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Billu (2009)

Billu2009

Billu (2009) originally titled Billu Barber and released under that title in the United States, is a 2009 Bollywood film by Priyadarshan, produced by Gauri Khan, with an adapted screenplay by Manisha Korde and Mushtaq Sheikh based on the script by Sreenivasan. It stars Irrfan Khan and Lara Dutta, and features Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav and Asrani in supporting roles. Shahrukh Khan makes an extended appearance in the film, while Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, and Priyanka Chopra make guest appearances in item numbers. The film was released on 13 February 2009.

It is a remake of the 2007 Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol and its screenplay closely imitating Rajinikanth guest starrer Kuselan, the Tamil remake of the Malayalam original. It is also a retelling of the story of Sudama and Krishna.

Plot

Billu (Irfan Khan) is a poor barber who lives with his wife Bindiya (Lara Dutta) and their two children, Gunja (Mitali Mayakar) and Ronak (Pratik Dalvi) in the village of Budbuda. He also spends time with his close friends Budbudiya (Rajpal Yadav) and Naubat Chacha (Asrani). Though struggling, Billu lives an uneventful life until Bollywood superstar Sahir Khan (Shahrukh Khan) comes to the village for a film shoot.

Billu has mentioned to his family that he knows Sahir from the past but has never elaborated how he knows the star. When his children talk about their father’s friendship with the star, word spreads throughout the village. Virtually overnight, Billu, who had previously been scorned by most due to his lowly state, becomes the center of attention. People who had spurned him only the week before now call him a close friend so that he will introduce them to Sahir. Billu refuses and downplays the friendship. Even so, the powerful businessman Sahukaar Daamchand (Om Puri) demands to see Sahir and offers Billu expensive gifts in order to gain such a meeting. When Billu consistently fails to introduce the people of the village to Sahir, his situation changes once again. He is accused of lying about his friendship and everyone — including his wife and children — begin to doubt his character and integrity. Rather than defend himself, Billu remains quiet about the nature of his and Sahir’s friendship.

On Sahir’s last day in the village, the star speaks at a local school. He tells the children about his own impoverished childhood when he had nothing but a special friendship with another young boy, named Billu. It was Billu who had taken care of Sahir and eventually helped him travel to Mumbai where Sahir became a star. Billu, who is standing at the back of the event, leaves during the talk without revealing to Sahir that he is there. But the townspeople, realizing their error, take Sahir to Billu’s house. Billu’s children come home and apologize to their father. Then, Sahir appears in his Bentley Continental GT, and Billu and Sahir are reunited. In the end, Sahir must leave for another shoot but promises that his and Billu’s friendship is reignited and will remain friends.

Cast

Irrfan Khan as Billu Vilas Pardesi
Shahrukh Khan as Sahir Khan
Lara Dutta as Bindiya B. Pardesi
Om Puri as Daamchand
Rajpal Yadav as Jhalan Kumar
Asrani as Mobat Chacha
Kareena Kapoor as Herself ‘Marjaani’
Deepika Padukone as Herself ‘Love mera hit hit’
Priyanka Chopra as Herself ‘You Get me rocking and reeling’
Uday Atroliyer as Sub-Inspector
Ahsan Bakshi as Police Inspector

Sound Tracks

“Ae Aa O”
Written by Neeraj Shridhar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Kay Kay, Rana Muzumdar, Suraj Jagan
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“Ae Aa O – Remix”
Written by Neeraj Shridhar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Kay Kay, Rana Muzumdar, Suraj Jagan
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“Billoo Bhayankar”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Kalpana, Raghuvir Yadav, Ajay Jhingran
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“Jaoon Kahan”
Written by Sayeed Qadri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
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“Khudaya Khair”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Soham Chakraborty, Akriti Kakkar, Monali
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“Khudaya Khair – Reprise”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Abhijeet
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“Love Mera Hit Hit”
Written by Ashiesh Pandit
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar
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“Love Mera Hit Hit – House Mix”
Written by Ashiesh Pandit
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar
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“Love Mera Hit Hit – Remix”
Written by Ashiesh Pandit
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Tulsi Kumar
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“Marjaani”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan
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“Marjaani – Electro House”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan
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“Marjaani – Balkan Mix”
Written by Gulzar
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Kay Kay, Akriti Kakkar
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“You Get Me Rockin & Reeling”
Written by Sayeed Qadri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar
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“You Get Me Rockin & Reeling – II”
Written by Sayeed Qadri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar, Dominique Cerejo
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“You Get Me Rockin & Reeling – Remix”
Written by Sayeed Qadri
Composed by Pritam Chakraborty
Performed by Neeraj Shridhar
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 08 January 2011

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