Circa 1972. Director Ramesh Behl came up with ‘Jawani Diwani’- a film that twitched many a stereotypes, right from Balraj Sahni playing a rich man who doesn’t suffer penury in the second half, Nirupa Roy wearing a smile, unlike white saree-clad suffering maa from the first reel to the last (except for a few sobs here and there), Jagdish Raj, the actor who always played cop in almost every movie of the seventies and mouthing the template dialogue of ‘Apne aapko kanoon ke hawaale kar do’ isn’t a cop here but strutting in a suit as a business associate of Balraj Sahni.
Furthermore, Satyen Kappu isn’t playing Ramlal or a hamming doctor here but playing a comic role penned by un-credited Kader Khan, Jaya Bhaduri isn’t a shy girl next door but a modern young girl who for some strange reason, carries a doll along with her to college (even to the pub where Randhir Kapoor croons ‘Saamne yeh kaun aaya’), and the hero, Randhir Kapoor gets to lip sync his way to the annual list of Binaca Geetmala with the song, ‘Jaanejaan dhoondta phir raha’ composed by RD Burman.
Circa 2013. Director Ayan Mukerjee comes up with ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’, a film that twitches many a stereotypes, right from the DDLJ train scene without slow motion, Kalki isn’t playing a serious, dark role and emerges as one of the best things about the film, Aditya Roy Kapoor as the hero’s friend isn’t a sidekick or comedian but more ‘serious’ even than the lead character (his Aashiqui 2 hangover is evident in the second half), the boy meets the girl but loves his dreams more than her, the friends get separated but it’s thankfully not ‘the girl effect’ this time.
Furthermore, Madhuri Dixit Nene dances to Via Agra, and not Dhak Dhak, Farooque Shaikh makes his presence felt with just two scenes playing papa who doesn’t preach, Tanvi Azmi lets her silence do the talking rather than relying on glycerine, there’s a Kjo-style shaadi but not just naach-gaana, Deepika, for a change, acts in the film, and Ranbeer Kapoor gets to dance his way to the YouTube hits with the song, ‘Badtameez Dil’ composed by Pritam.
Well, the comparison is inevitable, not only for its title and the lead actor from the same Kapoor Gharaana, but because of both film’s ability to twitch, ditch and trash stereotypes and create some refreshing cinematic moments and the leitmotif of ‘Kabeera maan jaa’ which gently nudges the footloose in you. The dialogues are real, rather than scripted. The film’s end reminds of the gem of a line from the movie, ‘Swades’, where a character actor states, “Apne hi paani mein pighal jana barf ka muqaddar hota hai”.
To sum it up, while the 1971- film had a typical story of rich and poor, the 2013-film had a done-to-death story of a geek and a Casanova, but this one’s a Tequila shot served with the salt of humour and lime of music. Cheers!