Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Hindi
Romance
31 May, 2013
2 hrs 41 mins
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A free-spirited Bunny aspires to become a travel reporter and does not wish to get married, until he reunites with his shy and nerdy classmate Naina, and falls in love with her.
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Four friends take off for adventure sport and discover little-known personal aspects of one another. Years later they reunite and this time the equation is even more combustible. Youth is a many splendoured thing. An alive, fresh vibe dominates Ayan Mukerji`s Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani invigorating you through it`s entire run. The story is not novel, but the treatment is A-grade. Ranbir Kapoor(Kabir Thapa aka Bunny), Deepika Padukone (Naina), Kalki Koechlin (Aditi) and Aditya Roy Kapur (Avi) go on a trek. While Bunny, Aditi and Avi have always been close, Naina, the staid, studious girl is a last minute addition to the group. The group just wants to live life king-size. Early enough in the film, Bunny announcesmarriage at 25, children at 30, retirement at 50 and then waiting for deathis not how he sees his life playing out. He wants to travel the world, he wants to be free. Aditi and Avi share his thinking to a degree. But Naina is different. She is studying to be a doctor, believes in family and is a rooted young lady with traditional values. The first half of the film is a fun-ride. Watching Madhuri Dixit do a ghagra number with Ranbir is a ceeti-moment. At intermission point, the film rightly leaves you yearning for more. ...Read full review
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is predictable but who cares? Romance is back with a bang and it is exuberant, entertaining, dazzling and worth your time, writes Sukanya Verma. `You can`t have it all. You will miss out on some things. So why not enjoy what`s in hand?` recommends Naina enjoying the gorgeous view from a vantage point of a grand fort, just few minutes short of witnessing a breathtaking sunset. Bunny, the recipient of her suggestion, reluctantly agrees. They have a good evening. Director Ayan Mukerji`s second endeavour, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani works exactly like this scene from the movie. You know that content smile you return with after spending time in fond company over effortless laughter and magical connections? That. The opposites attract genre isn`t path-breaking. Like `dal chawal` which is an oft-used analogy in the romance, certain inevitability is a given. So you always know what its about, where it`s headed, what itll deliver but if it can still be fun then, the challenge is more than fulfilled. Mukerji has crafted a film about characters he clearly cares about and wants you to do the same, where even if the conclusion is a tad convenient, its the one you want to see. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is about four friends, their camaraderie, adventures, discoveries, dreams and decisions over a mountain holiday and a destination wedding. (Here, parents are mostly on the periphery except a fleeting interaction with Bunny and Naina`s.) Its a perfectly glamorous setting (shot by V Manikandan) and gives him abundant opportunity to live it up in a manner his producer Karan Johar can feel either proud or outdone. But I am pretty sure its the first one considering the magnanimity hes shown in loosening the purse strings - some thousand champagne glasses are destroyed for a stunning slo-mo second of a lavish party song. But he has his own disarming style. His protagonists are not mere character sketches but a beautiful version of people you know/knew. ...Read full review
How much you enjoy Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani depends entirely on how much youve missed the typical Karan Johar formula. Wake Up Sid director Ayan Mukerji takes us on a familiar journey through holiday romances, family conundrums, and big fat Indian weddings. Its predictable every step of the way, but Mukerji has a superb cast that never slips, even when his script does.Straight-laced Scholar Naina (Deepika Padukone) has little in common with thrill-seeking Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) when she joins him and his two best friends Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) on a trip to Manali. But after a series of collective experiences, including a messy run-in with the locals, a midnight trek to a high-altitude peak, and intoxicated Holi celebrations, shes lost her inhibitions and also her heart. Too bad Bunny is focused on chasing his dream to travel the world, unwilling to let anything or anyone hold him back. When theyre all reunited at a wedding eight years later, Bunny must ask himself if he really wants to make the same choices all over again.Although writer-director Ayan Mukerji sets his story in a world far from Wake Up Sid, he still has his hero go through an existential crisis in both life and love. If his first film was about a slacker finding a purpose, the message in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is that life can pass you by, if you dont stop to savor the moments. This idea, however, is couched in the template of a dozen love stories starting from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. Its a pity the treatment has a been-there-seen-that feel to it because there are some modern ideas hidden underneath all that fluff. Part of what makes Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani warm and fuzzy is the friendship that Bunny and his die-hard buddies Aditi and Avi share, despite their shifting dynamics over eight years. Mukerji understands and nicely puts across the bittersweet qualities that friendships go through, and more often than once I found myself misty-eyed. Even love is viewed rather practically by the four key characters here its nice if youve found someone, but it neednt be the end of the world if youre not in a relationship. Its refreshing also that Mukerji doesnt tie up all the loose ends in the movie; not everyone gets the perfect happy ending.These are, however, small mercies in a film that smacks of assembly line reproduction. The high-gloss, picture-postcard cinematography, the gilt-edged production design, and the unending scenes of wedding revelry and over-choreographed dance numbers have that distinct Dharma Productions stamp on them, each frame oozing excess. Still, theyre a lot less clumsy than the scenes of faux realism like that entirely needless prologue in a Mumbai brothel where Bunny breaks into a dance with a hooker, even if she is played by Madhuri Dixit. Equally unconvincing is the intended grittiness in a sequence where an older Bunny, now a documentary film cameraman, daringly ventures into a seedy European ghetto shooting drug peddlers on the sly. ...Read full review

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