After Kareena Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, news is that director Priyadarshan has roped in Priyanka Chopra for an item song in his next movie starring Irrfan Khan (as Billo Barber), Lara Dutta (as Billo’s wife) and Shahrukh Khan (as superstar actor). The film is being produced by Shahrukh Khan himself.

Priyadarshan says  that a phone call was all that was needed from King Khan to get Piggy Chops (Priyanka Chopra) to do the item song for Billo Barber. Guess this would be the first time we would get to see Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra doing an item song together.

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Billo Barber, which is a remake of the Malayalam film Kadha Parayumbol, has already been remade in Tamil as Kuselan starring Rajinikanth. Billo Barber is expected to release on October 24, 2008.

Initially, Irrfan Khan, Akshay Kumar and Tabu were signed for the film. However, Akshay Kumar opted out of Billo Barber citing that the role wasn’t exciting enough. Tabu too walked out of Billo Barber since she did not want to work with Irrfan Khan.

Subsequently, Akshay Kumar’s role was offered to Shahrukh Khan and Tabu’s role to Amisha Patel. But, Amisha too decided to walk out of the movie saying that the role wasn’t substantial. Finally, Priyadarshan signed on Lara Dutta to play the role of Billo Barber’s wife.

About the story of the film Billo Barber, Shahrukh Khan says that it’s a sweet story about friendship between two friends very similar to the story of Krishna and Sudama.

Story of Billo Barber :

Billo Barber is a movie about a barber named Billo whose business is low due to a ┬ánumber of reasons. One fine day, a film unit comes to Billo’s village to shoot a film. The film has a superstar (Shahrukh Khan) as the lead actor. The superstar happens to be Billo’s classmate! When the villagers of Billo’s village get to know about this, they suddenly start respecting and recognizing him. All the villagers seem to be in a mood to make Billo happy in order to be able to get as close to the superstar as possible. But, Billo is unsure if the superstar even remembers him.

When the villagers find out that Billo’s not doing any efforts to meet the superstar, word spreads around that Billo lied to them about his friendship with the superstar. The villagers start insulting him over this. Even his family is disappointed with him.

At the end, the superstar is invited to a school function. Here, the superstar reveals his past. He says that during his school days, he had a friend who always stood by him through his difficult days. He describes how his friend helped him by providing him with food and shelter when he had none. He also says that if he’s a superstar today then it’s all because of this friend who sold off his ancestral ear ring so that the superstar had money to join acting. He finally reveals the friends name which happens to be Billo!

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