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|Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani|
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|By Sharmin Zee|
Yeh Badtameezi Hai Dekhna Zaroori!
As in, it’s a must-watch for Bollywood movie buffs. An unconventional, romantic, coming-of-age story, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani really can’t be placed in any one genre.
The duo Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor try way too hard to not get entangled in the emotional state of ishq. To the male protagonist, “Ishq - the emotional connect is bad for health... but flirting is good!” Ranbir plays a typical self-centered, twenty-something adrenaline junky.
On the other hand for the female protagonist, it’s just the great memories and moments that are enough for her soul’s emotional well-being. Dips is a med student, socially inept, lacking in confidence and too afraid to let her hair down. But this journey of self-discovery gets her out of her shell, so much so that she shocks herself. Studious, nerdy and stuck-up she may be, but she is highly perceptive and emotionally intelligent nevertheless.
It is a story of fresh starts of various journeys and relationships of four individuals, each with a distinct personality. It is about memories, desires, burning ambitions, love vs selfish need of fulfilling one’s personal goals and of the camaraderie of four friends who get together for an adventurous and risky holiday.
Kalki Koechlin as supporting cast plays an incredible character - a boisterous, independent, spunky gal with a swagger... her audacity keeps the movie shining throughout. Whereas the male supporting actor, with his hidden dark side and cynical bittersweet humor adds an intriguing twist to the story-line. And what a wonderful surprise, the senior polished actor Farooq Sheikh as an understanding and magnanimous father during his cameo in this film stole some amazing moments.
Madhuri Dixit with her one “Ghagra” item-song shall stay in the viewer’s memories for a long time. Her heartwarming performance in this conventional yet redefining ‘item number’ adds sizzle to her repertoire that includes “Ek Do Teen,” the spontaneous, mastiful item song from the 90’s movie, Tezaab.
Kudos to the song “Balam Pichkari” which reminded me of the equally-hit old item number “Rang Barse” from the iconic Silsala, also from the 90s, that echos up till now, ever so fresh.
The song “Badtameez Dil” blows the audience away by allowing their childish sensibilities to come back, reminiscent of all the Kapoors' footwork-talent from all eras. There is no doubt that Ranbir Kapoor has lived up to their legacy; actually he added to it!
The one-movie-old talented director, Ayan Mukherjee, brought back the same comfort and happiness which I had last felt when watching biggies like Jab We Met, DDLJ, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, and the ultimate Silsila.
All in all, the cast and crew’s meticulous hard work paid off well at the box office, beating all the figures of Ek Tha Tiger, Body Guard, Dabang 2, Ra.One and several other movies that had made it to the one hundred crore club in the last few years (India Times reported). Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted YJHD netted Rs 62.11 crores in opening weekend. This movie has also been successful in making a decent collection overseas as well. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is one heckuva boombastic cocktail of wonderful casting, direction and acting. Its a full-throttle joyride. I give it four and a half stars. Go watch!