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Bareilly Ki Barfi
Bareilly Ki Barfi Poster.jpg
Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Produced by Vineet Jain
Renu Ravi Chopra
Written by Nitesh Tiwari
Shreyas Jain
Starring Kriti Sanon
Ayushmann Khurrana
Rajkummar Rao
Narrated by Javed Akhtar
Music by Tanishk Bagchi
Arko Pravo Mukherjee
Samira Koppikar
Sameer Uddin
Cinematography Gavemic U Ary
Edited by Chandrashekhar Prajapati
Junglee Pictures
B R Studios
Distributed by AA Films
Release date
  • 18 August 2017 (2017-08-18)[1][2]
Running time
122 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 20 crore [3]
Box office 58.75 crore[4]

Bareilly Ki Barfi (English: Bareilly's Barfi) is a 2017 Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. The film stars Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao. It was released worldwide on 18 August 2017. The film turned out to be both a critical and a commercial success at the box office.[5][6] The story is based on the French novel The Ingredients of Love, written by Nicolas Barreau[7] The film got eight nominations at the 63rd Filmfare Awards, including Best Film, Best Supporting Actress for Seema Pahwa and won Best Director for Tiwari and Best Supporting Actor for Rao. The movie completed 70 days in Theater almost some centres all over India respectively.


  • 1 Plot
  • 2 Cast
  • 3 Soundtrack
  • 4 Reception
    • 4.1 Critical response
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


Bitti is a young contemporary girl in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, who works in the complaint department of the local electricity board. Bitti's mother wants to see her daughter get married to a nice man from a good family. Bitti, however, wants a husband who understands her and accepts her exactly the way she is. Her mother gets irritated with the constant rejections, but her father understands her.

She decides to leave her house and boards a train. While on the train platform, she chances upon a book at a bookstall and buys it. As she reads the book titled Bareilly Ki Barfi, Bitti starts to identify with the protagonist. Having found acceptance in the pages of the book, she decides to return home the same night. She longs to meet the writer and thus decides to search for the writer of the book, Pritam Vidrohi. She goes back to the same bookstall where she had bought that book and asks about its writer. The bookshop owner directs her to Chirag Dubey, who owns a printing press and had published the book.

What Bitti doesn't know is that Chirag is in fact the true author of the book. He had written that book five years ago, after undergoing pain when his girlfriend ditched him and married someone else. He wrote that book describing his girlfriend Babli. Since giving his own name as the writer might destroy his ex-girlfriend's reputation, he coaxes the meek Pritam Vidrohi to have his name as the writer of the book. Vidrohi agrees but gets so scared of the possible future scenarios, that he leaves the city without telling anyone. Since the book had been published, not a single copy had been sold, except the copy that Bitti had purchased on the railway platform that day.

Bitti tries to find out Vidrohi's whereabouts from Chirag but Chirag successfully manages to convince her to write letters to the author instead of meeting him personally. She writes a letter to Vidrohi for Chirag to pass on to him. Chirag, being the true author, writes back and passes it off as Vidrohi's response. Thus begins a correspondence between Bitti and Vidrohi. In the meantime, Chirag and Bitti get to know each other better and become good friends. Bitti, however, starts to lose patience when Vidrohi, despite her repeated requests, refuses to meet her. She broaches this with Chirag and implores him to arrange for her to meet Vidrohi just once. Chirag, having fallen for Bitti decides to tell her the truth, that he is the actual writer. But later, he learns that Bitti's mother hates the writer for spoiling their daughter's mind and thus decides not to tell the truth, instead searching for Vidrohi to make him the scapegoat.

Chirag visits Lucknow, where Vidrohi works as a salesman in a saree showroom, and convinces him to act like a boor, with a bad & short-tempered attitude, so that Bitti will be cured of her long-distance infatuation. Thus, at first meeting with Bitti, Vidrohi, as instructed, pretends to be a rude and boorish person, causing Bitti to get annoyed. However, despite his rude behaviour, Vidrohi shows a sensitive side, that ultimately makes Bitti and her family have second opinion. Bitti invites Vidrohi for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of her family's sweet shop. Instead of going along with Chirag’s plan, which was refusing and leaving for Lucknow, Vidrohi accepts the invitation, saying that he doesn’t want to break her heart. A furious Chirag stars beating up Vidrohi in the evening, until Vidrohi reveals the real reason why he decided to stay back: He had fallen for Bitti’s friend, Rama. Seeing how this would keep Vidrohi and Bitti apart, Chirag tells him he fully supports Vidrohi, when in reality, he doesn’t care, as long as Vidrohi stays away from Bitti. Bitti’s mother, however, sees the perfect son-in-law in Vidrohi. Chirag lies about Vidrohi being a divorcee, since marrying a divorcee is considered a taboo.

One day, when Chirag, Vidrohi, Bitti and Rama go on an outing together, Vidrohi reveals his feelings for Rama to her. While Rama does like him, she rejects him because she learns from Chirag about him being a divorcee. After years of bullying, this turns out to be the final straw for Vidrohi and he tells Chirag that he will take away Bitti with a snap of his fingers. Chirag, believing that Bitti will never fall for someone like Vidrohi, accepts the challenge. To his shock, Vidrohi’s jerk with a heart of gold persona starts winning over Bitti and everybody’s hearts. Ultimately Vidrohi comes to Chirag and Munna and invites them to his engagement with Bitti. Chirag threatens to reveal everything to Bitti, saying that if he can’t be happy, then he won't let Vidrohi be happy too. Vidrohi calls Chirag out for his selfishness. Chirag goes to Bitti to tell her the truth, but is unable to say anything to her after seeing how happy she is. He realizes how his selfishness had blinded him and how he never cared about anybody else’s happiness. He realizes that he is happy as long as Bitti is happy. He writes some lines for Bitti on behalf of Vidrohi. Chirag apologizes to Vidrohi for dragging him into the mess and for his behaviour. Vidrohi forgives him and he requests Chirag to come to his engagement.

On the day of engagement, Vidrohi says he has a sore throat and asks Chirag to recite those lines for Bitti. Chirag begins to recite the lines, but his emotions overcome him. The entire speech leaves everyone in tears. Seeing how Chirag is willing to let Bitti marry Vidrohi for the sake of her happiness, she decides to reveal the truth: Vidrohi had revealed everything to Bitti, from the fact that Chirag was the real author of Bareilly ki Barfi, to Rama rejecting him and to Bitti and Vidrohi’s engagement. Vidrohi conveniently having a sore throat at the very last moment, was an act, just to test whether Chirag really loved Bitti, or if he just was in love with the fact that Bitti resembled Babli in many ways. She reveals about her love for Chirag. Chirag apologizes to Vidrohi again and the two hug each other.

The movie ends with Chirag and Bitti getting together, while Vidrohi and Rama come together.


  • Kriti Sanon as Bitti Mishra
  • Ayushmann Khurrana as Chirag Dubey
  • Rajkummar Rao as Pritam Vidrohi
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Narottam Mishra
  • Seema Pahwa as Susheela Mishra
  • Sapna Sand as Pritam Vidrohi's Mother
  • Lovleen Mishra as Chirag Dubey's Mother
  • Rohit Chaudhary as Munna
  • Swati Semwal as Rama
  • Naila Grewal as Babli


Bareilly Ki Barfi
Soundtrack album by Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin and Vayu
Released 11 August 2017
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 26:40
Language Hindi
Label Zee Music Company
Tanishk Bagchi and Vayu chronology
Munna Michael
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Arko Pravo Mukherjee chronology
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Sweetiee Weds NRI
Singles from Bareilly Ki Barfi
  1. "Sweety Tera Drama"
    Released: 24 July 2017
  2. "Nazm Nazm"
    Released: 31 July 2017
  3. "Twist Kamariya"
    Released: 8 August 2017

The music of the film is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin and Vayu while the lyrics of the film were written by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk Bagchi, Shabbir Ahmed, Puneet Sharma, Abhishek Verma and Vayu. The first song of the film "Sweety Tera Drama" sung by Dev Negi, Pawni Pandey and Shraddha Pandit was released on 24 July 2017. The second song titled as "Nazm Nazm" which is sung, written and composed by Mukherjee was released on 31 July 2017. The third single to be released was "Twist Kamariya" sung by Harshdeep Kaur, Yaseer Desai, Bagchi and Altamash Faridi was released on 8 August 2017. The soundtrack consists of 8 songs and was released on Zee Music Company on 11 August 2017.

Track listing
1."Sweety Tera Drama"Shabbir AhmedTanishk BagchiDev Negi, Pawni Pandey, Shraddha Pandit2:27
2."Nazm Nazm"Arko Pravo MukherjeeArko Pravo MukherjeeArko Pravo Mukherjee3:47
3."Twist Kamariya"Tanishk Bagchi, VayuTanishk Bagchi, VayuHarshdeep Kaur, Yasser Desai, Tanishk Bagchi, Altamash Faridi2:28
4."Bairaagi"Puneet SharmaSamira KoppikarArijit Singh, Samira Koppikar4:12
5."Badass Babuaa"Akshay VermaSameer UddinAbhishek Nailwal, Neha Bhasin, Sameer Uddin2:47
6."Nazm Nazm" (Ayushmann Khurrana Version)Arko Pravo MukherjeeArko Pravo MukherjeeAyushmann Khurrana3:14
7."Bairaagi" (Samira Koppikar Version)Puneet SharmaSamira KoppikarSamira Koppikar3:44
8."Nazm Nazm" (Sumedha Karmahe Version)Arko Pravo MukherjeeArko Pravo MukherjeeSumedha Karmahe4:01
Total length:26:40


Critical response[edit]

Bareilly Ki Barfi received positive reviews from the critics and was praised for the lead performances, in particular that of Rajkummar Rao.

Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and said that, "The writers Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain have put together a sweet, identifiable crowd-pleaser that excels in the writing, direction, acting and music departments."[8] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times praised the film saying that, "Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon’s Bareilly Ki Barfi manages to capture the flavour of small-town India, with Rajkummar Rao bringing in the chutzpah" and gave the film a rating of 3 stars out of 5.[9]

Samrudhi Ghosh of India Today appreciated the performances of the actors saying that, "The strength of Bareilly Ki Barfi is its cast. Kriti Sanon's bohemian small-town-girl act is a far cry from her usual fare, but she pulls it off with aplomb. Ayushmann Khurrana looks effortless as the jilted aashiq trying to win over the woman of his dreams by hook or by crook. But it is Rajkummar Rao who steals the show as the timid salesman turned rangbaaz." Samrudhi concluded her review by saying that, "After Nil Battey Sannata, director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari brings us another engaging watch. There is no dull moment in the film. Light and fluffy, Bareilly Ki Barfi is no heavy seven-course meal, but it is quite the delicious dessert." and gave the film a rating of 3 stars out of 5.[10] Rajeev Masand of News 18 gave the film a rating of 3 stars out of 5 and said that, "It’s a sweet, inoffensive romantic comedy based on a slim premise, but buoyed by strong performances, the unmistakable charm, and texture of small-town India, and garnished with moments of crackling humor."[11]

Devesh Sharma of Filmfare gave the film a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and concluded the review saying that, "All-in-all, Bareilly Ki Barfi is a good second film from Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and gives her a chance to prove her versatility. Watch the film for some good, clean fun. It will give you ample laughs throughout and you’ll walk away from the theatre with a satisfied smile on your face."[12]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2 December 2017 Screen Awards Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Won [13]
Best Dialogue Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nitesh Tiwari  Won
Best Film Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated
Best Actor – Female (Popular) Kriti Sanon Nominated
Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Nominated
30 December 2017 Zee Cine Awards Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Won [14]
Best Writing Nitesh Tiwari Won
Best Production Design Laxmi Keluskar, Sandeep Meher Won
Best Film (Jury's Choice) Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated [15]
Best Actor – Female (Viewer's Choice) Kriti Sanon Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Seema Bhargava Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Male Arko Pravo Mukherjee (for the song "Nazm Nazm") Nominated
Best Lyrics Nominated
Best Choreography Bosco Caesar Nominated
16 January 2018 Films of India Online Awards Best Feature Film Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated [16]
Best Direction Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Nominated
Best Actor In A Supporting Role Rajkummar Rao Won
Best Actress In A Supporting Role Seema Pahwa Won
Best Performance By An Ensemble Cast Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated
Best Adapted Screenplay Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain Nominated
Best Dialogues Won
20 January 2018 Filmfare Awards Best Film Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated [17]
Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Won
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Won
Best Supporting Actress Seema Bhargava Nominated
Best Music Album Arko, Tanishk Bagchi, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin, Vayu Nominated
Best Playback Singer – Male Arko Pravo Mukherjee (for the song "Nazm Nazm") Nominated
Best Lyrics Nominated
Best Dialogue Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain Nominated
28 January 2018 Mirchi Music Awards Female Vocalist of The Year Samira Koppikar (for the song "Bairaagi") Nominated [18]
Best Background Score Sameer Uddin Nominated
6 March 2018 Bollywood Film Journalists Awards Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Won [19]
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Won
20 March 2018 News18 Reel Movie Awards Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Nominated [20]
Best Editing Chandrashekhar Prajapati, Nitin Baid Nominated [21]
Best Screenplay Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain Nominated
Best Dialogues Nominated
22 June 2018 International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Screenplay Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain Won [22]
Best Film Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated
Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Seema Bhargava Nominated