With the release of Bareilly Ki Barfi, Behen Hogi Teri, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Bollywood seems to be crafting films on love stories of North Indian small-towns.
However, pointing out on the current trend of crafting films, the Bareilly Ki Barfi director, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari said, “Nowadays everything is a touch away. The younger generation comprises people who are educated and have gone to work in IT companies and banks. People have migrated from smaller towns and have settled in bigger cities. I feel when you make your mark in the city, you want to go back to your roots. Now, we just want to revisit the simpler things in life because there is so much of influx of everything around us.”
The director had won several accolades from critics and the audience for showcasing the mother-daughter relationship in the film Nil Battey Sannata, whereas in Bareilly Ki Barfi the director portrayed the present father-daughter relationship in the society.
“I wanted to create a father and daughter relationship which reflects a lot about our society today. But I didn’t want to overtly talk about it because I was not making a very socially inclined film,” she said.
Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari said that she had a feeling that the people would like watching Bareilly Ki Barfi.
“I watch and make films from the audiences’ point of view. If I’m laughing while making the film, I can safely say the audience will enjoy it too. But if I’m having a tough time in trying to make sense out of what I’ve done, I cannot expect the people to like it. It’ll be selfish of me to deliver something like that. I can’t take them for granted or be overconfident,” said Ashwiny.
She added, “It is only my second film and I want to keep doing better and better. I think I have little more experience today. I never really feel confident about the success.”
However, Ashwiny praises the actor of Bareilly Ki Barfi for playing the role with complete honesty like other members in the film.
She said, “He is an am amazing actor but he didn’t outshine others. I’m the mother of the movie and I can never differentiate amongst my characters. They are all equal in my eyes. All of them had been author-backed roles – be it him, Kriti, Ayushmann, Pankaj ji or Seema ji. They have been written like this. Everyone has done what they were supposed to do.”