Ranbir and Deepika’s Badtameez Dil has been stealing attention and heightened the expectations ever since the movie trailer and songs got released. Will Ayan Mukherji deliver back to back hit to follow up his debut hit movie Wake Up Sid or do we end up saying Wake Up Ayan instead?
Friendship has been one of Bollywood’s comfort zone. Many movies has explored various depth of the relationship and still the directors don’t get tired nor the audience but all depends how well the tried and tested formula is treated with. Ayan’s long association with Karan Johar is evident with the film unabashedly KJO style sugar-coated and grandeur in treamtment. Not surprising since Ayan has assisted the candyfloss film maker in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna as well as both Wake Up Sid and YJHD are Karan’s productions.
Back to YJHD revolves around a gang of four and takes you through their share of ups and downs and how it triumphs finally and discovering the relationships or to put it in Oprah’s words Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. That’s what friends are for isn’t it?
Though YJHD is formulaic and cliche ridden, Ayan manages to woo the audience with his deft narrative skills and layering the moods splendidly. So though predictable, the film makes you sit through the fun, frolic and vibrancy of all characters.
Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) wants to live an unstoppable life traveling around the world. He and his best buddies Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and Aditi (Kalki Koechilin) set to a trekking trip to Manali. They are joined by Naina (Deepika Padukone) their long-lost school mate whose life revolves around her studies and home.
The road trip turns to be life-changing with Naina discovering new shades of life and Bunny dropping a surprise to his friends that he is all set for US on a scholarship which would be a ticket to his dreams.
Ranbir has moulded himself into a fine actor-superstar and in YJHD he is flawless in his acting, emotions, dancing and is splendid to watch on-screen. As a nerd Naina Talwar who goes on to discover the colors of life and freedom, Deepika makes a compelling and perfect jodi to Ranbir. Their chemistry is sizzling and one big reason the movie works.
Giving them good company is Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur who compliments the lead characters and charms us. Farooq Sheikh as Ranbir’s father is outstanding.
The other big highlight of the movie are the music by Pritam, the songs having become blockbuster hit even before the movie was released. Badtameez Dil with Ranbir’s moves and shakes scorches the screen while Balam Pichkari with colorful canvas is high on spirit.
While the first half is a full on masti, the second half especially towards the fag end could have been tightened. The climax is anything but predictable but still…
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a cool summer breeze you will enjoy.