As I got out of the
theatre having just finished watching Ayan Mukerji’s latest film ‘Yeh Jawaani
Hai Deewani’ I found myself asking a strange question – Can songs can be used
both to enhance and ruin a film at the same time? I still do not know the
answer to that question.
One of the things I really
enjoyed about this film was that spoke about a subject often ignored by cinema –
Friendship. The film’s best moments are the ones that will strike the audience
directly and probably make you remember a long lost friend who you have ignored
for too long with the excuse of ‘work’. Yes, of course it is a love story too
but in reality it is a look into the many things that life gives and takes away
and how priorities whether personal or professional shape life.
The film’s main
character is that of Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), whose dreams of travelling the
world and living a nomadic life are the central point of his existence. The
wedding of an old friend Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) makes him come face to face
with the many people who he had left behind because of his dreams. These
include old friends Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur), Naina (Deepika Padukone) and
memories of his father (Farooq Sheikh).
This film is divided
into two journeys. The first is the one that Naina takes as a youngster, coming
out of her protected life of books and enjoying the experiences of world. Her scenes with the rest of the group, Arts
waale hip log, where she feels out of place because of her lack of experience
are the most genuine and heartfelt in the whole film. The second journey is
that of Bunny where he has to looks back and question his priorities after
having achieved a fair amount of success.
As a viewer, I enjoyed
the first journey much more. It’s less taam-jhaam and much more personal.
Deepika Padukone, shockingly, gives a good performance with her expressions
very much in place. I am not sure I can say the same about her wardrobe. Why
was she wearing micro minis in the whole of first half and cleavage baring
brouses (yes, braouses) in the second half is completely beyond me. Yes, she is
an attractive female, but is it that necessary to show her body parts in every
frame of the film? Especially when it’s so out of character? Ranbir Kapoor is adequate
but nothing more. His song sequences are overbearing because except for ‘Kabira’
all the other songs actually disrupt the flow of the film. They are all great
music videos but that does not mean that they should be part of this film.
My favourite actor from
the bunch is Kalki, who after many films is finally doing a role which tries to
capture her talent for comedy. Her tomboy act is far more genuine and accurate
than Kajol’s Anjali (Kuch Kuch Hota Hain). And so is her transformation in the
second half. Aditya Roy Kapur is also a real joy to watch on screen, especially
in his scenes with Kalki and Ranbir. I wish more screen time was given to the
tension between Avi and Bunny instead of the completely pointless songs in the
Yeh Jawaani Hain
Deewani is a beautifully written film. I can almost imagine how it would have
read on paper. Unfortunately, the world is heartless place, where sometimes
emotions have to be replaced by item numbers. Full points to Ayan Mukherji for
writing this film but as a director, he disappoints.
Oh yes, there is a song
with Madhuri Dixit too. If not anything else, woh hi dekhne chale jao.
Labels: Average, Drama, Hindi, Romance