Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – Cheap Potboiler

I guarantee trash loving Indian movie buffs will not be disappointed with Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

A silly romance punctuated by tomfoolery in picturesque surroundings (Manali), heavy use of English slang (Kalki Koechlin), girls letting their pallus slide or donning mini-skirts and shorts in freezing weather (Deepika Padukone), hags lifting the skirt to display skin in a desperate cry for attention (Madhuri Dixit), songs at the drop of a hat, stupid fights (Aditya Roy Kapoor), trips to phoren cities (Ranbir Kapoor in Paris) and a sweet, teary ending with the girl and boy kissing and living happily ever after.

What more do the drooling, classless, headless Indian chutiyas want in their movies.

I can see Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani has all the makings of a big hit with the canaille.


To dwell upon such stuff as a story or script in shallow tripe like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is not a worthy endeavor.

But I must credit director Ayan Mukerji with some chutzpah. Who else can take credit for a non-existent story and manage to keep the nonsense going for 150-minutes.

Four friends (Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor) go on a vacation to Manali, sing some songs, celebrate Holi, make monkeys of themselves, have a blast and then go their own ways.

One guy (Ranbir) jets off to the U.S. (Chicago, Boston, Hawaii, San Francisco, L.A. etc) and finally ends up in Paris. Pssst,Β  I have a sneaking suspicion Karan Johar works part time to promote U.S. tourism considering how many of his movies are made inΒ Amreeka or refer to the country.

Eight years later, the friends meet again at the grand Udaipur palace hotel. After some more songs, more silly antics, more prattle and more stupid fights, the boy (Ranbir) and girl (Deepika) are united until death do them part.

Grand epic, na? πŸ™

It’s a shame Madhuri Dixit has quit the breeding business in Amreeka and returned to Mera Bharat Mahaan to torment us again.

The hag’s Ghagra song/dance number with wanton display of legs was worth zilch.

Since it’s a Karan Johar production, there’s no escaping the beautiful people spending most of their time gallivanting on holidays, talking drivel, drinking champagne or having a blast in exotic locales (Paris, Manali and Udaipur in this ‘movie’).

I will confess to being mildly amused by the peppy Badtameez Dil song and dance number.

The other songs left me cold.

Ranbir Kapoor, Aditya Roy Kapoor and Kalki Koechlin are decent actors but given that the script is so threadbare it doesn’t matter one whit.

Deepika Padukone is ample proof that when you throw enough makeup on a face even ugly ducklings with long legs can be made desirable. In the acting department though, Deepika still has miles and miles to go.

Farooq Sheikh in a small role left me hungering for more.

Must Watch for Junkophiles

I’m aware you can take the Indian out of India but never part him from his abiding passion for trashy Hindi movies.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is stale drivel with not even a fig leaf of a story to keep discerning moviegoers engrossed. strongly recommends Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani toΒ my fellow desis whose appetite for trash knows no bounds.

8 Responses to "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani – Cheap Potboiler"

  1. rmadasu   May 31, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Good review.

    Just out of curiosity would you consider this a chick flick?

    Since Ranbir Kapoor is in it I am guessing lots of women will want to watch it.

    It may also attract the teenagers and twenty something crowd because of all the fancy locations and lifestyle being displayed in the movie.

    Frankly that seems to be the trick of Karan Johar movies, show people leading expensive life style having fun with some nonsense plot.

    Someone even called one of his movies luxury porn. Responds:

    1. You write: Just out of curiosity would you consider this a chick flick?

    Shit flick best describes this junk.

    2. You write: Since Ranbir Kapoor is in it I am guessing lots of women will want to watch it.

    Indian women (and ‘men’) will watch any crap if the hero’s surname is “Khan” or “Kapoor.”

  2. rajesh jagetia   June 1, 2013 at 2:35 am

    Film has opened to mindblowing response in India beating even the non holiday record of Salman’s Dabangg 2, Ranbeer has the appeal specially in youth and seems to be only future superstar, his contemporaries are left miles behind. Responds:

    You write: Film has opened to mindblowing response in India

    Tasteless Indian movie-fans will ‘blow’ any junk.

    As I’ve said on countless occasions, if a movie is a big hit in India you can be sure it has crap written all over it (Dabbanng, Rowdy Rathore, Ready etc) or the film is outright theft (Ghajini, Heyy Baby etc).

    I’m hoping my fellow Indians in Amreeka have better sense but I doubt it.

    By way of rinsing my mouth of the Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani experience, I’ll probably go to Philadelphia today and watch Mud (Matthew McConaughey).

  3. vedagiris   June 1, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Its hard to find audiences for good movies in India.

    At least in 70s and 80s some good movies were made across the country.

    Now its shameful. Responds:

    Indian love for junk like Rowdy Rathore, Samy, Dabanng, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Thupakki, etc is unparalleled.

  4. Madmax673   June 2, 2013 at 12:46 am

    I heard the new Allu Arjun movie “Iddarammayilatho” has created record πŸ˜€

    Is it legally possible for someone show to it to Lakshminivasa Nerusu? Responds:

    I was planning to see Iddarammayilatho tonight (or was it last night?).

    In mind, Allu Arjun is the Abhishek Bachchan of Telugu movies.

    But I was/am so sloshed for much of the day (and night) I forgot! πŸ˜‰

    Listening to Boogie Wonderland now!

    • Madmax673   June 2, 2013 at 1:16 am

      Is Abishek Bachchan acting in any movie at all recently?

      I think its been a while.

      Anyway, I haven’t seen any movies of his except that nauseating “wanna be actor” head shot in Raavan. Responds:

      The last I heard the duffer Abhishek Bachchan was getting ‘educated’ by his 18-month-old daughter! πŸ˜‰

      The only way the flop-king Abhishek Bachchan will ever get a role is if his father Amitabh Bachchan goes down on his knees and begs producers!

      Abhishek Bachchan in Raavan was a nightmare! πŸ™

  5. Madmax673   June 2, 2013 at 1:18 am

    Btw, did you check your email, SI? Responds:

    Sweetie, Thank You! πŸ™‚

    I’ve had a look at it…have some queries…Morgen (as they say in Deutsch).

    Right now, Bachchus and I are in a deadly war!

  6. coolguy   June 19, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Yeh Jawaani was a ok film.

    I must admit that Madhuri item number was a bit horrible. Responds:

    Doesn’t horrible sell well in India? πŸ˜‰

    • Naveen   June 20, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I saw this movie until that Madhuri song. Didn’t like it at all… probably because I cannot stand Deepika.

      … and not sure what was the point of casting Madhuri for that song. No amount of makeup can hide the marks of time. Responds:

      Indian media reports that the film is a blockbuster hit!

      Which means, expect more of the same. πŸ™

      Madhuri has lost all grace (i.e. if she ever had any).

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