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Billu -- A poor barber says that the star who has come to their village for shooting is his school friend locals think he is lying and he loses respect.


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Release Date:
12 February 2009 (Australia) See more »
Based on the story of friendship between Krishna and Sudama. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Irrfan Khan ... Billu Vilas Pardesi

Shah Rukh Khan ... Sahir Khan
Lara Dutta ... Bindiya B. Pardesi

Om Puri ... Daamchand

Rajpal Yadav ... Jhalan Kumar
Asrani ... Mobat Chacha

Kareena Kapoor ... Herself 'Marjaani'

Deepika Padukone ... Herself 'Love mera hit hit'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Uday Atroliyer ... Sub-Inspector
Ahsan Bakhsh ... Police Inspector
Ashwini Bhatt ... Yeshwant - Sahir's P.A.
Sunil Bob ... School Committee Member

Priyanka Chopra ... Herself 'You Get me rocking and reeling'
Pratik Dalvi ... Ronak 'Duggu' B. Pardesi
Jayant Gadekar ... P.I. Jayant
Jagdish ... Madan - Billu's competitor
Manoj Joshi ... Damodar Dubey - School Committee Member
Rasika Joshi ... Mrs. Gahalot - School Principal
Vineet Kapoor ... School Committee Member
Mitali Mayekar ... Gunja B. Pardesi
Rushi Mistry ... D.S.P.
Lalit Parashar ... Neighbour
Atul Parchure ... Charandas Chaubey - Guesthouse Manager
Kanchan Rawat ... Schoolteacher
Shankar Sachdev ... D.P. Kansana - Municipal Officer
Rishikesh Sharma ... Police Inspector
Chirag Vohra ... Movie Director
Amey Wagh ... Assistant in barber shop
Ameya Wagh ... Jeetendra - Employee of 'Modern Madan'

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
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
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
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
Manish Khatiwada .... digital compositor
Sagar Kudle .... modeling artist
Senthil Kumar M. .... visual effects artist
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
Vishal Shah .... team leader: Redchillies.VFX
Amjad Shaikh .... team lead
Sarfaraaz Shaikh .... 3d 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
Suraj Jagan .... playback singer
Ajay Jhingran .... playback singer
Akriti Kakkar .... playback singer
Kay Kay .... playback singer (as K.K.)
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
Raghuvir Yadav .... playback singer (as Raghuveer Yadav)
Other crew
Kanika Dhillon .... script supervisor
Farah Khan .... choreographer
Ketki Samant .... marketing assistant
Abhijeet Ubale .... production accountant

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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?

Tabu was offered the role of Bindiya, but refused because she did not want to work with Irrfan Khan.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 »
Movie Connections:
Features Chakde! India (2007)See more »
You Get Me Rockin & ReelingSee more »


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15 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Billu, 14 February 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

Billu Barber had already courted some controversy because some hairstylists protested that the term "Barber" was offensive. I don't understand it, but this meant the word has been dropped, and it's now known simply as "Billu", still after its titular character. A remake of the Malayalam film "Katha Parayumpol", Billu is one of those films that work because of its spot-on capturing of the ugliness and greed of man.

It opens quite matter of factly with Billu, played by Irrfan Khan, a poor barber in s small village, being down to his last rupee, seeking help from an official knowing that he has to offer a bribe for a loan. Naturally he gets thrown out because of his frankness, and we slowly learn of Billu's immediate challenges - his barber business is down because the state of his shop is run-down, there's a trendier salon opened opposite his, electricity to his small house got cut because of his inability to pay, and the school principal is threatening to throw his kids out of school because the school fees are not forthcoming.

And little does he know that his problems will multiply with the coming of a Bollywood film crew for a shoot in their village, turning his entire world as he knows topsy turvy just because he is a friend of India's mega-star, Sahir Khan (incidentally, like the credits say, played by Shah Rukh Khan). This premise puts an interesting dilemma on Billu, because while he is a nobody and a would-be bankrupt, suddenly the village folk start to pay homage to him, from neighbours to rivals to the town's rich miser, because their degree of separation to Sahir Khan is now 2, provided they think, that they had better try and "bribe" Billu by doing favours and giving charity to him, from provision of food, to an overhaul of his shop, so that they can get an opportunity to meet the mega-star up close and personal.

To make things worse, Billu's motor-mouth kids and a wife who thought she could now impress the neighbours, start to craft stories of their association, and as we all know, word always get around in a misconstrued manner, thus something innocently said, becomes blown out of proportion. While sometimes the intent is based on perceived noble terms, like accepting the school's bursary in exchange for the star's presence in an anniversary celebration, making false promises puts a question mark on integrity, and worse, the effects are felt by Billu himself, for something that he did not boast about, or craft.

My growing list of character actors I admire had included Irrfan Khan ever since I watched his role in The Namesake, and I felt he always had this regal presence, even for short roles such as that in The Darjeeling Limited and Slumdog Millionaire. Here, he brought out the down-to-earthness portrayal of a small village barber trying his best to etch a living and provide for his family, and feeling very out of place with all the unwanted attention showered upon him. We feel his dilemma instantly, as his worries come from it being a very long time since he and Sahir had met, and the unassuming man that he is, believes that he shouldn't impose himself on a friend from the past, in fear of having his friend think that he's clinging onto the coattails of his fame, or worse, to want to ask for favours, which many in the village expect him to do.

Much of the film plays around the dilemma, of how people often impose their wishes onto you just because you have the facility to possibly grant their wishes, and rebuttals are often unheeded because people only want to hear what they want to hear, and worse, when assumptions are made. Suddenly you find enemies and casual acquaintances proclaiming themselves to be your new best friends, because of the benefit they can gain from such lip service. And nothing could be worse if these impositions turn out to be from family members - the kids want to meet their idol, and so does the wife (played by Lara Dutta). How can one turn these requests down, when one takes on the role as provider? Shah Rukh Khan looked like he had a field day playing a parody of himself, the film star who happened to share the exact same filmography as himself at that too. Although in a support role, his Sahir comes across as direct and no-nonsense, and having hordes of security and minders around him, makes one wonder who Billu, a man amongst thousands in a crowd, could somehow get him to notice, if it's true he is a friend in the first place! But the role here offers the inevitable opportunity for some staple song-and-dance, and the filmmakers don't let up the chance to pair up SRK some of his more memorable co-stars such as Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, and Deepika Padukone, with whom he bursts onto the scene in a futuristic setting for the song Love Mera Hit Hit, the start of Sahir's new movie which ironically is based on an alien's search for his long lost brother in a village.

Billu turns out to be a superb balance between fun and an examination of a key negative human condition. I was pretty much entertained throughout, and thanks to the all round fine performances from the cast, Billu is very much enjoyable, and puts itself into the shortlist of one of the fine movies of the year thus far.

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