- 2 hr 17 min
Billu is a Bollywood film that was released in 2009. The movie features an ensemble cast of well-known actors including Irrfan Khan, Lara Dutta, Om Puri, Rajpal Yadav, and Asrani. The film was directed by Priyadarshan and produced by Gauri Khan (wife of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan) and distributed under the banner of Red Chillies Entertainment.
The movie revolves around the life of Billu (played by Irrfan Khan), a simple and kind-hearted barber who lives in a small village in India. Billuâs life takes an unexpected turn when a famous Bollywood superstar named Sahir Khan (played by Shah Rukh Khan in a cameo appearance) unexpectedly visits the village. Sahir used to be one of Billuâs childhood friends, but their paths diverged as Sahir became a famous actor and Billu continued living his humble life as a barber.
After Sahirâs unexpected arrival in the village, Billu finds himself the center of attention and suddenly become the most talked-about person in town. The villagers are eager to know more about Sahirâs connection with Billu and many of them even start to believe that Billu is the superstarâs childhood friend. This newfound attention leads to both the good and the bad for Billu; he gets free haircuts by the villagers in their excitement but eventually starts to feel uncomfortable with the extra attention, as he feels like he is being forced to live up to expectations he cannot meet.
As the story progresses, we see Billu struggle to keep up with the villagersâ expectations and simultaneously worry deeply about what his family and friends will think of him if they were to find out that he is not actually friends with Sahir Khan. While the story is mostly about Billu and his personal struggles, we also get to see the lives of the other villagers in the village, including Lahiri (played by Lara Dutta), a struggling choreographer who is trying to convince Sahir to work with her on his next film.
One of the most beautiful aspects of Billu is the way that it showcases the deep friendships that can form between people from vastly different backgrounds, as well as the struggles that can come with those friendships. This is most evident in the relationship between Billu and Sahir, as we see the way that their paths diverged due to Sahirâs success and how this affected their friendship.
Throughout the movie, we also see a lot of amazing Bollywood dance sequences and music numbers that perfectly capture the essence of the Indian film industry. The movieâs soundtrack was composed by Pritam Chakraborty and features a mix of upbeat, danceable numbers as well as more emotional ballads that tug at the heartstrings.
Overall, Billu is a delightful Bollywood movie that is sure to please anyone who loves touching stories about friendship and the struggles that come with fame and success. The performances from the entire cast are top-notch, with Irrfan Khan in particular standing out as the filmâs emotional center. Whether youâre a die-hard Bollywood fan or just looking for a heartwarming story, Billu is definitely worth checking out.
Billu is a 2009 comedy with a runtime of 2 hours and 17 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.