Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)
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Directed by: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Cast: Kriti Sanon, Pankaj Tripathi, Seema Pahwa, Rajkumar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana
Bareilly Ki Barfi is the story of an unconventional girl trying to find a guy who loves her as she is. It is based on the French novel The Ingredients of Love, written by Nicolas Barreau. Bareilly Ki Barfi is a sweet love story with a decent script and brilliant characters, and equally brilliant acting.
Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sanon) is a small town girl working in complaints department of the local electricity board. Many guys have rejected her because of her unconventional nature. Her dad Narottam Mishra (Pankaj Tripathi) is a sweets shop owner and is more of a friend to her. He has brought her up as a boy and is supportive of her life choices. Susheela Mishra (Seema Pahwa) is a nagging yet loving mother whose only aim in life is to get Bitti married.
Bitti comes across a book written by a Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkumar Rao), which describes a girl he is in love with. Bitti identifies deeply with that girl and tries to find out about Pritam. She approaches Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurrana) who owns the printing press that has printed this book. Chirag agrees to help her find Pritam who has left town. Chirag has his own comic backstory behind not putting enough effort to find Pritam. He and Bitti become close and slowly Chirag falls for Bitti. Will Chirag get Bitti or would Pritam swoop in and ruin his plan forms the rest of the romic plot.
Bareilly Ki Barfi has a decent script with some beautiful scenes. These scenes require a second viewing, I was rewinding those scenes again and again to the irritation of my wife. The scenes where Chirag teaches Pritam to be a rangbaaz (goon) are simply amazing, watch out for those.
Another brilliant thing about the movie is the casting. Every character in the movie is beautifully written. Starting with Seema and her constant endeavor to find a groom for Bitti. Everytime a new guy enters the Mishra household she asks : “shaadi ho gayi/” (are you married?). If no, then you get a juice and if yes, you are rudely asked to leave. Pankaj Tripathi is a blessing to Hindi cinema and his subtle expressions are a delight to watch. Watch out for the scene where he tries to smell alcohol when Bitti enters the house very late. His sparse role yet important role gave me dad goals.
I admire Ayushmann a lot, he seems to have a handle on the scripts to be pursued and has become quite good playing flawed characters- he is pissed, sad, a bully, in love and greedy because of it. Ayushmann has portrayed many shades in Bareilly Ki Barfi. Chirag will go to any length to not get dumped again.
Rajkumar Rao enters the movie at a very later stage but the movie belongs to him from the moment he does. His is largely a comic role but he creates empathy too. Chirag bullies him and he sucks up to him out of fear. But there is a limit, a bully can terrorize only till there is fear and boy, Pritam does his vidroh spectacularly. My problem is with Bitti, Kriti Sanon is not very convincing as a small town girl. She has too sophisticated a demeanor and too finely chiselled looks to pull off Bareilly ki Bitti, though she has tried hard and acted well.
Ashwini Tiwari sets up interesting situations and conjures beautiful characters. But, my problem with her is she doesn’t delve deeper into the subject. I love the fact that in the end its Bitti who chooses the groom as against the contrast of the groom choosing her in the beginning of the movie. The message is subtle but it’s there and that makes the journey all the more satisfying.
Bareilly Ki Barfi is a feel good movie and is a must watch. Its available on Netflix, watch it and share your rating above.
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