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After a close friend strongly recommended Ye Jawaani Hai Deewani” I downloaded it this weekend & finally watched it on Saturday. I am late not only in watching it but also writing about it 😛

The movie is directed by Ayaan Mukherjee & has Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin & Aditya Roy Kapur in the lead roles.

I absolutely dread watching a Karan Johar movie after being tortured by some previous gems of his like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Kal Ho Na Ho & Student of the Year. But I truly liked this movie. It has a certain amount of genuineness to it which appealed to me.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is the story of the relationship between two characters, Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) & Naina (Deepika Padukone), at two separate but defining times in their lives… first, when they are just out of college and standing on the crossroads of multiple decisions that will shape who and what they become… and then later on, in their late-twenties when they meet again, holding on to certain fulfilled and certain unfulfilled dreams, at a crossroads of another nature this time… how these two characters affect, change, befriend and eventually fall in love with each other is the journey the film aspires to take us on.IMDb

*Spoilers Ahead*

The movie is largely dominated by Ranbir Kapoor (Bunny/ Kabir) & then by Kalki Koechlin. Deepika (Naina) unfortunately looks more like a supporting actress in her sweet medical student role.

The romance between Naina & Bunny is very abrupt. I never knew when or how they fell in love on that camping trip 8 yrs ago. It is like watching an edited video where they have removed all the extra parts & just kept the scenes with the leads. It has the usual KJo cliches of a nerd who becomes hot mid way through the movie, a wedding & a love story. For me the best part of the movie isn’t the love story but the friendship which Bunny & Avinash / Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur)share. When they meet 8 years later, Avi isn’t jealous of Bunny’s success. He has been feeling lonely & left out. He feels neglected by his best friend in these 8 years. And Aditya Roy Kapur (ARK) conveys this beautifully. It would have been so easy to make Avi look jealous but ARK conveys the loneliness/ neglect which Avi feels perfectly.

I liked it that Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) doesnt call off her wedding when she meets Avi, her old flame following the age old ‘first – love – doesnt – die’ concept. People get over their first loves all the time in the real time. I was happy to see KJo waking up to this fact 😛

There is a scene where the guys imitate Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘jumma chumma de de‘ which is just howlarious. That scene is awesomely done.

The reason Bunny gives for being 3 years late for his father’s funeral isnt sufficient & convincing to say the least.

In spite of a strange, abrupt love story the proposal scene at the end is nicely done.

The songs seem out of place. Other than the ‘dilliwala ghagra’ none of the songs would be missed if they had been cut out. Madhuri Dixit’s ghagra song comes in the first 15 minutes of the movie. Kabira is another soulful song. I wouldn’t call ‘ghagra’ an item song. Somehow item songs, the name, the songs which come under that heading are so cheap that with a dignified woman like Madhuri on screen dancing so gracefully can never be called an item number. No! This was a beautiful dance by the ever beautiful & graceful Madhuri.

A 3.5/ 5 from me. I should have seen this in the theatre.