YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI
ये जवानी है दीवानी
Directed by Ayan Mukerji
Official Selection, 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival
A charismatic, good-looking, and thoroughly juvenile man asks a bookish young woman to join him in his train car and embark on an international adventure. Sounds like Bollywood to us! It’s a riff off the classic Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, but with a 21st century update. In YEH JAWAANI HAI DEEWANI, Deepika Padukone (Om Shanti Om, SDAFF ’09) is Naina, a med student trying to maintain control of her intended career path, while Ranbir Kapoor plays Bunny, carefree and of course, uninterested in marriage. And while one should never fall in love with a man named Bunny, Naina inevitably does.
This music and confetti-infused romance, already the fourth-highest grossing Bollywood film of all time, is the sort of epic where lovers can’t say the words their bodies, their songs, the village’s flamboyant colors, and the universe’s fateful coincidences say ever so loudly. The special touch is that sexy young stars Padukone and Kapoor are ex-lovers in real life, adding to the magnetism and the sense that some ties can’t ever really be broken. –Brian Hu