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Hot 100, Film Directors, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, Bareilly Ki Barfi

With Bareilly Ki Barfi, Ashwini Iyer Tiwari became only the third woman in over 60 years to bag Filmfare’s Best Director trophy. The honour is well deserved because Tiwari has concocted a refreshing comedy about an independent thinking young girl from a small town (played by Kriti Sanon) who exercises both her heart and her mind when it comes to choosing between her two suitors (Ayushmann Khurrana and Rajkummar Rao).
Iyer imbues the familiar mistaken-identity trope with biting subversive humour and draw effective performances from her talented ensemble cast, in particular from Rao who bagged the Best Supporting Actor award for his hilarious portrayal of a mild-mannered saree salesman posing as a street-smart toughie. The director’s creative bedrock is in the advertising world and perhaps consequently there is great pacing and economy of scene length in this charming but satisfyingly complex love story.

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