Ayan Mukherji’s second directorial had sky-soaring expectations to deliver something like his debut Wake Up Sid (2009). Unfortunately, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (2013), is an average film which missed a golden opportunity. I did love the film, it did grow but the character development of Bunny goes haywire. Since I’m an avid traveller, Bunny’s character is quite relatable. But, somehow I feel, Dharma Productions’ tag intervenes his character. Bunny’s character who aspires and dreams of travelling succumbs to the box of sweetness (as Naina describes memories in the first half). To relish upon the box of sweetness, towards the end his character chucks his biggest aspiration which is exclaimed as, “running away” (chasing dreams is running?) I get the dramatic arc of the film, but here it seems shallow.
To support the above statements, the way Bunny experiences life falls on the broader perspective of the pyramid. But, Ayan Mukherji chooses to mar those experiences by engulfing the character into “love” and ending the film on a happy note. But, it doesn’t end on a happy note – if you notice Bunny’s eyes he still aspires and hopes to achieve what he dreams. I clearly remember shedding few tears during the climax, now I get the reason – its for Naina’s character who achieves the box of sweetness. Bunny’s broader perspective is marred by nostalgia – the scene where both compare the experiences. Yes, nostalgia works but do we really need it all the time?
Bunny and Naina’s character are juxtaposed over arranged marriage. In the first half, when they start interacting – its a marriage in Manali where a juvenile is married off and Bunny states, “She’s into prison”. The second half is filled with marriage, Bunny starts realising the value of love according to “time”. And he ends up in the prison, when Naina pleads him to leave the Paris offer and spend time with her. Fair for the emotional Indian setting, I guess. But, give it a thought – he literally succumbs.
Aditi’s unrequited love for Avinash maybe one of Bunny’s realisation, when you watch it on a larger perspective it becomes an opportunity missed to make the character LIVE for himself (little narcissism?). Wake Up Sid was an awakening coming-of-age where the character development was perfect without succumbing to any dramatic vision. But then, Indian Audience needs a happy ending whatsoever (generalised) and the characters don’t. I feel pity for Bunny.
These are just few thoughts which may not be valid or into the flow of the film, its an extract when strangled the thought chain while I was watching the film to commemorate 5 years of release.
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