Irrfan Khan talks about his upcoming movie, Billu and his role as a barber with Rajan Singh
>Well actually my original profession has been taken away. They told me that you dont have any merits which make you deserve this title. Its good if I was to become either a hairdresser or some hair stylist. The association thought that this name could be given to me instead of Barber.
I sincerely hope that apart from the name your role in the film has not been trimmed?
The role has actually turned out to be better than the original as conceived. The whole story of the film revolves around Billu. It has got friends of Billu, Billus wife Bindiya and brother-in-law of Bindiya.
Irrfan, how difficult is it to be a Barber?
It is a very difficult job as its a specialist job. Its a job that really matters and thats so because you can play up actually with a persons face. I think hair is the most important part of your face and it someone was to take away your hair then your face becomes something else only. And for the precise reason in few cultures of the world emphasis has been given on the fact that they should always be covered, as they are important.
Before you began with the shooting of the film, did you try someones hair as preparation for the role?
As far as training for hair cutting goes, I tried my hands on my kids first. I tried to give my son a hair cut for which I had some great idea sprouting in my mind, which I thought would look good on him. He was very obedient and sat through the whole session but after the hair cutting exercise got over and when he saw his face in mirror he started crying.
Irrfan, tell us a bit about the character you play in the film?
I am playing Billu barber and he owns a barber shop in the film, which happens to be a very inefficient shop. He has a wife, two kids and a goat and he is very happy and content with his life. And then what happens with his life and to his family forms the crux of the story and it also shows how he deals with it. Billu is a character who is very slippery so you cant really make out or understand him and thats the trick of the screenplay of the film. He is not able to earn enough through his shop but that really does not bother him.
Judging by the promo of the film, it gives the impression of a comedy film and that feeling is reinforced with Priyadarshan at the helm of affairs, how true is it?
The film is not a humorous story unlike other film plots where the story is trying to make you laugh through lines. In this film there is no any forced effort to make you laugh but the way the story progresses in the film is itself quite humorous.
There was also news that a set of village was erected in one of Mumbai studios, did that give villages feel to the film?
I was initially very skeptical when I was informed that the set of the village would be erected at Kamalistan Studios. But when I saw the majestic creation of Sabu Cyril I was astounded and could not believe my eyes. If you were to see the film you will find a gate in the middle of the village with small gumbad. After few days of shooting passed by I noticed a bee hive on those gates and thats so typical of small town villages. When you see such sets from close quarters they look artificial but this one looked very real.
Apparently SRK was highly impressed with the village where the film was shot, do you plan go there for vacation?
If I were to earn enough through my film remuneration, I would prefer buying Polachi, the village where we shot for the film, and present it to Mr. Shah Rukh Khan.
How would you describe Priyadarshan as director?
Once the shooting started Priyadarshan completely took over and it was he who told me what to do in each and every scene. Sometimes it becomes difficult that some other person is asking you to do so but at the end of the day it was great.
Any last messages about Billu?
Given a choice I would like my son to go and see the film.
Thanks a ton.