Opportunities for the first time present themselves as manna from the heaven and they need to be capitalized by both the hands to make it a point of disruption in the career. The same seems to be the case with Lara Dutta, who has got this opportunity for the first time to appear in a totally deglamourized role in BILLU.
Every commercial female actor has this latent desire to have one role in her career that could be her defining moment, and the moment aspired for is to play the role of a typical village belly, that has the endurance and charm extending to pan-Indian level. Lara Dutta is no exception and BILLU could prove whether she is able to get out from the glamorous image that she has for herself. The ability to do so is by going into the soul of the character, which for a glamorous star is a difficult model to aspire to. In fact this is the bane, but the actors themselves are not to blame, as it is the director who holds the strings, as also the co-actors together. Lara Dutta is indeed fortunate to have Irfan Khan as a co-star in BILLU who is a real chameleon as far as going into the soul of the character is concerned.
For Lara Dutta the comfort factor for BILLU emanates from the fact that she is working under the direction of Priyadarshan, who is a stickler for details and goes out of the way to add a real touch to his characters.
The other singular feature of BILLU, which has not been highlighted, is the fact that a barber's den is the real buzzing gossip centre of the area where it is situated, be it in the urban setting, more so in the rural ambience. It provides the scope for numerous situations to develop, and the success of BILLU could literally open the floodgates for experimenting with more genre of this kind. Lara Dutta had played the role of a village belly in MUMBAI SE AAYA MERA DOST, but it had an element of glamour associated with it, and could have been the reason why the viewers did not accept it, and BILLU may be able to turn the things around for Lara Dutta.