Bareilly Ki Barfi


The term ‘Bareilly’ often gets place in Indian cinema. Yesteryears actress Sadhana lost her jhumpa in Bareilly and now a rom-com movie was named after the famous city. Starring Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khuranna and Rajkummar Rao, the film was directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari.

In ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Kriti Sanon plays the role of Bitti Mishra, a bubbly, free-spirited girl, who sometimes enjoys smoking and drinking, Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurrana) a writer and PritamVidrohi (Rajkummar Rao), a saree seller guy whose name and photograph intentionally features as the book's author for trial and tested reason.

Bitti Mishra is free-flowing girl but her life turns hell due to several rejections and her mother (Sheema Pahwa) abusing her for not finding a perfect match for her daughter. Fed up listening to ’Kunwari’ tag, on one fine day Bitti elopes from her home. While waiting for her train to arrive Bitti, the daughter of Pankaj Tripathi, who owns a sweet shop in Bareilly, came across a book, titled, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’. She finds the prime character very similar to her and after going through the pages, she developed interest to meet the author and publisher of the book Chirag Dubey. Chirag gets to know about Bitti through his friend who is a book seller at the railway station. Frustrated by his own miseries, Chirag decided to wait and he formulated a story involving Pritam Vidrohi, who features as the book’s author. There comes a point when both Pritam and Chirag tried to woo Bitti. What follows next is the most interesting twist to watch out for.

The writers Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain were successful in representing the middle-class factor in the film with gali, mohallas, middle-class shaadi situation etc. The dialogues and the one-liners are the USP of the film.

The dialogues and one-liners like “Thyroid me mood swing hota hai, isiliye kich kich karti hai, (She blabbers because of her thyroid issues).” Or when he is rid of a stiff neck, “Sushila se sandaas tak sab dikh raha hai (From Sushila to toilet, I can see everything).” “Toh chai kyun banwaye, dudh 52 rupaye kilo ho gaya hai, (Why did you ask for tea if you didn’t want it? Don’t you know a litre of milk costs Rs 52?).”  and many more will make the audience go ROFL (Rolling on the floor laughing).

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari's direction is simple and attractive. He has been able to extract the best from Kriti Sanon, who is few films old as well as from Ayushmann Khurranna and Rajkummar Rao.

Technically the film was sound. Gavemic U Ary's peeping cinematography was commendable.

The music department will also add to the success factor.

Now going to the acting department, Kriti Sanon as Bitti is impressive. She perfectly fits the bill and was spontaneous. We can say that this was Kriti’s best performance till date. Ayushmann Khuranna was as usual charming and excellent. A changed image of Rajkummar Rao can be seen, from a shy guy to a lively, open minded and fun loving character. Pankaj Mishra and Seema Pahwa are remarkable in the role of a papa and mummy.

In the nutshell, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is sweet, delicious and mouth-watering. It is one of the best rom-com movies which the audience will surely watch with relish.