Bollywood is known for coming out with more than one hundred films a year, probably more. Bollywood is also known for their colorful musical numbers within their films. During the year of 2013, there were only a selected Bollywood films worthy of watching and some were just a waste of time, not to mention the production cost of making a film.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani starring Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechli; is a film about friendship, fun, adventure, romance and life in general. The story surrounds a group of friends fresh off from college and adventuring off to a trek in Manila. During this trip, we discover hidden secrets that will either change the course of their friendship forever or for the better, but for whom? Kabir (Bunny) Tapar, Naina, Avi or Aditi.
Kabir (Bunny) Tapar – Class Clown, Adventurer, Risk Taker, and a Casanova.
Naina – Scholar, Shy, and who secretly wants to fly off to an adventure to a certain degree.
Avi – Gambler, Best Friend, Casanova and Single (?).
Aditi – Tomboy turned Bride.
NOTE: For those of you who didn’t watch the film yet, I am not going to spoil the film. You’ll have to discover who these characters are on your own and find out how this film relates to you in someway shape or form.
1. Badtameez Dil – Benny Dayal, Shefali Alvares.
2. Balam Pichkari – Vishal Dadlani, Shalmali Kholgade.
3. Ilahi (Reprise) – Mohit Chauhan.
4. Kabira – Rekha Bhardwaj, Tochi Raina.
5. Dilli Wali Girlfriend – Arijit Singh, Sunidhi Chauhan.
6. Subhanallah – Sreeram, Shilpa Rao.
7. Ghagra – Vishal Dadlani, Rekha Bhardwaj.
8. Kabira (Encore) – Mohit Chauhan, Harshdeep Kaur.
9. Ilahi – Arijit Singh.
Out of the entire nine songs on the CD Soundtrack that were the best is track numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, and 7.
This film reminded me so much of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, two of the most classic hit films in the 90’s era, both starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. The similarity of the characters, the train station, the unexpected adventures of the female lead, a new beginning on the trek in discovering not just yourself but who your friends are as well.
Some Bollywood film goers may have found this film in a negative light. However, coming from an Asian American perspective. This film portrays how all the decisions we make in life can and will effect those around us; our friends and families. This is what the real world is all about, the film isn’t just your typical Bollywood film where boy meets girl and fall in love. It took risks to find out who you are in life and where you actually want to do with the rest of your life. Life is too short, and if you just keep on running you’ll miss the most important moment that will simply pass you by.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani reflects a lot of college students today, before and after college. Can you imagine knowing what life you were required to live by? The strict lifestyle and upbringing? I remember so vividly being raised in America and yet, was restricted by the convictions that were implanted into my mind as an Asian women. Just because I was born in America, doesn’t mean I could get away without being Asian. I was literally stuck in the middle where I couldn’t find an identity or a purpose within my own life. I was obligated to watch my younger siblings, clean, cook, laundry, all the elements that was required to train us to be a perfect daughter-in-law.
If I could go back to my days of graduating from High School, I would have went straight to college and never regretted it. I would have made friends, lived my life and find myself in the process. Yet, I was too scared like the character Naina (Deepika), to do something about it. Remember, I may live in America but that doesn’t mean I was rich enough to go off venturing to another country.
Director Ayan Mukherjee did a wonderful job in both directing and creating the story with value about life.
“A journey filled with life, fun, adventure and love. Highly entertaining, energetic and eccentric.” – See Lo.