‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ remains the perfect watch even in 2024, continuing to be my go-to romance that I absolutely love. Its timeless story of friendship, love, and self-discovery, combined with memorable performances by Ranbir Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechlin, and Aditya Roy Kapur, and captivating music, ensures that it resonates with me and countless others year after year.

Here are five reasons why this film continues to enchant viewers…

1. Cast

Director Ayan Mukerji brilliantly cast ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani,’ bringing together Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor, Kalki Koechlin, and Aditya Roy Kapur. The bond among this fabulous quartet was palpable. Deepika was perfect as Naina Talwar, the nerdy class-topper on an impromptu trekking trip. Ranbir as Bunny was the perfect fit as he fits so well in the character of a player-turned-lover role. Kalki as Aditi who is secretly in love with her best friend Avi, played by Aditya Roy Kapur, added another enjoyable layer that is relatable to many. The character dynamics made the film a timeless favorite for me.

2. Perfect Romance

In ‘YJHD,’ the allure of opposites attracting is expertly explored, drawing viewers into a captivating tale of love and self-discovery. Naina and Bunny’s contrasting personalities, one cautious and the other adventurous, create a magnetic dynamic that keeps audiences invested. A memorable moment occurs as they watch the sunset in Udaipur, where Naina’s wisdom about seizing the moment resonates deeply. Ranbir Kapoor’s transition from a carefree player to a devoted lover, coupled with the nuanced bond he shares with Deepika Padukone, adds richness to the romantic narrative. Kalki’s portrayal of Aditi navigating from unrequited love to finding happiness elsewhere adds a poignant layer to the story. As the film unfolds, each love story unfolds with impeccable precision, leaving a lasting impression on viewers.

3. Relatable Music

The music in this film is consistently spectacular, with songs like ‘Kabira’ capturing love’s complicated glory and ‘Balam Pichkari’ igniting a celebratory spirit. The go to dance song ‘Badtameez Dil’ showcases Kapoor and Padukone’s impressive dancing skills and chemistry,adding to the feel-good vibe. The album, from ‘Illahi’ to ‘Subhanallah,’ offers a song for every mood, making it a timeless favourite. Whether you need a holi song, a dance number, a sad melody, or a motivational tune, this album has it all, making it one of my go-to favorites.

4. Perfect Locations

Ayan Mukerji’s impeccable choice of locations adds a mesmerizing dimension to the film, taking viewers on a whirlwind journey from the snow-capped mountains of Manali to the charming streets of Paris and the serene lake in Udaipur, all within the span of three hours. While the scenic beauty is undeniably captivating, it’s the exceptional performances by the characters that truly elevate the movie. As seen during Aditi’s wedding, the backdrop of Udaipur creates a captivating ambiance, while each location throughout the film seamlessly integrates with the narrative, enriching the overall experience. Whether it’s Deepika and Ranbir’s enchanting moment in Udaipur or the breathtaking views of other international cities, every location serves a purpose and contributes to the film’s depth and charm.

5. Life Lessons

One of the most compelling reasons to watch the film is its relatability, as it imparts valuable life lessons that resonate even today. Through Naina’s journey of stepping out of her comfort zone as a medical student and embarking on a spontaneous trip, the film teaches us the importance of taking risks and embracing change. Deepika’s portrayal of Naina beautifully captures the essence of this transformation, inspiring viewers to explore new possibilities and make bold decisions. Additionally, the strong bond between Naina, played by Deepika, Aditi (Kalki), and Avi (Aditya), along with Bunny (Ranbir), underscores the significance of enduring friendships amidst life’s ups and downs. Their evolving dynamics illustrate the highs and lows of growing apart while emphasizing the enduring foundation of true friendship. The film encourages viewers to cherish memories, try new experiences, and pursue their passions fearlessly, making it a timeless source of inspiration for audiences of all ages.

Personally, I hold a deep affection for the film, finding its lessons and characters profoundly resonant. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t experienced its magic yet, celebrating 11 years of ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.’