Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Ranbir and Deepika together after the breakup created quite a stir and that seems to have worked. The movie is doing exceedingly well thanks to its marketing (it had tie-ups with almost every brand known) and is on its way to join the Rs. 100 crore club. It is even said to have bagged a whopping Rs 62.75 crores in its opening weekend; a sum said to be more than what Salman Khan starrer ‘Dabangg 2’ earned. No wonder KRK tweeted, “Ye Ranbir Kapoor chahta Kaya hai? Pahle Salman Khan ki girlfriend Katrina ko cheena and abb Salman Bhai ke saare record cheen raha hai.”
Director: Ayan Mukerji (He also made Wakeup Sid and won an award for it)
Producer: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar (This should tell you the movie will be full of drama, roona-dhoona, sad storyline set in picturesque locals and amazing sets. He spends on actors and sets, so nothing to pay the writer.)
Screenplay: Ayan Mukerji (See, no money left to hire another guy)
Story: Ayan Mukerji (Again, too much spending so this is how they do the cost cutting.)
Music Director: Pritam (HEIGHT of cost cutting. Choor-daaku of the Indian music. He makes up for the absence of Anu Malik, the Super Chor!)
Cinematography: V. Manikandan (No making fun of this guy!)
Ranbir Kapoor as Kabir Thapar (He dances like a pro, acts like a hero but wishes to travel the world and so works as a photographer)
Deepika Padukone as Naina Talwar (They worked really hard to make her look nerdy in the first half, she becomes her true self in the second half. Unfortunately, she cries throughout the film, maybe they were trying to get rid of their glycerin stash.)
Kalki Koechlin as Aditi (Desperately needs braces, sometimes I feel her teeth will just fall out. Her acting, however, is good and she has grown a lot as an actor.)
Aditya Roy Kapur as Avinash (He’s a desperate teen in the first half and becomes a bewda-senti-rotlu-grumpy guy in the second half)
Kunaal Roy Kapur as Taran (He’s fun. He plays Aditi’s husband and makes some jokes.)
Evelyn Sharma as Lara (She shows skin, because Deepika is too busy crying and being a nerd. She plays a dumb bimbo, and looks her part!)
Farooq Sheikh as Bunny’s Father (he must have the smallest role in the movie, but his presence is felt throughout. He plays Ranbir’s dad to perfection.)
Tanvi Azmi as Bunny’s Step-mother (another good actor. No jokes here!)
Dolly Ahluwalia as Naina’s Mother (she plays a typical pushy mother. Her big eyes and crooked nose works with her character.)
Poorna Jagannathan as Riana (I don’t know why she was in Delly Belly and I don’t know why she was in this one. A blink-and-you-miss-it role.)
Rana Daggubati as Vikram (He has a verbal fight with Ranbir, leaves and is nowhere to be seen.)
Madhuri Dixit in song Ghagra (Epitome of beauty. She may be old, but her moves are still hard to match. She can take the pathetic tunes spewed by Pritam along with worse lyrics and makes it all look CLASSY! A true lady.)
The movie is basically about the life of our star, Ranbir Kapoor (who everyone calls Bunny and no one seems to make fun of it). It starts with Deepika telling the tale of how one vacation changed her completely. Deepika is that nerdy girl whose ambition is to become a doctor. Her mother makes her study a lot and is quite judgmental when it comes to 20-something girls enjoying their life. Deepika bumps into a school friend and finds out she is happy and enjoying her life, going to a camping trip with her friends. She starts detesting her own life and has a fight with her parents. So, without telling them, she goes on the camping trip to Manali (thanks to the Makemytrip guys. Wonder how she made the payment online without her parents knowing. Did she also have a job while she was busy studying day and night?). Here she meets the charming Bunny and falls in love (we didn’t see that coming, really!). Thus, Deepika transforms from a nerd who wears glasses all the time to wearing contact lenses, hot-pants and oozes sexuality with ‘Balam Pichkari’. Seems she was quite prepared to do so. In the meanwhile, Ranbir tells about his plans to travel the world and about his scholarship in journalism in a foreign university (while in the background Aditi is shown madly in love with Avi, who is busy hitting on every girl in sight).
The Deepika narration stops here and the focus shifts on Ranbir and his awesome life of travelling the world. He works as a photographer for a travel show and is soon offered the job as an host for a travel show. However, before that he has to attend Aditi’s wedding and the hunk living in Chicago comes back to Udaipur. Here we are shown mesmerising Rajhastani palaces and the lavish wedding takes focus, while we are shown how they’ve all changed in the past 8 years (Avi is now in serious debt with his bar closing down, Ranbir is that happy globe-trotting photographer, Deepika has a clinic which she mentions only when she has to taunt Ranbir on his lifestyle while Aditi is getting married to a “boring but funny guy” named Taran, no mention if she has a job). How things unfold from here form the crux of the movie.
Ranbir carries his role to perfection, Deepika looks hot and always has tears in her eyes (sometimes even before anything senti even happens), some sequences are good and we are given the typical Karan Johar experience, of family, love and melodrama. The movie manages to keep you hooked and those who enjoy romantic, lovey-dovey movies will love this one. For others, you are either left to ogle at Deepika and the other chick (sexy Lara), admire Ranbir and the dresses and extravagant wedding environment, look up to Farooque Sheikh for his acting or hope Madhuri makes a reappearance just because you couldn’t get enough of her. The movie works and the box-office collections prove the point. If you’re a guy watch it if your girl insists (and if you’re allowed to look at women onscreen) and for the rest, watch it for Ranbir’s amazing life. It almost makes you lament your own and take a trip right away (making the Makemytrip guys happier than ever).
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