When a famous Bollywood actor visits a small village for a film's shoot, a lowly hairdressers claim that they were once childhood friends soon makes him the centre of attention.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Billu (as Irrfan)
Nobat Chacha
Jhallan Kumar
Damodar Dubey
Jagdish ...
Principal Gahalot
Mitali Mayekar ...
Pratik Dalvi ...
Dancer in 'Marjani' song
Dancer in 'Love Mera Hit Hit' song
Sahir Khan
Shankar Sachdev ...
Civil Officer
Chirag Vohra ...


Based in Budbuda, Uttar Pradesh, Billu Vilas Pardesi barely makes a living as a barber. His wife, Bindiya, looks after the household, and his children, Gunja and Ronak, are on the verge of being expelled from Gyaan Bharti Vidyalay Higher Secondary School due to non-payment of fees. Then everything changes when Bollywood actor Sahir Khan makes an appearance to film a movie in the town. Rumors spread that Billu is Sahir's close friends, and he becomes a celebrity virtually overnight. His shop gets donations and clientèle, and the school decides to educate his children for free. The trouble begins when townsfolk want to meet with Sahir but Billu is unable to contact him. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Release Date:

13 February 2009 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Billu Barber  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£248,560 (UK) (13 February 2009)


$753,515 (USA) (6 March 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Ameesha Patel agreed to play to role of Bindiya, but dropped out, because she did not find her character strong enough. See more »


Billu is sitting on the banks of the river, while talking to his friend. Billu gets up, and we see his dhoti (trowser) is really soiled. In the next scene the dhoti is clean. See more »

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Irrfan Khan Rises Above A Poor Film That Could Have Been An Interesting Satire
24 February 2009 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

What could have been an excellent satire is brought down by poor writing and Priyadarshan's lousy direction. 'Billu' required some heavy editing. All the sequences with Shahrukh Khan in the first half (including those horrible item numbers) could have easily been left out as they provide nothing. His appearance in the second half was enough. The so-called comic scenes are typical Priyadarshan, which is irritatingly loud and seriously needs toning down. The mob sequences and Billu's attempts to meet Sahir are overdone and repetitive. The ending is melodramatic, which is typical of Priyadarshan films. All the songs are poorly executed and, with the exception of the last three songs ('Marjane' being the best), they are horrible to listen to. Shahrukh Khan plays himself. Nothing new there. Lara Dutta is decent and she looks the part. But, it is Irrfan who manages to rise above the poorness of this movie. He is quite exceptional as the down to earth almost out of work barber and is the reason to watch 'Billu'. Asrani and Om Puri are good in their roles. Rasika Joshi is cast against type and she too turns in a decent performance. The rest of the cast (including Rajpal Yadav) are terrible (which is usually the case in Priyadarshan's films). To sum it up, the best thing about 'Billu' is Irrfan Khan who makes what would be an otherwise bad film to mediocrity.

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