I am not gifted at writing, says Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani writer

Yeh Jawaani Hai DeewaniI am not gifted at writing, says Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani writer

The dialogue writer of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Hussain Dalal on the journey and process of writing this season's biggest hit. 

When I met director Ayan Mukerji for the first time, I told him honestly ki mujhe writing nahin aati hai, I'm an actor. It was my actor friend ali Fazal who put me in touch with Ayan who was looking for a dialogue writer for Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD). I had no hope of getting this film and actually used to think that if I write, it will be for a gangster film. For all the appreciation that I'm getting for YJHD, I'd like to say that a lot of it is Ayan. he let me say what I wanted to.

Just like Bunny's story (played by Ranbir Kapoor), this film has been a personal journey for me. The guiding principle while writing the film was that we had to keep our characters real. Ayan was clear that he wanted them to sound like ordinary people and whenever the characters talk, it should be like a normal conversation. The audience should not feel ki yaar aisi baatein toh hum nahin karte. Ayan had written Bunny and Naina so precisely that I just followed his vision. Some of the buzzwords that helped me define Bunny in my head were — "young", "doesn't want commitment", "relatable", "optimistic", "dreamer". For Naina, the words were — "goodness", "purity", "cleanliness", "wisdom", "mature". The film's wisdom came from Naina and the energy was from Bunny. While Bunny is a seeker, Naina is also very happy with her life — it's not as if she's resigned to it but she doesn't romanticise life like Bunny. The basic idea of the film and their relationship is like ki tum sahi nahin ho…bas mujhse alag ho.

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