not for some greedy, hypocrites people to watch.




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  • priya and linjo please dont involve me in to all the stupid things u people do .
    if u dont like SRK than stop watching his movies,but please dont give ur stupid kind of reviews ok.
    and try to be fair with everyone ,Amir,SRK,Hrithak,Akshay all are good actors.
    this message is for all those who just hate SRK or any actor without any reason and give stupid reviews.

    It is not a BlockBuster movie but no doubt its a SuperHit.




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  • I just hated the item numbers, i am tired of watching these perfectly made up actresses dancing like three idiots. After watching Luck by chance, i have a new outlook on the industry and do not like what i see. SRK, you do not have to put on this false image for the whole world to like you. it must be tough doing that. people are beginning to not like you. you are coming across as a fake person. Just go back to being yourself. i may then just become your fan again. the movie was irfan khan’s. why did you have to have a role in it. you should have given the role to another actor. promote the talent out there. give outsiders a chance in the industry.




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  • billu… another gr8 movie frm red chillies entrtmt… all the 3 item numbers were above average… khudaya khair was the best… irfan and srk again did a gr8 job…




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  • Saifa: who the hell are u to talk about the king of bollywood (Shahrukh) the way u do?! What do you think of yourself hah?! A director or a prodcuer of bollywood?!! Ohooo.. if Saifa doesn’t like Shahrukh and she’d ask him here not to act.. then he’d listen to her and will stay home, to satisfy her!!!

    You don’t like him.. don’t watch his movies.. watch movies for other actors u like ( we don’t know which actors u like.. is it Akshay Kumar who loves Tom & Jerry and all his movies are inspired from some cartoons?!)

    If it’s Akshay.. then let Akshay step into Shahrukh’s shoes and try to do movies like Devdas, Chakde, Veer Zarah, Swades, Dil Se, etc.
    I bet that Akshay Kumar by end of this year 2009 will be vanished from bollywood, unless he change his style of acting and be “serious” and give us some meaningful movies.. but what to say about Akshay?!! He says that he doesn’t love meaningful movies.. he loves bakwas!!

    So bakwas people love his movies only!




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  • Caramel, sorry that you are taking this personally, i do not watch a movie because it has a certain actor in it, i watch it because of the content. i do not believe in having a favourite actor. i enjoyed Luck by Chance and believe Frhan was very good. i watched Akbar Jodha and enjoyed Hrithik’s performance, Naseerudeen and Anupam Kher in a Wednesday were excellent as well. we need to take indian cinema forward and not get into the rut whereby women are shown just as a form of entertainment but should rather be given more meaningful roles. i did not like the way the three actresses were potrayed in Billu. i do not like it when an actor puts himself on a pedestal, the higher you go the harder the fall. acotrs should accept they are ageing and move on to roles that suit their age.




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  • Saifa: the movies you mentioned were quite good except Luck by Chance which I found a boring one.. but who told u that people started to hate shahrukh, not to like him anymore?! If it’s you and few on this website, there’re millions out there who love Shahrukh and he’s not a hypocrite person.. but hypocrites and jealous people are the one who hate him.. many people hate him for his success ( and someone tried to burn his house with a bottle of kiroseen one of 2 days ago but failed to do so, that’s what I read yesterday on the masala website)

    You said that you watch any movie for the content.. the content of this movie was great.. the script is so nice, but you didn’t like the 3 songs, others did. Some movies require songs otherwise it’d be a bore and some doesn’t e.g. A Wednesday & Aamir) the director tried to entertain the audience by these songs, as the story is about a friendship and the shooting was in a small village, so if Shahrukh wasn’t playing a role as a filmstar… let’s say his role was a rich business man who visited the village, means.. there shouldn’t be any songs in the movie to entertain the audience except maybe some slow or sad ones ( and then.. you’d hv read many comments on this website posted which says: we slept, it was a sleeping pill, it was a boring one) and the movie for sure became a disaster or a flop one.

    The movie did require these songs, therefore it wasn’t a boring one.




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  • I watched this movie and there is nothing in it to be a 3.5/5 . I can hardly give 2/5 for this movie. Movie is irritatingly slow paced and full of unnecessary songs which only gives you headache. Irfaan is superb as always and SRK missed no chance to impose his King Khan impression through out the movie.

    3.5/5 just because it’s a SRK movie, I don’t buy that.

    This is only worth watching on a rented DVD. Better stay away from this.

    Sourish, Priya and Linjo lets have some harmony dude. Chill.




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  • Indicine Team: What’s happenig on this page?!! Some people are flirting with each other.. priya and linjo.. what?! it’s not a love or a dating forum, so just stop it guys.




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  • This movie comment is too low yaar……Where r u fathiya aunty…….Missing this site…not me aunty………….Lol…………..look like she have no word to say after seeing this movie or she just is in comma after watching this movie……………..Which is good for her




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  • hey d movie has got a good story n tats gr8 n irrfan khan is at his best. I am rather surprised by reading caramel’s comments coz he/she sounds exactly like Fathiya!:)(: Caramel wats ur real name i seriously am curious!!!!!!!!!!




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  • i 4got 2 add i saw d malayalam version n tamil n i think billu cums after d original coz d tamil version was only rajinikanth n his pride n fame n bla bla bla………..




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  • Its simply an awesome movie.Dont watch it with sky high expectations & you will like for sure.Overall very good performances by all the actors.It is far better than dev d (which i would rate as the craziest movie of the year)Thanks for a positive review about this movie.You could have given 4 .This movie deserves to be rated high & recognised.Dont forget to watch it guys.




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  • I’m so happy that they are releasing Billu Here in Sri Lanka on 27th. I was a little upset thinking that they will not releasing it. Because it’s after 2 weeks of worldwide release date we get to see this movie in Sri Lanka. I hope I like it. I love SRK. But not only because of that. I’ve seen Irfan’s films and yes,he is a great actor. I too like Priyadharshan movies. God,I Can’t wait to see it. Once it releases I’ll watch and drop in a comment.




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