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Exes reunite for the box office

bollywood Updated: May 31, 2013 14:12 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Deepika-Padukone-in-a-still-from-Yeh-Jawaani-Hai-Deewani

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

Director
Ayan Mukerji (Last directed Wake Up Sid; 2009). Also starring Ranbir, the film was critically acclaimed and declared a success at the box office.

Music
Pritam
In a rare case, every song in this album is a hit. Badtameez dil and Dilliwali girlfriend, have replaced, Radha on the dance floor and Disco deewane, at sangeet playlists. You know what that means.

Controversies/stunts
Ranbir obviously got paid loads for this movie, because reports about him paying for his crew’s meals and buying his assistant a new phone kept emerging. The makers also roped in Madhuri Dixit for a special song to close their promotional overdose.

Marketing/hype
The film piggybacks on the fact that exes Ranbir and Deepika, come together for the first time post Bachna Ae Haseeno (2008). They also have gone out of their way to promote the movie. The makers also tied up with a channel to shoot a behind-the-scenes documentary on the film.

Our assessment
There are few reasons film fans will miss this quintessential love story. If not for Ranbir, who has earned himself quite a reputation, the songs might lure the audience in. The makers have promoted every aspect of this film heavily, except Kalki and Aditya; they’ve been missing from the promotions. Maybe they know something we don’t. Let’s hope not.

For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch and Listen page of Hindustan Times

Film: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor (last seen in Barfi!; 2012), Deepika Padukone (last seen in Race 2), Kalki Koechlin (last seen in Ek Thi Daayan) and Aditya Roy Kapur (last seen in Aashiqui 2)
Storyline: Bespectacled Naina (Deepika Padukone) joins free-spirited Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) on a trip, during which they fall in love, singing songs and living life king-size. Then due to some unforeseen events, there are some tears. More music, dialogue-baazi, a Karan Johar- style wedding and lots of romance follows.