Please somebody explain to me what the fuss is all about this movie??? I have watched it over ten times just to be able to comprehend the quality and the reason why the whole nation is going so ga ga about it but seriously, is it really worth it??? I dont think so. Ayan Mukherji’s previous offering, Wake Up Sid was worlds better than this one. It had the tender sensitivity that is so necessary for a love story to work and the brilliant performences which made it a refresing watch. I wish I could say the same about Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
The film starts briskly as we are introduced to three friends Bunny(Ranbir Kapoor), Aditi(kalki Koelchin) and Avi(Aditya Roy Kapoor) who live a carefree and responsiblity free life. The trio plan on a trip and are all set to go about it when, Aditi bumps into Naina(Deepika Padukone), who is and exact opposite of the trio. She is a medical student who is bored of her monotonous existence and literally runs away from home to make it to the trip. The trio now have a new member to reckon with and through the trip, the shy and apprehensive Naina is transformed into a hot pants-wearing, dancing in publlic, carefree Naina. The credit for the transformation goes to none other than Bunny. There is another love story brewing between Avi and Aditi but thats onesided with Avi not a wee bit interested.
By the end of the trip just as Naina is about to say the three magic words, the group comes to know of Bunny’s great plans to travel around the world on a scholarship that he has won and all hell breaks loose. Aditi supports his decision, Naina retracts and Avi fumes. But Bunny doesnt give a rat’s ass about them and throttles on a rather longish journey around the world with TV crews. Years later, he recieves an invitation for Aditi’s marraige and decides to pay a visit to a country which he didnt visit even when his own father passed away. His arrival sets in motion events which lead him to question his nomadic life and style of living, his penchant for success and also his love for Naina.
No matter what one says, I am convinced after repeated viewings that this films hams from the start to finish. No matter how hard, Ranbir tries to play the uber cool and charming dude, the screenplay lacks the punch which could make something out of his performence. the characters even though real just never extract enough emotions from you to make them matter. A film like this had to make the audience connect to the screenplay by using situations and piognant moments which are totally lacking in this case. The music is outstanding. There are no two words about it. The only moments when the film lit up with life was when the tracks were on. The biggest example being “Balam Pichkari”. this one song infused the kind of energy and oomph factor that none of the other sequence could muster. even “Badtameez Dil” was ravishing but thats about it.
There are enumerable shallows and holes left gaping in the screenplay. Some of the questions I kept asking myself were, why did Bunny leave everything for Naina? He never seemed to be in love with her. Why did Avi turn into a alcoholic wreck over a girl he never cared about? What made Bunny change his heart and settle in holy matrimony? etc etc etc etc…the list just goes on. Sometimes a movie with not so sound a script may also work out because of the merit of its execution and content but that is hardly the case here. All the way through the tedious 2 hours and 36 minutes of its runtime, I couldnt spot a single scene which made me feel that , Yes!! this is it. Apart from the father-son communion between Ranbir and Farooq Shaikh, no other scene leaves an impression. Even the track between Avi and Bunny is never fully cooked. their conflicts, their love and friendship and finally the way they make peace with each other is never fully exploited.
The film does have visual finesse and some of the scenes do look exquisitely beautiful. The cinematography by Manikandan leaves nothing to be desired. He is someone who has the abilty to elevate a film simply with its visuals as was evident in case of Raavan. His works include films like Anniyan, Om Shanti Om and Raavanan. Here he is able to capture the essense of every locale that the film traverses through conjuring up frames which are so beautiful that they hold on to your atttention. The music as I already said is one of the biggest pluses for the film. The performences are apt. Ranbir is exactly what you expect him to be. Deepika looks ravishing and acts well too. Aditya Roy Kapoor carries on from where he left off in Ashiqui 2. He charms effortlessly but his character is so malnutrished that he has little at his disposal to work with. Kalki is passable though she gets irritating in many of the scenes.
Getting back to the question that I asked right at the begining, I have an answer for it finally. After seating through this movie, trying to like it again and again, I felt totally incapable of doing so. No matter what the masses have to say or the so called critics have to feel, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a total bore. Sans a few moments, its not even worth the price of admission.