Posted: 05 January 2009 at 2:35pm | IP Logged
*MAJOR POSSIBLE SPOILERS*
This poor village man Balan decides to open a barber shop because he and his family were really having money problems....he couldn't find a job, his kids' school principal told him that his elder daughter will be removed from school if he doesn't pay the full fees in a couple days, the money-lenders, landlords also pressure him, they don't have money to get a new bulb for their small house, etc.
When he opens that shop (right opposite another popular barber..lol I don't get why anyone would do that), that barber gets irritated and harasses him, just for the heck of it. (It was rather comical). Also, Balan's business is not going that well...
Then there's news that the superstar Ashok Raj was going to be in the village to shoot for his upcoming movie and all the villagers get excited.
Balan's kids and wife are also really happy when Ashok Raj comes; they really want to see him. Balan then remembers how he and Ashok used to actually be friends when they were children..but now he thinks Ashok Raj wouldn't remember him anymore, since he's such a huge superstar.
Somehow the villagers find out that Balan was good friends with Ashok Raj...and they suddenly start being nice to Balan, so that he would introduce them to Ashok. The school principal tells him that all his kids' fees will be taken care of by the board if he somehow gets Ashok Raj to be the chief guest in their school function. The moneylenders and all get him a new barber's chair for his shop and are extra nice to him. They treat him like a local celeb lol.
However, Balan doesn't want to go and meet him because he feels Ashok might think he's here to see him after so many years just to get money or some favour..and Balan is a very principled, honest man. The villagers somehow drag him to meet Ashok at his hotel. There's a big stampede outside and Balan was basically pushed and shoved. Ashok Raj was at the balcony and waved to his fans. He didn't even notice Balan there, among all those people...
So, then the villagers then think that Balan had made everything up and call him a liar. They take back his barber's chair, taunt him, etc. Balan gets depressed and just feels like running away.
Somehow the school principal gets Ashok Raj to be the chief guest for that function. Everyone in the village plans to go to see him. Even Balan's kids go to the event themselves (they kinda lose some respect for their father when he said he won't take them to him). Even his wife wanted to go and after some convincing Balan agrees to take her.
At the function, Ashok Raj gives a speech and talks about how he became a star and all. To everyone's surprise he talks about his childhood friend Balan. He says how he was even poorer than Balan at one time and Balan and his father had been so selfless and kind to him, and that he is really grateful to Balan. Balan is in the crowds at the back and is touched by what he said. All the villagers realise their mistake. His kids also apologize to him for being rude and disrespectful to him.
After everything Balan still hadn't gone to meet him (he still feels awkward) and says that he is just happy that Ashok still remembers him. Then Ashok somehow comes to his small house and thanks him, etc. Balan is really touched by this. He hadn't expected such a big star to remember someone as small as him. Then yeah...la la la..Ashok promises to bring him and his family to Madras (the big city), the villagers now treat Balan like a local celeb again lol, and everyone lives happily ever after.