Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is the story of the relationship between two characters, Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) & Naina (Deepika Padukone), at two separate but defining times in their lives… first, when they are just out of college and standing on the crossroads of multiple decisions that will shape who and what they become… and then later on, in their late-twenties when they meet again, holding on to certain fulfilled and certain unfulfilled dreams, at a crossroads of another nature this time… how these two characters affect, change, befriend and eventually fall in love with each other is the journey the film aspires to take us on…
The movie is heavily inspired from DDLJ and borrows from some other movies as well. While Simran goes on a trip across Europe by asking for permission from her overbearing father Naina decides to just leave for a trekking trip to Manali by writing a letter to her overbearing mother. They both meet at the railway station just like Raj and Simran do and there is a reenactment of the DDLJ train scene where Raj helps Simran board the train. While Simran falls in love with this carefree, fun guy Raj who flirts with Simran’s friend, Naina falls in love with this carefree, fun guy Bunny who flirts with Lara. Just as Naina is about to reveal her feelings to him she finds out that he is going to US for studies.
8 years later they all meet again at their friend Aditi’s wedding. The whole second half is set against the backdrop of wedding arrangements just like DDLJ was. Then there is some Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara similarity too with Bunny and Avi sharing somewhat cold vibes and making up after a fight. There is a climax scene similarity with Band Baaja Baraat. There are some Wake Up Sid similarities too with the father-son dynamic and some scenes between Bunny and Naina in second half and Bunny becoming a cameraman instead of a photographer.
Some scenes were good like the one where Avi lashes out at Bunny saying he did not even show up at his dad’s funeral and the scene where Bunny tells Naina about his dad’s death. The best scene of the movie is the final scene between Bunny and his father.
The Madhuri Item number was totally unnecessary and just did not belong in the movie and Madhuri looked bad. There is a stupid fight scene in the first half which again was totally unnecessary. The transformation of Naina was also too sudden. The second half drags like anything with not much story and just the wedding arrangements. Aditi’s fiance and Lara dancing to Oo La La song was bad. Rana Daggubati scene was horrible.
Badtameez Dil, Balam Pichkari, Dilli Wali Girlfriend sounded good but seemed forced in the movie. Kabira and Ilahi were good and seemed appropriate in the movie. Cinematography was good in the scenic locations. Some of the scenes seemed shot on sets. Dialogues seemed wannabe while trying to sound deep whereas the casual ones were good.
Ranbir was good but the role did not really offer him much opportunity to display great acting except for the father son scenes and a couple of other scenes mentioned above. Deepika was good in the movie whether as the insecure nerd or in the comic/emotional scenes later on. Aditya Roy Kapoor was good as Avi but his role of a drunkard was similar to his Aashiqui 2 act. Farooque Sheikh was excellent as the father and Tanvi Azmi was good as the step mother too. Kalki was good as Aditi. Kunal Kapoor was partly annoying. Don’t know why Rana Daggubati agreed to do that one minute role.
The movie has a very bare bone story and there is lot of candyfloss added to it. The movie could have done away with a few songs and also some scenes to make it shorter by at least 30 minutes. If one watches it as time pass or with low expectations they might find it watchable or entertaining but this is the same cliched love story that Bollywood has been churning out since the last 20 years.Tags: Aditya Roy Kapur Ayan Mukerji Deepika Padukone Kalki Koechlin Member Reviews Movies You Watched This Month Movies You Watched This Week Ranbir Kapoor Reviews Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani