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Bareilly Ki Barfi (2017)

Set in the small-town of Bareilly, Bitti is a free-spirited young girl who lives life on her own terms and refuses to be pressured into getting married. Her life takes a shift when she meets Chirag Dubey and Pritam Vidrohi.

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Narottam Mishra (as Pankaj Tripathy)
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Bitti (Kriti Sanon) is a young contemporary girl in Uttar Pradesh, who works in complaint department of 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 constant rejections but father understands her. She gets heartbroken after hearing her parents conversation and later pours her heart out before her father who consoles and cheer her. That night she leaves her house and despite not knowing to go anywhere takes a train. Meanwhile, for time pass she also buys a book from the platform. She feels she has found that special someone when she reads a book called 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' and finds herself described and accepted ... Written by subratjain1

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Cute, realistic film with flaws
10 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

TLDR; Bareilly Ki Barfi has strong and quirky characters, a fun premise, good to great acting, and is a grounded, realistic film. Definitely watch and support well made films like this!

PLOT Okay, so overall I liked Bareilly Ki Barfi. It's a fun story about a woman (Bitty) who has a ton of personality -- she likes to watch English movies, she likes to go out, she drinks and smokes on occasion. But she lives in a small, backward town and as usual her family is obsessed with getting her married off. Her mother especially wants her to give up things she enjoys and suppress her personality to make her more marriageable. Her father is played by a wonderful, subtle actor who understands Bitty a lot better than her mother.

One day, Bitty reads a book written by a local author which she's convinced is about her. She tries to find the author through a man she's recently befriended (Ayushman). The fun starts there.

PERFORMANCES Many people are saying Ayushman and Rajkumar Rao turned in genius performances but Kirti was only okay. I disagree -- I think she was strong. She had the dialect and way of speaking down, and she never hammed or went over the top. I think Ayushman's acting was average. His character starts off as a reasonable person, but the way he victimizes and is so mean to Rajkumar Rao's character made me lose any shred of empathy for his character. He didn't bring the needed vulnerability in that portion of the movie, he comes off as a one dimensional bully and I lost interest in his character.

Now, Rajkumar Rao -- as always, he killed it! He plays a very timid, weak man who is roped into a scheme by Ayushman. Rajkumar Rao's character eventually slips into a fake, confident personality and the actor shines in both characterizations.

FLAWS The film is too long. In the middle, they keep repeating the same conversations and dragging things out. They could have cut 15-20 minutes of footage and had a tighter story and flow.

Ayushman was a flaw in my mind. He starts off playing the usual character he always assays in every film. Then he turns into a bit of a selfish monster and his one dimensional portrayal of a desperate lover is a huge turn off.

MOMENTS OF DELIGHT I love how this film very subtly digs as 'traditional values' that put unreasonable expectations on women while never questioning men. When an ugly suitor shows up at Bitty's house, he asks her if she's a virgin. She says no, so what? Obviously the guy breaks off the potential relationship right then and there. Bitty speaks to her father afterwards. She says -- if I were a boy, none of this would be an issue right? Why? Her father's empathy mixed with defeat is so subtle but really relatable.

Generally her mother and father are a delight in this film. Seema Pahwa brilliant plays a typical mother obsessed with getting her daughter married. She's constantly harping on Bitty to suppress her personality to be more appealing to the local eligible bachelors. Yet the character is never extreme about it, and she evolves throughout the film. The father played by Pankaj Tripathi is fantastic. The scenes where he confesses his worries to the ceiling fan are hysterical. The way he speaks with a mouthful of paan reminds me of my weird relatives in India!

Rajkumar Rao steals the whole show though as both a timid and overconfident dual persona. The way he slips into both characters is amazing, his evolution throughout the film from being uncomfortable with it, to needed that character for himself is awesome.

IN CONCLUSION Watch this film! And not via a pirated copy on YouTube. Support this film by renting it,buying it, or watching it on official digital channels. Indian cinema is full of garbage like Judwaa 2 which made millions, and then we complain that bollywood sucks. Supporting films like these are they key to telling filmmakers that we want higher quality films. GO WATCH IT AND PAY FOR IT YOU CHEAPSKATES! Save bollywood.


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