FILM REVIEW: YEH JAWANI HAI DEEWANI
Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki, Farooq Shaikh, Tanvi Azmi and Purna Jagannathan
Rating: Three and half stars
Director: Ayan Mukherjee
What works for a movie is the chemistry between its lead actors, the chemistry between the actors and the director, actors and the script as well as the fusion between the screenplay, script and the director. Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani is a rom-com, though cliche at times, jumps straight to the point and provides a wholesome two hours entertainment. The movie is clear winner in terms of box-office window, performances and entertainment. In one shot, YJHD is winner on all count and is a roller-coaster ride.
YJHD is the story of Bunny (Ranbir) and Naina (Deepika) who meet during an adventure trek in Himalayan where Naina falls in love with the fun-filled and adventurous, gregarious boy. Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki) is the part of the gang. Eventually, Bunny falls for Naina and what follows, is a fun-filled journey and adventure where they kiss and tell all. It is a happy ending tale.
Ranbir Kapoor injects so much energy and enthusiasm in his role as Bunny. He fits the bill and is completely flawless as the playful Bunny who believes in his dreams. Whether in his interaction with his father (Farooq Shaikh) and step mom (Tanvi Azmi), he gives the right expression to his emotional stanza and celebrates the bond of friendship with Aditya Roy Kapur and Kalki.
The surprise package is Deepika who beautifully transforms herself from scholar Naina in the first half to the sexy and chilled out chick-next door. It seems that Deepika is slowly transforming herself as a fine actress after giving a fine performance in Cocktail (2012), she has hit the right nail in YJHD. She is simply sizzling in the songs Dilliwali girl friend and Balam Pichkari.
The surprise act comes from Aditya Roy Kapur who leaves a very positive impact and delivers a punched performance as Avi. The actor is simply natural in front of the camera and matches the main hero, Ranbir step-by-step and with competence. Certainly, it is a performance to be remembered for a very long time. He is an actor who is a stayer and will be in the industry for a very long time. Kalki is simply fabulous and completely naturally at ease as Aditi. She is extremely lovable.
Actors such as Farooq Shaique and Tanvi Azmi are a delight to watch in the small cameos and they ably support the lead cast. It is refreshing to watch Poorna Jagannathan, the Delhi Belly fame. Even in a three to five minutes appearance, she is refreshing and manages to leave a mark. The icing on the cake is the return of the Diva, Madhuri Dixit in the song, Ghagra where she brings the house down. Mads simply sizzle and the kind of energy she puts in the dance is not only commendable but admirable. What energy and what a stellar performance! It is a treat to watch beautiful Mads perform.
The whole credit goes to director Ayan Mukherjee who lit the screen with this beautiful and fun-filled rom-com which keep the audience glued to their seats. Plus, the dialogues are totally awesome, ‘waqt ne kiya ek haseen sitam’ or tu bahut cool hai, ‘Bachchan ke gaane gaati hai’ or ‘ek zamaane tum mujhpe marti hai’. One of the best scene is when Ranbir and Aditya breaks into Jhumma Chumma dede.
The film does suffer from some cliche at times when Deepika says no to Ranbir when he proposes to her, saying he will leave her because of his work. Also, the ending could have been made more impactful and it appears a tad too simplistic, though it seems refreshing.
On the whole, YJHD is a fun-filled roller-coaster that should not be missed at all for the beautiful and catchy numbers, performances of the lead actors, strong emotional bondage between the characters. The movie carries repeat value and is a roller-coaster, made straight from the heart. The film is already on its way to reach the 100-crores mark and has already hit the cudgel in breaking all records loose. I call it a fantastic movie and rom-coms are back to entertain and lighten the heart.