Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a 2013 film starring Ranbir Kapoor as Bunny and Deepika Padukone as Naina. The film tells the story of four college friends at critical points in their lives. This film is a typical Bollywood blockbuster aimed at raking in the rupees with young audiences.
Ranbir Kapoor is Bollywood royalty, the latest generation in a dynasty that spans six generations. Like in so many other facets of life here, in Bollywood, family matters.
I love Ranbir Kapoor in this, or any, movie. He’s hot; he dances well; he’s believable in his role as Kabir/Bunny. The film is not a thought-provoking drama. It’s a fun, frolicking movie with solid dance numbers. The story is a bit predictable with the expected outcome. As someone who wears glasses, I find it slightly incredulous that Deepika Padukone could look so different with spectacles. Her transformation during Balam Pichkari is slightly unbelievable. But, in the end, I’m glad the smart girl gets the guy. So, yeah! Smart girls rule!
Like the other films that I have reviewed so far, this film also features an inherent tension between those who choose to leave India to pursue careers and those who choose to remain here. Like many other Bollywood heroes, Bunny must choose between a life globe-trotting or a life in India.
The DVD version of the film does not include English translations for the film songs, a major oversight. I caught the gist of the songs without translation, but not translating the songs communicates that they don’t matter to the plot. Are they essential? No. But, it would be nice to understand the love songs between Bunny and Naina.
Balam Pichkari is one of the big dance numbers in the movie. It also happens to be the song that I danced to at an AWC Bollywood Night event. This video is what the dance should look like.
This video is NOT what the dance should look like.