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5 years of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani: A message in the film we all probably missed

No, it had nothing to do with how exes can work amicably after a break-up. Although that's relevant, too

Nairita Mukherjee Noir_Memoir 31 May 2018, 5:39 PM
Carpe career, maybe?

Carpe career, maybe? Image: Facebook

Can you believe it's been five years to Badtameez Dil and Ranbir Kapoor's ribbon tie-and-tux ensemble that stole our hearts? Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani did inspire boys to drop their T-shirts and put on that suit, didn't it? Well, for that, thank you YJHD.

Of course, it also taught us that exes can work amicably after a break-up. As a young scribe at the moment, my jaws dropped when Ranbir walked into our office in South Bombay with his ex, Deepika Padukone right next to him, giggling and pulling each other's legs all the way. Told you, I was young (read: impressionable) at the time, but it was indeed something that inspired a number of op-eds.

But the lesson that the film teaches you — albeit easily missed in the elaborate song and dance sequences interspersed with dialogues — is something unique, even unheard of in Bollywood. 

Over a hundred years of Indian cinema, then there's world cinema, too, and centuries worth of literature — the one lesson that's constant is that love trumps all. Romeo and Juliet have to die for love, Lady Macbeth has to kill for love (and ambition, of course), Othello has to destroy his love because he feels betrayed by it. But has anyone ever told you, "Relax, let love take its course, while you concentrate on making something of yourself."

Sure, your parents did, but that's not cool advice. When Bunny and Naina do it, it becomes an anthem. Naina obviously loved Bunny, but he didn't as much. Or perhaps Bunny's dreams were too big to just give up over a few warm moments shared in the snow. But if those warm moments were really hot enough to kindle a fire, that wouldn't be doused by distance, right? 

Prioritising, picking yourself over others has been termed as selfishness, and that's what's been ingrained in our hearts. What if we told you that in this context it's not selfish but being practical? What's so valiant about losing yourself in love, forgetting who you want to be and turning into someone you wouldn't even be able to recognise in a decade?

What are the odds that seven years later when Bunny faces Naina again, she'd still be waiting for him? She could very well have moved on in life, found a partner who puts her over his dreams. Yes. But what are the odds that seven years later the angst about letting his dreams fly out of the window wouldn't have soured Bunny and Naina's cinematic love story? And what are the odds that life ever plays out by the odds? 

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