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Billu (2009)

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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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Priyadarshan

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Manisha Korde (dialogue) (as Maneesha Horde), Priyadarshan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Irrfan Khan ... Billu (as Irrfan)
Lara Dutta ... Bindiya
Om Puri ... Damchand
Asrani ... Nobat Chacha
Rajpal Yadav ... Jhallan Kumar
Manoj Joshi ... Damodar Dubey
Jagadish ... Madan (as Jagdish)
Rasika Joshi ... Principal Gahalot
Mitali Mayekar Mitali Mayekar ... Gunja
Pratik Dalvi 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 Shankar Sachdev ... Civil Officer
Chirag Vohra Chirag Vohra ... Director
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | Awadhi

Release Date:

13 February 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Billu Barber See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$512,124, 15 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$753,515, 8 March 2009
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The makers of the film were forced to change take out the barber from the title, because of protests by many hairstylists who considered it offensive. Shah Rukh Khan sent to have barber blacked out from any posters/billboards. See more »

Goofs

In the village fair, Billu is shown sitting in one of the 14 carriages of a giant wheel. In the next shot, the giant wheel is shown moving, but Billu is not seen any of the carriage. See more »

Crazy Credits

And Incidentally Shah Rukh Khan as Sahir Khan. See more »

Connections

Features Ashoka the Great (2001) See more »

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Ae Aa O
Written by Neeraj Shridhar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Krishnakumar Kunnath, Rana Muzumdar and Suraj Jagan
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Billu is watchable...but....
13 February 2009 | by shahabkalim-1See all my reviews

There was a time on TV when there were serials like Tenali Rama and Malgudi Days which were innocent, humorous and in the end,they never forgot to give us a sweet little moral teaching. It was a sweet thing which with time disappeared from our televisions.

Cut to 2009, we have the son of television ,Shah Rukh Khan producing and acting in a film which attempts to bring the long forgotten innocence of the doordarshan era on celluloid.

The film begins well and ends well but I feel there is something which makes Billu , a partial disappointment. May be the box office greed of the producer makes the movie nose dive from being fantastic innocent cinema to just a well tried attempt ,stuffed with unwanted elements.

Honestly, the film didn't need those many item numbers and the people who think that ,all the audience wants are skimpily clad bollywood chicks shaking their bodies, are wrong. Terrible. But yeah,Kareena looks wow.

Those super hero kinda animations with SRK were not needed either.Surely, SRK is planning to make a sci fi film and those sfx and graphics were an attempt to test the water, but hey please, leave the sci fi projects to the fair skinned film makers.We just don't have that budget .

I am not bashing this movie but its just that I am disappointed.I wanted it to be a simple tale with Sahir Khan playing the messiah in the underplayed manner,but here its like, Sahir Khan pretends to hide yet he is flashing a torch.Getting me? The cast is fantastic with Lara looking like a goddess and her acting is great.Irfan who has the title role is magnificent ,but then he is Irfan Khan and he can never go wrong in my opinion.The supporting cast is in sparkling form.Special mention to the guy who plays the guest house manager.His scene where he acts as a policeman during the shooting is one of the most hilarious scenes ever. Scenes involving Om Puri and that school manager are genuinely funny. Loved the Abhay Kumar taunt on Akshay  The locations are great, the songs ,though unwanted are decent and the direction is like any other Priyadarshan film. Nothing special about it. Editing part is pathetic and the scenes jump from one to the other in a haphazard manner.Very unprofessional stuff indeed.

The film is watchable because it is different and reminds me of those good ole days of TV.Its a sincere effort and Shah Rukh deserves a pat ,because they just don't make them like it anymore and at least the Khan has tried. Shah Rukh Khan playing himself minus the name is good but give me a re-run of Malgudi Days and I will forget about Billu .

7 out of 10

SRK has finally moved away from his target NRI NRP NRB audiences and I am sure that this film will do great business in India because its an honest attempt at a time when cinema shows a stupid cook fighting Chinese warriors and a guy is forgetting everything after 15 minutes yet not forgetting to steal Hollywood concepts Good job srk..Just wish the producer in you didn't have box office in mind...but....


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