Movie Review: This Barfi From Barielly Is Too Good!

After an impressive Nil Bate Sannata, I was looking forward to Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s next – Bareilly Ki Barfi and frankly speaking I was not disappointed. This Ayushmann Khurana, Rajkumar Rao and Kriti Sanon starrer is a perfect mithai to celebrate the comeback of feel good movies at the BO.

Bareilly Ki Barfi tells the story of Bitti Mishra (Kriti) who is the only child of her parents played by (Seema Pahwa and Pankaj Tripathi). Bitti likes to smoke, drink and lay bets apart from break-dancing in every marriage at Bareilly. She is the quintessential son to her father and causes worry to her mother as she is rejected by every boy who comes to see her. Tired of rejections, Bitti runs away from home and to kill time she buys a book – Bareilly Ki Barfi from a book stall at the railway station. She is surprised to read the similarities between the heroine of the novella and herself and she decides to come back home and search for the author of the book who knows her so well. In her quest to meet the author, she meets Chirag Dube (Ayushmann Khurana) who owns a printing press that published the book. He falls madly in love with Bitti, while she falls in love with this enigmatic author of Bareilly Ki Barfi – Pritam Vidrohi (Rajkumar Rao). 

Chirag, wants Pritam to break Bitti’s heart so that she can fall in love with him. And therefore, Chirag goes in search of Pritam. Does Chirag find Pritam, does Pritam agree to Chirag’s plan to break Bitti’s heart, would Chirag and Bitti get married… these are questions that can be answered once you see the movie.

Content is the king and Nitesh Tiwari has done a fantastic job with his writing. The Dangal director weaves his characters inspired by real life people, and the language and situations showcased in the movie are very real and that in turn makes the movie quite a pleasurable watch.

Ayushmann Khurana does a wonderful job and he has justified the character of Chirag with shades of gray beautifully. Kriti Sanon is the life of this movie. Bitti is Kriti, Kriti is Bitti. She shows a lot of maturity in her acting and seems to be in perfect sync with her character Bitti. Rajkumar Rao is a dream to watch. He acts wonderfully and in a snap of a finger he transforms from a meek guy to a macho guy is something worth applauding. It definitely showcases the mark of a great actor. Seema Pahwa and Pankaj Tripathi as Bitti’s parents are again a treat to watch. I wanted more of them in every scene of the movie – am I greedy? You will find out when you watch the movie.

The dialogues are funny and situational. The cinematography is nice capturing the essence of the small town beautifully. Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari is a great director goes with no doubt. She is one talent that has the potential to change the movie scenario. I would say she is the lady Rajkumar Hirani. Her grasp on the script and the way she has got her actors to play their characters effortlessly tells a great lot of things about her talent. Music by Tanishk-Vayu is hummable especially Nazm Nazm and Sweety Tera Drama.

On the whole, go for this sweet treat as you will not be disappointed.

My Verdict: ****/5

Movie Review: Dangal – A Must Watch!

Aamir Khan is like Santa Claus every Christmas he comes with a nice gift for all of us in the form of a wonderful movie. This Christmas is special because of his latest release – Dangal. Based on the real-life story of wrestler Mahavir Phogat and his daughters Geeta and Babita. Directed by Nitesh Tiwari, Dangal is a great story told on screen.

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Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir Khan) is an amateur wrestler who was forced to give up wrestling due to financial difficulties. He was unable to win a gold medal for India and vows that his son will. He is disappointed when his wife gives birth to four daughters. He gives up his dream thinking that girls cannot wrestle and should only be taught household chores. But when his older daughters, Geeta (Fatima Sana Shaikh) and Babita (Sanya Malhotra) come home after beating up two boys, Mahavir realizes his daughters have the potential to become wrestlers and start coaching them.

In a society where women are traditionally not into wrestling Mahavir Phogat encouraged and fought against all societal norms to take his daughters to international wrestling competition and they also come back victorious. The story is quite moving and shows the dedication and passion towards this rustic game.

Nitesh Tiwari and his writers have done a great job in the writing department, however, the editing could have been crispier. There are few scenes in the first and second half where you feel it could have been edited out to make it gripping. The real bout scenes in the second half are so engrossing that you feel as if you are watching a live bout.

Performances by every artist are very good and commendable especially Aamir, Sakshi, Fatima, Sana and the two young girls and Aparshakti who are the main characters. The supporting cast is well chosen by Mukesh Chabbra and the entire movie experience is quite engrossing.

Music by Pritam is not up to the mark but goes with the tone and content of the movie. Cinematography by Sethu Sriram is very good. The Indian heartland is well-captured.

On the whole, Dangal is a movie with a heart. Go for it and surprisingly find yourself cheering for these girls as if you are watching a real game of wrestling.

My Verdict: ****/5