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Barber, a derogatory profession? (TOI-thumbs UP last paragraph)

Discussion in 'Billu' started by Bridget, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    Be sure to read the last paragraph

    Barber, a derogatory profession?
    24 Feb 2009, 0000 hrs IST
    Times of India

    There seems to be a confederacy of barbers nationally, who have united to have themselves not associated with their profession because it might
    be derogatory.

    A fair point. Rarely, in posh urban areas do we say we’re heading to the barber shop. The words ‘salon’ or ‘hair-dresser’ seem the terms in use. Particularly upscale hair salons have hair consultants (sort of like the Mckinsey&Co. of hair), stylists (sort of like designer Sabyasachi for hair), one has a hair expert (sort of like the Chairman of The Reserve Bank of India, for hair). Therefore, unless there’s some need to appear salt-of-the-earth (like hoping for an election ticket); the barber shop is relegated to crowded Mumbai neighborhoods, where characters from Slumdog Millionaire or Shantaram, might drop in for a casual trim.

    A movie, the one in question being the latest Priyadarshan blockbuster Billu, has the fictional right to call itself whatever it pleases. In a country presenting freedom of speech as a fundamental right, (like us and the Americans), if the central character (Irrfan Khan as Billu) does not meet stylist requirements (i.e., a desire to style) or does not meet the ‘hair professional’ terminology because he hasn’t graduated from the Vidal Sassoon or bblunt school of snipping, then he’s probably just a barber. Which he is (helped by a line early in the film, “I am Billu Barber”). In a fictional Indian small town, where one believes daily agrarian requirements are more important than the shabby-chic look, one could argue that a man claiming to be a barber, deserves to be called one. A friend commented, (“If your name was Praveen Contractor and I called you Harish, how would you feel?”) Also, by example, a confederacy of sharks with modest teeth could claim the movie title Jaws misrepresents who they are, but it didn’t seem to stop Hollywood.

    Further, we are perhaps not far from the time when a confederacy of men named Billu, could claim that calling them barbers was offensive to future Billus, because a Billu might indeed choose to be a ballerina (Billu Ballerina is a movie I’d definitely go see), or a boxer (Billu Boxer should definitely have Anil Kapoor in the lead) and therefore calling Mr. Billu a barber was limiting his career possibilities. And besides, given being a barber is derogatory anyway, no self-respecting Billu would want to associate with it. Thus it is perhaps likely that similar to the symbol (the artist formerly known as Prince), if a few mild tantrums were thrown by special interest groups of concise Indian nomenclature, the film would be called ¥ (the film formerly knows as Billu Barber).

    As for the movie itself, it is one of those “how can one possibly know x?” stories that revolve entirely around the unlikely alliance of two, from as diametrically opposite backgrounds as possible (think Roman Holiday with two men, add Priyadarshan, haircuts and subtract the romance angle). It revolves around a central question that the nation’s die-hard fans of its biggest movie star, ask themselves everyday. Can one really know Shah Rukh Khan? Even if you know him, can one really really know him? Especially if the one in question has spent more of his life bicycling in a village somewhere in the lush Western Ghats trying to be witty through varying financial crisis. In one clever-ish moment, Billu’s reduction of salon prices leads to a flood of customers, suggesting that as Indians we’ll avail of anything cheap; perhaps our central bank should take note of this in times of recession.

    Mr. Khan is much more than a movie star, like Hailey’s comet or Facebook or the Blackberry, he is more of a global phenomena. In fact, in a set of unnecessary scenes trying to establish a fictitious movie star like Mr. Shah Rukh Khan called Sahir Khan, the lavish display of musical numbers, spectacle, entourage, fan following and mass hysteria perhaps fall short of what the real person experiences daily. The night I saw it, the following was overheard during a sequence where Sahir Khan leans out of his helicopter heading to Billu’s village and hundreds of villagers run like cattle following him, “If this was the real Shah Rukh, there would be at least 10,000 more”.

  2. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    “If this was the real Shah Rukh, there would be at least 10,000 more"
    can someone explain that?
  3. SWEET

    SWEET ♥Panorama♥

    will he maen that SRK fan are more than the ppl we saw in thw movie the
    halcptar secen thats how i undersatand it :D
  4. Pompula

    Pompula Shahrukh Fan-Girl

    LOL! This article seriously cracked me up. :pound: :pound: :pound: Thanks, I kind of needed a good laugh...

    If it was a Shahrukh Khan film, they surely would have done that... :rolleyes:
  5. maira

    maira SRK-fanatic

    LOL>..really funny article...:D...and soo true though!!..i would never understand the problem with Barber, especially since the guys WAS a barber...:crazy:....but as Shah Rukh said he respects their emotions and doesnt want to hurt anyone...what can we say...:noidea:...except that SRK has a hugeee heartt..:hug::hug:...

    exactly what i think..:rockon:...the hysteria was not half as much in the film as SRK creates in reality!!..:D:love:..he truely is a 'global phenomana'...:rockon:..
  6. Bridget

    Bridget Well-Known Member

    I just love this paragraph :)

    Yes, in real life he creates more hysterical crowd scenes then the movie version of the superstar does. I think of that personal article someone from Calcutta wrote about when he was in that city for a Reebok store opening or what happened when he was in Paris at the bookstore years ago or the Berlin film festival (or even the Zee Carnivals recently or Malayisan Datuk ceremony).

    I also think of how many fans he has outside of Mannat all the time which swell into 7,000 or more the press has stated on his birthday or the day after he came home from the hospital.

    And how Akshay Kumar has said in a recent interview that he's jealous of Big B who has "a dozen" fans in front of his house when Akshay (who thinks of himself as "King" now) says he only has a few fans ever outside his own house.
  7. prilvsrk

    prilvsrk ♥tere liye♥

    [QUOTE: The night I saw it, the following was overheard during a sequence where Sahir Khan leans out of his helicopter heading to Billu’s village and hundreds of villagers run like cattle following him, “If this was the real Shah Rukh, there would be at least 10,000 more”.]

    OH HELL YEAHHHH!!!!!!!! :rockon::rockon: at least someone got it right AT LASTT!!! :clap2::clap2:
    there are tht many ppl outside mannat every once in a while!!!!!! hehe.. shahrukh is just AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! :target::target:
  8. luxia

    luxia I'm demented...

    :pound: :pound: :pound:
  9. bluey[Ru]

    bluey[Ru] Guest

    i so remember that article and love it!! the one about the Reebok store!!
    but who would want to stand outside crapshay's house? :confused2:
  10. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    I've been out of the loop, its a blockbuster now? :eek:
  11. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!


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