It is indeed fortuitous that one of the professions wherein be it a king or a pauper has to bow his head to get the job done, and which was being highlighted by Badshah of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan through his film BILLU BARBER is going to come to a naught, as some over zealous professionals have taken umbrage to the fact that barber is being mentioned as proper noun in the film, and Shah Rukh Khan has dropped it. Just like that.
But in the bargain what harm has been done do they remember? If we rewind to the character of barbers played in the Hindi films, which is the character that immediately pops up in the mind, it is that of the barber in SHOLAY as a caricature, who was working more as a spy. Otherwise whenever barbers have been portrayed in the films they have been at the receiving end of the anger of the villain or the hero. They have either been shown as angering the villain while shaving them as in JIGAR, etc., or have been pushed aside by the hero to corner the villain as in SHOLAY, DEEWAR etc. Here was a film, BILLU BARBER where Shah Rukh Khan was trying to provide some kind of a dignity to their profession but the opportunity is lost.
Those who have protested should have a recheck about the respect that they have for their profession. Now it is a profession which younger generation is trying to adopt. It could be the argument that the barber being projected in the film is the character that does not do the job in a five star hotel, or a saloon, but is in a remote village or mofussil countryside.
There could not have been a better representative of the character of a barber than a Irfan Khan in BILLU BARBER and he could have been adapted as a brand ambassador of the barbers by those who are opposing it.
As it is, in India very few films are made which have the characters that belong to the real strata of the society, BILLU BARBER is one of the films. No controversy should have been associated with it and to dissuade that Shah Rukh Khan has immediately acted swiftly on the same. May be, once the film is released, then the barbers may realize that their protest was not its worth.