Movie Review : Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

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I’ll give you two good reasons to watch Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

1. You’ve never seen a woman go trekking in a miniskirt before.

2. The woman in question happens to be Deepika Padukone.  “nuff said!

Honestly, there isn’t much else that I could tell you about the movie. It’s one of those “new” Bollywood clichés: Guy and girl meet and become friends. Friendship then conveniently and miraculously turns to love and only then they realise they’d screw up each other’s lives if they stay together. So they try and separate on a sudden burst of practicality and common sense. Only to sing one sad song each and then jump into each other’s arms about 6 minutes before the credits start rolling.

Am I making sense here? Do “Wake Up Sid“, “Love Aaj Kal“, “Jab We Met“, “Cocktail”, “Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na” sound familiar?

Speaking of “Wake Up Sid”, Director Ayan Mukherji has chosen to dump the two good things he got right in his previous venture. Good music, and a halfway decent story. Sure, the tunes of “Balam Pichkari” and “Badtameez Dil” are catchy and sexy. But then, so was “Munni Badnaam Hui“; you see what I mean?

So far, I must have sounded like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is something you can and should avoid. I’d actually say just the opposite. Go watch it. It’s most definitely a one-time watch. There’s a good cast. Apart from the central foursome of Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin, there are some real delights hidden in the bit parts. A subtle and brilliant Farooque Siddiqui as Ranbir aka Bunny’s father, as well as my personal favorite Poorna Jagannathan from Delhi Belly.

Ranbir Kapoor has matured as an actor and plays his confused character well. Boy, can he dance! Deepika Padukone plays a nerdy bespectacled medical student (Wait, What?!) and utterly fails to look anything but delicious and hot. Kalki is refreshing as always. And Aditya Roy Kapoor….well, he is convincing as a drunk, not as much as anything else.

To sum up, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is worth its one hundred and forty minutes, provided all you’re looking for is light entertainment, cheese popcorn, and a chance to hold your girl’s hand for a couple of uninterrupted hours. And that does sound like a good deal to me, you know? Good-looking people doing cool stuff in beautiful places is almost a sure-fire formula for entertainment, and YJHD more than fits that description.

If you’re looking for something more, say, convoluted; if you want something dark, full of secrets and lies and twists; corrupt, criminal men, greed and ambition and moral crisis;

Hey!

Watch IPL.

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