Naina Talwar (Deepika Padukone) is a shy and nerdy medical student. She studies constantly and always tops her classes, but she feels like an outcast due to her introvert nature. An encounter with an old classmate, Aditi Mehra (Kalki Koechlin), makes her realize that she wants more from life than high marks. Thus, she makes an impulsive decision to follow Aditi on a hiking trip into the Himalayas, up to Manali. During the hike, she renews her friendship with other former classmates, Kabir Bunny Thapar (Ranbir Kapoor) and Avinash Avi Yog (Aditya Roy Kapur).
Bunny is a handsome charmer whose dream is to wander and discover the world. He does not plan to marry or settle down. He lives with his supporting father whom he loves very much, and his step-mother. During their trip, seeing Aditis silent reactions to Avis constant flirting with other girls, Bunny and Naina realize that she has a secret crush on Avi, but do not bring the matter to surface.In the course of the mountain trek, Bunny and Naina come closer to each other.
Bunny teaches Naina to laugh, to play, and more importantly, to love. At the end of the trip, she is close to telling Bunny how she feels but is interrupted by Avi. He accidentally finds a letter accepting Bunny to graduate school in journalism, at Northwestern University in Chicago. Bunny explains that the trip is his last hometown adventure before he leaves. He is sad to leave his friends but happy to start a career that will lead to travelling, which he dreams of, and thus wanted to bring them along to Manali to give them a surprise.
Naina realises that love and marriage have no part in Bunnys plans and remains silent about her feelings but is happy for him as he is following his passion.Eight years pass by and Naina finishes medical school and now works in a clinic while Bunny works as a videographer for a travel show on Fox Network and travels the world, as he had planned. It is shown that Bunnys father has passed away and due to his job in remote areas, he was not able to attend his last rites. Naina has moved ahead in life and is not waiting to meet Bunny, but they meet in Udaipur, for Aditis lavish wedding to Taran (Kunaal Roy Kapur), an awkward but sweet engineer, who is rich as Avi and Bunny claim. At the wedding, Bunny and Avi renew their lost friendship.
Naina and Bunny are strongly attracted to each other again. Both resist love Bunny, because he is not able to figure out that he is in love with Naina and Naina, as she doesnt want to get her heart broken again. A day before the wedding, Bunny sees Naina with another man, Vikram (Rana Daggubati), who is the wedding photographer. He is Nainas friend, but Bunny assumes him to be her boyfriend, feels jealous and argues with him, finally sending him away. Bunny and Naina meet, argue, and reveal their feelings by a kiss.
Yet neither of them is willing to give up a career to follow the other. It seems that their romance is over. Bunny also confronts Aditi on her past crush on Avi. She admits that she had feelings for Avi but says that she has gotten over him and is extremely happy with Taran. Bunny leaves for home on the night of Aditis wedding and will leave for Paris three weeks later for his dream job as a travel show host.
On New Years Eve, as Naina sits alone at home along with her dog, someone knocks on her door and its Bunny. He surprises her with a kiss. He has turned down his dream job to be with Naina and proposes to her, but Naina fears that he might regret his decision in the future. However, Bunny says that he is happy with Naina and wants to continue travelling but with her. He argues that somehow they can make a life together.
Naina agrees. Bunny and Naina then get engaged and finally declare their love properly for one another. They have a conference call between Aditi and Avi. Avi is at his bar and Aditi is at the airport as a newlywed leaving for her honeymoon with Taran. The friends find out about Bunny and Naina and are overwhelmed.
Aditi states that she always kind of knew about the sparks between them. They all wish each other a Happy New Year and the film ends with Bunny and Naina smiling and embracing each other.Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani received mixed to positive reviews. Major praise was directed towards the cast, Kapoor, Padukone, and Koechlin in particular. Giving 4 out of 5 stars, Taran Adarsh of bollywoodhungama.
com noted that it is a revitalizing take on romance and relationships. A wonderful cinematic experience, this one should strike a chord with not just the youth, but cineastes of all age-groups. Shubhra Gupta of Indian Express with a negative tone stated that, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is a been-here, seen-this, much-too-long glossy creature, and not much else. Saibal Chaterjee of NDTV rated it 3.5/5 and opined that, Overlong, sluggish and fluffy, it meanders through varied locations as the young lovers/friends seek to reconnect with each other after a few years of being apart.
Sukanya Verma of Rediff.com gave it 3.5/5 stars and judged, Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani is totally worth it! Alisha Coelho of in.com praised tKapoors ebullient performance and gave it 3.5 stars out of 5.
Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film 3 out of 5 stars, concluding If you are seeking light-hearted mush, youre looking in the right place. Ananya Bhattacharya of ZEENEWS.com said, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is no heavy or preachy business. It is meant to be enjoyed and it does its job well. Apart from a few parts where the pace of the film drops badly, Ayan Mukherjis handiwork is a breezy, enjoyable one.
She also gave it 3 out of 5 stars. Tushar Joshi of DNA opined, YJHD is a well written film that should be watched for its direction, treatment and some remarkable performances. Anupama Chopra of the Hindustan Times gave 2.5 out of 5 stars and wrote, there is enough eye-candy in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani to see you through, but I wish the film had more meat and less dressing. Im disappointed because there is a truckload of talent here.
What rankles is what might have been. Raja Sen of Rediff.com noted that the film was good-looking but lacked a good story. He gave it 2 out of 5 stars.
Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Aditya Roy Kapur, Kalki Koechlin, Evelyn Sharma, Kunal Roy Kapoor
Hiroo Yash Johar
Release Date :
Running Time :