Bareilly Ki Barfi Movie Review: For Rajkummar Rao & Ayushmann Khurrana, dig into this sweet delight of a film | PINKVILLA

2021-1-3

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Bareily Ki Barfi that stars Kriti Sanon- Ayushmann Khurrana- Rajkummar Rao is the kind of movie that remains in your head long after it’s done.





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There is a tapestry of heartland stories which are more often than not, woven out of genuine love, simplicity, and that unmistakable warm fuzzy feeling. It was well established in Nil Battey Sannata that Ashwini Iyer Tiwari knows these worlds inside out. As she makes us take a stroll through the bylanes of Bareilly, you realize that the film thrives just on this – the spirit of simplicity, the aching and overwhelming feeling of intimacy in these towns. Thankfully, for her, despite its fair share of hiccups, it’s a lucidly written story. Predictable, alright, but said with such innocence that it’s hard to not fall for it. And a lot of the magic of what unravels belongs to its men. Both Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao are in top form, matching each other in the devilish streak and vulnerability of their characters. Ayushmann plays something diametrically opposite of what he was in Bindu and yet, with the Chandigarh background on his resume, he brings that world to the film beautifully. Raj is aptly the chameleon this industry expects of him, playing varied shades of the same man. As Pritam Vidrohi, he walks away with the most author backed part. 

The story is about a family obsessing to get their young, free spirited, sometimes deviant daughter married off. And there is no one who strikes her as suitable like the author of a book, she chances upon. She hunts down the printing press owner and eventually finds the man of her dreams but this isn’t going to be a simple love story. 

Kriti Sanon playing Bitti, a Boho girl looking for a man whose progressive thinking has stolen her heart, is the film’s weakest link. There’s no evident chemistry between Kriti and either of the men. In fact, in a film filled with brilliance in every department, she is the only decorative piece. There are ample moments for her to shine but she is comparably flat. Tiwari camouflages the weaknesses in the garb of her crackling dialogues. Her character is backed by two magnetic actors like Seema Pahwa and Pankaj Tripathi, who are so gorgeously delightful. 

It will take you a while to realize it’s Javed Akhtar saab doing the naughty voiceover, reflecting more of the story than its setting can. Adapted from the French novel Ingredients of Love, it’s a skillful portrayal of love with the mandatory sprinkling of freshness usually missing from modern day rom-coms. Iyer and her writers give the film an intrinsic identity, adapting it to the rustic milieu.

This isn’t an exemplary story, by no means, but without delving much into its plot, we can assure you it’s a heartwarming watch. It’s the kind of movie that remains in your head long after it’s done. Of course, this comes without its own fair share of massive flaws. The editing is choppy, it’s a lengthy watch, the screenplay is a drag in parts but we suggest that you forgo the nitpicking. This is a barfi that demands for you to savor it, rightly sweet, evoking a few feelings which have gone missing from Hindi Cinema. Remember, why you watch Hrishikesh Mukherjee till date? This is probably Iyer’s attempt to give us a comfort viewing.

We rate the film 60% on the Pinkvilla Movie Meter.

 

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