Priyadarshan is synonymous with ha-ha-thons, but the talented storyteller has been equally proficient while handling intense dramas like Saza-E-Kala Pani, Gardish and Virasat. Like Virasat and Malamaal Weekly, Billu, the accomplished director's new outing, is also set in a hamlet.
Although the story has been attempted in Malayalam [Kadha Parayumbol] and Tamil [Kuselan] earlier, the story actually takes its inspiration from the legendary friendship between Lord Krishna and Sudama. In this case, the story talks of the friendship between a superstar and an ordinary mortal who runs a salon.
Billu is a simple story about simple people, told in the most simplistic manner. There's a generous dose of glamour as well, given the fact that the protagonist's friend happens to be a superstar, but what actually works for the film is the simpleton's story. He wages a daily battle to make ends meet.