Bitti Sharma (Kriti Sanon) is a contemporary UP girl who has been raised by her father (Pankaj Tripathy) as a son. Hence, he is comfortable with her drinking, smoking and staying out late even though her mother (Seema Bhargava) is less approving of the same. Both the parents are worried about her marriage but she is in search of someone who accepts her the way she is. One fine day, after being angered by her mother’s consistent coaxing for marriage, Bitti decides to leave home. She returns back however after reading a book named Bareilly Ki Barfi (where the author’s description of his lover matched astonishingly with Bitti’s nature) in a hope to find the author who understands her nature pretty well and interact with him.
Will Bitti be able to find her match? Will she find solace with the author or find someone else who is more fitting as a match for her?
Positive points: –
- Forget Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao is the real gem of the movie and it’s his performance that provides all the fun and charm to it.
- Every punch fired by Rao was not just perfect but also laugh-inducing. Pankaj Tripathy and Seema Bhargava also have supported ably with the humour.
Negative points: –
- The movie is marred with crater-sized plotholes and neither the activities of characters nor the script makes any sort of sense.
- 2 hours seems like a decent runtime for a rom-com but don’t feel bad if you found it long. It isn’t long but boring in actual whenever Rao is not around.
- Bareilly Ki Barfi is nothing more than a comic rip-off of the 1991 blockbuster Saajan due to which the final result is insipid and sloppy.
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
I can’t really believe that this movie is directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari who was the lady behind the endearing and nearly flawless Nil Battey Sannata. Her direction has glimpses of wonder but is mostly bland thanks to a sense deprived script by Nitesh Tiwari (shockingly), Shreyas Jain and Rajat Nonia. The screenplay is so flimsy that even a 5-year-old can spot its shortcomings with a casual eye. The most crucial elements of the film are recklessly constructed (like Chirag forcing Pritam to put Pritam’s photo in his book even though a picture wasn’t necessary a book or Chirag playing his comedy of errors game whereas he could have directly confessed to Bitti and ended up the whole drama) and have contributed strongly in making it soporific.
A good thing about the movie was its use of real locations unlike in movies like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha and Gavemic U Ary’s cinematography has made well use of them. The songs are fine and match well with the mood of the film.
This movie belongs to Rajkummar Rao and is the third instance of 2017 where a supporting actor overshines the leads (the other two being Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Saurabh Shukla’s performances in Raees and Jolly LLB 2 respectively). His comic timing is as impeccable as his serious acts and with every new film, Rao is blatantly challenging the jobs of popular young aged Bollywood leads like Ranbir Kapoor, Varun Dhawan, etc. Seems like the competition for next year’s awards for the Best Supporting Actor is going to be tough as hell.
Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana get ample space to showcase their acting chops and have done it pretty well but have sadly been overshadowed by Rao and we can’t blame them.
Pankaj Tripathy and Seema Bhargava have done wonderful jobs with their respective act and were equally as funny and delectable as Rao was, albeit having a short screen-space.
Rohit Choudhary and Swati Semwal have also been impressive in their short stints.
Final Verdict: –
Bareilly Ki Barfi is a poor attempting in providing a comical flavour to a modern take of Saajan. The only thing that engages you is Rao’s sterling act and is worth a view. If you ever wish to know how Bareilly Ki Barfi is, go for the sweet instead of the film.