Ranbir Kapoor: The new superstar
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Over the last five years, any film starring Ranbir Kapoor, has become something to be looked forward to – his flair for lifting a plain vanilla character/film way off the ground and set it soaring is well known.
Movie-wise, last weekend was among those that set the film industry aflutter. The cause for this excitement was the impressive opening day collection of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
Ever since the second coming of newbie director Ayan Mukerji and Ranbir Kapoor was announced, the anticipation around the film has been tremendous. After all, their first film, Wake Up Sid had been received rather well.
However, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani goes a step further than Wake Up Sid in that it takes an urbane personal story garnished with a few filmi frills—a lavish Udaipur wedding, a trek in breathtaking Kashmir, Madhuri Dixit Nene in a song— and voila! What you have is one of the biggest grosser for this year (so far).
All this, in a story which is essentially an inward journey that involves seeking and finding one's own self, but for a competent creative team, could have easily spun out of control.
And it is in this marvellous ability to mix up elements of both masala and multiplex cinema, that the young Kapoor-Mukerji duo establishes its smarts. That they had the much experienced Karan Johar, maker of that other eternal love story, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, as their producer helped their cause manifold.
Yet another masterstroke was the film's casting. While there was talk of Katrina Kaif or Anushka Sharma playing Naina's part, getting Deepika Padukone on board was a brilliant move.
The last film that generated as much interest in its cast would have to be Silsila with Big B, Jaya Bachchan and Rekha sharing screen space.