Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is Ayan Mukherji's second outing as director after Wake Up Sid. In The Ranbir-Konkana canvas he nailed subtleties of youth and layering of romance. It was just refreshing, that film. YJHD comes after five years of his directorial debut.
What of the cast of YJHD? Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Paduokone, Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur went around town promoting the film recently. The energy around, when they were in HT office, hinted at the expectation from this one. In one word - HUGE. So does Ayan deliver again? Does Ranbir work the charm again?
It gets four stars from Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama who says: "Although the narrative congregates vigor, melodrama and gloss dexterously, the only time it totters is when the pacing slows intermittently. Besides, the narrative is stretched towards the middle of the second half. Nevertheless, notwithstanding the trivial blemish, the writing manages to hit the high notes for most parts of the enterprise. "
Another 4 stars from Mohar Basu (koimoi.com) says “Though the story is packed with its generous share of clichés, it still works endearingly! Deepika and Ranbir render on screen an irresistible chemistry. It is half way through the year and finally here is 2013's first true to the word blockbuster film.”
Ananya Bhattacharya (Zeenews.com) while lauding every single actor cast in the film concludes thus: "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 Mukherji’s handiwork is a breezy, enjoyable one. Three stars for this!"
Meena Iyer (TOI) too showers a generous four, albeit with a disclaimer: “You may not like this film if a typical, zany Bollywood masala flick is not what you go for.”
Saibal Chatterjee (NDTV) gives it 2.5 and he clearly did not enjoy the film. Sample this: "Director Ayan Mukherji, who gave an impressive account of himself in his debut film, Wake Up Sid, appears to have allowed the skills that he displayed the first time around to go into deep slumber."
Raja Sen awards a mere two: "What should have been a breeze turns into a pained plod, and while things still look all glossy, the songless part of the movie -- the story, we dare say? -- remains dismally predictable and awfully contrived, eventually becoming quite a bore."
So it’s a rather varied response. But mostly done-to-death clichés, slow pace and week story seem to have marred the film.
Here’s what people are saying on Twitter about YJHD: