On 31 May 2014, one of the most poignant love stories to arrive in Indian cinema turned one. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani may not have been everyone’s cup of tea but, for me, it’s one of those special films that will always be in my heart as one of my favourites.
During the year, I’ve watched the film twice (that’s apart from watching it twice when it was in the cinemas) and I can’t help but feel the magic of Bunny and Naina’s love story all over again whenever I watch it. Ranbir Kapoor’s Bunny is by far one of my most favourite characters ever to come to Bollywood in recent years. I am a little bit in love with Ranbir but I feel like knowing that the character is so much like him in real life makes his performance all the more special. And what can I say about Deepika Padukone? I can’t imagine anyone but her in this role that sees her go from a timid and protected young girl to a sexy and well-grounded young woman.
For those of you who have read my ‘Why it worked’ blog which I wrote just a few days after release, you will see me explain all the things I personally loved about the film and made it the success it was. However, in an odd way, its imperfections are the things that make it perfect. Farooq Sheikh played a very small role in the film and only a few days ago, chatting to a friend, we touched upon on how important his character was to Bunny’s way of life. I managed to watch the ending to Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani quite recently on TV and watched the thought-provoking scene where Bunny imagines his father is asking him not to fly out to see the world. It was such a heart-wrenching scene – probably that of an everyday occurrence between a father and a child across the globe. My friend, I remember, said it’s probably the dilemma of every parent – wanting their child to spread their wings yet wanting to kep them close so that they come to no harm. Farooq saab will always hold a special place, more so because of the role he played in this film. A loving father and brilliant actor that will always be mourned by Indian cinema.
Without touching on all the things I love about the film all over again, I’ve got to give it to Ayan Mukerji for making the film completely ooze romance even in the most unromantic scenes. It is definitely his steer with the story and the characters that makes the film what it is. From Bunny and Naina running around wedding preparations in the surroundings of the beautiful Rajasthan to the painful and teary walk that Bunny does away from Naina as Aditi’s vidaai takes place to the way New Year’s fireworks brings the whole story together at the end.
I send my many congratulations to the team on the success of the first year of this film… for once I think this is a film that deserves a part deux!
PS. In Ghagra… the whole world might be unable to take their eyes off of Madhuri Dixit Nene… but is it really only me who can’t stop looking at Ranbir?!