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14 Things You Probably Didn't Know About "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani"

Bobby Deol was supposed to be a part of this film?!?

1. Both Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma were considered to play the female lead in the film. The role, however, eventually went to Deepika Padukone.

A collage of Katrina smiling, Deepika reading a book and making a face in a still from the movie, and Anushka posing with her hands on her waist

2. Furthermore, Bobby Deol was initially offered the part of Taran in the film. However, since he was busy filming Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, the role went to Kunaal Roy Kapur.

A collage of Bobby Deol posing for a picture and Kunaal Roy Kapoor in a still from the film

3. Moreover, Muzammil Ibrahim was offered Aditya Roy Kapur's role in the movie, which he eventually turned down.

A collage of Muzammil Ibrahim posing shirtless and Aditya Roy Kapur in a still from the film

4. Ranbir Kapoor's dedication is truly nonpareil, for he got his ears pierced just for this movie! This was to "get into the skin of the character".

Ranbir smiles in a still from the movie

5. And while the dreamy landscapes of Manali and the Hidimba Devi Temple were practically characters in the film, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was actually shot in many locations, including Gulaba, Banjaar, Hamta, Naggar, Kondogri in Gulmarg, Pahalgam, and Srinagar.

Ranbir and Deepika sit on rocks in the snow and converse

6. In fact, the former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, was not very happy that the filming location was attributed to Manali, when the movie was actually predominantly shot in Gulmarg. The production house, however, did credit the crew in Kashmir.

Omar Abdullah makes a gesture in the parliament

7. On the other hand, the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur served as the filming location for Aditi's (Kalki Koechlin) wedding.

8. Only those with eagle eyes would have spotted Ayan Mukerji's cameo in the film. We can see him while Bunny sings "Kabhi kabhie mere dil mein" during Aditi's wedding.

People sing, dance, and relax in the outdoors

9. Madhuri Dixit is named "Mohini" in the song "Ghagra" as a throwback to her character in 1988's Tezaab.

Ranbir and Madhuri smile and dance

10. Because of her faith in Ayan and Ranbir, Deepika said yes to the film without even reading the script.

A bespectacled Naina smiles

11. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was also released in Israel and was dubbed in Hebrew. It did so after Devdas in 2002 following a gap of more than a decade.

Aishwarya and Shah Rukh smile while he makes her try on a bangle

12. The Delhi High Court had restrained the TV release of the movie for allegedly using objectionable dialogues against the squash brand Rooh Afza. The court's order came after its manufacturer filed a lawsuit.

Ranbir stares at a glass of rooh afza while holding it

13. Ayan made Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya, and Kalki drive from Chandigarh to Manali so that they could build a special rapport that would then translate onscreen. While the trip was supposed to take six hours, Ranbir was adamant about finding a restaurant that apparently served the best butter chicken. Because of this detour, the trip took 14 hours to complete.

The cast of YJHD hugging and smiling in a still from the movie

14. The film currently ranks at 38 among the 50 highest-grossing Indian films. It made ₹319.6 crore (US$54.54 million) worldwide.

The cast looks scared in a still from the movie