It is a story of the exhilarating and terrifying journey of four characters as they navigate through their youth; from their carefree laughter as they set off on a holiday together in their colleges days, until their bittersweet tears as they watch the first of their bunch get married.Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani brings two polar opposite characters, who at one point were from the same batch at Modern School, Naina Talwar (Deepika Padukone), a studious bespectacled young girl and Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), a carefree young travel show host intent on breaking out of the pattern of getting an education, a career, wife, children, retirement, and eventually death.
With a desire to be free and live a life of wildness, he embarks on a journey with his two best friends, Aditi (Kalki Koechlin), a tomboyish girl and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur), a satirical joking boy. He meets Naina, fails to completely recognise her, eventually invites her to spend time with him and his friends in Kashmir and ultimately, their crazy journey with the ultimate destination, “Love”. As the two mature from the age of 21 to their 30?s, they recognize their priorities, realize their true desires and celebrate madness, warmth, marriage, wildness, freedom, togetherness, reunions, friendship, breakups, family, and love.
Come to think of it, Ayan Mukerji’s second outing YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI is akin to his accomplished directorial debut WAKE UP SID. Yet diverse! The characters in both, WAKE UP SID and YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, undergo a metamorphosis and transform into mature individuals with the passage of time. Life is a great teacher after all. At the same time, YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI is dissimilar from films of its ilk — and conventional love stories too — because Ayan’s characters never embark upon the run of the mill, mundane route to express feelings towards each other.
Like all rom-coms, YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI sparkles with romance, merriment and heartache, is brightly glossy and boasts of crackling chemistry between its lead actors, but Ayan makes sure the heady concoction never waters down. The best part is, he never borrows from romantic cliches that most love stories depend upon and that, in my opinion, is this film’s biggest strength. Expect no unwanted melodrama, no unwelcome characters, no earsplitting background music to accentuate the proceedings… the best thing about YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI is that it’s refreshingly unique within the conventional Hindi film format.
On the whole, YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI is a revitalizing take on romance and relationships. A wonderful cinematic experience, this one should strike a chord with not just the youth, but cineastes of all age-groups. Watch this celebration of love and get mesmerized!
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