A couple's relationship is examined at two key moments in their lives, a
decade apart to consider the idea of potential, and unfulfilled

Friendship drama plays to the fanbase.

Key plot elements will be instantly recognisable to fans of commercial
Bollywood fare.

After a sublime starring turn in the atypical charmer Barfi!, naturally
gifted leading man Ranbir Kapoor settles into a more conventional
Bollywood romance with Yeh Jawaani, Hai Deewani.

Ayan Mukherjee’s slick, sweet tale of friendship, fun and accepting
one’s mature responsibilities is never particularly profound in its
observations, preferring energetic likeability and star-power over depth
and realism. That said, it is a perfectly acceptable mainstream effort
that has unsurprisingly played to packed houses in India since its May
31 premiere.

Key plot elements will be instantly recognisable to fans of commercial
Bollywood fare. A brash twenty-something ladies man, Bunny (Kapoor), and
his less reliable, blokey mate, Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor), are heading
for Manali to trek the snowy, mountainous region along with their best
gal-pal, Aditi (Kalki Koechlin). Naina (Deepika Padukone) is a
bespectacled, studious type, but is convinced to break free of her
homebound, bookworm life and tag along when she meets Naina by
coincidence the day before the trip.

The pre-intermission portion of Mukherjee’s film is a series of
misadventures featuring the foursome, in which attractions are
established, comedic support parts are trotted out (Evelyn Sharma’s
buxom, ditzy party-girl the pick of them) and the bond the group share
is solidified. The plotting is paper-thin, the proceedings given impetus
by some dazzling dance numbers (English language viewers must interpret
their relevance based on the visuals alone, as the print viewed by SBS
had no subtitles during these scenes), some vibrant stunt work and
pretty scenery.

Post-interval, our four friends are reunited after several years apart,
for the occasion of Aditi’s wedding. Avi has a series of failed business
ventures behind him and is growing increasingly bitter of Bunny’s
success as a TV presenter of travelogue shows; Naina has found her own
professional and personal space, though still lacks that adventurous
spirit, preferring traditional family values over world travel. Over the
course of the extravagant nuptials, truths are laid bare, and lead to
lots of teary declarations of love and fierce jealousies are exposed.

Reteaming with Ranbir Kapoor after their 2009 laffer Wake Up Sid, Ayan
Mukherjee exhibits a sure-hand with both the broad comedy and syrupy
melodrama required of this type of safe crowdpleaser. The four-quadrant
audience aims of the production are evident in its balancing of cool,
modern flourishes (including Bunny’s seduction of an alabaster blonde
while on assignment in Paris) and the acknowledgement of the wisdom of
elders during pivotal moments in young lives (traditional 'aunts and
uncles’ feature prominently in key dramatic scenes).

The casting of Kapoor opposite his real-life ex-partner Padukone has
proved not only a commercially savvy move but also adds to the strong
sense of chemistry the pair share. Deepika Padukone is a warm, engaging
and strikingly photogenic presence and the many scenes with her leading
man unavoidably draw upon their mutual history. The day will come when
they share on-screen drama with more at stake than anything in this
lightweight effort, but for now this will do just nicely.


2 hours 19 min