BILLU BARBER to rekindle the Krishna-Sudama friendship

S Abid By S Abid | 24 Jan 2009 00:00:00 IST

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When Shah Rukh Khan's home banner, Red Chillies Entertainment, announced BILLU BARBER, to be directed by comedy king Priyadarshan, all that we knew was that the film was a remake of the Malayalam hit, KADHA PARAYMBOL and that its Tamil version, KUSELAN had megastar Rajnikant in a guest appearance, that of a superstar. However, there is more to BILLU BARBER than it simply being a remake!

As we know, a lot of changes in the screenplay were made to suit the larger than life image of Shah Rukh Khan, and as a result we have him doing as many as three item numbers with hot and happening Bollywood actresses like Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra. And of course it is full of Priyan's comic touches, complete with his much loved village bumpkin characters, played by Asrani, Om Puri and Rajpal Yadav. But above all, it rekindles the Krishna - Sudama timeless friendship.

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The story of true friendship between Lord Krishna, the King of Dwarka and Sudama, a poor hermit is known to most of the Indian children. It is described in Bhagwat Purana, an ancient scripture of the Hindus and is taught in most Indian schools in one form or the other. The reason being that the moral of the story is so strong that it inculcates humbleness and greatness and conveys the true meaning of friendship. And therefore symbolizing the greatness of Lord Krishna is superstar Shah Rukh Khan and the inferiority and insecurities of Sudama, a poor hermit, has been enacted by ace actor Irrfan Khan, essaying the role of a barber.

Well, a great entertainer with a strong social message, we are sure that BILLU BARBER will be loved by all when the film embraces its audiences as it hits the screens on 13th February, just like a Krishna embraced his long lost friend Sudama! 

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