Ayan Mukerji’s second directorial, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, completes five years today. Incidentally, the film also marked the second celluloid union of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone. Beneath the luscious landscapes of Manali and the expected staples of a Dharma venture, there were some life lessons to be learnt, both tender and tough. As the film marks its celebration of completing half-a-decade, we peep into 5 things the film taught us:-
“To Travel is to Live” – Hans Christian Andersen
The entire film was based on the aforementioned quote. Its protagonist, Kabir, who prefers to be addressed as Bunny, was a globetrotter. He had dreams of seeing every nook and corner of the world. He aspires to have a life that allows him to run, fly, even fall, but never stop. And after experiencing the breath-taking beauty of the mountains in Manali and the exquisite foreign locales, who wouldn’t want to pack their bags.
2. Pause & Breathe
A conversation between Naina and Bunny, while they are exploring the city of Udaipur, stars off quite funnily but unpredictably changes its tone when she makes him realize that no matter how hard one tries, there are some things that will slip away from your hands, so it’s better to pause, breathe and savor the moment you’re in. Point Noted!
3. Family & Friends come first
At least three key characters give this reality check to Bunny, whose obsession with his dreams and desires threaten to send him into a state of complete callousness. They are Avinash, played by the often inebriated Aditya Roy Kapur, Naina, who has hidden feelings for Bunny for almost eight years and Aditi, who has almost given up on him. Its only after he loses his father he realizes how friends & family are more important than fantasies.
Beyond the travel movie that it is shown to be, there’s a heart hidden somewhere in the plot, and that heart not only wants Bunny to love the people around him, but also wishes we find love in our lives as well! In one of the film’s most tender and moist scenes, the late Farooq Shaikh is torn between the unconditional love for Bunny and Bunny’s unconditional love for travel. He gladly allows him to follow his dreams and says he’s always there for him. This is the love Bunny regrets losing later, so love, always!
5. Find a companion
Even though the finale of YJHD could be predicted in the first ten minutes of the film itself, it was the manner in which Ayan proceeded towards the finale that had us engaged throughout. Before Bunny fears he might be left without a companion for the rest of his life if he catches his flight to Paris, he runs straight to Naina, proposes to her and asks her to be her travel and life partner, even if he has to eat Daal Chawal for the rest of his life. As the end credits begin to roll, both Bunny and us realize it’s no fun travelling alone, just find a companion!
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