‘Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani’ is a love story; quite fulfilling yet not unlike many others that have their share of glory in the Bollywood industry. Is there any trait that makes YJHD particularly different from the rest? The answer is ‘NO’. Like many of its siblings, it traverses a journey much glorified where even the simple is dazzling. But that definitely is the frame; the story is rather simple. Then what trenches YJHD’s exhilarating success? It is the treatment of the regular and mundane in a very delicate and thoughtful fashion that promotes an awe inspiring outcome.
Ayan Mukerji’s ‘Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani’ wheels round the lives and bonding of four friends. While Bunny, Avi and Aditi are classmates and childhood buddies sharing common interests and always ready to wring happiness from the sheer company of each other, Naina, the studious topper girl in the class and not particularly a friend of anyone because of her introvert nature, happens to join them (by wake of fate) in a hiking expedition. Now a medical student and under pressure of achieving her goals, Naina feels that she wants more from life. This instigates her to take a rash decision of joining the group without even informing her parents. However, this expedition results in a rather rewarding one. Not only does she feel rejuvenated, but also the company of Aditi, Avi and especially Bunny help her open up and exhibit her real self. Beneath the nerdy bookworm lay a lively and charismatic Naina and it is Bunny who can affect her enough to show her true colours. While Naina makes friends for life, she also falls for Bunny.
Bunny on the other hand is busy carving a new life for himself. His aspirations are so compelling that he even foregoes the bonding of friends and decides to go abroad after his dreams. Ayan handles the swerve in this stage of their lives with great conscience and care keeping the proneness of their age under the eyepiece. The second half of the film deals with all four of them at an advanced stage in life, with new ideologies, new stories. Yet this is again a time of test. The sizzling chemistry of Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) and Naina (Deepika Padukone) was nearly enough for the triumph of the film, however, the spark of buddy bonding; the unfailing alliance of friends; the aptly chosen Kalki Koechlin (as Aditi), Aditya Roy Kapur (as Avi), Kunaal Roy Kapur (as Taran) and finally the measured yet compelling appearances of Farooq Sheikh and Tanvi Azmi (Bunny’s father and Step-Mother) have nailed it without a doubt. If anything else needs mention, then there’s the work of art from the music department. Every song is fitting, meaningful and breathtakingly full of life. With a 7 IMDb rating, YJHD is a piece to be appraised and applauded multiple times than just once.
Director: Ayan Mukerji
Producers: Praful Vijay and Karan Johar