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Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Turns 10: The Go-To Comfort Film For Every Millennial

10 years ago, we were introduced to Ayan Mukerji’s world of love, friendship, career and family. A decade on, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani remains an evergreen cinematic experience.

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10 years of 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'
Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapoor in a still from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.

IMAGINE this: It’s 2013, you walk into a theater to watch one coming-of-age rom-com film with a crowd full of school and college-goers. The film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani begins and we are introduced to Ranbir Kapoor, the heartthrob of the nation at the time, as Bunny. The charming, good-looking, flirtatious guy who can swoon away any girl with those eyes. He is high on life, zealous and has a big plan on his mind: he wants to travel the world. 

Main udna chahta hu Naina, daudna bhi chahta hu, girna bhi chahta hu, bas, rukna nahi chahta

Everyone sitting in the audience was left in awe of the rollercoaster of emotions Ayan Mukerji had put them on. It came as no surprise when Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani went on to become one of the biggest hits of the year and grossed over Rs 300 crore worldwide at the Box office. 

When filmmaker Ayan announced his second directorial after his coming-of-age drama film Wake Up Sid, everyone waited with anticipation. Ayan had established an instant connection with the millennials that made them believe that he could understand their perspectives and lifestyle in a way that no one else did at the time.

10 years on, the memories of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani are like the ‘Mithaai Ka Dabba’, you can’t just walk off without reminiscing the sweet memories and the cinematic experience Ayan delivered with just his second film. Over the decade, the movie has established itself as a cult classic.

Right from its character to the music, it has emotions that every millennial still relates to. While every person has their own special memory associated with the film, take a trip down the nostalgic lane to refresh your memory about the film and why it will remain as the go-to comfort film for every millennial:

Reunion Of Ranbir Kapoor And Deepika Padukone

Cut two, Ayan announced his film with Dharma Productions: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The film was special for several reasons, but majorly for fans of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. The duo’s personal history had made their fans believe that Bachna Ae Haseeno would be the last film they starred in together.

But Ayan did it, he brought fan-favorite couple ‘RanDeep’ back on the big screen. With their sizzling organic chemistry, Ranbir and Deepika proved that exes can be friends and work together to bring out the best in each other.

Memorable Characters

Ayan gave us characters that every millennial could easily relate to. Not just the lead stars, but even the supporting cast proved to be effortlessly impressive. Ranbir charmed us away with his killer looks and ambitious eyes as Kabir ‘Bunny’ Thapar. Falling in love with him was Deepika Padukone’s Naina, who sacrificed confessing her feelings to let Bunny live his dreams. 

Kalki Koechlin starred as Aditi, that supportive friend who was the anchor of the group; the one who kept in touch with everyone. Aditya Roy Kapur’s Avi was the carefree, boy-next-door guy who could make every girl fall in love with him, but had commitment issues. 

Also in the cast was Aditya’s brother, Kunal Roy Kapur as Taran, who made the ‘Usse pehle main thik thi, par uss se mil kar pata chala ki main khush bhi reh sakti hu’ statement by Kalki’s Aditi, every girl’s description of her dream man. Evelyn Sharma’s gorgeous Lara left every guy drooling over her accent. Even Farooq Sheikh as Bunny’s father left everyone to love their parents a little more after watching the film.

Rana Daggubati as Vikram, Naina’s brief love interest; Dolly Ahulwalia as Naina’s typical Punjabi mother and Madhuri Dixit in a short but stunning cameo song left a lasting impact.

Relatable Story

Ayan had a simple story in mind; a boy in his 20’s with ambition in his mind and big dreams in his heart. Bunny along with his two friends head for their dream vacation after their graduation; a trek to Manali. From meeting new people on the way to rekindling with an old classmate, the filmy story made everyone want to go on a trip with their friends ASAP.

The movie then shifted gears to showcase the evolution of friendship; into love, into distant and not in-touch friends to friendship turned sour.

The reunion of friends, coming back to first love like a breath of fresh air, childhood friend’s wedding, realization of the cost of one’s ambition, value of family; Ayan Mukerji taught us everything within a span of 2 hours and 40 minutes.

Music For All

For the first time, Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions steered away from their trusted composers; Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy and Vishal-Shekar and went with Pritam. With a big task on his hands, the composer delivered the album of the decade. The film had a song for every emotion; falling in love, unrequited love, one to celebrate friendship, a peppy dance number, and even an emotional wedding song. 

Even the background score of the film; the one where Naina realizes her love for Bunny at the peak of the mountain, when she lets Bunny go and chase his dreams, when Aditi calls Bunny to say ‘Kya Jaldi Jaldi Bade Ho Gaye Na Hum’, the one when Naina and Bunny come back from their day trip in Udaipur, when she confesses her love to him, when Kabir realizes her love for Naina, their proposal; each and every background score still remains etched in our heart.

Evergreen Dialogues

When Naina said ‘Jitna Bhi Try Kar Lo Bunny, Kuch Na Kuch Toh Chhoot Hi Jaata Hai’, one couldn’t help but wonder whether this was the philosophy of life. Being in the moment, taking it in one thing at a time and not getting into the rush of being everywhere witnessing everything.

Kabir’s ‘Main Uddna Chahta Hu Naina’ to ‘Shaadi Is Dal Chawal For 50 Saal Till You Die’; Naina’s ‘Yaadein Mithaai Ke Dabbe Ki Tarah Hoti Hai’ to ‘Mujhe Tumse Pyaar Ho Jaayega, Fir Se’; Aditi’s ‘Kya Jaldi Jaldi Bade Ho Gaye Na Hum’ to ‘Kuch Logon Ke Saath Waqt Bitaane Se Hi Sab Sahi Ho Jaata Hai’; dialogues from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani are timeless.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani remains a special film for all the millennials chasing their dreams, trying to find a foothold, seeking true love and friendship and the art of growing up. As the film turns 10, time does seem to fly. But having a comfort film like this, it seems like having a companion at all times who gets what you feel.

Thank you, Ayan Mukerji!

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