After her last movie, Raabta, failed to impress at the Box Office, actress Kriti Sanon is back with her next film Bareilly Ki Barfi, a slice of life film that focuses on the life of a young, loud-mouthed rebellious girl, Bitti, from a small town, Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh. This is the first time that the actress is playing, what many would call, a de-glam role and is absolutely excited for it.
The film is touted to be a quirky love triangle between Bitti, Chirag and Pritam, essayed by Kriti, Ayushmann Khurana and Rajkummar Rao. However, Kriti insists that there is more to the movie than just that. Speaking about it at length, Kriti said, “I think personally it’s not about a love triangle, it’s more of a family film. You will see so many relationships unfolding and not just the love triangle. There’s a father-daughter relationship, a mother-daughter relationship. There are friends and how they deal with each other and their friendship. So, it has a lot more than just a love triangle and it’s not about the romance, it’s a situational comedy that’s happening here,” she said. (ALSO READ: Bareilly Ki Barfi New Poster: Rajkummar Rao In A Saree Makes Our Wait Harder For This Slice Of Life Story)
Given that this was Kriti’s first movie, which had her essay the role of a girl from a small town in UP, she had to put in a lot of preparation for the same. She visited Lucknow and Bareilly (the two places where the movie was shot) a week before the shoot commenced to grasp the dialect and nuances that come with the UP culture. “Considering I’ve never done a role like this before, never lived in UP, or been close to a person from that state, I had no clue about the lingo or the culture. I needed to get acclimatized to everything. Hence, I went a week before to Lucknow where we were to shoot for the film. Ashwiny, our director, kept sending pictures of the locations. She would say–‘Kriti, see your house, your balcony, the road outside your house and things like that’, ” she recalled.
As a role study, she also went to a school in the city to interact with a few girls. “It was quite interesting. I spoke to nearly 15-20 girls for almost an hour or two. We chatted like how normal friends would do and I was recording their conversation. They started talking about their boyfriends , what they do, where they’re from and so on. A lot of them were living as paying guests,” she said. Apparently, they also told her how they react when boys eve tease, a glimpse of which we saw Kriti do, in the second song of the film, ‘Nazm Nazm’ that released a few weeks ago. ” When I went back home, I kept listening to the recording and I believe when you spend too much time with someone you start talking like them. That’s how I picked up the dialect and the body language,” she said. (ALSO READ: Bareilly Ki Barfi Song Twist Kamariya: Kriti Sanon And Ayushmann Khurrana Show Off Some Desi Swag)
When asked what was the most endearing part of her role as Bitti, Kriti said that it’s the relationship which Bitti shares with her father, essayed by actor Pankaj Tripathi. “I dont think it’s been seen in Indian cinema before specially when it comes to a small town like Bareilly. There’s also a scene where the father and daughter smoke together. He understands and trusts her completely but at the same time is very protective towards her,” she said.
Furthermore, she added that it was quite challenging to play a ‘moofat’ and loud girl on screen. “When you get a character who is so outspoken and out there, it’s very important to ground her. It’s also important for an actor to make people feel for her character and not just have this bubbly aura going on. The audience needs to feel what she’s actually going through and what she wants in life. And I think that was perhaps the most challenging part for me to bring forth on screen,” she said.
Helmed by ‘Nil Battey Sannata’ fame director, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, the film is all set to release on August 18.