Movie Review: 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' is a Ranbir-Deepika show all the way
Watch 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' for Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone
By Nikhil Kumar
Fri, May 31, 2013 14:04:14 GMT
The ApunKaChoice movie review of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Youth is beautiful and crazy. And though it may be vain, unwise, reckless, or some might even say wasted on the young, the fact is that youth’s waste, too, is to be cherished as are its fruits. To correct one’s course, to make amends, to broaden one’s perspective and to value what was previously denounced but deserved acknowledgement, admiration even, constitutes coming of age for the young. That is what we see the characters of Ayan Mukerji’s second film Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani go through, albeit with a lot of song and dance.
The film tells the story of Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur), former schoolmates headed for a trek into the hills of Manali. Naina (Deepika Padukone), a medical student and consummate bookworm, tags along to take a break from her mundane, humdrum routine. She’s in for a trip of her life, as Bunny the life embracer, the explorer, the dream chaser sets out to scale the highest peak in Manali.
Needless to say she falls for him, but he’s averse to getting into any kind of relationship. He’s pursuing his dream of traveling the world, and capturing it in his camera.
The trip ends. The four friends part. Bunny goes abroad. Naina continues her studies. Eight years later, they reunite again at Aditi’s wedding. It’s at this big fat Indian wedding in Udaipur that bonds are renewed, emotions spill over, hearts are broken, mended and souls searched.
It’s here in the second half that director Ayan Mukerji also seems to lose his grip over narrative, and stretches it to the point of our patience-snapping. One almost sees producer Karan Johar’s pawprints right from when the film veers into the wedding jamboree with designer clothes on full display. And then melodrama is injected in, tears are shed, emotions expressed in higher decibels than needed for the right effect. That’s where, after a good start, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani goes off rails and trundles on towards a predictable conclusion.
It’s the leading pair Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone who rise above a cliché-riddled screenplay and deliver film-saving performances. Ranbir’s Bunny is played with jauntiness and leashed intensity that the character -- a vivacious, flirtatious, commitment-phobe -- demanded. Deepika Padukone makes a better fist of her bespectacled, scholarly Naina who discovers an adventurous streak in her erudite self but musters not the courage to express her love to the man she steals glances at. It’s a complex character played with understanding rather than blind passion. For that Deepika surely stands out of the lot in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. She’s coming of age as an actress.
Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki Koechlin come up with creditable performances, so does Kunal Roy Kapur and Farooque Shaikh.
Pritam’s music is surely one of the highlights of the film, particularly when Ranbir Kapoor shakes his shanks like there’s no tomorrow, be it with Deepika Padukone or Madhuri Dixit (at the very start of the film).
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a very good looking film. V. Manikandan’s cinematography apart, the costumes, the locations, the actors -- all go on to form a fetching, eye-pleasing cinematic experience.
What one rues is Ayan Mukerji’s conformity to convention in this second directorial attempt. If only he had played down the obvious platitudes about ‘chasing one’s dreams’, ‘not stagnating’, ‘living life to the fullest’, ‘seizing the moment’ and blah..bhah..blah.. (things one hears the tipplers prattle out mechanically after having one too many) and if only he had not gotten carried away with so many songs, if only he had not stretched the film in the second half. If only...
Yet, YJHD makes for an eminently watchable film. It’s breezy, frothy, youthful, celebratory and very well enacted by its leading pair. Go, watch it.