Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Musical
Director(s): Priyadarshan
Production: Eros Enterainment
137 min

'To the Civil Officer, Small-Scale

Industries, Government Office.'

'I am Bilas Pardesi, alias Billu.'

'Budbuda village, Kamal Chowk,

Lala Lajpat Rai Road.'

'Have you seen Billu

Hair Salon there?'

'I'm grateful if you've seen it.

It earns me my livelihood.'

'And I'm writing this

letter about the same.'

'The condition of my salon

resembles government schemes.'

'The present is miserable

and the future is bleak.'

'The only possessions I have are..'

'..a broken chair which

my children call a swing.'

'Someday it will break and

cause my clients a back ache.'

'A useless scissors which

doesn't cut anything.'

'A comb which resembles

the jaws of the old.'

'A tooth here and a tooth there.'

'I am applying for a loan for

new supplies to your office.'

'You're probably thinking,

why didn't I personally.'

'I am counting flies sitting

on the broken bench outside.'

'I've heard government files

are not touched..'

'..unless someone puts some

weight behind them.'

'And I'm inexperienced

in matters of bribery.'

'What if things go wrong?'

'So I am asking in writing.'

'Will you take bribe?'

'If you do accept bribes, then..

..I'd like you to know

that I have no money.'

'If you don't, then call me inside.'

'Your prospective debtor, Billu.'

Yes, sir?

A nut case is sitting outside.

Send him in.

Hello, Mr. Pandit.

Shall I come in?

Welcome. Welcome. Come in.

Raja Harishchandra.

Mahatma Gandhi. Dharamraj.

How can they come?

They are all dead.

I've come alone.

I'm giving you so much respect..

..because those noble

men are no more..

And I have the honour of meeting you.

You've asked a government

officer directly..

..whether he will take a bribe.

Wonderful! Well done!

An idealist like you

is worth respecting..

..but not worth sanctioning

a loan to.

No, if the sentence regarding

the bribe hurt you..

..I will take it back.

Is it a kid's ball that

you throw back and forth?

Go away, Mr. Mahatma. You

will not get the loan.

Mr. Pandit, give me something

for that revolving chair.

You can knock on many doors,

but you'll not get a loan.

- Thank you.

- What for?

Never directly ask a

government officer..

..whether he'd take bribe.

You've taught me this lesson.

- Out!

- What?


Why are you sitting outside?

Is there a power-cut?

That's why we've lit an oil-lamp.

The power company disconnected

the electricity.

Ok. Doesn't matter.

It's good.

Famous people like Mahatma

Gandhi and Ambedkar..

..used to study at night with

the help of an oil-lamp.

What did they do during the day?

They used to go to school.

They used to help their parents

with the household chores.

- Yes, Dad. Abraham Lincoln used to study under street-lights.

- Yes.

I'll study under street-lights

from tomorrow.

- Why can't you understand? Gaalu!

- Gungi!

Hey, where is your mom?

She's gone to get cooking-oil!

Stupid! How can you say

that about your mom?

- She has really gone to get cooking-oil.

- Yes.

She has gone to aunt Meena's,

our neighbour.

Didn't you get the wheat?

The market was closed by the

time I left the salon.

Tell me the truth. There were no

clients at the salon today, isn't it?

No, there were.

I paid rent for the house.

- Happy?

- Very happy!

- Mom, why don't you give him the other good news?

- Which one?

- The principal has called you to school.

- Why?

Because there is good news.

Madam principal! Hello.

Bindiya told me if the school

fees are not paid today.. will ask them to leave school.

Outside! The office is outside.

Pay the fees outside. Go.

I didn't bring the fees.

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Priyadarshan (born Priyadarshan Soman Nair; 30 January 1957) is an Indian film director, producer, and screenwriter. In a career spanning over three decades, he has directed more than 90 films in various Indian languages, predominantly in Malayalam and Hindi, while also having done six films in Tamil and two in Telugu. Priyadarshan began his career in Malayalam cinema in the early 1980s and was active throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Towards 2000s, he moved to Bollywood (Hindi cinema) and was active throughout the decade. He has done about 26 films in Hindi alone, the highest number of films done by any Bollywood director after David Dhawan. In 2013, he announced that Rangrezz would be his last Hindi film for a while and shifted focus to Malayalam cinema.Best known for his comedy films, Priyadrshan has also experimented with some action and thriller films. His collaborations with Mohanlal were highly popular in Malayalam cinema during the 1980s and 1990s, with most notable films being Poochakkoru Mookkuthi, Mazha Peyyunnu Maddalam Kottunnu, Thalavattam, Vellanakalude Nadu, Chithram, Vandanam, Kilukkam, Abhimanyu, Mithunam, Thenmavin Kombath, and Kala Pani. Other Malayalam actors he frequently collaborate are: Kuthiravattam Pappu, Jagathy Sreekumar, Innocent, Nedumudi Venu, Sreenivasan, Sukumari, Mukesh and Mammukoya. Priyadarshan was one of the first directors in India to introduce rich color grading, clear sound and quality dubbing through his early Malayalam films. He is known for adapting stories from Malayalam films into Bollywood, from his own work as well as other films. Most notable such Bollywood films include Hera Pheri, Hungama, Hulchul, Garam Masala, Bhagam Bhag, Chup Chup Ke, Dhol, and Bhool Bhulaiyaa. His multiple collaborations in Hindi include Tabu, Paresh Rawal, Akshay Kumar, Akshaye Khanna, and Suniel Shetty. In 2007, his Tamil film Kanchivaram won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film. In 2012, the Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award for his contribution towards the arts. Priyadarshan has also directed many advertisement films. His most popular commercials are for Coca-Cola, American Express, Nokia, Parker Pens, Asian Paints, Kinley and Max New York Life Insurance. more…

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