3 June 2013 | ahwaan_padhee
Yeh Jawani Nahi Gawaani
A refreshing and revitalizing take on romance, Director Ayaan Mukherjee's second outing "Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani" offers us with ample dose of love and our endearing philosophies - lead your life meaningfully, live your dreams. The journey starts off with the mountain-trek adventure of three best friends - Bunny,Avi and Aditi (with Naina being the add-on) to Manali and we observe the metamorphosis of these youngsters into mature individuals, tracing their contours of self-discovery.
'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' touches upon various subjects - friendship,desires ,dreams,ambitions,love and the roadblocks.Deepika's Naina is quite in contrast with Ranbir's Bunny and Ayaan conveniently employs the logic of 'opposites attract', it takes them a span of 8 years to realize their love for each other.The basic premise has been witnessed in umpteen romantic flicks, some of which belong to Dharma Productions itself, but its Ayaan's directorial dexterity that restores the buoyancy in the formula-ridden template.His characters are much more realistic and reflect the sensibilities of the modern day generation, much reminiscent of the sensitive flashes of 'Wake up Sid'.
Dazzling landscapes, opulent sets,extended Indian weddings have always been the trademark of Karan Johar films and this time, its Manali and Udaipur which is captured with flourish.The cinematography is spectacular.Music is peppy,soulful and the dance numbers are already a rage topping the chartbusters. Watching Ranbir exuding the infectious energy and gyrate with Madhuri in the 'Ghagra' song is indeed an awe- inspiring experience. Choreography is top-notch. Dialogues are cleverly written, spiced up with lots of hilarity.
The film's meandering narrative,particularly in the 2nd half, is effectively bolstered by some spunky performances.The RK-DP pair set the screen ablaze, their chemistry is even more combustible towards the later reels.While Ranbir portrays the spirit and indomitable energy of Bunny with utmost ease, Deepika depicts the studious, scholarly Naina with perfection. She has shown immense growth as an actor since Cocktail for sure. Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki are abundantly natural and the four strike an amazing equation on-screen.Kunal Roy Kapoor makes an interesting cameo and is quite funny. Farooq Sheikh and Tanvi Azmi are quite impactful , specially the conversations between Ranbir and Farooq which strikes a chord in your heart.
Yeh Jawani hai Deewani ,despite its bearable flaw of working on clichés, is a remarkably well executed film.Ayaan has provided us with an innocuous candy, an occasional bite won't hurt.While I hope this review makes for an interesting post-lunch read , do find your time out for this movie please.