Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon and Rajkumar Rao, Seema Pahwa, Pankaj Tripathi
Director: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Rating: 3 Stars
The director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari has shown a great effort in making Bareilly Ki Barfi and I must say it is sweet, delicious and also slight concoction. But this doesn’t point towards the criticism.
This movie is all about a small town romance with earthy dialogues, lively screenplay, and effortless acting. I guess it might not be scintillating but is definitely entertaining.
Bareilly Ki Barfi isn’t that kind of film which will sweep you off your feet, but there are sufficient charm and chutzpah in this effervescent brew to keep you invested all the way through. We can term it as the Bollywood romantic comedy.
This movie is a loose adaptation by Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain from a French writer Nicolas Barreau’s 2012 English novel – The Ingredients of Love. The story of Bareilly Ki Barfi is transported to a small town of Uttar Pradesh which is named as Bareilly. The place where the aspirations and emotions of young clash head-on with the anchored traditions and much more.
With the amusing voice of Javed Akhtar’s narration, the film head us towards the world that pulsates inside Ekta Nagar, Mishra Sadan, Bareilly. This is a home sweet home of sweetmeat shop owner Narottam Mishra (Pankaj Tripathi), his wife Sushila (Seema Pahwa) who are a single daughter parents of Bitti (Kriti Sanon).
Narottam Mishra has allowed his daughter Bitti Mishra to work in the customer complaints department of the state electricity board. She is provided with all the freedom that she desires which include occasional swig and smoke. Her mother who is a school teacher intent on finding a suitable guy for her marriage.
Bitti is a girl who loves breakdance, watches English movies and make no concessions with the society’s norms. When a potential husband ask her if is a virgin, she gave a strong shoot back: “Are you?” It makes no difference if I’m a virgin or not, but you better be one, the boy replied. Then Bitti says I’m not a virgin. And the chapter ended there and it’s absolutely no skin off Bitti nose.
And then her exasperated mother comes up: “Harkate laundo wali karti hai, is sey toh achcha beta hi paida ho jaata”. Bitti replies back: “Ladki hona na disaster hai ekdum.” later her mother wonders in the movie: “Raat raat bhar ghumti rehti hai. Ladki hain koi chudail thodi hai.”
As expected nothing can stop her. She ran away from home to board a train to nowhere in particular. On her way, she read a novel titled Bareilly Ki Barfi and this novel changed her life. As the female character in the story is exactly like her and she falls for this unknown writer Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkumar Rao). And to locate the writer she took help of printing press owner who was named as Chirag Dubey (Ayushmaan Khurrana).
And Chirag who himself was trying to overcome his failed love affair, traces the writer in Lucknow, where he is working as a sari salesman. He was successful in bringing him back to Bareilly with an intention Bitti rejects him outright. Till date, Chirag has developed soft corner for Bitti but was unable to propose her. And the real tragedy starts when shy Pritam, behind the fake voice worms into Bitti’s heart.
And the movie accelerates. Bareilly Ki Barfi is definitely worth watching. And I guess it wouldn’t be a bad idea.