Billu - External Reviews

wogma rating: The keen should rent; else TV (?)
quick review:

The stargiri is truly a huge put-off. So bad that even though the dialogues have a consistent, fresh bounce and Billu starts of as an interesting character, it falls flat as the film progresses. Human emotions can keep you glued as long as there's some movement in them. Just Irrfan's brilliant facial muscle movement does not suffice. Simple, at-times sweet but predictable too.



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34 reviewers have given Billu an average rating of 3.5/5.0 (?)

15 yays
1 nays
18 so-so

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Thumbs up by N K Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice ...It’s a story that throbs with emotions. It tugs from within you love and sympathy for its titular protagonist... full review

Thumbs up by Beth, Beth Loves Bollywood ...The complex characters were especially appealing and endearing. No one was flat... full review

Thumbs up by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra ...Simplicity is the trademark of director Priyadarshan and he has kept his tag intact again in Billu.... full review

Thumbs up by Rony D'Costa, BOXOFFICE INDIA ...One of the decent Priyadarshan film’s in recent times. The last few minutes are the best part about the film.... full review

Thumbs up by Phylis J Iqbal, desi hits ...The movie seems to be a little boring in the beginning. It almost feels like it is reaching for a plot and yet by the end this feeling disappears.... full review

Thumbs up ...You almost get bored every time Billu is on screen, thanks to the lack of nuances and expressions on Irfan Khan's face... full review

Thumbs up by Martin D'Souza, ...Priyadarshan has veered slightly away from his trademark comedy and he handles the subject with sensitivity.... full review

Thumbs up by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM ...Like VIRASAT and MALAMAAL WEEKLY, BILLU, the accomplished director's new outing, is also set in a hamlet.... full review

Thumbs up Indicine ...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.... full review

Thumbs up by Vandana K Mittal, merinews ...Asrani to Rajpal Yadav to Om Puri, to child actors and other assorted characters in minor roles there is a treasure trove here of roles well enacted... full review

Thumbs up Movie Talkies ...he film's story is very simple and it has a heart tugging quality about it which lifts it from its ordinariness and makes it a very good film, if not an excellent one.... full review

Thumbs up by Ashok Nayak, Now ...Billu is a typical Priyadarshan film (thankfully without the loudness this time around) with its share of Khatta Meeta (Sweet and Sour) moments,... full review

Thumbs up by Goher Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam ...The film is much appealing from all respects and what makes it more scrumptious is the finale portion when the superstar harks back to his childhood friendship... full review

Thumbs up by Sampurn, real bollywoood ...Billu is more of an Irrfan Khan film than a King Khan one. He is simply superb and natural to the core.... full review

So-So by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, AOL INDIA ...The script could have been more solid if efforts were made to cut out the songs and replace with an actual story in a film inside film format.... full review

So-So Blogeswari ...The story is on Billu as the title suggests. Saaruk has no scene to be a part of the film except for some ten minutes in the climax... full review

So-So by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express ...As you exit the theatre, you feel you’ve witnessed an exposé on what it entails to be a smashing superstar.... full review

So-So by Sanjay Ram, Business of Cinema ...With on the surface characters, the film really does not delve into the background of the characters; something which Kuselan to a certain extent did.... full review

So-So by Abhishek Mande, Buzz18 ...Clearly the most underrated actor in Bollywood, Irrfan delivers such a spirited performance it makes your heart go out to him.... full review

So-So by Udita Jhunjhunwala, DNA ...Surprisingly for a Shah Rukh Khan film, while the songs are visually grand and the cameos a nice gimmick, the music and choreography are disappointing.... full review

So-So by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times ...Though the film has its share of stock characters, maudlin and over-the-top moments and sags in the latter half, there’s also good story-telling, some great acting, and a healthy dose of masala in the item numbers.... full review

So-So by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live ...Billu Barber works smoothly as a simple, moral tale, its charm interrupted every time the director goes for broader, more 'commercial' appeal. But it's enjoyable and heart-felt too... full review

So-So by Harshita Kohli, ...Shah Rukh Khan pulls off the superstar role well but for me the last 20 minutes are something that I want on constant repeat.... full review

So-So by Subhash K Jha, Now ...The two actors at the core of the conflict play their parts with such empathy you forgive and forget the excesses in the earlier parts of the narrative where the star-fan relationship was converted into a melee of caricatural encounters.... full review

So-So by Jahan Bakshi, Now ...Billu is simplistically told, and justificably so- but it lacks the heart-tugging warmth and charm that makes the mythological story so irresistable... full review

So-So by Sethumadhavan, Passion for Cinema ...There are a lot of light moments in the movie interspersed with the emotional moments... full review

So-So by Bhargav Saikia, Planet Bollywood ...Billu is that kind of a film which defies the practice of good filmmaking and is solely aimed to rake in the moolah while the initial hype lasts.... full review

So-So by Raja Sen, Rediff ...Shah Rukh Khan's [Images] latest production is a simplistic, well-meaning take on a familiar story, and Billu -- perhaps inadvertently -- ends up being a naive little children's film... full review

So-So by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies ...The cast does well. Irrfan is remarkably restrained as usual. Lara is a pleasant departure from her glam roles. SRK drips charm in every shot. And still, the film doesn’t affect you.... full review

So-So ...The central plot sounds fair enough, but the execution is below par.... full review

So-So by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India ... You cast Irrfan Khan in your film and you have half your work already done.... full review

So-So ZEENEWS.COM ...‘Billu’ is both an original and honest film. It sucks where it is original, and where the sequences are snipped straight out of the Malayalam version, they are honest.... full review

Thumbs down by Gaurav Malani, indiatimes ... Priyadarshan and Mushtaq Sheikh take credits for the screenplay, though ironically they only snip out scenes from the original Malayalam film Katha Parayumpol .... full review