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When you hear of Ayushman Khurana And Rajkummar Rao in one frame, it is really exciting. You expect sparks to fly, roars of laughter, intense yet grounded drama – bascically you expect something to happen. However, the trailer puts all that excitement to rest – not in a good way.
There are no quips or crisp lines. The plot doesn't seem exciting. The narrative doesn't look savvy or real. Maybe it is this texture, but the usually engaging cast seem like they are going through the motions. I seriously hope, two minutes are not enough to gauge what a film holds.
Bareilly Ki Barfi releases on 18 August 2017.
- meeta, a part of the audience
What does it say about me when I say that the ridiculous climax was predictable? That I watch a lot of films with ridiculous endings for sure! Right from a few minutes after the interval, I sincerely hoped for it to not happen the way I expected it to unfold. Oh well, some things are just not meant to be.
Bareilly Ki Barfi turns out to be as underwhelming as the trailer.
Also, it is not like the parts before the climax are spectacular. Small town Bareilly is like any other Indian small towns (or cities) - narrow lanes, broken signboards, news of closing down businesses. The inhabitants pretend to understand the English language and take pride in it, small-time entrepreneurs are content with keeping their family happy.
Amidst this town that has its share of sexism, is a family that is what we would call liberal. For starters, the rare, middle-aged couple has only one daughter – a family composition unheard of in rural India. Taking that further, the father (Pankaj Tripathi) bums a cigarette from his daughter; is sensitive to his wive's thyroid malfunction-induced mood swings ; isn't too concerned that his daughter is being rejected by prospects in the arranged marriage system; and so on. Oh yeah, he also talks to the ceiling fan when he is in bed but not sleepy. Unrelated but quirky. The mother (Seema Pahwa) protests against all of this and more, but they are only mock protests. You can sense she wants this freedom for her daughter.
The daughter, in her turn, takes what can be called undue advantage. She is spirited but not in a loud, “exuberance has to reek out of every word that I utter” kind of a way. This is a welcome departure from our romcoms' lead lady these days, who have to be brash and “out there” to show they are liberal and modern. To help matters along, Kriti Sanon doesn't once go overboard. If you are inclined to invest yourself so, the lackluster climax warrants a mental playback of some scenes and you admire her performance a tad more. Same goes for the usually dependable Rajkummar Rao. In comparison though, his Jekyll-and-Hyde becomes slightly tiresome and Ayushmann Khurana, for the first time in his career, seemed dull.
In terms of story, the movie is exactly about what you see in the trailer. A girl falls in love with the author of a book. But, the author is sort-of anonymous, but he starts liking the girl. And so on and so forth. As anticipated there aren't any great lines. The attempt is to keep it real, which becomes a little dry. Javed Akhtar as narrator always keeps you hopeful for some great lines but they don't come by.
Bareilly Ki Barfi turns out to be as underwhelming as the trailer. Neither does it have the sparks of a romance, nor the laughs of a comedy. What it does have is some fine performances, lovely details and nuances that are not usually found in Hindi films. But, these actors have given finer performances. So, put together that makes Barielly Ki Barfi a “maybe watch if it happens to be playing” kind of a film.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Bolly Spice : ...That is the spirit in which this film moves. The director allows us to invest our feelings into the characters without demanding an emotional attachment from us. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Smita Vyas Kumar , Desi Martini : ...This is a movie worth watching. The romance is real, the characters are believable and the story is well-paced and totally engrossing. It’s two hours of your time well spent. Can take kids also. Barell ki Barfi leaves a sweet, lingering taste in your mouth. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Devesh Sharma, Filmfare : ...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... ... full review
Thumbs up, by Vishal Verma, Glamsham.com : ...But in no way, BAREILLY KI BARFI is the one to be missed. Ashwini Iyer Tiwari has fulfilled the desires of a feel good mainstream rom-com in BAREILLY KI BARFI. It is delightfully sweet, delicious, comes with a twist and is powered by top notch performance from Kirti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Manjusha Radhakrishnan, Gulf News : ...While it takes time for Bareilly Ki Barfi to warm up to you, the crackling second half and the arrival of Rao signals for good things to come. Watch this if you are in the mood to unwind with a romantic comedy filled with an endearing set of flawed, but sweet individuals. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Samrudhi Ghosh, india today : ...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.... full review
Thumbs up, by Kunal Guha, Mumbai Mirror : ...Following her impressive directorial debut in Nil Battey Sannata, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari approaches this romcom with the heart of a Sai Paranjpye and the wit of a David Dhawan. But the money here lies in the writing and Dangal director Nitesh Tiwari conveys even the mundane in a manner to evoke delight. S... full review
Thumbs up, by Sreehari Nair, Rediff : ...There were moments in the movie when a loud laugh escaped my throat. But it didn't seem to matter. Because they were all laughing and my laughter was getting drowned in the laughter of those around me. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Javed Akhtar’s voice-over introducing the characters and situations is breezy, once again thanks to the funny punches. Quite like the money-spinner Tanu Weds Manu and its sequel, this film too keeps you invested in its rain and shine moments.... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ...Overall, it has Rajkummar Rao saving the film with his worth praising performance and a talented supporting cast resulting in an average fair. But you are going to enjoy it much more on a TV channel airing in the coming months, in comparison to a costly multiplex visit spending a big amount. ... full review
So-So, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...Bareilly ki Barfi boasts of a delightful first half, but a weak second half. But some really funny writing and terrific performances by Rajkummar Rao, Ayushmann Khurrana, along with a brilliant supporting cast, add sweetness to the narrative. While it may not get high marks in its screenplay, it definitely is one of the better rom-coms of the year.... full review
So-So, by Rohit Bhatnagar, Deccan Chronicle : ...Bareilly Ki Barfi is purely a one time watch which has a few odd hilarious dialogues and some great performances but no storyline to it. It is certainly a light hearted film which is not as good as it promised to be. ... full review
So-So, by Devesh Sharma, FirstPost : ...That masala surprisingly adds to the overall taste. While the film lacks the heartfelt moments of Nil Battey Sannata, it never gets pungent. It's like a typical desi dessert that serves your sweet tooth but may result in adding a few pounds that you would certainly not mind. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The music is vibrant and entertaining and the colourful camerawork allows for some much-needed kinesis to creep in. Iyer Tiwari may not have hit the highs she displayed in her debut work Nil Battey Sannata but she certainly shows us that she has the craft to keep us entertained even if the subject matter is pretty much passé.... full review
So-So, by T J Reddy, fullhyd.com : ...Through all these pitfalls, the film works as the perfect cure for a lazy weekend afternoon. A walk to your nearest multiplex with a few people you enjoy watching films with could give you a few laughs and a feeling of your paisa being vasooled. As a work of art, however, this one struggles to get anywhere lower than its dry crust. ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Despite this, Bareilly Ki Barfi is sweet and delightful. Its hilarious one-liners like, “Ye toh aastin ka anaconda nikla” and “Ye Bitti raat bhar kahan ghumti rehti hai, ladki hai koi chudail thode na hai,” totally work. This light-hearted comedy refrains from being slapstick and slowly weaves its charm. Worth a watch. ... full review
So-So, Khaleej Times : ...Overall, 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' is a light-hearted film that leaves one asking for more. Said that, if you don't have any plans this weekend, grab a ticket and go watch this popcorn entertainer.... full review
So-So, by Satish Sundaresan , koimoi : ...Despite the film being extremely simple in its content, the film will pick up only through word of mouth. Rajkummar Rao forms one of the major reasons for the cinegoers to go and see the film. ... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The climax is somewhat predictable, but by the time you arrive there, you have started liking the movie to an extent, where you don’t find it difficult to forgive the makers for it.... full review
So-So, by Manisha Lakhe, Now Running.com : ...The problem with this film, is that the hero fails to endear us to him. We have no logical reason to want to root for him. And that makes the second half feel longer than it is. In fact, Chirag is so nasty, you wish Pritam Vidrohi would get the girl instead. But it's a Hindi film after all, and the hero must ride away into the sunset with the girl... ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anna MM Vertticad, FirstPost : ...The only positive that remains consistent throughout BKB is the humour in its dialogues (barring the decidedly silly, schmaltzy climax). Funny conversations, however, are not enough to redeem the insubstantial story into which they are written. ... full review
yusufsiddiqi537: Just watched Bareilly ki barfi Nd luvd it
VISHALP22798479: Today I watched The movie BAREILLY KI BARFI really it was Sweet Barfi.... Awesome film... Specially the character of Rajkumar Sir.
vipersandcobras: Bareilly ki barfi....must watch ... FANTASTIC....Shah rukh and imtiaz Ali would learn a lot from it. Classically made.
varundvns: I just watched Bareilly Ki Barfi and it was so funny fjdj and Ayushmann looked good af aGain
twikle3_twikle: Bareilly ki barfi... superb movie laughed a lot. Thank you #KritiSanon #rajkumarrao #AyushmannKhurrana. Whatta performance everyone
tusharagg00: Kriti, Rajkummar, Ayushmann watch Bareilly Ki Barfi
That_SRKian: Bareily ki Barfi is such a sweet,Simple, Beautiful film simply loved it
ThatKarthik: Bareilly ki Barfi - good fun. Laughed a lot.
SRK_SRT: Mai pehle se hi keh raha tha dont underestimate Bareily ki Barfi
SoumilB: Bareilly Ki Barfi is a beautiful movie with some great comedy. A must watch for Rom-com lovers.
somesh_m_: Every entertaining stuffs are presented in bareily ki barfi
Soberphobiccc: People were sitting on the first row to watch Bareilly Ki Barfi, now I know why! Go watch it immediately, such a funny movie!
Shubhammarhatta: Bareilly ki barfi. Interval. Brilliant till now. I'm in splits. So funny
SameedTariq: Just watched Bareilly Ki Barfi and my god I haven't laughed this much since I watched 22 Jump Street. Hilarious Bollywood. Kriti was
rajith_23: Bareilly ki Barfi awesome movie...loving it
RajeshMulka86: Rajkumar Rao & Kriti Sanson Lifted the Movie(Bareilly Ki Barfi) from Average to Hit.
rahmanology: Bitti of Bareily ki Barfi is such a lovable character. Brilliant acting by @kritisanon who portrayed a middle class girl of UP beautifully.
PrekshaJoshi: Loved Bareilly ki Barfi. Awesome dialogues. @ayushmannk and Raj Kumar Rao are such underrated actors! Must watch!
Praxy_jain: Bareilly ki barfi is an Awesome entertaining movie &Must watch..Barfi ke saath chai,sharbat & comic scene ka bhi mazza lijiye
NileshThite: Rajkumar Rao is hell of a performer.. steals Bareily ki Barfi
Nileshfriendly: Bareily ki barfi is so sweet. Of course I'm talking about movie.
mukhopadhyayt: Bareilly ki Barfi ... surprisingly good...go watch it...
monamibagchi: Bareilly ki Barfi is a surprise stunner. All characters spun out beautifully. @RajkummarRao @ayushmannk @kritisanon
manudixit: Saw bareilly ki barfi, was a decent comedy movie. Good performances by actors, especially @RajkummarRao
MadhurRamani: Bareilly Ki Barfi - second best hindi movie of the year so far after Hindi Medium. All due to @RajkummarRao
madhukaranand85: Bareilly ki barfi ticks all the boxes . Amazing screenplay and dialogue #BareillyKiBarfi
LOVE_is_SRK: Watched Bareily ki Barfi, it's really entertaining. Do watch it guys. Stellar performances by @RajkummarRao @ayushmannk @kritisanon
KKopariha: If you are looking for a clean and entertaining film , you can watch Bareilly Ki Barfi.A no problem ,stress free film.
kathyfgibson: I loved the new Hindi romantic comedy BAREILLY KI BARFI. Review to come.
KamathGurudutt: Bareilly Ki Barfi: 3/5 Good attempt. Worth a watch.
kamaljitsandhu: This weekend book bareilly ki Barfi. It's light and lots of fun. Ek chotay shahar ki sweet kahani! :)
JustSudhanshu: Bareilly ki barfi light hearted, sweet movie,If indian audience didn't like this then it's a problem with people. @ayushmannk @kritisanon
It_s_mittal: Bhai... @ayushmannk bareilly ki barfi...dekh kr mja aa gya... Such a fantastic movie sir...kya love story h...thanks bhai
IthinkAlotttt: Bareilly ki Barfi superb movie. very fresh jokes.brilliant acting by evryone. no dull moment in the movie. Better than TEPK. Must watch.
iammpiku: Bareilly Ki Barfi is an awesome movie..
guptairesh: #BareillyKiBarfi has @RajkummarRao with fun & @ayushmannk with all the heart. Fav is @ashwinyiyer #Bestof2017 Review:https://t.co/5sWu1ifVwz
FictionInc: Bareilly ki barfi was fun to watch with family.They kept it sweet and fun without overdoing it :)
fazlurism: Must Watch bareilly ki barfi Pankaj bhai you were awesome, aur Rajkumar bhai too Rajkumar hi hain @RajkummarRao @TripathiiPankaj
do_cup_chai: Watched Bareilly ki barfi! Awesome movie. Love it totally. More love to @kritisanon @ayushmannk and @RajkummarRao
ChalSaheli: देसी मिठास है ‘बरेली की बर्फी’, ‘पार्टिशन 1947’ बंटवारे के बीच एक लव स्टोरी है (Movie Review: Bareilly Ki Barfi And Partition 1947) …
BigdaShehzada_: Bareily ki barfi bhale hi na khayi ho but dekhna mat bhulna ;p #BareillyKiBarfi @kritisanon @RajkummarRao @ayushmannk
b50: Bareilly ki Barfi was fun. All three worked and RKR owned the movie. Kriti Sanon is wow. Welcome relief from most other new actresses.
avnmsh: Saw Bareilly Ki Barfi and liked it :) @ayushmannk @kritisanon
atheyoo7: Bareilly Ki Barfi wrk rests upon @kritisanon and she doesn't put a foot wrong.She is the modern protagonst bollywood needed .Bst movie 2017
anotheriqbal: Bareilly ki barfi.. what a gem of a film. Congratulatioms to the entire team. @RajkummarRao u rock... beautiful film.
ANINDOCHAKI: #bareilly-ki-barfi-movie-review must see movie
akshkid: Jst saw bareilly ki barfi. Amazing movie Ayushman,Rajkumar Kriti were grt.Rare comedy that makes u laugh nD cry d same tym #BareillyKiBarfi
AjithJames: bareilly ki barfi - a nice feel good movie for a weekend... highly recommended...
ajithessence: Watched Bareilly ki barfi yesterday... Definitely worth a watch. The performances by the key cast & the dialogues stand out....
absolutelydanny: Bareilly Ki Barfi is a great film. Go watch!
abhisek_s: Nothing new story-wise, yet Bareilly Ki Barfi kept me entertained throughout. Good writing and performances. (And lots of #BooksInMovies.
aatif9096: watched Bareilly ki Barfi yesterday..totally paisa wasool movie..deserves to be a superhit
6thrat: The performance of @RajkummarRao in BAREILLY KI BARFI is one of my absolute fav things I've seen on screen in 2017
teejay_tweets: Bareilly ki Barfi decent one time watch. Raj Kumar Rao top rate.. Ayyushman lost in second half, could have acted better to make it good.
simplyanila: I wish bareilly ki barfi had somebody like parineeti/richa/radhika in it. Kriti is great looking but is not convincing as bitti
SellyMUFC: Bareilly ki Barfi boasts of a delightful first half, but a weak second half.
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