Ek baar toh chakh lo!
Love, laughs, plots and plans – sweetly packed into this one
Read the Bareilly Ki Barfi review on GHP and know why you should watch it.
Rating 3.5 stars
Bareilly Ki Barfi (BKB) gives relief to those who saw a crash-landing of a love story last week. But this film stands out even without any comparisons. bareilly ki barfi review
The basic plot
Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sannon) lives in a household that somewhat typifies the middle-class tier II Indian milieu. While her mother, a school teacher, pines for a suitable groom to whisk her daughter away, her father believes in not shoving her around. Bitti, working with the electricity board, is no short of voltage herself. The neighbourhood knows her for her love for break dance, nocturnal outings, English films, bold tongue and more. Suitors come and go, rejecting her for any or all of these reasons. When she challenges one such on his virginity question and faces another walk-out, she attempts to run away from home.
Sitting at a desolate railway station, she heads to a bookstore and picks up an eponymous novel, Bareilly Ki Barfi. In its pages, Bitti finds a character that exactly mirrors her – drinking, smoking, et al. Elated at finding praise and validation, she now seeks the creator of it all. bareilly ki barfi review
Thus begins an undercover game of sorts in this rom-com. Enter Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurrana) and Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar Rao). One of them is the author and the other is a cover-up. The latter is being used to investigate the lady’s true feelings. The character is the book is based on the author’s former lady love. The film sees Bitti seeking validation for her uniqueness and the author testing this possible duplicate. Can she be the one he had lost before? Or is there more to her? Will each of these three protagonists find love and acceptance for what they really are?
A love triangle does ensue, with many layers of plots, plans and spoils. Thankfully, none of these confuse or bore you. Some do seem to be leading you down the beaten path but then take pleasant unexpected turns. The movie runs for 2 hours and keeps you rather hooked. The script remains tight – no unnecessary songs or long-drawn melodramatic scenes. Director Ashwini Tewary does a sweet job of keeping it all together. And of leaving you in wonder of what will finally happen in this endearing film. bareilly ki barfi review
Why you must watch Bareilly Ki Barfi
BKB deserves a watch for its characterisation, casting, dialogues and lilting background music. And the performances, of course. Ayushman Khurana and Rajkumar Rao have definitive character actor’s niches carved for themselves. Your heart goes out to Chirag right to the end, with Ayushman’s charm. You marvel at Rajkumar Rao’s instantaneous switches as he plays both the bhola and the Badass Babua. Kriti Sanon’s acting is impressive: fresh and spontaneous.
Watch Bareily Ki Barfi this weekend and come back with a refreshed and restored faith in Bollywood. That the story centres around a book will have many takers. The shuddh Hindi conversations and superbly written dialogues are memorable. After all of this, Nazm Nazm will linger on like the last taste of fresh malai barfi packed in a simple box.
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao bareilly ki barfi review
Directed by: Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Join the GHP Facebook group to stay tuned to updates on the Goregaon Highway Pulse blog! Leave your comments so I know how you liked this post and the GHP blog.