‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ inspired by French book?

Shyama Sudra



As well as biopics and sequels, many filmmakers turn to books for inspiration when it comes to finding a story, which is exactly what director Ashwiny Iyer Tiwar did for her next ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’.

As Times of India reports, Tiwari stumbled upon an English translated French book titled ‘Ingredients of Love’ at Dehli airport and was immediately taken  in by it story. So much so that she even got writer husband Nitesh Twari to read it as well. ” was tired, but I couldn’t put the book down. I even made Nitesh read it and he agreed that the basic story could become the theme for a film,” Iyer Tiwari expressed.

She went on to say, “I was so excited, I even told my producers, Abhay Chopra and Juno Chopra (late filmmaker BR Chopra’s grandsons) about the story immediately. They put in a lot of effort to contact the publishers in France and procure the rights to the book.”

Tiwari (Nitesh) co-wrote the script with Shreyas Jain, where they modified the story to be based in Uttar Pradesh instead of France. “It’s difficult to adapt any book into a film. The French settings are alien to us, so we’ve only retained the basic theme and infused our own colours, quirks and characters into the story. The parents, friends and lovers, their professions and their basic habits have all been adapted to our culture,” he explained.

“I got time to work on the script because Ashwiny was caught up with the post-production of her first film. I just hope that the audience likes my first tryst with breezy cinema,” he added.

Starting Kriti Sanon, Rajkummar Rao and Ayushmann Khurrana as the three leads, ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ is set to hit the big screens on 18th August 2017.