Billu Barber (2009)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 23 mins

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A remake of the hugely successful Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol, Billu (formerly "Billu Barber") is the story of a barber who belongs to a small town and has to toil hard to make ends meet for himself, his wife and two children. Billu (Irrfan Khan) who mentions to his family that he was once a friend of superstar; Sahir Khan (Shahrukh Khan). Sahir Khan happens to come to the village to shoot a film and Billu's children spread the rumor that their father is his childhood friend. The villagers, upon hearing that Billu could be their ticket to meeting the star, shower him with gifts and promises on condition Billu make contact for them. Billu is embarrassed by his poverty and doesn't want to impose, but everyone works themselves up so he's forced to make several ill-fated attempts at contacting the star while he's shooting just outside the village. But it's the school principal who, after threatening to expel Billu's children for non-payment of fees, has a turnaround when she believes Billu is able to get the star to appear at a school function and speak to the children. She goes to Sahir herself and requests his presence at the function for the children. Were Billu and Sahir really childhood friends? Will Sahir meet with the villagers and solve Billu's troubles?
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Cast: Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Shah Rukh Khan

Crew: Priyadarshan Nair (Director), Manikandan V (Director of Photography), Pritam Chakraborty (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama

Release Dates: 13 Feb 2009 (India)

Hindi Name: बिल्लू

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Did you know? Juhi Chawla was rumored to play the role of Bindiya after Tabu and Amisha did not accept the role. Read More
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as Billu Vilas Pardesi
as Bindiya B Pardesi
as Sahir Khan
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as Charandas Chaubey
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as Mobat Chacha
as P.I. Jayant
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as Marjaani
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as Damodar Dubey
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as Daamchand
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as Jhalan Kumar
as Mrs Gahalot
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as D P Kansana
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Dolby Digital
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24 fps
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Music Label: T-Series
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyricist: Sayeed Quadri
Playback Singer: Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
Music Director: Pritam Chakraborty
Lyricist: Gulzar Kalra
Playback Singer: Robin Peters, Timmy Hung
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 carriages.

Billu is sitting on the banks of the river, while talking to his friend. Billu gets up, and we see his dhoti (trouser) is really soiled. In the next scene the dhoti is clean.
The makers of the film were forced to to remove the word 'barber' from the title, because of protests by many hairstylists who considered it offensive. Shah Rukh Khan had to be sent to have barber blacked out from any posters/billboards.

When Shah Rukh Khan called Lara Dutta to offer her a role in this movie, she originally believed it was for an international show. Upon hearing that she was being offered a role for one of his films, she readily agreed.

Juhi Chawla was rumored to play the role of Bindiya after Tabu and Amisha did not accept the role.

Ameesha Patel agreed to play to role of Bindiya, but dropped out, because she did not find her character strong enough.

Tabu was offered the role of Bindiya, but refused because she did not want to work with Irrfan Khan.

Akshay Kumar was originally offered the role of the movie star, but he refused because he did not find the film interesting enough.
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Remake of: Katha Parayumpol (Malayalam)