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.

Zee’s Classic Cut festival at PVR | Win couple passes!

I was thrilled to receive this email: “Get ready to be transported to the ‘Golden Era’ of Hindi Cinema! Zee Classic’s ‘The Classic Cut’ Film Festival brings to you 4 evergreen films of Indian Cinema – SHOLAY, DEEWAR, KARZ & SEETA AUR GEETA at PVR theatres in Juhu from 20th to 24th April at 9PM. You are cordially invited to relive the magic of these cult movies on the big screen with friends and family.”

'The Classic Cut' Film Festival
‘The Classic Cut’ Film Festival

For a student of cinema or a cinephile, these films would definitely top the ‘wish-to-watch-on-the-big-screen’ list. And because you all love the movies as much as I do, you get to accompany me to the screenings with a +1. All you have to do is share your favourite dialogue from the movie you wish to watch in the comments section below, on my Facebook page or at my Twitter. And I’ll get back to you with the deets.

See you at the movies!

The week that was: at the movies!

10 movies release this Friday and not one excites me. 8 odd released last Friday and some were really bad. Despite that, I had a good run at the movies one week, watching one every day. Yes, folks, that’s me. 🙂

I Love Movies
I Love Movies

It started innocently. I had missed a screening of Hugo thanks to a clash with Fatso and Jannat 2 (that I had to review). After all the lovely things people had to say about Hugo, not only was I determined to watch but also show it to my sister. So after a review of The Little Door, we landed at the PVR Cinemas’ box office to watch Hugo. To the disappointment of 7 of us, every theatre across the city was running only one show and this particular one was sold out! Not wanting to watch an 11:15 pm show at Malad (of all places) where I was bound to fall asleep, we promptly booked tickets for the next day.

The Avengers (3D)
The Avengers (3D)

Just when one of my accompanying friends asked if I’d watch The Avengers with him, again. I really loved The Avengers even though I had originally watched it in 2D. When folks were raving about it in 3D, I didn’t realize they meant the IMAX 3D. In any case, I went ahead with it and thus, started my week at the movies (literally).

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