Bareilly Ki Barfi Film Review: Worth Savoring

| August 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Life is nothing but recycling.

A girl is smitten with a guy of her dreams. To reach him she takes help of another guy who is equally besotted with her. He escorts her on her search.In the process the two share some great time together. The transformation takes place. Perceptions change. The girl feels her quest was misplaced. She realises where she wants to go finally.

Now this has been the template of films ranging from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam,Chalte Chalte,Jab We Met,Tanu Weds Manu and quite a few more.

Bareilly Ki Barfi in its essence is no exception to this template. Rather it’s more close to 1991 film Saajan in its core story and characters. But the twist is that makers say they have adapted a French novel ‘Ingredients of Love’ that was published in year 2010. How Saajan’s storyline and novel’s theme is almost similar is either a remarkable coincidence or a riddle.

As a standalone film, Bareilly ki Barfi has freshness in its characterisations,milieu,setting and some amusing moments of mistaken identity and impersonation.

Bitti Misra (Kriti Sanon) is a misfit in the conservative milieu of Bareilly where she stays with her doting father (Pankaj Tripathi) and anxious mother (Seema Pahwa) who wants Bitti to be married off at the earliest.

Bitti does not fit into the mould of a traditional wife because of her feisty demeanour (reminds you of Kangna Ramapur in Tanu Weds Manu).

She chances upon a novel unusually titled Bareilly Ki Barfi where the protagonist is almost her version in fiction. She is so impressed by the author that she starts believing he is the right guy for her, as he is not at all judgemental about her lead character in the novel.

Her search leads him to Chirag     (Ayushmann Khurrana) who is the real author of the novel but has given his friends name and picture Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar Rao) on the novel.

Rest of the screenplay is about who gets Bitti Misra.

Screenplay by Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain has some really funny moments on the whole. Even the predictability of as to who will get Kriti is kept on boil providing suspense till the last.Some one liners are to die for.

The small town feel,its lingo,the aesthetics are in place. The pace slackens midway but is propped by a wonderful performance by Raj Kummar Rao as a submissive salesman-turned-Don.

Even Kriti Sanon has turned in a sprightly act. Ayushmann Khurrana is believable.

Both Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pahwa get into the skin of their characters.

Credit is definitely due to Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for crafting an engaging and entertaining film.

Music is though a let down.Having too many expectations can ruin the reasonably good time that you can have sampling and savoring this Barfi. Recommended.

 

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Dhieraj Mohan is Hindi cinema's keen observer. With earnest interest in its dynamics and constantly changing milieu he revels in dwelling on the discrepancies, idiosyncrasies,contradictions,masala and the formula that defines Bollywood.He is a poet and a screenwriter too,who simply adores Hindi cinema's chameleon like traits.

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