Riya Sharma and Niharika Lal (BOMBAY TIMES; August 10, 2017)

When the dramebaaz trio of Bareilly Ki Barfi visited Delhi recently, they did what any visitor in the city does – they went on a food and shopping spree. Shopping for jewellery, jootis and eating chaat, Ayushmann Khurrana, Kriti Sanon and Rajkummar Rao had quite a blast exploring Dilli Haat.

Kriti wanted to try some jhumkas, but the huge variety on offer at the stalls confused her. She kept trying one after the other and asking her co-stars how they looked on her. And the men had the same response each time – “Khareed le, khareed le, bahut achha lag raha hai!” While Kriti was busy doing that, Ayushmann and Rajkummar got bored soon and asked the shopkeeper, “Bhaiya, aapke paas ladko ke liye kuch nahin hai kya? Yahan ladke nahin aate?” Pat came the reply, “Aate hai na. Aise hi ladkiyon ke saath aate hain!” Rajkummar asked, “Aur lete kuch nahin? Ladkon ke liye kya hai?” The stall owner showed them bracelets that were apparently popular among men. Rajkummar wittingly added, “We can shoplift some of these very easily.” Has he ever done that, we asked. Rajkummar said, “Haven’t you? I’ve done that many times. But only sportingly.” To which Ayushmann quipped, “Yes, this is like adventure sports for him!”

As Rajkummar and Ayushmann went in search of other interesting items, Kriti told us, “I have been to Dilli Haat only twice or thrice before. Pehle hi aana hua hai, uske baad toh aana band ho gaya tha yahan. Though it is hot in Delhi, we really like it. I think coming to Dilli Haat is like coming to the real Delhi – you get silver and junk jewellery, golgappas, chaat papdi, all at one place. The best thing is that you get to see Dilli ki janta here.” Talking of golgappas reminded Kriti that she should try some. While the boys were happy to eat whatever was being served, Kriti had some specific instructions for the golgappa seller. She said, “I want chhote golgappe, suji wala golgappa de dijiye.” Since the stall owner did not have suji golgappas, Kriti refused to eat them. Instead, she joined Ayushmann and Rajkummar in cheering for golgappa shots.

After the food court, their next stop in Dilli Haat was the shoe stall. As Kriti was unable to pick one, Rajkummar tried a few. “If I feel like buying some local stuff, I go to Janpath or Sarojini Nagar. In fact, when I was in college, I used to go to Sarojini a lot for shopping,” he said. After the stars left Dilli Haat, the shopkeepers told us that fans came looking for the same stuff that the stars were looking at.

After Dilli Haat, the next stop for the team was Shankar Market. As Rajkummar’s character Pritam Vidrohi is a sari salesman in the movie, the actor showed off his sales skills at a shop. He had learned how to drape a sari for the film, so when we asked Rajkummar to show us his skills, he said, “Yes, I had learned how to drape a sari, but it’s been a year, ab toh main bhool gaya.” Ayushmann stepped in to help his co-star. He picked up a sari and draped it around him. “See, it’s so easy,” he said, as Rajkummar followed him. After finishing the sari session at the shop, the trio ordered CP wali chaat and other street food from the market. Kriti wanted Ram ladoo and had a tough time explaining to her team – “that small brown ladoo”. When Ayushmann ordered his favourite kulfi faluda and Kriti offered him tikki chaat, he gave it to Rajkummar and called himself ‘tikki donor’!