The Cinema Station’s Rating: First AC Journey (4/5)
The atmosphere of a small town, bold, mushy and bubbly characters, a delightful screenplay, well tied up plot points supported by meaningful subplots and a perfect music mix present a rather strong case in support of Bareilly Ki Barfi. Though another love story with a very ordinary chain of events, Bareilly Ki Barfi impressed me because it sticks to its kin, moves with a plan and does nearly nothing obtuse to overdo its entertainment factor.
Set across the state of Uttar Pradesh, the film revolves between the towns of Bareilly and Lucknow, with the former occupying a larger chunk of the film. From purposeful camera angles to the introduction of its characters, the film manages to get everything spot-on throughout its running course of 120 minutes. The journey begins with the adorably funny and emotionally liberating relationship of the Mishra family. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the director, takes her time to get you familiar with the Shastri family. The director spaces out the entry of her lead actors making sure she gets time to build bonds between her characters and develop captivating subplots that help this barfi get even tastier. Ashwini, whose last film, Nil Battey Sannata revolved around a mother-daughter relationship, gives us an engaging father-daughter bond shared between Bitti(Kriti Sanon) and her father Narottam Mishra(Pankaj Tripathi) with Bareilly Ki Barfi.
Music falls in place laying equal emphasis on both moods, the desi hip-hop one and the slow romantic one. Moving the focus of our so-far-so-good journey towards the acting department, one really does not have anything to fuss about. Whether it be the leading trio of Rajkumar-Ayushman-Kriti or the supporting framework of Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Bhargava, the characters gel perfectly with each other adding richness to this Bareilly Ki Barfi. To support the laudable acting and the phenomenal storytelling skills of the director, the film has one of the finest screenplays I have seen this year in Bollywood. Nitesh Tiwari tries a different flavor after his obliviating success with last year’s Dangal, and presents a comical love triangle to keep up with his standards of entertainment.
This journey hardly gives us anything to woo about, but even this lovable pulp of emotion and comedy suffers from a few unstimulating moments in its route. The tone tends to rattle you in few scenes as the film does quick shuffles between comedy and serious emotion to pull you down. Nevertheless, the supporting compartments of acting and brilliant writing and a splash of the occasional laugh helps you get past this short-lived lean patch. Summing up my experience, Bareilly Ki Barfi is perfectly rich, tender and tasty, exactly how I had expected it to be and would strongly urge not missing this entertainment riot.