[Movie Review] Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Life, Dreams and Kabiraa
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor
Director: Ayan Mukerji
Genre: Drama, Romance
Movie Reviewed At: INOX Cinema, Lake City Mall
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor Director: Ayan Mukerji Genre: Drama, Romance Rating: 3.5/5 Movie Reviewed At: INOX Cinema, Lake City Mall
There are not many movies in Bollywood that make you pause a while and think on how you should live – should it be the usual way everybody lives or the way your close ones expect you to live or your very own personal way? ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ asks you the same and impacts you, concluding with something to ponder upon.
Ayan Mukerji directed ‘Wake Up Sid’ where he used Ranbir Kapoor with wit to portray the youthful boy next door ‘Sid’ and this time, once again he used Ranbir with equal amazement to cater the role of wild and flirty ‘Bunny’ or Kabir Thappar if you may.
As of the plot, the movie revolves around Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Aditee (Kalki Koechlin), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Naina (Deepika Padukone). First half runs in flashback where Bunny is a wild one who wants to travel the world and live life with no limits. Aditee and Avi are his partners in crime. The trio plans a trip to Manali where Naina, the unexpected recent entry in the group remains studious Medicine student for a while, but unveils into joyful chic ones she gets to spend time with Bunny.
The awesome, wild and cheerful first half ends, when all part ways and Bunny moves to Chicago for pursuing his career and living his dream.
Second Half is 80% shot in Udaipur, Rajasthan and presented beautifully where Bunny returns to India after 8 years to meet his gang again on the occasion of Aditee’s marriage, but this time as quoted by Avi – “Apart from the usual ‘faces’ everything else has changed”.
Post Intermission movie deals with the juggle that Bunny goes through between what he wants and what he needs to do. There is more to the second half than just a typical melodrama or tear shredding love. The vivid shades of every character, gradually opening layer by layer will impress you. The second half deals with the ‘Dreams vs. Life’ for Bunny and Nania, ‘Dreams vs. Friendship’ for Bunny and Avi; and ‘Choices vs. Expectance’ for Aditee.
The chemistry between Deepika and Ranbir in this flick proves them the perfect on-screen couple right now in Bollywood. Even the love sequence between them has a unique Ayan Mukerji treatment which comes obvious, but still let you enjoy every dialogue and every scene.
The movie sums up around New Year Celebration where Bunny makes a decision which everyone in audience would have wanted him to make but in his own style.
Music never hinders the flow and as of success, it’s already topping the charts. ‘Kabiraa’ is a powerful track and the way it’s used in background score is amazing.
This flick is worth your bucks if you like a movie with nearly everything in it, along with a mental note that you take home and think upon. The movie has love, friendship, relationship and dreams summed up in a box of ‘decision’ that you’ll feel that you should open too.
Ranbir is a treat to watch and his acting skills are top notch. Deepika is apt for ‘Naina’ where she has to be innocent and hot at the same time. Kalki and Aditya Roy may shock you with their portrayals, they are well casted. I will add an extra half point for Ayan who maintained a soothing flow, when he had many pits to fall into, while conveying a story with such angles.