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Priyadarshan (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 February 2009 (Australia) See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Irrfan Khan ... Billu (as Irrfan)

Lara Dutta ... Bindiya

Om Puri ... Damchand

Asrani ... Nobat Chacha

Rajpal Yadav ... Jhallan Kumar

Manoj Joshi ... Damodar Dubey
Jagdish ... Madan

Rasika Joshi ... Principal Gahalot
Mitali Mayekar ... Gunja
Pratik Dalvi ... Duggu

Kareena Kapoor ... Dancer in 'Marjani' song

Deepika Padukone ... Dancer in 'Love Mera Hit Hit' song

Shah Rukh Khan ... Sahir Khan
Shankar Sachdev ... Civil Officer
Chirag Vohra ... Director

Atul Parchure ... Charan Das Chaube
Vineet Kapoor ... School Committee Member 1
Sunil Bob ... School Committee Member 2
Nagesh Bhosle ... Damcand's Goon 1
Vikash Srivastav ... Damcand's Goon 2
Pushkar Shotri ... Riku
Amey Wagh ... Modern Baber's Asst.
Rishikesh Sharma ... Policeman
Ahsan Bakhsh ... Police Inspector
Jayant Gadekar ... Police Inspector at Mela
Rajni Vaidya ... Old woman at the Pond
Neeti Wagh ... Bindiya's Friend 1
Lalit Parashar ... Billu's Neighbour
Urmila Sharma ... Bindiya's Friend 2
Rushi Mistry ... D.S.P.
Indra Mansukhani ... D.S.P's Wife
Anil Kumar ... Collector
Manoj Sharma ... Carpenter
Ajay Shah ... Villager with Billu's Cycle
Kanchan Rawat ... School Teacher
Rajgopal ... Union Member 1
Chander ... Union Member 2
Ashwini Bhatt ... Sahil Khan's Secretary
Stuti Rushi ... IK's kids friend
Uday Atroliyer ... Sub Inspector (as Uday Atroliya)
Dinkar Gawande ... Villager 1
Sushil Pande ... Villager 2
Sushil Bonthiyal ... Villager 3
Sushil Shukla ... Villager 4
Basant Sinha ... Villager 5
Anand Bapat ... Villager 6
Paresh Brakmabhatt ... Villager 7
Noor Ali ... Teenpatti Player 1
Naushad Lari ... Teenpatti Player 2
Dharmandra Patidar ... Teenpatti Player 3
Anu Aggarwal ... Teenpatti Player 4
Deepesh ... Kid at Billu's Shop (Ghansu)
Yaseen Khan ... Sahir Khan's Bodyguard
Saurabh Frenchmail ... Producer
James ... DOP
Hamid ... Damchand's Goons
Dilip ... Damchand's Goons
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Priyanka Chopra ... Herself 'You Get me rocking and reeling'

Directed by
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Manisha Korde  dialogue (as Maneesha Horde)
Priyadarshan  screenplay
Mushtaq Sheikh  screenplay
Sreenivasan  story (as P. Srinivasan)

Produced by
Sanjiv Chawla .... executive producer
Gauri Khan .... producer
Vaibhav Misra .... supervising producer
Anil Sable .... executive producer
Original Music by
Pritam Chakraborty 
Cinematography by
Manikandan  (as V. Manikandan)
Film Editing by
Arun Kumar 
Casting by
Manisha Korde 
Costume Design by
Neeta Lulla 
Manish Malhotra 
Production Management
Sameer Khan .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Parag Kalita .... second assistant director
Abilash Nair .... chief associate director
Art Department
Madhura Gokarn .... assistant art director
Santosh Kotkar .... assistant art director
Twisha Pal .... assistant art director
Suresh Selvarajan .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Tarun Bhandari .... adr recordist
Baylon Fonseca .... additional sound recordist
Dhrubajyoti Phukan .... supervising mix editor
Rajakrishnan .... audiographer
Santosh Verma .... sound recordist
P.C. Vishnu .... assistant sound mixer
P.C. Vishnu .... pre-mix engineer
Visual Effects by
Vikas Agarwal .... motion graphics artist
Tushar Anchan .... CG artist
Abhishek Arya .... match move artist
Gaurav Bhira .... jr compositor
Prakash Bhoir .... digital compositor
Omkar Bhosle .... office administrator
Abhineet Christian .... compositor
Murad Currawalla .... compositor
Vikrant Dalal .... visual effects artist
Obaid Haris .... lead modeler
Haresh Hingorani .... visual effects production director
Haresh Hingorani .... visual effects supervisor
Manik Iratkar .... digital matte painter
Akhilesh Jain .... vfx creative lead
Narendra Joiya .... 3d artist
Dhaval Kakadiya .... visual effects
Hiral Kawa .... jr compositor (as Hiral Vyas)
Manish Khatiwada .... digital compositor
Sagar Kudle .... modeling artist
Senthil Kumar M. .... visual effects artist
Sanjay Kumar .... senior matte painter/td
Prashant Mahashabde .... visual effects artist
Arjun Mitra .... visual effects supervisor
Udit Mohan .... digital compositor
Siddhartha S. Mondal .... compositor
Nishikanta Patra .... matchmove artist
Sasmit Ranadive .... 3d artist
Varsha Ranu .... roto artist: Red Chillies.vfx
Sai Krishna Rimmalapudi .... digital compositor
Mandeep Singh Saini .... compositor
Vishal Shah .... team leader: Redchillies.VFX
Amjad Shaikh .... team lead
Sarfaraaz Shaikh .... 3d artist
Rohan Silimkar .... rotoscope artist
Anurag Utsav .... visual effects artist
Akshay Vichare .... lighting artist
Keitan Yadav .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Ganesh S. Hegde .... gaffer
Kapil Verma .... steadicam operator
Editorial Department
Rohan Desai .... digital intermediate supervisor
Sanjay Sharma .... associate editor
Music Department
Abhijeet .... playback singer
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan .... playback singer
Sunidhi Chauhan .... playback singer
Gulzar .... lyricist
Abhijeet KK Hegdepatill .... playback singer (as K.K.)
Suraj Jagan .... playback singer
Ajay Jhingran .... playback singer
Akriti Kakkar .... playback singer
Tulsi Kumar .... playback singer
Rana Muzumdar .... playback singer (as Rana Mazumdar)
Kalpana Patowary .... playback singer (as Kalpana)
Dhrubajyoti Phukan .... music producer/programmer
Sayeed Qadri .... lyricist
Sandeep Shirodkar .... song programming arranger
Neeraj Shridhar .... playback singer (as Neeraj Sridhar)
Sukhwinder Singh .... playback singer
Abhijit Vaghani .... music producer
Raghuvir Yadav .... playback singer (as Raghuveer Yadav)
Other crew
Kanika Dhillon .... script supervisor
Sumeet Goradia .... assistant choreographer
Farah Khan .... choreographer
Ketki Samant .... marketing assistant
Abhijeet Ubale .... production accountant

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Additional Details

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137 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:G (Manitoba/Ontario/Quebec) | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:I | Ireland:PG | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:PG | Sweden:Btl | UK:PG

Did You Know?

Ameesha Patel agreed to play to role of Bindiya, but dropped out, because she did not find her character strong enough.See more »
Continuity: 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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Insightful Commentary, 25 May 2009
Author: IsisBollywood RHK from United States

Billu Barber, 2009, 138 min, Red Chillies Entertainment An Excerpt

Priyadarshan's film produced by Gauri Khan, Billu is the story of a small-town humble barber, from a sleepy Indian village who is having a tough time making ends meet with overdue electricity bills and unpaid school tuition when a film star enters his life with an arrival of Sahir Khan, mega star to town for a shoot. Interestingly, a famous larger-than-life star arrives in town for a shoot sending the village into frenzy as they try to catch the glimpse of the mega-star Sahir Khan, played by non-other than Shahrukh Khan. Billu's poverty-stricken life is contrasted beautifully against the mega star until the face off of the two characters when they finally meet. This is a movie about unconditional childhood friendship, cutting through age, status or fame. At the end, childhood love and friendship heals any wound and bonds broken relationships.

What really makes the movie is the character Billu himself, played by Irrfan Khan, surely one of the most talented but underrated actor in Bollywood today. Some of you may remember him from Mira Nair's film Namesake which he gave superb performances as Gogol's father as well as the mean police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire. He is the emotional core of this movie. The film starts with his desperate and innocent attempt to bribe a government officer in order to get a business loan for his barber shop. While listening to his plea, you can't help it but feel for him. Apparently, it is believed that this role was first offered to Ashkay Kumar. I can't imagine him playing this role. Irrfan brings a certain human dignity and respect not only to the character Billu and his profession but also to the life of poverty, convening so much by saying very little. He manages to make his character extremely believable and likable with ease.

A surprising and refreshing character is Bindiya, Billu's wife played by Lara Dutt. She should be commended for delivering a captivating and believable performance s; you would not know she is former Miss Universe. This is a different role for her; she usually plays the sophisticated beauty and I might add it is refreshing to see her in this role. The stage presence of both Lara and Irrfan is impressive as husband and wife. She gives the character strength with moments of depth, love and respect which I find very inspiring given their poverty level.

What makes this movie great its realism and depiction of rural life in India, unlike other Bollywood movies, with no pretension or smug. The cinematography of this movie is amazing, showcasing the lush of rural India. The simplicity of the film, portrayal of poverty without overwhelming the audience makes this film a delight to watch. I liked the clever way the director unfolds the story. It invites you in, but leaves you to your own considerations as the story progresses. This film lets certain details out when the moments are right, but not before the audience is fully involved in the somber life of small town man. You get the feeling that Billu is lying until the heartwarming climax. Billu is deeply touching not only in details of an ordinary man's life, but also our shortcomings and our insecurities.

This film also states that what seems trivial at any given moment in life could be important later on. Besides all this, great acting, thoughtfulness, genuine sincerity, and total emotional honesty are what one can expect from Billu without the loss of a typical grandiose of Bollywood musicals. If you want to see a movie that affirms the meaning of friendship, this is your movie. Billu is extraordinary film in an ordinary town.

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