Bareilly Ki Barfi

Bareilly Ki Barfi Movie Review 2017: A Tasty Bite

Movie Name
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Comedy, Romance
02 hours 02 minutes

Bareilly Ki Barfi Review

A fellow critic put it rather aptly when she said, ‘Small town India is the new Switzerland'. Right from Tanu Weds Manu to Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya, the ethnic antics of interior India have been amusing the audience in a big way. Of course, for it to work it does require a story and deft writing which is safe in the hands of Nitesh Tiwari of Dangal fame. Along with writing partner Shreyas Jain, small town ambiance is successfully transported onto paper. And director Ashwiny Iyer makes Bareilly comes alive with color and some chart-busting music by Sameer Uddin.

When lovelorn boyfriend Chirag loses his girl to another man and writes a romantic novel titled Bareilly Ki Barfi under his friend Pritam Bidrohi's name, little does he know that his act is going to lead to another upheaval? But the flop novel does succeed in bringing lively Bitti Mishra into Chirag's life.

Bitti has fun parents. There's indulgent father Narottam Mishra who's quite okay letting her be one of the boys. Mother Susheelais quite a delight. She can't fathom why her daughter gets rejected by every suitor and fortunately doesn't drip with the treacly affection that screen mothers suffocate you with. In fact, she's rather cute in her obvious delight every time an eligible young man is at the door. And she makes nice snarky comments like, ‘Raat raat ghoomti hai. Ladki hai, chudail thodi hai?'

Even if Bitti Mishra wakes up in the morning with full makeup on, the characterizations and lines keep it brimming. And just when Bitti's relationship with Chirag begins to sag by going nowhere, the entry of Pritam Bidrohi played by consummate actor Rajkummar Rao perks it up. Pritam has the more difficult role having to switch colors from much-bullied snivel to macho swagger every few seconds which Rajkummar does with the ease of a chameleon. Ayushmann Khurrana is adequate as Chirag but a bit uneasy as the sobbing suitor. Kriti Sanon is acceptable as spirited Bitti who makes her own rules.

For the main trio to succeed strong supporting pillars come in the form of Seema Pahwa as mother Susheela and Pankaj Tripathi as father Narottam. They're bang-on perfect.

With catchy numbers like ‘Twist kamariya' and ‘Bareilly wale jhumke pe', Ashwiny Iyer keeps it breezy.


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The Verdict

Ayushmann Khurrana is adequate as Chirag but a bit uneasy as the sobbing suitor. Kriti Sanon is acceptable as spirited Bitti who makes her own rules. This isn’t path-breaking cinema nor is Bitti a character you haven’t met before. But it’s watchable and hummable.For a light and frothy entertainer, Bareilly Ki Barfi gets a 3* rating.


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