Bareilly Ki Barfi

Bareilly Ki Barfi (transl.Bareilly's Barfi) is a 2017 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy film directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari based on Nicolas Barreau's novel, The Ingredients of Love. It stars Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles, with Pankaj Tripathi and Seema Pahwa in supporting roles. It was theatrically released in India on 18 August 2017, coinciding with Independence Day Weekend, receiving widespread critical acclaim upon release, with major praise directed towards Rao's performance. It also emerged as a commercial success at the box office, grossing over 60 crore (US$7.5 million) worldwide against a budget of 20 crore (US$2.5 million), running for more than 70 days in both India and abroad.

Bareilly Ki Barfi
Bareilly Ki Barfi Poster.jpg
Directed byAshwiny Iyer Tiwari
Written byNitesh Tiwari
Shreyas Jain
Story byNicolas Barreau
Based onThe Ingredients of Love
by Nicolas Barreau
Produced byVineet Jain
Renu Ravi Chopra
StarringKriti Sanon
Ayushmann Khurrana
Rajkummar Rao
Narrated byJaved Akhtar
CinematographyGavemic U. Ary
Edited byChandrashekhar Prajapati
Music byTanishk Bagchi
Samira Koppikar
Sameer Uddin
Junglee Pictures
B R Studios
Distributed byAA Films
Release date
  • 18 August 2017 (2017-08-18)[1][2]
Running time
116 minutes[3]
Budget20 crore[4]
Box officeest. 58.75 crore[5]

At the 63rd Filmfare Awards, Bareilly Ki Barfi received 8 nominations, including Best Film and Best Supporting Actress (Pahwa), winning Best Director (Iyer Tiwari) and Best Supporting Actor (Rao).


Bitti Mishra, a tomboyish girl in Bareilly, runs away from home after yet another failed attempt at arranged marriage. While waiting for a train, she buys and reads a book, Bareilly Ki Barfi, and realizes to her shock that she is Barfi, the eponymous main character. She returns home and decides to track down the author, mentioned on the back cover as one 'Pritam Vidrohi', joyous by the fact that there exists someone who would love her the way she is. The bookshop owner directs her to Chirag Dubey, a young man in ownership of a printing press where the book was published, who informs her that Vidrohi does not live in town anymore. He agrees to be a messenger for Bitti, delivering her letters to Vidrohi and bringing back his replies.

Bitti, however, is unaware of the fact that Chirag is the book's original author, having written it five years ago after his then girlfriend Babli (the Barfi of the novel) married someone else. 'Vidrohi' is the name of a friend, used by Chirag as an alias to publish his novel. Since Bitti thinks herself to be Barfi, Chirag intends to find out if she is indeed like his ex-girlfriend, a coincidence that might give him a second chance at love.

Bitti and Chirag become close friends but she still longs to meet the author Vidrohi, who has been sending replies to her letters. Unwilling to do away with the charade just yet, he arranges for Bitti to meet the real Vidrohi. He goes to Lucknow and brings back his friend, Pritam Vidrohi, who had left town soon after the novel had been published. Bitti is initially shocked at the ruffian-like behaviour of Vidrohi (a ruse, intended as part of Chirag's plan), having imagined him in different light from having read his letters. Soon though, she seems to grow fond of him, believing him to be misunderstood by society much like herself. Chirag, who had planned for Pritam to exit the scene after driving Bitti away, is now forced to malign him so that Bitti's parents don't see him as a worthy suitor for her. He lies that Pritam has had a failed marriage. This does not faze Bitti at all, but ends up spoiling the deal for Bitti's friend Rama, who had grown to like Pritam.

Pritam, who liked Rama back, now revolts against the manipulative Chirag and refuses to put an end to the whole charade. Soon, Bitti and Pritam announce their engagement, leading Chirag to resign to the fact that he will lose his love once again. On the eve of the event, he writes a final, heartfelt letter to Bitti using his Vidrohi alias. He gives the letter to Pritam to read at the ceremony, but ends up having to read it himself to Bitti when Pritam complains of a sore throat. This becomes the turning point for Bitti to reveal that she had known for some time that Chirag was the real author, and that Pritam had agreed to play along so that Bitti could find out whether Chirag was really in love with her (or only at the idea of her being an image of his ex-girlfriend). Finally, Chirag and Pritam both marry their chosen partners, Bitti and Rama respectively, and lead happy married lives in Bareilly.


  • Kriti Sanon as Bitti Mishra: An independent woman who does not believe in following a patriarchal society's rules, she falls for Pritam and wanted to meet him eagerly.
  • Ayushmann Khurrana as Chirag Dubey: A sweet but sometimes selfish writer who falls in love with Bitti and writes her letters. He uses Pritam to get to Bitti but later apologises.
  • Rajkummar Rao as Pritam Vidrohi: An innocent salesman and Bitti's love-interest who falls in the trap of Chirag by becoming a goon.
  • Pankaj Tripathi as Narrotam Mishra: Bitti's father who wanted Bitti to do whatever she wanted to do.
  • Seema Pahwa as Susheela Mishra: Bitti's mother who thinks that Bitti is a burden and thinks that Pritam is best for her.
  • Rohit Chaudhary as Munna: Chirag’s best friend who also troubles Pritam.
  • Swati Semwal as Rama: Bitti's friend and Pritam's love-interest.
  • Naila Grewal as Babli: Chirag's ex-girlfriend and Bitti's exact copy from the book Bareilly Ki Barfi is based on her.


Bareilly Ki Barfi
Soundtrack album by
Released11 August 2017
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music Company
Tanishk Bagchi and Vayu chronology
Munna Michael
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Arko Pravo Mukherjee chronology
Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana
Bareilly Ki Barfi
Sweetiee Weds NRI
Singles from Bareilly Ki Barfi
  1. "Sweety Tera Drama"
    Released: 24 July 2017
  2. "Nazm Nazm"
    Released: 31 July 2017
  3. "Twist Kamariya"
    Released: 8 August 2017

The music of the film is composed by Tanishk Bagchi, Arkk, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin and Vayu while the lyrics of the film were written by Arko Pravo Mukherjee, Tanishk Bagchi, Shabbir Ahmed, Puneet Sharma, Abhishek Verma and Vayu. The first song of the film "Sweety Tera Drama" sung by Dev Negi, Pawni Pandey and Shraddha Pandit was released on 24 July 2017. The second song titled as "Nazm Nazm" which is sung, written and composed by Mukherjee was released on 31 July 2017. The third single to be released was "Twist Kamariya" sung by Harshdeep Kaur, Yasser Desai, Bagchi and Altamash Faridi was released on 8 August 2017. The soundtrack was released by Zee Music Company on 11 August 2017.

Track listing
1."Sweety Tera Drama"Shabbir AhmedTanishk BagchiDev Negi, Pawni Pandey, Shraddha Pandit2:27
2."Nazm Nazm"ArkoArkoArko3:47
3."Twist Kamariya"Tanishk Bagchi, VayuTanishk Bagchi, VayuHarshdeep Kaur, Yasser Desai, Altamash Faridi2:28
4."Bairaagi"Puneet SharmaSamira KoppikarArijit Singh, Samira Koppikar4:12
5."Badass Babuaa"Akshay VermaSameer UddinAbhishek Nailwal, Neha Bhasin, Sameer Uddin2:47
6."Nazm Nazm" (Ayushmann Khurrana Version)ArkoArkoAyushmann Khurrana3:14
7."Bairaagi" (Samira Koppikar Version)Puneet SharmaSamira KoppikarSamira Koppikar3:44
8."Nazm Nazm" (Sumedha Karmahe Version)ArkoArkoSumedha Karmahe4:01
Total length:26:40


Critical responseEdit

Bareilly Ki Barfi received critical acclaim upon release, with praise for its heartwarming and simple story, music and performances of the cast, with major praise directed towards Rao's performance.

Meena Iyer of The Times of India gave the film 4/5 stars, writing, "The writers Nitesh Tiwari and Shreyas Jain have put together a sweet, identifiable crowd-pleaser that excels in the writing, direction, acting and music departments."[6] Devesh Sharma of Filmfare gave the film a rating of 4/5 stars and concluded the review saying that, "All-in-all, Bareilly Ki Barfi is a good second film from Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari and gives her a chance to prove her versatility. Watch the film for some good, clean fun. It will give you ample laughs throughout and you’ll walk away from the theatre with a satisfied smile on your face."[7] Rohit Vats of Hindustan Times praised the film saying that, "Kriti Sanon-Ayushmann Khurrana's Bareilly Ki Barfi manages to capture the flavor of small-town India, with Rajkummar Rao bringing in the chutzpah" and gave the film a 3.5/5 star rating.[8]

Samruddhi Ghosh of India Today appreciated the performances of the actors saying that, "The strength of Bareilly Ki Barfi is its cast. Kriti Sanon's bohemian small-town-girl act is a far-cry from her usual fare, but she pulls it off with aplomb. Ayushmann Khurrana looks effortless as the jilted aashiq trying to win over the woman of his dreams by hook or by crook. But it is Rajkummar Rao who steals the show as the timid-salesman-turned-rangbaaz." She concluded her review by saying that, "After Nil Battey Sannata, director Ashwini Iyer Tiwari brings us another engaging watch. There is no dull moment in the film. Light and fluffy, Bareilly Ki Barfi is no heavy 7-course meal, but it is quite the delicious dessert." and gave the film 4/5 stars.[9] Rajeev Masand of News 18 gave the film 3/5 stars and said that, "It's a sweet, inoffensive romantic comedy based on a slim premise, but buoyed by strong performances, the unmistakable charm, and texture of small-town India, and garnished with moments of crackling humor."[10]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
2 December 2017 Screen Awards Best Film Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated
Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Nominated
Best Actress (Popular) Kriti Sanon Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Won [11]
Best Dialogue Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Nitesh Tiwari  Won
30 December 2017 Zee Cine Awards Best Film (Jury's Choice) Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated [12]
Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Won
Best Actress (Viewer's Choice) Kriti Sanon Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Seema Pahwa Nominated
Best Writing Nitesh Tiwari Won
Best Production Design Laxmi Keluskar, Sandeep Meher Won
Best Lyricist Arko Pravo Mukherjee (for the song "Nazm Nazm") Nominated [13]
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
Best Choreography Bosco-Caesar Nominated
20 January 2018 Filmfare Awards Best Film Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated [14]
Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Won
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Won
Best Supporting Actress Seema Pahwa Nominated
Best Music Director Arko, Tanishk Bagchi, Samira Koppikar, Sameer Uddin, Vayu Nominated
Best Lyricist Arko Pravo Mukherjee (for the song "Nazm Nazm") Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Nominated
Best Dialogue Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain Nominated
28 January 2018 Mirchi Music Awards Female Vocalist of The Year Samira Koppikar (for the song "Bairaagi") Nominated [15]
Best Background Score Sameer Uddin Nominated
6 March 2018 Bollywood Film Journalists Awards Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Won [16]
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Won
20 March 2018 News18 Reel Movie Awards Nominated [17]
Best Editing Chandrashekhar Prajapati, Nitin Baid Nominated [18]
Best Dialogues Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain Nominated
Best Screenplay Nominated
22 June 2018 International Indian Film Academy Awards Won [19]
Best Film Bareilly Ki Barfi Nominated
Best Director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Rajkummar Rao Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Seema Pahwa Nominated


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