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7/10
Laugh out loud Family Entertainer
akshay-ak-kumar27 August 2017
There was an age in Hindi Cinema where doyens like Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterji made some of Hindi cinemas finest comedies featuring the middle class man. The story revolved around the man's life and the movies were clean and simple. Golmaal, Itni Si baat, Chupke Chupke were some of the finest movies that came out from this duo.

Bareilly Ki Barfi (BKB) belongs to that forgotten era and I thank Ashwiny Iyer and Nitesh Tiwari to take us back to that era and make a film that connects with today's audience.

Set in Bareilly in UP and inspired from Sajan, the movie is one hell of a romantic comedy from start to finish. The story of 20 something yr old Bitti who works for the Electricity Board who smokes, drinks, eats non veg, watches English movies and does break dance on her terrance and falls for a writer of flop book is an interesting premise. Her Dad is loving caring and supportive but her mom thinks her as a pain.

The 1st half is hilarious with some great one liners and well written scenes. Everything shown on screen is so authentic that I felt I was transported to Bareilly and I could connect with Bitti, her parents and Chirag the man loves Bitti and who also has secretly written the book Bitti loves. There are no heavy scenes and the humour never goes over the top.

The 2nd half is taken to another level thanks to the entry of Rajkummar Rao at the end of 1st half. And here I thank the writers who ensure not to stretch the story to long and wrap the movie with a predictable sweet ending. Believe me this movie is just 2 hours long which is awesome as per Hindi movie standards.

Coming to performances, Kriti Sanon as Bitti finally gets an author backed role and shines but still needs a few movies like these to showcase her acting chops. Khurana is turning out to be the Amol Palekar of our times and does is part well and with ease. Pankaj Tripathy and Seema Pahwa as Bitti's parents are hilarious as the bickering couple and have some of the best one liners in the movie. And Rohit Chaudhary as Khurana's friend is very good.

However, the star of this film is Rao. And he deserves an award of this film and if not an award, at least a nomination. The actor is brilliant from the word go. He brilliantly plays the meek and timid Vidrohi and switches to the rash hooligan Vidrohi which such ease that I was spell bound. He is a great actor and I hope he gets more films to show that he is in a league of his own. Watch out for the bike and pan scene.

The music is simple and not too many songs and I loved the way Bareilly has been captured.

This is a movie that you can watch with your family irrespective of the age groups and its great to see a clean rom com after a long time.
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8/10
An Authentic and a sweet love story,just like a Barfi!
rishabhdb20 August 2017
I have to say Ashwini Iyer Tiwari has a lot of authenticity in her movies, also it's written by Nitesh Tiwari giving it really good dialogues. No it's not the same love story or characters or locations. This is one movie entirely shot in Bareilly, making you feel as if you're right there! Also the entire cast is compatible very easily, especially Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pahwa. In addition, Rajkumar Rao sails through the movie, with quite a quirky character of Pritam Bidrohi! Ayushman plays the same romantic guy with a little more emotion in Bareilly style but Kriti just does not make you feel like Bitty Mishra, she's done her part but a little below expected, nevertheless, this film is great for being an authentic rom com narrated and pulled off in a funny and sweet way that'll make your day especially the ending, being very different from the usual rom coms and making you realize that love in the end is sweet and delightful It's a different one, watch it if you liked Nil Battey Sannata and Rajkumar Rao!
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8/10
This barfi is sweet and addictive!
thirdvantagepoint17 September 2017
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#AshwiniIyerTiwari - Thank you for taking us back to good old feel-good origins of Basu Chatterjee and Sai Paranjape, and getting inspired by the likes of 'Chhoti si Baat', 'Baaton baaton me' and 'Katha' !! #BareillyKiBarfi is a similar gharana of film-making where simple stories about simple people are told simply, punched in with clean humor and wittiest of dialogues, where the characters feel real with multiple shades of grey, where we all know what the end will be but the journey to that end is as charming and endearing as its characters! Through Chirag Dubey, Pritam Vidrohi and Bitti Mishra, one finds great mix and match of Katha's Rajaram, Sandhya and Bashudev; with Chhoti si Baat's Arun, Prabha and Nagesh; its the same nostalgia of crooked sweetness.. While the Rosie Parreira of Baaton Baaton Mein finds her bosom sister in Sushila Mishra of Bareilly! And the lovely sweet bond between Mishra'ji and his Bitti is right made out of the dad's Lovela Sweets!

There is some very good writing going on here by Nitesh Tiwari to deliver some of the best dialogues of the year with some brilliant scenes, and extremely well cast crew all of whom are in top form and do full justice to the well written characters - yes including Kriti Sanon! Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pahwa are extremely adorable as Bitti's worried parents in their own ways, and their daughter Bitti finds her flight through a very balanced performance by Kriti! Yes, she does not give you a chance to think how a Parineeti or an Alia would have delivered this Bitti! But the real pillars of the movie are - the ever charming but the first time ever 'neech' and scheming Ayushman Khurana, and the seamless dual punch Rajkumar Rao who by the way 'character pakad ke chal rahe the'! These guys are indeed the effortless Amol Palekar and Farookh Sheikh of today with the modern day twist, who get every accent, every emotion, and every expression right just through their speaking eyes!

Technically - in addition to the great writing, the production design gets it fully right, the music is catchy (although a couple of songs do appear stretch), and the screenplay could have been a shade tighter especially in the second half.. But superb performances from the entire ensemble keep the story moving thru a very enjoyable ride.. It was great to see a houseful screen for a film with no big cast.. surely the movie is gaining from some good word of mouth publicity, more power to such well made cinema!

Ashwini - you should have actually named the film - Bareilly ki Jalebi! For sure, its as juicy, sweet and addictive as the twisted delicacy!
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9/10
A quirky rom-com that proves the 'Laws of Murphy'
abhijeetsharma9230 August 2017
Bareilly Ki Barfi is a career-defining move for Kirti Sanon who plays the protagonist Bitti Mishra here. She is this really cool 'tomgirl' every boy would want to hangout with. But things go tizzy when no boy coming with a marriage proposal seems to approve of her rowdy ways. One thing leads to another and she finally finds one of her kind in the author of the book Bareilly Ki Barfi. Things turn funny when she sets out to find the author of the book (Rajkumar Rao) taking help from its publisher, Chirag Dubey (Ayushmaan Khurana). What follows is a tale of mistaken identities, competition in love and a whole lot of rangbaazi. The movie is one of those team efforts where each and every actor gives a memorable performance although it is senior actors Sanjay Tripathi and Seema Pahwa who steal the show here. Even the young guns, Kirti Sanon (who was born to play Bitti Mishra), Ayushmaan Khurana (who gives a very subtle performances, often wandering into the grey area) and Rajkumar Rao (he totally takes over the second-half) form a great team. The actor who plays Ayushmaan's friend is seriously funny. Coming from the husband-wife duo of Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and Writer Nitesh Tiwari, Bareilly Ki Barfi was such a necessary movie with its old world charm and laidback characters. Her seamless direction and his one-liner U.P friendly dialogues make sure you have keep laughing long after the credits have rolled. A lovely piece of cinema that amalgamates the good old way of storytelling with modern day characters
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9/10
A great entertainer throughout
anshul-goyal23 August 2017
Rajkumar Rao is the most under-rated actor in Bollywood. Personally, I rate him as high as Irrfan Khan. It's a great entertainer which will keep you glued to the seat for 2 hours. Kriti Sanon also did a pretty good job. However, Ayushman disappointed me. He doesn't do anything new and looks like the same character in all the movies.
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9/10
Pure fun until you don't try to be Sherlock Holmes
saketsaurav-8682819 August 2017
If Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania was a modern take on DDLJ, Bareilly Ki Barfi up to some extent is a modern take on Salman Khan and Sanjay Dutt's Saajan. The former was less comedy and more drama and this one comes with more comedy and less drama. The characters are very well chosen and the screenplay gives you light moments to keep smiling throughout the film. Most of the time you remain neutral on who is going to get the girl. The movie has been edited at places to keep the length short and this is where many people will find holes, in the last half an hour. Overall the movie is an excellent one time watch with family.
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10/10
Characters Seem Real and True
sai-vineet30 September 2017
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How often you watch a Movie which is so well and solidly written that the characters are tremendously real. The actors portraying those roles they appear utmost genuine and authentic to the audience. Well, Bareilly Ki Barfi is one such movie.

Set in the small town of Barielly (Uttar Pradesh) we get introduced to the characters within five - ten minutes of the movie playing by the Voice - Over/Narrator (thanks to Javed Akhtar). We get introduced to Mishra Family, Father (Mr. Narottam Mishra) played superbly and excellent by Pankaj Mishra. Mom (played brilliantly by Seema Pahwa) and Bitti (played excellently by Kriti Sanon). They have a sweet shop just attached to their home which is run by Narottam Mishra. Seema Pahwa is a teacher in a primary school and Bitti Mishra works in Power Sub - Station like a Customer Care or Support Executive answering and attending phone calls. Hats off to Ashwini Iyer Tiwari for beautifully portraying the relationship between father and daughter (Pankaj Mishra and Kriti Sanon respectively). I mean how often in Bollywood Movies you see father borrowing a cigarette from his daughter, and on top of that he gives all that space and liberty to his daughter.

Bitti's mother too remains suspicious and revolting for her daughter and her actions. Worried still that she may never get married after being rejected twice. Bitti later on finds support and solace in an nondescript and inconspicuous novel published by a Printing Press owner (Chirag Dubey played remarkably well by Ayushmaan Khurrana). The Novel's Title and Film's are Namesake. Bitti after reading the novel correlates with our own self like all the habits which she had bear a stark similarity with the female protagonist in the Novel. She gets smitten and falls in love with the Author of the Novel - Bareilly Ki Barfi. Here is the twist in the story. Even though Author of the Novel is none another than Chirag Dubey (Ayushmaan Khurrana) himself, who is heart - broken as his first love affair ended in a tragedy and was a disaster believes and fears that there will be backlash from women in the society and also his first love will be dishonored. Having said that, he asks his close friend Pritam Vidrohi (played ultimately well by Rajkummar Rao) to publish his name and photograph at the back of the Novel and credit him as the Author of the Novel. Pritam reluctantly agrees, but immediately after leaves Bareilly and settles in Lucknow by managing a job at a Saree Store. In the meanwhile Chirag falls in love with Bitti. On the other hand Bitti asks Chirag to fix up a meeting with Pritam and she desperately wants to meet him. In this era of Whatsapp, Facebook, Messenger who cares for hand written letters. They are a thing of bygone era. But wait, Writer and Director (Nitesh Tiwari and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari) bring this bygone thing and portray it to immaculate perfection onto the screen.

Bareilly Ki Barfi is very simple and ordinary love story or I will say Love Triangle, but narrated, portrayed and enacted brilliantly and flawlessly.

Also, take a look at the characters, they are so real and sincerely true in their emotions, behaviors, mannerisms. Right from the first frame to the moment when the end credits roll along, you as audience tend to flow with the narrative and in fact try to identify and associate with all of the characters. This is the power of script and screenplay and not to mention the direction. Must watch specially if you believe in good, clean and wholesome cinema.
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9/10
Best Bollywood Movie of this year till Date!
maulin530 August 2017
It is the best Bollywood film of this year till date. It has everything which a film should have with it! Ayushman Khurrana and Rajkumar Rao's chemistry is the highest plus point of this beautifully made sweet and logical rom-com. Kriti is doing good here. The voice over by Javed Akhtar gives the film uniqueness. The dialogues are very subtle. And which makes this film re-watchable for many times. It is already going good at the box office, but whenever it will come to TV, the TRPs will going to be high always. Ashwini had made 2 fantastic films- Nil Battey Sannata and this one. So, she is entering in my favorite director's list. Kudos to the makers for the sweetest film.
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9/10
New India
gautam-moharil7 October 2018
A romantic comedy set in small town in India. The film has good pacing, good songs and an excellent screenplay. The performances are competent but barring Rajkumar Rao not great.

This film is much more than just a romcom. This is a picture of new India where girls are confident and know what they want and get it. Fathers and daughters are open with each other. A girl has choices and they are respected.

In the Hindi film industry there is no #metoo movement or bachdel tests to be fulfilled. But probably the industry does not need them. The writers, producers and directors are responsible enough to send across the right messages.
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9/10
1 no. Movie - Full Paisa Wasool!!
kapilsinghjalandra24 August 2017
Rajkumar Rao's level of acting skills shown in this movie is rarely seen in any film. Whether it is Seema Pahwa Ji or Pankaj Tripathi, or Ayushmann's Friend Munna, if you get to see the performance of the amazing acting skills. Javed Saheb's rhyme narration is also amazing in the middle of this film.first 20-30 minutes that slow Pace covered by Rajkumar Rao. A compliment to play a double role done by RR. Bareilly's Barfi, Bitti also acted well. There are many small comical scenes in this movie which will keep your paddle until the end. Prior to Interval, the punk/gullible scene of Rajkumar will make you jump from the seat and clap your hands. Overall, RR has given life to this good script. Filled with small artists and artists of the stage, this film is full of entertainment and full of good acting.
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8/10
delicacy which needs to be relished
beevenkat15 October 2018
#BareillyKiBarfi is a simple delicacy which needs to be relished by family audiences. Excellent performances by the entire cast. Senior actors Bhargava n Tripathi, as the heroine's parents, r very natural. Sanon as Bitti, is endearing. She will ensure that u fall in love with her tomboyish actions. Khurrana, as the selfish n silent lover, is good. But it is Rajkummar Rao, who is in top form n deserves an extra star. The entire script is amusing n absorbing but, I personally, do not approve of the climax wherein the selfish guy gets the girl. Rating 4/5.
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7/10
A sweet and funny movie that bollywood needed
winner-987652 October 2018
Apart from a weak beginning and a predictable and loose ending, I thoroughly enjoyed Bareilly ki Barfi.

After a lousy start, I was pleasantly surprised by how cohesive and tight it became. Rajkumar Rao's introduction and everything following it was brilliantly written, acted and directed. It would leave you laughing with a smile on the face up until the final act.
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8/10
Pleasure to watch
saad-baig-744-64740227 August 2018
Brilliant movie...worth your time and pleasure watching.
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8/10
One of the BEST comedy watch
badar21014 August 2018
First half is very well scripted, directed and acted. Ayushman Khurana, Rohit Choudhary, Rakjummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi, Swati Semwal, and kirti have played there parts well. But the film's main stay is its plot, script, dialogues and outstanding acting by Rajkummar Rao and Ayushman Khurana.
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6/10
As Sweet As It's Title.
Samahire40421 August 2017
BAREILLY KI BARFI REVIEW : I underestimated the film from it's Promos and songs but it turned out to be the Most Entertaining Bollywood film of the year so far, so i decided to write a review as an Redemption.

Film's plot might irritate you at the beginning but when it picks up it doesn't lose the grip the magic till the end. Kriti Sanon's Most Confident performance till date. Ayushman doesn't lose the barring for a moment. Rajkumar Rao arrives late but overtakes everyone in the film. Supporting Starcast is Good, but not so great. Music is Average but timing of Songs is Perfect so songs doesn't work as loo breaks. Screenplay is Tight and crispy. It has enough twists and all the ingredients which an Desi entertaining film should have. Dialogues are Excellent, you will laugh hard at some and remember some of them even after finishing the film. Direction is Freaking awesome, never expected this much from Ashwiny Tiwari and she surprised me here. Only that typical predictable Happy ending looks forceful and disturbing.

Overall Bareilly Ki Barfi is a Hilarious Entertainer and as Sweet as it's title. An typical Indian audience should taste it once. Go for it, if you're not expecting much then you'll be surprised just like me. 6/10* stars by me.
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8/10
A fantastically written script that flourishes under the direction of Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. After Nil Battey Sannata last year, she once again showcases her direction class
ankitcom18 August 2017
A fantastically written script that flourishes under the direction of Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari. After Nil Battey Sannata last year, she once again showcases her direction class. All the actors were superb in their characters including their highly entertaining dialogue delivery. A special mention to Rajkummar Rao who got an amazing chance and wonderfully delivered his method acting.

Storyline Rating: 4

Acting Rating: 3 Rajkummar Rao: 4 Kriti Sanon: 3 Ayushmann Khurrana: 3 Pankaj Tripathy: 3 Seema Pahwa: 3

Direction Rating: 4

Music Rating: 2

Cinematography: 3

Editing: 3
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8/10
Nice movie
sbsingh-8080420 September 2018
Good story.... rajkumar rao is awesome.?.....?..............................
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8/10
Fun movie to watch
riteshk-7150311 August 2018
This was a fun movie to watch. Rajkumar Rao was brilliant. I found it similar to movies like 'Garam Masala', 'Bhagam Bhag' etc.. Its nice to have a light movie like this once in a while.
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8/10
Entertainment guaranteed!
nikhilkishoremails23 July 2018
This is movie which delivers small promises and fullfills them. RajKumar Rao and Aayushmaan Khurana are delight to watch. It is remake of Sajan but well executed in today's respective. Kriti Sanon looks good and does what should be called acting debut for her. She learns A B C D of acting here. Pankaj Tripathi is awesome in the role of father. He is the man to lookout for. It is entertaining but has a few glitches here and there. It is a family movie and a must watch.
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10/10
Must watch it
dhavalhthakkar21 May 2018
An simple, sweet but awesome love story. The emotional scene at the end is very touchy. After watching this movie I became fan of Kriti Sanon. I would watch this movie now over and over again. The Pan eating scene with R Rajkumar is also hilarious :D
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8/10
Very good
manishkc-6506918 May 2018
I really really like the movie especially after rajkumar rao entered. he just made the movie even better. very good movie worth a watch
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7/10
Go for it
monark-rathod10 April 2018
Total remembrance of Tanu we(t)ds Manu in several parts of movie, awesome storyline & screenplay. Director Ashwiny recreates magic of Nil battey sannata in other way( Comedy). All three leading actors done fabulous job for their characters. Kriti senon(We thought unsuitable)'s best performance of her career (so we were wrong) & given right justice to her role of Bitti, Rajkumar Rao is as best as always & Aayushman is perfect for CHIRAG DUBE. Javed Akhtar is another leading cast not in physical but as a narrator.So all over it's must watch for who want something new other than 100,200,300crs club films. So go for it.
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9/10
Beautifully portrayed movie. Hats off to all the lead actors.....
bhagwanirahul29 January 2018
A beautiful movie. The best of bollywood movies ever seen. Hats off to ashwini iyer tiwari. It is a great family entertainer. Rajkumar rao as always gives his best. He completely adjusts within the role. Ayushman khurrana amazes you with his acting. Kriti sanon looks beautiful in the whole movie ,and especially the naturality in her acting amazes us... Dialogues were the best,with some spicy -sweet tinge in it. I would conclude by saying that,do watch this movie. It's a great one.....
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10/10
Ayushmann & Rajkumar Roa very underrated
acolytes_nirvana24 January 2018
I had a feeling this movie was gonna be great and it was indeed. Full entertaining from start to the end. Brilliant performance from all of the actors ! Rajkumar Rao was brilliant ! Ayushmann, Rajkumar Rao, Kriti,Pankaj sir all were brilliant. i hope to see such movie again !
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7/10
Bollywood entertainment
Jithindurden19 January 2018
Bareilly Ki Barfi has a storyline that is not very fresh in Indian cinema but the script and performances along with a portrayal of smalltown culture through sweets are more than enough to rise above its flaws. More than all that the film has a charm that can only be found in Bollywood when its done right. Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana effortlesly pulled off their roles and Rajkummar Rao and Pankaj Tripathi seems to be making every film they are into a better experience. Bareilly Ki Barfi is a romantic comedy that is pure Bollywood entertainment.
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