Watched the movie Bareilly ki Barfi with a dear friend Sujata Mukherjee in morning show today. It was fun!!
The story revolves around a middle class family with only daughter living in small town Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. The daughter is an independent young lady who lives on her own terms- smoking, occasional consumption of liquor, watching English (porn) movies, going out at late hours (with boys)- all that is prohibited for girls. Her father is a liberal, loving father who lets her be, but with mother she shares love and hate relationship. While running away from home, she happens to read a novel with the same name as movie’s title and falls in love with the writer. Writer is in disguise but helps her find the person in whose name the novel was printed. After all twists and turns and comedy of errors, hero and heroine unite and live happily ever after.
Some things that I liked in the movie:
* Boldness and straightforward nature of female protagonist. Without harming others or feeling shy, she lives the way she wants to. No judgements, it’s her life and as an adult has a right to live her own way. Once she says: ‘being a girl/woman is a disaster’.
* There is also a use of shadow- alter ego. Protagonist publishes a not so literary novel (storynofbhis brikem heary and girl he loved) using someone’s name which means Vidrohi or rebel. He is rowdy but also has intense feelings of love and wants to see both his past and present lady love happy. He turns the so called writer into a rowdy from a simple and shy guy to win over his love, but towards the end, realizes that he was selfish. It’s a nice interplay of love & anger, good & bad, known & unknown, open and deceitful, and so on. The antagonist, or should I say 2nd male lead, also shows play of shadows- a suppressed, shy person wanting to rebel, with change of appearance changing character and ultimately challenging the hero. Combination of weak & strong, loving & aggressive, fearful & bold.
* The writer, director and actors have made the movie more authentic by keeping every detail in mind and creating a make believe world of small town- language, roads, houses, work people do, etc everything is done to perfection.
* All dialogues and situations are presented in hilarious way, that most of the times there were bursts of laughter in the cinema hall.
* All 3 leading actors Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkumar Rao have acted really well. As parents, Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Bhargava win the hearts with their accentuities. Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari makes her Mark!!
All and all, a nice movie!