Alice loved Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and here’s why

Alice
Alice

Do you like this new picture of me? If you do, I can say I have the least role to play. It’s the hair, wind in my hair, make-up, light, photographer, post-processing, etc. I’m making a point here. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is not a great film. But as a product, as an experience, it’s amazing and so much fun.

I watched Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani earlier today with the team I currently work with. And we were having a conversation en route, the crux of which was as long as you can articulate why you do/don’t like a film, we have an ear. But if you want to wash your hands off at “I hate the film”, “I love the film”, your statement is short of an opinion.

I’m often asked what it is like to critique a film and I respond with ‘It’s fun as long as the film moves me in some way or the other.’

My observations on this film follow:

Deepika and Ranbir in YJHD
Deepika and Ranbir in YJHD

Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are really good-looking people. Ranbir is a natural when it comes to acting topped with full-throttle charm. Deepika’s acting has consistently improved with every film. They fit the characters they are essaying in the film. Media has ensured you know of their personal equation. When something happens between them on-screen, you feel it too. You’re so connected. Their characters are clearly etched out. You know what to expect and there is enough room to be thrown off. Brownie points to writer-director Ayan Mukerji.

The music is a hit in the true sense of the word. There’s a song for every mood. It’s easy to listen to and relate to as well. I was sold on Badtameez Dil. As my colleague puts it, it’s like when we started watching Glee just for the songs. 🙂

If you watched Anupama Chopra’s interview with Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Ayan Mukerji, they addressed some very important issues every filmmaker faces. “Picture mein conflict kya hai?” Also, it’s the 21st century, is parental opposition a factor in modern, urban relationships? What worked for me was the portrayal of relationships. A romantic relationship, friendship among school buddies, our relationships with our parents, the difference between platonic girl-girl and boy-boy relationships. I want best friends like Avi (Aditya Roy Kapoor) and Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) but I also want Naina (Deepika Padukone) to be my maid of honour. I want my parents to understand that my dreams are as important to me as my career and I might want the two to marry.

And finally, a change of heart is an experience few are fortunate to have. Acting on it is tough but the reward is sweet.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

In short, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani encapsulates modern times, covered in gloss and trying to find depth on the inside.

P.S. – Look out for the cameos/special appearances. They’re truly wonderful. If you have already watched the film, I’m dying to talk about it some more. If you haven’t yet, let me know what you thought when you do.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani | Alice’s thoughts

So, on my day off yesterday, I attended the Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani trailer launch and press conference.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani poster
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani poster

Have you watched the trailer yet?

I don’t know what new this film is going to offer. But it seems like a fun summer flick! I’m definitely going to watch, also because I love Ranbir Kapoor. 😛

The press conference was fun, with a lot of journos asking questions about Ranbir-Deepika’s relationship, their tattoos, etc. Ranbir Kapoor, of course, knew the right things to say and came to everyone’s defence. Karan Johar obviously knew this was going to happen and played along, interrupting and diverting questions back to the film at the right moments.

Kalki, Aditya Roy Kapur, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Kalki, Aditya Roy Kapur, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

It’s just a good outing when there’s a Ranbir sighting involved and a topping of Aditya Roy Kapur.

So, what do you think of the trailer? Doesn’t the last line serve as a good teaser? Are you excited to watch the film? Waiting to know.

Care for Cocktail? I sure do!

Maybe it’s because Deepika Padukone is active on twitter only when promoting her upcoming films. Or maybe because someone told me she delivers her best performance in Cocktail. In any case, I happened to see this tweet on my timeline and I had to instantly check out the trailer.

@deepikapadukone
@deepikapadukone
(Click on the image to be linked to the trailer)

My major interest in the film lies in the fact that Imtiaz Ali has written it. (Of course!) However, Homi Adajania has directed it, Saif Ali Khan, Dinesh Vijan and Sunil Lulla have produced it. And Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty star in it.

Poster for Cocktail
Poster for Cocktail
(Click on the image to be linked to the fb page)

I like how they’re going about the publicity for the film. It started with an exclusive facebook invite to a cocktail party and has continued with a midnight launch of the trailer. Even the film’s poster resembles a Polaroid picture. You approve? What are your thoughts so far?

Alice loves the Volkswagen Beetle

@VW
@VW

Browning’s words are so true. I grew up listening to a joke involving a Volkswagen. The punch line was that Volkswagen’s boot was at the front of the car. In my grown up years, I haven’t owned a real Beetle but I bought my sister a toy Barbie one when she was 9. We still have it and every time my nephew comes over, he has to play with it! In the year that went by, gen next Hindi film heroines, namely Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone identified the Beetle as the car for their on-screen characters. You remember the blog I wrote? I haven’t managed to test drive it yet but may be there’s a sign.

Alice and the Beetle
Alice and the Beetle

Photograph: Mom

Jumpsuit – Evolve, Lokhandwala | Clutch – Bliss, Versova | Shoes – New Look, UK

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It’s a hoot, the owl pendant necklace

Look what I dug out from my personal archives, especially for you, my loyal readers:

In July 2009, I was commissioned to do a fun feature for Filmfare magazine. We thought up this idea: put together a look identical to a celebrity’s. Easy, right? The catch: a shoe-string budget and two days to shop for it!

For my first assignment, I picked the look Sonam Kapoor flaunted at the Filmfare anniversary issue cover launch. For my first attempt, I was really lucky. I had discovered my main outfit (a jumpsuit) at a shop in Colaba for as little as Rs 650.

The tough cookie, though, was the owl pendant necklace. Copies were available at stalls but we had to cook up stories for them to let us photograph. Just then, the original pendant from Forever 21 went up on sale at ebay for less than Rs 470.

I will never understand how Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone are always pitted against one another.

While you solve the riddle, jog your memory to November 26, 2010. Break Ke Baad had released. And Deepika Padukone was spotted wearing, what else, but an owl pendant necklace in the film!

Incidentally, the whimsical owl necklace she sports is also from Forever 21. Check it out:

It seems like everyone I know (including girl friends) want the owl pendant necklace. It’s a little late but it’s still in vogue. We’ve scouted the Mumbai streets and found them at Sabbah Sharma’s store in Juhu, Vero Moda’s store at Bandra and Street Soul in Lokhandwala. However, there are really cute ones out there. All you have to do is shop online. My picks follow.

Click on the links for details:

Amazon – here ; Modcloth – here ; Promod – here ; Fredflare – here ; Girlprops – here ; Econscious – here ; Miss Selfridge – here and Urban Outfitters – here

Hoot away! And if you already have an owl pendant or two, email me your pictures and we shall feature you on the blog. Lots of love, Alice.

Update: Ze friend, Shruti wandered the streets of Colaba  and found the owl pendant necklace she had been looking for. Like I had discovered on my shopping assignment and Raey had pointed out, imitations were available at the stalls. You could bargain with them and get them for Rs 100.

Photograph: Dhruvi Shah