Bollywood Style Trekking in Himalayas-Jara Hatke Review of Movie Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani
So we watched Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani. Before you ask let me clarify this is not a movie review of the movie Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. The movie is actually pretty good and we enjoyed watching it, once I asked both my right and left brain to take a hike in the Himalayas marching left right left right.
You see that is where my problem begins. I have absolutely no issue with parts of the movie being absolutely filmy. I don’t care if Deepika Padukone wears a mini skirt from her class five to a train ride and climbs to upper birth. I can forgive the poor little rich boy K Jo, the producer of the movie, for not knowing that Indian girls do not climb top birth in train wearing miniskirts. OK stop drooling and get back to the blog post, we are discussing serious stuff here.
It is totally director Ayan Mukherjee’s prerogative to make Dippy wear blouses in a marriage that are smaller than most women will not even wear on a beach. How do I know? Oh, come on I have attended more marriages than wedding sequences in K Jo’s and Rajshree movies combined. Ok, I exaggerate, but you get the essence? I have also attended some international marriages in New York as well as in Pondicherry where the guest list had passports from 20+ nations. I can understand it is a movie and the director has to cater to all classes and hence the poor Dippy has to wear blouses giving competition to the thin ties that Ranbir wears in a foot-tapping number, a tribute to late Shammi Kapoor. No, I am not even going to talk that we are supposed to believe that this marriage is happening in Udaipur in December when the temperatures are close to freezing. But why would Deepika feel cold? Everybody in the movie keeps the fire burning by guzzling the daroo (alcohol) supplied for product placement.
K Jo must have recovered most of his money before release by all kind of product placement in the movie from every product and brand you can imagine. So he must have decided that there is no need for a story in the movie. Aray bhai why do you need a story for a wedding of a friend?
You see Dippy makes us believe that going on a trek in the Himalayas is like going to your best friend’s wedding. All you need to do is put on some clothes (the less the better), and show up, no need for a backpack, trekking shoes, compass, maps or even train tickets.
You don’t have to go through the hassle of booking tickets (somebody please tell the Bollywood wallahs how tough it is to book a tatkal train ticket . Now my problem gets even more serious, and as somebody who volunteers for the most active adventure club in India GHAC, I start pulling my hair out.
But you may say chill man why are you worried desi? Well, I will tell you why. You see in India we have two role models Bollywood stars and cricket stars. Now the cricketers have booked their place in Tihar by sleeping with the bookies so Bollywood remains the only icon we can look at as of now.
Now just imagine a would-be Bride calling her would be Trek partner I mean life partner….
“ Jaanoo, cancel those tickets to Goa, let us go to Manali and go for trekking in the Himalayas”
“ Sure honey, we will sleep in tents that look sooo romantic and you will look sooo hot in those hot pants and short skirt “
“ Oh Jaanoo I can’t wait for trekking in the moonlight to the top of the mountain ”
Or one day when you are on a trek and your guide announces:
“ Welcome to this trek to Manali, where Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was filmed, ( It was actually shot in Gulmarg Kashmir). And today in our trek we have Babita from Bhandup, Guddi from Gaziabad, Karan, Arjun, Raju, Sunny, Bunny or Unke Mummy Papa and Dada Dadee from Jhumri Telaiya. ( this is my Vividh bharti Kee Vigyapan Prasaran Sewa days child hood refusing to go away)
Now I am not trying to discourage the wannabe trekkers, on the contrary, I am all for all kind of outdoor activities like trekking, rock climbing, visiting wild life sanctuaries to watch tigers etc. But one needs to understand that a lot of it is real hard work and you need to sweat a lot even if you are trekking Sahib Style.
While the tents pitched in a mountain valley do look romantic in the moonlight, the fact is that somebody has to pitch them at 5000 ft above sea level when the wind can make your limbs numb in less than 5 minutes. Oh yes did I tell you that there is no running water in the tents and you need to , pick up a shovel go behind the bushes, dig a hole so that you can take your morning dump. I hope those hands with henna know how to dig a hole. No? No problem asks that guy with whom you just took 7 rounds around the fire to do it for you.
Now just recollect the fleeting scene where one of the characters( the so-called Bimbo?) whines about not washing hair for days and another (couch potato?) sick of eating noodles, dreaming about pizza. ( the movie uses brand placement here too… 😉 )
Got the picture? No, I do not want to scare you, I just want to make sure that you know what you are getting into. Trekking is serious business, not only it impacts you, but it also impacts the area you trek and unless one is a responsible trekker, you can do a lot of damage to the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas.
While our Bollywood couple climbs to the top of the hill in the moonlight, in reality, is you will get lost in less than 15 minutes without a map and compass. And if you plan to wear clothes similar to Deepika to those snow-clad peaks, trust me you will be dead as a dodo in 3 hours. I have been to some easy treks in the Himalayas in places like Sikkim and Manali and in the US to Yosemite National Park and trust me a trek, in reality, is very different from shown in the movie. Don’t believe me? Read about some of these women who have been trekking regularly.
But my aim is not to discourage you to go on trekking, instead, I encourage you to join a good trekking and adventure club in your town like we have GHAC in Hyderabad. Once you learn, get strong and are hooked, go ahead plan your trek to the Himalayas or any place in the world. Check this awesome Site by Dheeraj Sharma for some reality check and inspirations about trekking the in the Himalayas.
Other awesome blogs about trekking that I read regularly
- Travel With Neelima
- Also, check the list of Top 10 Adventure Clubs in India
- Here is my post about a short trek in Munsyari in Kumaon
As for the movie except for the trekking part it is OK and is bound to be a blockbuster, so go ahead and watch it, just remember to ask your brain to take a hike in the Himalayas.