In India and most of the cinema outside, the audience stresses a lot of the Genre of the film. Is it a Romance..Or a comedy or an Action..or the Amalgamated features like Cop-Drama, Courtroom-Drama, Romantic Comedy, Action-thriller.. etc.
What is fascinating is that while it is very much possible that a writer, set out to write a Cop-Drama or a Rom-Com..it is equally possible that someone just a wrote story that came to his pen and it may borrow or be qualified for a genre or two.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is all about what the title says. It tells you a story about the dreams, aspirations, energy, awkwardness, inhibitions, ignorance and a whole lot of other emotional characteristics of a person who is new to adulthood and is out there to take the world by himself/herself and may or may not be ready to come out of their parents’s shell.
The first half of the film deals with Ranbir’s ambitions, Deepika’s struggle (to deal with herself and the world), Aditya Roy Kapoor’s ignorance and Kalki’s emotions. Its fascinating to see the four gel with each other and notice (and not notice) how different they are. Its interesting how the director does manage to focus on all of them and give the characters their due. The flaw in the first half is that it gets a little repetitive and the story pretty much remains stagnant. Dil Chahta hai’s first half dealt with College Graduate adults too but the impact was much more…Some more work could have been done in the first half (less songs maybe).
The second half is where the main power of the film is. I would like to mention, that all the people who are thinking that its a Romantic Comedy may be wrong. The second half shows that why this is more of a coming of age + friendship story and that Romance is just a part of it. A proof of this is the fact that barring the last 10 minutes or so, the second half essentially features the relationship between the friends rather than the love between the leads.
People (like me) who have been out of their homeland for a long time in a different country (and especially if they came as a student), would relate to the second half a lot. I could relate word for word, during the confrontation scene between Ranbir and Aditya Roy Kapoor. Their are so many instances of importance of friendship and how selfless friends are for each other. The director made a great attempt at keeping the love story separate from the friendship part and that works beautifully. The love story part is fine too and its handled quite nicely ..Again the songs and some unnecessary Hurry in the scene could have been avoided.
All the four actors-Ranbir, Deepika, Kalki and Aditya Roy Kapoor perform fabulously. Kalki probably after Dev D did a good job..Infact she was great in her role. Aditya Roy Kapoor played his part rather well..(although he may just become the male Kangna Ranaut)..Ranbir Kapoor acted quite fine..This role doesn’t need any superlative acting and hence his acting is quite regular but fortunately for him fits the character. Deepika Padukone is the best of the lot for me. She was mind blowing in the first half..Her expressions were bang on and so was her dialog delivery. She is someone who can repetitive very easily..but fortunately she was very different and pleasantly surprising in her portrayal of a class topper girl who only studies (I would like to mention though, the director shouldn’t have made her look so sexy in those tiny shorts and skirts, because geeky and those legs are like a 1 in 20 million combo ..hence highly unbelievable). Her performance in the final minutes is also applause worthy.
Ayan Mukherjee has made a fine film. Its not anything great but its not avoidable too. It takes some unnecessary liberties and tries to make things easy for itself..yet it doesn’t feel bad watching it. He’s written a story about how the Jawaani is Deewani and what happens after you reach your peak..and it should be taken like that rather than classifying it into some Rom-Com.
7 on 10.
Faaroq Sheikh is a genius. In his 5 minute scene (the second half) with Ranbir Kapoor, he delivers the best moment of the film. On a personal level, I could totally relate to it..as once upon a time I too was leaving my country and had a conversation with my father.Tags: Aditya Roy Kapur automarketers Ayan Mukerji Deepika Padukone Kalki Koechlin Member Reviews Ranbir Kapoor Reviews Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani