Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, a filmmaker who mapped her journey from the advertisement industry to the films, and in her first outing she gave us a critically acclaimed and appreciated niche film like ‘Nil Battey Sannata’. Her second film, Bareilly Ki Barfi completes 4 years today, and on this occasion, there’s a list of contributions Ashwiny made through the film that we should recall. A small-town heartland film like Bareilly Ki Barfi that tugged onto the heartstrings of audiences gained popularity and love in 2017, such subject-driven films with a backdrop of small towns weren’t a usual sight for film-goers. Kudos to the director for contributing in unprecedented ways to Indian cinema and bringing such nuanced topics to life with a touch of relatability.
Starring Kriti Sanon, an actress who had only done the glam-heroine roles since her debut. Ashwiny got her under the deglamorized microscope of story and character driven films with this one. The film that went on to be a box-office hit proved as a great catalyst for careers of both Kriti Sanon and Ashwiny going uphill. Making us look beyond all the glamour of Kriti Sanon, the filmmaker gave the story of Kriti as Bitti her own touches. Focusing on topics that reach straight to the heart, Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Bareilly Ki Barfi pushed the envelope for how stories were written and told. The film featured Kriti Sanon, Ayushmann Khurrana, and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles.
If not for anything, we need more people like Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari who is now working on bringing docu-dramas and life stories of real-life heroes. All set to also make a debut in the OTT universe with the web series ‘Faadu‘ on Sony LIV. BREAKPOINT – a docu-drama on the talented champions Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes. She is presently working on her most cherished project, the life story of Mr. Narayana Murthy and Mrs. Sudha Murthy.
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