Release: April 2014.
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Evelyn Sharma and Farooq Sheikh with Madhuri Dixit.
Directed By: Ayan Mukerji.
Written By: Ayan Mukerji.
Music By: Pritam.
Genre: Rom-Com, Drama.
Ever looked back at your past and thought, ‘How on earth could I have done that?’ and wondered ‘WHAT WAS I THINKING!’. If there is anyone who says that he has no such memory, then there are just two possibilities. Either you are too embarrassed to even think about it yourself or your probably dead. The fact that you are reading this implies that it’s not the latter. Well, lemme tell you a secret. EVERYONE HAS THAT EMBARRASSING MOMENT. Be it the shy kid in the neighborhood or the teacher’s pet in school or even our parents and siblings, all of them have been embarrassed about something. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a look at those embarrassing moments, how we could have changed it and what are the long-lasting impacts it had on us.
Having begun to sow the seeds of change in the Bollywood and to a great extent started closing the borders between parallel and mainstream cinema, Ayan Mukerji’s debut movie Wake Up Sid was a new genre of Cinema altogether. Having high expectations riding in for this movie, I was truly disappointed as even Ayan couldn’t hold back from falling prey to the commercial Bollywood drama. Once you watch it you would know that it has all the typical stereotypes of every mass movie in Bollywood, screaming for attention. A one-sided romantic interest, with the protagonist more inclined to achieve his dreams rather than be bogged down by the traditional essentials to live a normal life or the best friends who consider our hero to be the greatest and always following him around, or the nerd of the class gets a sudden surge in excitement to live a life similar to her friends or the heroine always waiting for the hero and his final realization of his mistake and confessing to his love just in time to live a happily ever after or the item numbers of a yesteryear superstar, the list goes on and on.
Ranbir Kapoor, as always, carries the entire weight of the movie on his shoulders, overshadowing all of his co-stars. That is majorly due to the fact that none of them were given enough substance to their roles, yet with the minimal screen-time the supporting cast has not only held on to a loose story but have given meaning to the entire movie, especially Farooq Sheikh, who showed us how a typical Indian father could express his love not only to his son but to his wife as well.
Another factor for the success of the movie can be attributed to the music. Pritam’s musical score and the background music are definitely worth all the praise and he has reaped the benefits. It’s after a long time has a pop song been so well accepted by not only the general audience but the critics as well. Coupled with Ranbir Kapoor, who is known for his dancing skills, along with the cinematography and editing of V. Manikandan and Akiv Ali respectively the songs are super-hits both as a video and audio.
In conclusion, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is just an old wine in a new bottle, with the story and screenplay moving on the expected lines. But, with the abundance of talents at his disposal, Ayan Mukerji could have overcome the light script, yet chose to stick on to the most tried and tested formula for Bollywood and ended up being a commercial success, which had more to do with the star cast, but way below par to be even considered as a classic unlike his previous film.
1. Some great and mesmerizing music.
2. Ranbir Kapoor’s charm.
1. Gross underutilization of cast.
2. A wafer-thin story line moving on expected lines.