Bareilly Ki Barfi is in theaters this weekend. Touted as one of those underdog romcoms which will swipe you off your feet.
Bareilly Ki BarfiBland and unappetizing
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Bareilly Ki Barfi is in theaters this weekend. Touted as one of those underdog romcoms which will swipe you off your feet. The kind of film that is easily dismissed at first glance, but later emerges as one of the best movies of the year. The film is produced by Junglee Films and directed by Ashwini Iyer Tiwari. It’s a low-budget film, replete with all the elements of one. Since Uttar Pradesh is the new state that has suddenly caught Bollywood’s imagination, after Raanjhanaa and Badrinath Ki Dulhania, the makers of this 2017 romcom bring to us, another UP based film. The trailer boasts of a crazy story-line and funny-yet real characters. In reality though, Bareilly Ki Barfi is hardly worth watching. Why? Read on.
First, let’s meet the actors:
Kriti Sanon as Bareilly Ki Barfi
Ayushmann Khurrana as Loverboy 1
Rajkummar Rao as Loverboy 2
The film starts off with the typical scene of a small, old, poorly maintained house. Flakes of cement falling off the walls. A verandah which is the soul of the building, only second to it’s ludicrous inhabitants. Kriti Sanon (as Biti), and her parents lead a simple middle-class life. Therefore, it is only natural, that their greatest concern is the marriage of their only daughter. Kriti Sanon is not the ideal candidate for a ‘UP ki bahu’, and therefore finds herself on the losing end of every marriage arrangement. Suddenly, her true soulmate, who was hiding behind the covers of a book he authored a long while back, spots this unusual damsel.
Of course, love is never that simple (atleast never in Bollywood). An elaborate plan to woo both the parents as well as the girl, is set into motion. The plan backfires (as usual). A love triangle is established (as usual). That is the storyline. A very average, and predictable storyline. A very limited storyline which really doesn’t justify the film’s run-time. Infact, if you’ve watched the trailer, you’ve watched the film.
Ayushmann Khurrana acts very adequately. However, even when he is crying in agony, you will literally not feel any remorse or any pity. Why? Bad direction. Kriti Sanon acts very adequately as well. Infact, she was a very good choice for this role. Kudos to the casting department. She actually manages to sustain the mockery that is this storyline. Her acting however, is only adequate. Hope she performs with more soul in the future. Rajkummar Rao acts very well. His transitions from bad-boy-of-bareilly to helpless-bullied-schoolfriend are fun to watch. However, even he is not able to bring any weight or power to the film. Once again, largely attributed to bad direction.
The only thing worth watching in Bareilly Ki Barfi, are the jibes between Seema Bhargava and Pankaj Tripathi. They both manage to embody the stereotypical UPite. With Pankaj Tripathi always savouring a pan and Seema Bhargava always cursing for no reason.
The film is basically a snooze fest. No reason to waste your money on a movie that features the oldest possible plot with absolutely no new twist, no laughs and no overwhelming sentiment. The direction, the story, the editing are all below average. The acting and the music is only adequate. It’s a poorly made film. No reason for it to receive any praise. We give it 2.5/5.
You will like this film if: You have never watched a Bollywood romance film
You will dislike this film if: You have seen any other famous Bollywood romcom
Best performance: Rajkummar Rao