Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: Why It Worked

Those who are somewhat regulars on my blog will know that I’ve only ever done a similar post for one film before; Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,in my eyes, deserves the same because it had such a personal impact for me. I would go as far as saying that the movie is my version of about as complete as a movie should become. I will not rely on the imperfections or the cliches because they are all a part of the completeness. Instead I will give you my reasoning as to why I fell in love with every character, every dialogue, every emotion and every song that made up Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. For my reasons, read on…

**SPOILER ALERT** – Do not read further if you want to stay away from spoilers!

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Ranbir Kapoor & Deepika Padukone’s chemistry

I put my hand on my heart and say that I had pretty average expectations of seeing Ranbir and Deepika on screen together again. I knew they would be brilliant because they were that way in Bachna Ae Haseeno four years ago. I didn’t expect that, after signing a movie together which is a love story, that they would be any different. What I didn’t think is that they would be so perfect in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Their chemistry lifts the film and the story to another level altogether. I can’t imagine any two other actors in this movie and if there were then they wouldn’t have had the same effect that Ranbir and Deepika have had. Perfection!

The ‘Wake Up Sid’ effect

This one goes out especially to Ayan Mukerji – director saab. Wake Up Sid is undoubtedly one of my most favourite Ranbir Kapoor movies. The whole feel of the movie is so amazing and Ayan’s talent did not go unnoticed by me. For him to come four years later and bring us a Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani just cements for me exactly how much I trust him as a director and filmmaker. He must be just a little younger than me and he has such a grasp of the audience’s chords and that makes me feel proud. I feel proud that Bollywood has such a great director who will hopefully continue to give his treatment to films which will see immense success – no doubt this is inevitable after the massive success that Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is seeing. His attention to detail is commendable and he has a style of resonance… this cannot and should not be underestimated.

Memorable dialogues

What can be said about the dialogues in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani but wah wah! I know a film has made a real impact on me when I remember specific scenes and dialogues. After what feels like a long time, a film has come about which has dialogues that perfectly complement each part of the movie. The dialogues would be a little incomplete if the scene wasn’t set correctly and the actors didn’t get into the skin of their characters in the way they did. The surroundings also need to be just right in order for a dialogue to work the way that is hoped. Hand on heart, right from the ‘Life mein thoda kheema pao, hakka noodle bhi hona chaahiye‘ to the ‘Tum sahi nahi ho Naina, bas mujhe bahot alag ho‘ to ‘Main jeena chaahtu hoon Naina…’ to ‘Mujhe tumse pyaar ho jaayega… phirse‘ – they’re all just one better than the other. Hussain Dalal (the dialogue writer), you rocked my world in this film!

Kalki, Aditya and the supporting cast

A film and its main actors are really only as good as its supporting cast – that is my belief. In Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, the ensemble cast too deserves much credit. Kalki and Aditya are, quite frankly, brilliant. They are understated when they need to be, lively when they need to be and drive the story forward as needed. Kalki stood out a little more than Aditya for me because she is the catalyst of the movie – it is her conversation with Naina (Deepika) which starts off the trek and it is her wedding that brings them together again. In comparison to her role in ZNMD, Kalki shines as the life and soul of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. Aditya played the role of the bitter bar-owner with great empathy and proves that he yet again props up the male lead with much strength. Along with those, the likes of Kunaal Roy Kapur, Farooq Shaikh, Rana Daggubati and many more make it a pleasure to watch. The characters give the film colour and it is a very colourful movie.

Pritam’s music

The Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani soundtrack will be playing in my car on repeat for a VERY long time to come. If this isn’t compliment enough then I don’t know what is. The slow melodies, the catchy numbers and also the songs that just make you want to get up and dance… they make an already good film stronger. Also, the fact that I can’t choose a favourite song is also testament to how good the album is in totality. Hats off Pritam!

Poignant scenes

For me, this is one of the biggest factors for the film’s success. I walked out of the cinema when I watched Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani unable to forget the Jhumma Chumma scene, the sunset scene, the scene where the two characters meet on the train platform, etc. I remembered full-on scenes. This only happens when a film is epic like a Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or a Hum Aapke Hai Koun. If someone were to ask me my favourite scene then it would be a cross between the sunset scene and the climax scene… I can’t choose!

Ranbir Kapoor as himself

Ranbir Kapoor. I purposefully put this factor towards the end of the list but it very easily should’ve been somewhere near the top. When I interviewed the lovely actor, he said that Ayan had put in parts of Ranbir as a person in the character of Bunny. When watching the movie, I kept remembering this statement. I wondered which parts would be Ranbir as himself. However, it has to be said that Ranbir as Bunny completely bowled me over. I always found myself in love with Rahul from Dil To Pagal Hai but after every other male character giving me glimpses of who I would deem as my personal on-screen perfect man, I can put my hand on my heart and say truthfully that Bunny is my on-screen soulmate and the fact that he looks like Ranbir Kapoor is a huge bonus! *winks*

The changing backdrop

Throughout the movie, there were many locations that the characters were seen in. Whether it be the Kashmir’s snowy mountains or the gorgeous architecture of Rajasthan, the beauty of the story was very much in them. When you have a Naina running after a Bunny in the picturesque white castles in Udaipur or when you have the whole group trekking in Kashmir wrapped up in their big coats, the surroundings almost become the story. Cinematography zindabad – V Manikandan, I salute you.

Madhuri Dixit-Nene turns item girl

TV pe breaking news hai re mera Ghagra… this song is the introduction of Bunny and what an intro it was! I really can’t seem to get enough of this duo on screen together. It’s almost like their magic was destined to be… Madhuri and Ranbir. Ranbir and Madhuri. Whoever came up with this idea (I think it was KJo?) should give themselves a huge pat on the back. The song is magnificent and there is no escaping that Madhuri is not the one i’m looking at in it! I’m actually looking at the brilliance that is Ranbir Kapoor who shines on his own merit throughout the song.

Contemporary love story with a difference

We all know how a love story pans out in Bollywood world. However, I felt that the love quotient in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was different albeit a little far-fetched. Who would think someone would return so many years later and fall for their ‘friend’… Cue Kuch Kuch Hota Hai! Only joking. I know the love story was a typical love story with a difference but the modern feel and the thought of having to choose between your dreams and your love is always a hard decision to make. Heart touching… truly!

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I am sure anyone reading this would agree with at least some if not all of the above and some would – I hope – have a whole lot more to add to the list. I am certainly going to delve into this perfection again before it makes an exit from the cinemas… Will you be doing the same?

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