More Fathers Like Bunny’s Dad from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Please!

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More Fathers Like Bunny’s Dad from Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Please!

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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ive years ago on this day, Bollywood gave us a film where boy meets girl. They take a life-altering trip and open up to each other. Boy is happy-go-lucky, a dreamer, and a solid charmer. Girl is nerdy, shy, and wants to explore the world. Sparks fly during their concise time together. But they have to part, only to reunite in the backdrop of a big, fat Indian wedding.

At first glance, the plot of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Ayan Mukherji’s second directorial outing, seems like a mish-mash of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Hota Hai, and Kal Ho Naa Ho with several millennial exceptions. Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor), Naina (Deepika Padukone), Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur), and Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) “find themselves” in Manali. The romance (and the sizzling chemistry) between its leads is merely a backdrop for a portrait of childhood friendships, the stubborn romanticisation of escapism, and the modern aversion to compromising on your dreams.

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