Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani-Handling Growing Up Pangs! Movie Review
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*Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” is a Karan Johar film about the coming of age of a quartet of young people and has shades of “Dil Chahta Hai” and “Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara” by way of comparison. This also happens to be the second film of the Ranbir – Deepika pair after “Wake up Sid” which was also directed by Ayan Mukherjee, who has got them together again.
Plot: Bumping into each other, four ex-schoolmates plan to go on a trekking jaunt to Manali. While Deepika Padukone as Naina, the main female protagonist comes out as a shy introvert, doing a medical course, Ranbir Kapoor as Bunny, the male protagonist, is the silent wanderer, forever on the lookout to explore the world. Out of their other two buddies, Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) has not a single bother in the world, while Aditya Roy Kapur as Avi is a rambler with a fanatical craze for cricket. During this trip Naina and Bunny spend a lot of time together and silently realise their affinity towards each other, but cannot come to express it. Later on, Naina also realises that Bunny would not be the one to settle down in life with, due to his wander lust, and is happy allowing Bunny to pursue his passion.
The story moves forward eight years, and the two again meet at Aditi’s marriage in Udaipur. By this time Naina has taken up her medical profession, and true to his likings, Bunny is the videographer of a global travel company. The hidden love for each other once again flares up but remains unexpressed for long, due to Naina’s uncertainty about Bunny’s intention as also some misconceptions that crop up. It seems to be the end of the road for both of them as Bunny leaves to take up his dream job at Paris on the night of Aditi’s wedding. But things take a swift turn and Bunny takes a harsh but compelling decision to come back into Naina’s life. The two realise that they can still be together while Bunny pursues his other passion to wander all over the world.
While Ayan Banerjee, the director is unable to bring back the magic of his debut film “Wake Up Sid”, the sheer screen presence of the Ranbir-Deepika pair carries the film forward a great extent, supported by the remaining cast in a right fit to the screen play. As a bonus to film lovers, there is a classy item number featuring none other than veteran Madhuri Dixit, not to mention the extremely catchy music of the film, with almost all the songs being super hits with Ranbir and Deepika getting deeply identified with the song visuals. There is also the superb photography with the meandering global locations providing an effective prop for V. Manikanandan. However, all this is unable to obliterate the flaws in the screenplay, which is unable to etch sufficiently out especially the supporting characters with proper depth and sharpness. As Ayan Mukherjee doubles up as the screenplay and story writer too, he has to share equal blame for the flaws as he can take credit for its high points. The high points, however, more than offsets the weaknesses. The movie belongs to a genre that is liked by a large section of the audience.
Verdict: The presence of the reigning screen pair of Bollywood, as well as the catchy music and locales, makes it a film sure to be viewed by regular film goers.