Bareilly Ki Barfi: A sweet offering to light-hearted films

By Author   |   Published: 19th Aug 2017   12:49 am
Bareilly Ki Barfi

Director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari goes to town again. He offers you the barfi with the right saccharine content. There is a certain raw intensity to this light-hearted film that it endears. Not to be taken seriously, yet a film that is not frivolous. It is an interesting piece of cinema that pushes the Hrishikesh genre ahead and is a fine tribute to light-hearted films.

The story is borrowed from the Sanjay Dutt-Salman Khan hit Saajan but any other similarity ends here. We have Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sanon), a spirited small town girl who defies the usual stereotypes and lives life on her own terms. She smokes on the sly and lives life to the brim. Her parents (Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Bhajwa) are eager to get her married but have gone through a series of unsuccessful attempts at getting her married. 

On a train trip, she gets to read a book titled ‘Bareilly ki Barfi’ where the author portrays a protagonist exactly like Bitti. Bitti, finding approval, goes in search of the writer. Though the book is written by Chirag (Ayushman Khurana), it is attributed to Pritam (Raj Kumar Rao). She falls in love with the idea but not so much with the man. The rest of the film is about the two competing for her attention. Playing his own supportive role to help his friend in distress is Munna (Rohit Chowdhary) a supporting actor yet again, who fits the bill with ease. 

Who gets the girl? The aggressive and silent writer or the trained lover who is pitchforked centrestage by circumstances and is now willing to play along? Watch this sweet offering for the answer.

Kriti Sanon carries her role with great confidence and should be taken more seriously. The movie has an interesting star cast. There is Ayushman Khurana who proves yet again that he fits the Amol Palekar-Farooq Sheikh slot with consummate ease. However, it is the curse of our cinema that such actors are not seen more often.  Then there is the ever reliable Raj Kumar Rao showcasing his great talent and the film is worth a walk just to watch him perform. This outing will leave you with a light-heart and feeling happy. This is not just a sweet that you would dig into, but one you will never regret for having picked up, and Ayushman and Raj Kumar ensure that happens.