YJHD was released in 2014 and has become a cult classic among Indian youth. Here are seven lessons we have learnt from the beautiful film
Harshita Alok Sharma
Last Updated: 06.30 PM, May 30, 2021
Ayan Mukerji’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (YJHD) which was released back in 2014 continues to resonate well with the youth of the country. This beautiful film completes seven years since the day of its release today. YJHD is all things warm and inspirational. The film features characters who teach the audience important life lessons while taking them on a journey of heartache, friendship and ultimately finding love. One of the most magical films of the last decade, with its picturesque locations, soulful soundtrack, lyrically written dialogues and stellar cast, YJHD takes the top spot in the list of our favourites.
If you’ve missed being enchanted by Naina (Deepika Padukone) and Bunny (Ranbir Kapoor) and still find yourself dancing to Balam Pichkari, maybe it’s time for you to rewatch the movie on its seventh anniversary. Here are seven lessons that the film taught us that are just as relevant today as they were seven years ago -
1. Travelling helps you find yourself
Whether it is the gang of friends coming together for the first time on their trek to the Himalayas or exploring new villages on their way to their destination, YJHD teaches its audiences that travelling is one of the best ways to connect with yourself and make some wonderful friends along the way. Nothing gives Bunny more happiness than living his life in different cities every week, staying away from the monotony of a daal chawal like life.
2. It's good to break away from routine
Nothing delights us more than seeing Naina shed her inhibitions and let her hair loose, or take a risk and profess her love for Bunny, even if he does not reciprocate. It also makes us happy to see Aditi settle down and marry someone who was completely unexpected, but is the right fit for her. Sometimes, breaking away from routine helps you discover what actually makes you happiest in life.
3. Some wounds, relationships and life adjustments take time
Bunny goes from asking Naina if it is the magic of time that has made her more beautiful (“Tum pehle bhi itni hi khoobsurat thi ya waqt ne kiya koi haseen sitam?”) asking her to spend a lifetime with him (“Waqt rukta nahi, beet jata hai aur hum kharch ho jaate hain”). Bunny teaches us that some relationships take time to blossom, some friendships take time to fix and some losses in life need their own space to heal.
4. Love will find you, even if its in unexpected places
Aditi (Kalki Koechlin) pines over Avi (Aditya Roy Kapur) and the audience expects them to get together eventually, no matter how far off in the future. Naina knows that Bunny will never fall in love with her, even if she tells him how she feels. But the future pans out differently - Aditi finds love in Taran (Kunaal Roy Kapur) and Naina finally gets together with Bunny. YJHD teaches us that love is not always easy and sometimes, people can stray before they ultimately meet their soulmate.
5. Some friendships are forever, even if things go awry in the middle
Avi and Bunny’s relationship has its fair share of turbulence. But the two discover that beyond their differences lies true friendships and affection, deeply rooted in warm memories and epic tales that will be retold for their entire life. Thus, the movie lets us know that friendships that are meant to be, will always stand the test of time.
6. Live life one day at a time
"Jitna bhi try karo Bunny life me kuch na kuch toh chhootega hi. Toh jahan hain wahin ka mazaa lete hai,” says Naina and we completely agree. The future is vast and uncertain and through Naina, we learn that life should be lived one day at a time. Learn to appreciate the little things and savour the present, before it fades away.
7. Sometimes dreams are destinations, sometimes they are people
Bunny is living the life of his dreams, travelling to exotic destinations and chasing his passion. He never thought his dreams could change, or that he could settle for monotony. But when he finally realises his true feelings for Naina, everything becomes crystal clear - his dream is no longer to travel alone but to do so along with Naina. Thus, dreams can change for the better.
8. You have to be impulsive to find the right path for you
Bunny's impulsive decision to spend the right of his life with Naina and Naina's decision to go with the flow with Bunny's gang is what helps them discover themselves. YJHD teaches us that perhaps, one must have no plan to find the right plan in life.