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Opening March 6: 13B and Dhoondte Reh Jaoge

13bFor the weekend starting Friday, March 6, the AMC South Barrington 30 is the place for all things Bollywood in the Chicago area. The theater is carrying over Billu Barber and Delhi-6 as well as bringing in two new movies, 13B and Dhoondte Reh Jaoge. The AMC Cantera 30 in Warrenville will carry over Delhi-6.

13B is a thriller about a family terrorized by their television set. Fortunately the TV set deals in psychological terror, not the appliances-come-to-life kind of terror from Maximum Overdrive.

Dhoondte Reh Jaoge is about a couple of guys who try to cash in by making a film guaranteed to flop. The plot sounds a lot like the movie The Producers, and the zany look of the film’s website concerns me — filmmakers sometimes mistake “zany” for “funny”.

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In Theaters: February 27

In the Chicago area this weekend, the AMC Cantera 30 in Warrenville and the AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington are both showing Billu Barber and Delhi-6. The AMC Loews Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago is also carrying Delhi-6 over for a second week.

According to box office returns for the weekend of February 20-22, Delhi-6 earned $602,850 in its opening week in U.S. theaters. Billu Barber earned a total of $698,910 during its first two weeks of release, while Luck By Chance (my favorite of the three movies) has earned only $355,492 after four weeks in theaters. Dev D, which did not open in the Chicago area, has earned a total of only $18,613 after three weeks in theaters. 

Opening February 20: Delhi-6

Abhishek Bachchan’s latest film, Delhi-6, opens in theaters this Friday, February 20. Bachchan plays an American who gets swept up in romance and riots when he brings his ailing grandmother back to India.

In the Chicago area, Delhi-6 will open at the AMC Loews Pipers Alley 4 in Chicago, the AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington and the AMC Cantera 30 in Warrenville. The South Barrington 30 and Cantera 30 are also carrying over Billu Barber for a second week.

Movie Review: Billu Barber (2009)

billu_barber2.5 Stars (out of 4)

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He might be the title character, but Billu the Barber gets eclipsed in his own movie by Shahrukh Khan.

Billu (Irrfan Khan) is a poor barber struggling to earn an honest living. The one thing that his wife and bratty kids respect about him is that he knew superstar actor Sahir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) before he was famous.

When a film crew arrives in the village, Billu’s kids quickly spread the word that their dad is a friend of the movie’s hero. Billu, who’s not even sure Sahir would recognize him — even if he were able to get past the actor’s bodyguards — becomes a celebrity in his own right. Suddenly, the barber is showered in gifts and attention from neighbors who want to meet Sahir, to the dismay of Billu and to the delight of his family.

When the story focuses on Billu, the film is an insightful examination of the price of fame. Lara Dutta gives a nuanced performance as Billu’s wife, Bindiya. She’s not greedy, just tired of being poor, so she encourages her husband to contact his old friend.

As the film progresses, most of the insight on fame comes in the form of speeches by Sahir Khan. At those points, Billu Barber feels like a Shahrukh Khan vanity project. The ending is sappy and predictable, right down to Khan’s trademark tears.

If you’ve seen a few SRK dramas before, you might as well leave the theater at the intermission. You already know how the film is going to end.

Opening February 13: Billu Barber

Shahrukh Khan’s latest film, Billu Barber, opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, February 13. SRK has a cameo role as a movie star who interrupts the life of a barber named Billu (Irrfan Khan).

In the Chicago area, Billu Barber is scheduled to run at the AMC Cantera 30 in Warrenville and the AMC South Barrington 30 in South Barrington, which is also carrying over Luck By Chance for a third week.