‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ movie review By Divya Solgama
Right since the silent era to today’s digital era, love stories are one of the most popular and loved genre in our Hindi films. The basic ingredients in these films might be same, but have been often presented with different backgrounds such as rich-poor, family feud, misunderstandings, inter-caste issues, religious matters and many others including the most popular, love triangles. Most of these films have big actors in order to enhance this sub-genre and keep the audience guessing till the last frame. These love triangles generally follow a typical narrative path featuring tales of either two siblings, best friends or fake identities. Now, speaking about fake identity based love triangles, ‘Saajan’, ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’, ‘Hum Kisise Kum Nahin’, ‘Chitchor’ and many such films have been loved and cherished by its audience. ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, also seems to be one such film with fake identity based love triangle. Thus, let’s find out whether ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ will manage to enhance its genre due to its interesting packaging and ensemble cast or might be like the same old wine presented in a new bottle.
‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is a story of a daringly different girl Bitti Mishra (Kriti Sanon) living with her parents (Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pawa). After a couple of arrange marriage proposal going wrong, Bitti decides to elope away from her house. On her way she buys a novel, whose main protagonist has the same traits like her. Bitti decides to find the author Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar Rao), with the help of the book publisher Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurrana). Little does Bitti know, that Chirag is the real writer of this novel. At the same time, Chirag starts liking Bitti and thus plans out a fake meet between Bitti and Pritam Vidrohi. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technical Details:
The basic story idea is quite similar to films like ‘Saajan’, ‘Mujhse Dosti Karoge’, ‘Once Upon Ay Time In Mumbai Dobaara’ and many such films. The plot of fake identity based love triangle has been presented several times in every decade and era. The settings of Bareilly and its residents makes the movie slightly different. The first half takes lots of time to come on the right track. The over revealing trailer and stale plot line fails to grab your attention in the initial portions of the film. The movie picks up its main momentum with the arrival of Rajkummar Rao’s track. The second half is interesting, enjoyable and entertaining in comparison to its first half. Though, Javed Akhtar’s narrative introduction in the first half is highly enjoyable, followed by almost every scene involving Rajkummar Rao in the movie. His track, character and mannerisms add the much required charm in the film. The movie starts developing some entertaining moments due to Rajkummar’s character which tries to compensate for the missing screenplay in the film. Right from Ayushmamm trying to convince Rajkummar followed by training him leading to Rajkummar impressing Kriti with his swag, Rajkummar’s meet with Kriti’s parents followed by the entire proposal track, Rajkummar’s breakdown in front of Kriti, Ayushman complaining about Rajkummar’s change of nature, Rajkummar threatening Ayushmann, Ayushmann’s letter recitation and many such scenes works in the favour of the film. It’s just that the predictable storyline and traditional narrative pattern dilutes the intensity of the film. The actors, especially Rajummar and Ayushmann try their level best to lift the film, but the curse of weak screenplay keeps harming their efforts. There is nothing new or unseen in this film. The climax is typically predictable and works only due to Ayushmann’s lovely letter recitation. The cinematography is good and works in favour of the film.
The music is average and songs such as ‘Twist Kamariya’ and ‘Sweety Tera Drama’ will be remembered only for a short time. ‘Nazm Nazm’ is a soulful song and will be cherished for a long time. The background music is average.
Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s debut film ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ was a fantastic film with loads of emotional connect and some fantastic performances attached to it. In case of ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, she succeeds in delivering a fantastic performance by Rajkummar Rao and by Ayushmann in some scenes. The humour quotient along with entertainment factor is quite high in the second half of the film, which helps you to relish the film. It’s just that the soul and emotionally connecting factor is nowhere to be seen in this film. The movie has everything but nothing special to cherish and to be remembered for a long time.
Ayushmann Khurrana is fine in his part. Though, his character will remind you of his recently released film ‘Meri Pyari Bindu’. His comic timing is pretty average, but shines out in some emotional scenes. Kriti Sanon looks good and tries hard to get inside the skin of her character. Sadly, she lacks the charisma required for such lively character. Her mono expressions dilute the intensity of her character. Rajkummar Rao is outstandingly brilliant in this movie. He is like the sugar in every dessert or sweets. Every scene of his is relish-able. Remove him from the movie and there will be a huge vacuum in the film. Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pawa are fantastic in their small but highly vibrant roles. Wish there roles were bit lengthier.
So on an overall basis ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, could have been a special delicacy, but due to lack of fresh ingredients ends up as a guilt free sweet snacker. It can be enjoyed once a while for its simplicity, good performance and clean humour.
Rating – 3/5 [Source – Bollywood Times]