Bareilly Ki Barfi review: Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao steal the show

Bareilly Ki Barfi review: Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao steal the show


We are so glad that, after such a long time, director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari comes out with a very refreshing and one of its kinds movie - Bareilly Ki Barfi. The worn out yet cozy by lanes of Bareilly, a small town in Uttar Pradesh is introduced by the articulate voice of Javed Akhtar. Bitti Mishra (Kriti) is a bohemian Bareilly girl who falls deeply in love with Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar) an author because she admires his progressive way of thinking. Finding him though proves to be really tough as Pritam has gone completely off radar for the last 5 years. So Bitti seeks the help of the local printing press-owner, Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann) on her journey of love. Who falls in love with whom and does anybody get a happy ending? For that, you’ll have to watch the film.

This rom-com set in the town of Bareilly, has the power to connect with the audience on a large extent as it introduces you to real people, whose charms are infectious. The writers Nitesh Tiwari (director and writer of the much-acclaimed blockbuster Dangal) and Shreyas Jain have put together a sweet, identifiable crowd-pleaser that excels in the writing, direction, acting and music departments. The script of the film is definitely a ‘Seeti-maar’ receiver and the sense of humor is impeccably placed.

As far as performances go--Rajkummar Rao is the scene-stealer. Whether he's the stammering sari salesman or the gali ka gunda, he is magnetic. The transformation from the shy Vidrohi to his bad-ass vibe should definitely get him both awards and rewards.

Ayushmann goes from white to grey so effortlessly, you stay invested in him. Becoming Chirag Dubey, who is predominantly a bully, must not have been easy for the actor but he completely aces it. A special mention to Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pahwa who are brilliant with their comic timing. They have some of the best scenes in the film that are sure to leave everyone in splits.

Althought Kriti Sanon makes a loveable Bitti, but what we feel is that she could have been replaceable. Her acting was good, no doubts about it, but she could not leave us feeling the skin and essence of Bitti, like Ayushmann and Rajkummar did.

The story so far is predicated given the trailer of the film spelt it all. How it shapes up now will determine the graph of the film. The rest of the story revolves around this typical love triangle. The editing, particularly the tug of war between Ayushmann and Rajkummar, is as sharp-edged as the writing.

The peppy beats and music is an added bonus for all the bollywood fans as one cannot help but hum along with it and shake a leg. Overall, Bareilly Ki Barfi is a character-driven as all the characters are pivotal to the plot and backed by substantial writing. The three lead actors drive most of the narrative - Ayushmann's endearing expressions, Kriti's livewire presence and Rajkummar's unpredictable dialogue delivery provide the perfect ingredients for a sweet rom-com that has its share of masala.

Bollypedia Rating- 3.5/ 5 stars