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Bareilly Ki Barfi
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Hindi बरेली की बर्फी
Directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari
Produced by Vineet Jain
Renu Ravi Chopra
Written by Nitesh Tiwari
Shreyas Jain
Starring Ayushmann Khurrana
Kriti Sanon
Rajkummar Rao
Music by Tanishk Bagchi
Arko
Samira Koppikar
Vayu
Sameer Uddin
Cinematography Gavemic U Ary
Edited by Chandrashekhar Prajapati
Production
company
Junglee Pictures
B R Studios
Distributed by AA Films
Release date
  • 18 August 2017 (2017-08-18)[1][2]
Running time
2 hrs 2 min 49 sec
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 20 crore [3]
Box office 51.75 crore[4]

Bareilly Ki Barfi (English: Bareilly's Barfi) is a 2017 Indian romantic comedy film, directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. The film stars Ayushmann Khurrana and Kriti Sanon in the lead roles, while Rajkummar Rao plays a pivotal role. 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 Bhargava and won Best Director for Tiwari and Best Supporting Actor for Rao.

Contents

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

Plot[edit]

Bitti (Kriti Sanon) is a young contemporary girl in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, who works in the complaint department of the local electricity board and is the apple of her father's eye. Like most Indian mothers, 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, more importantly, who accepts her exactly the way she is. A suitor comes but after knowing his disgusting mindset, she lies about not being a virgin and gets rejected. Her mother gets irritated with the constant rejections, but her father understands her. She gets heartbroken after hearing her parents conversation and later pours her heart out before her father who consoles and cheers her.

That night, despite having nowhere to go, she leaves her house and boards a train. While on a train platform, she chances upon a book at a small stall and buys it. As she reads 'Bareilly Ki Barfi', the book she bought, 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 one day decides to search for the supposed writer of the book, Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkummar Rao). She, along with her best friend Rama, goes back to the same bookstore from where she had brought that book and asks about its writer. The owner, in turn, takes her name and address to inform them in case he gets the writer. The bookshop owner leads her to Chirag Dubey (Ayushmann Khurana), who owns a printing press and who helped publish the book.

What Bitti doesn't know, is that Chirag is, in fact, the true author of the book. The bookshop owner, also the best friend of Chirag, knew that he is the actual writer. Chirag wrote that book 5 years ago when he had a heartbreak when his girlfriend Bubbly married someone else. He wrote that book describing his girlfriend Bubbly and their love story. But since giving his own name as the writer might destroy his ex-girlfriend's reputation, he coaxes his other meek so-called friend "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. 5 years gone, that no one had purchased a single copy of that book except Bitti on that day.

Bitti tries to get 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 agrees and as he has fallen for Bitti and decides to tell her the truth, that he is the actual writer. But later he learns that Bitti's mother hates that writer for spoiling their daughter's mind and thus decides not to tell the truth, instead search for Vidrohi and make him the scapegoat.

Chirag & Munna, thus visit Lucknow, where Vidrohi works as a salesman in a Saree showroom. They convince him to act like a rowdy person, with a bad & short-tempered attitude, so that Bitti may start hating him & So she could fall in love with Chirag. Thus, at first meeting with Bitti, Vidrohi, as instructed, acts to be a rude person, causing Bitti to leave immediately being annoyed. However, dices are turned, when Bitti & her family starts showing interest in Vidrohi. This causes, a tussle between Chirag & Vidrohi, & Vidrohi challenges to steal Bitti away from Chirag. One day he comes to Chirag only to invite him to his wedding engagement with Bitti. A heartbroken Chirag goes to Bitti to tell him the truth, but can't after seeing her happiness. He writes some lines for Bitti on behalf of Vidrohi & asks him to recite those lines at engagement.

Finally on the day of engagement, Vidrohi being having a sore throat asks Chirag to recite those lines for Bitti. Chirag being reciting himself, is left in tears along with Bitti who agrees to marry him & not Vidrohi. It is revealed that, Vidrohi had met Bitti at a local market same night when they had first meeting. Vidrohi told all the truth to Bitti & so this whole act was done as she was testing Chirag on various occasions, if he really loved her or not, to which he has 'passed'. Finally in the last scene, all are seen enjoying with narrator asking viewers to taste this 'barfi' if they ever visit Bareilly.

Cast[edit]

  • Ayushmann Khurrana as Chirag Dubey
  • Kriti Sanon as Bitti Mishra
  • Rajkummar Rao as Pritam Vidrohi
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Narottam Mishra
  • Seema Bhargava 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
  • Javed Akhtar as Narrator

Soundtrack[edit]

Bareilly Ki Barfi
Soundtrack album by Arko, Tanishk Bagchi, 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
(2017)
Bareilly Ki Barfi
(2017)
Shubh Mangal Savdhan
(2017)
Arko Pravo Mukherjee chronology
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana
(2017)
Bareilly Ki Barfi
(2017)
Sweetiee Weds NRI
(2017)
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 Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk Bagchi, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin and Vayu while the lyrics of the film were written by Mukherjee, 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
No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Sweety Tera Drama" Shabbir Ahmed Tanishk Bagchi Dev Negi, Pawni Pandey, Shraddha Pandit 2:27
2. "Nazm Nazm" Arko Pravo Mukherjee Arko Pravo Mukherjee Arko Pravo Mukherjee 3:47
3. "Twist Kamariya" Tanishk Bagchi, Vayu Tanishk Bagchi, Vayu Harshdeep Kaur, Yasser Desai, Tanishk Bagchi, Altamash Faridi 2:28
4. "Bairaagi" Puneet Sharma Samira Koppikar Arijit Singh, Samira Koppikar 4:12
5. "Badass Babuaa" Akshay Verma Sameer Uddin Abhishek Nailwal, Neha Bhasin, Sameer Uddin 2:47
6. "Nazm Nazm" (Ayushmann Khurrana Version) Arko Pravo Mukherjee Arko Pravo Mukherjee Ayushmann Khurrana 3:14
7. "Bairaagi" (Samira Koppikar Version) Puneet Sharma Samira Koppikar Samira Koppikar 3:44
8. "Nazm Nazm" (Sumedha Karmahe Version) Arko Pravo Mukherjee Arko Pravo Mukherjee Sumedha Karmahe 4:01
Total length: 26:40

Reception[edit]

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