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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Release date: May 31, 2013
Directed by: Ayan Mukherji
Cast: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, Dolly Ahluwalia, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Evelyn Sharma, Poorna Jagannathan, Faarooq Shaikh, Tanvi Azmi

A romcom about four youngsters transcending mountains, weddings and lavish costumes is what Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani appears to be from the outside. And that’s what it pretty much is.

Bunny/Kabir Thapad (Ranbir Kapoor) wants to be a globetrotter, while his friends: Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) and Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) don’t have a set goal except for livin’ it up. On a chance meeting with the vagrantish Aditi, Naina (Deepika Padukone) who is an eternal nerd realizes what she’s been missing out on. She joins them on a trek to Manali and tries to fit in with the rambunctious trio.

And as normal people with normal hormones, there’s an attraction between the characters here as well. Only they are lopsided. Bunny decides to take a major step towards fulfilling his dreams and moves out for further studies. How all of them change and if they can reconnect after a period of eight years form the remaining tale.

The writers aim to accomplish quite a few stories here, as it always is with films with such number of leading characters. Bunny’s non-conformance to a regular lifestyle, Aditi’s suppressed feelings and her subsequent transformation, Avi’s refusal to accept his old friend, and Naina’s need to enjoy the smaller joys of life. The film’s pace is indulgent and perhaps dampening to its mood.

Ranbir and Kalki are in fine form, except for her jarred introduction. Even the smaller roles, like that of Kunaal Roy Kapur as the bumbling Taran and Faarooq Shaikh as Bunny’s father add to the narrative. Special mention for Deepika Padukone who simply looks, walks and moves like a cliche million bucks. I couldn’t comprehend for a few hours if I could ever complete this review without getting an anxiety attack while reconstructing her scenes and songs. Oh yes, the songs! They are aplenty and baffling given their length. Albeit colorful and entertaining, the dance numbers’ presence in such a capacity cannot be justified.

Also all of  Ranbir’s scenes have a ‘grand introductory scene’ like feel to them. Maybe not all of them, but a lot of them. The lines are witty and liberally funny. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is shot beautifully, it lacks that finish which would have made it a more complete experience. I am not saying YJHD is not enjoyable and fun, it’s just that it could have been *that* bit better.

My rating: *** (3 out of 5 stars)

P.S. Evelyn Sharma’s unabashed hotness.
P.P.S. The P.S. deserves to be in this review goddammit!

Nautanki Saala

Nautanki Saala
Release date: April 12, 2013
Directed by: Rohan Sippy
Cast: Ayushmann Khurrana, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Pooja Dalvi, Gaelyn Mendonca, Evelyn Sharma, Sulbha Arya, Sanjeev Bhatt

Rohan Sippy’s official adaptation of Danièle Dubroux and Pierre Salvadori’s Après Vous (A 2003 French film) has a cool urban premise and some spirited writing and performances. It borrows only the basic plot and makes a lot of changes to the characters and the narrative.

Ram Parmar shortened to RP (Ayushmann Khurrana) prevents an unknown stranger from committing suicide. He doesn’t even ask for his name and tries to help him out. Ram’s live-in girlfriend Chitra (Gaelyn Mendonca) is shocked and perturbed in equal measures by his this endeavor. On their trip to the stranger’s house in Pune, Ram gets to know his name, i.e. Mandar Lele (Kunaal Roy Kapur)

Out of sympathy or what his girlfriend Chitra later labels as a God complex, Ram lobbies for Mandar to get a part in a play that he’s directing. Meanwhile he also traces down Nandini (Pooja Dalvi) – Mandar’s ex-girlfriend whom he can’t let go. Hustling between his own girlfriend, Mandar and his ex-girlfriend, Ram is now stuck in a major predicament.

The first half of the film is very entertaining and you keep asking for more. The pace is encouraging and you are thrust into a second half that suffers through quite a few problems. A major issue is the prolonged hinting at the eventual climax, it’s as much as hamster running on a wheel with the carrot just dangling away every time the creature came close to it. The stretched out build to the end is grimacing.

The men in the lead pull out a good job at letting their roles grow with you. Pooja Dalvi hams it up a little and Gaelyn falls into her character just finely. The attractive Evelyn Sharma has little to do, while Sanjeev Bhatt shines as the mumbling producer. The music is a treat, though they go a tad overboard with it. I’ll be lying if I didn’t think that this film is an out an out winner at the halfway mark.

But that was not to be. After all the issues that exist, Nautanki Saala is still funny, light and also a dash of narcissism (in the form of the said God complex) always amuses me.

My rating: **1/2 (2.5 out of 5)

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