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Bareilly Ki Barfi  : A Tasty Bite
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Friday, August 18, 2017
Ashwiny Iyer
Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi

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 Indiahave 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 ambience is successfully transported onto paper. And director Ashwiny Iyer makes Bareilly come alive with colour and some chartbusting music by Sameer Uddin.


When lovelorn boyfriend Chirag loses his girl to another man andwrites a romantic novel titled Bareilly Ki Barfi under his friend Pritam Bidrohi’s name, little does he know that this 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 Susheela is 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 characterisations 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 rolehaving to switch colours 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 jhumkepe’, Ashwiny Iyer keeps it breezy.


This isn’t pathbreaking 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.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan

Senior Journalist & Author


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