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Ayan Mukerji has high hopes from 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'

Probably one of the most awaited films of the season, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is not just a film for the youth claims director Ayan Mukerji. 

"I think everyone is young and all of these emotions are universal...the relationship between two friends, the emotional value...falling in love, falling out of love, wanting to take off. The film is about young people, but not only for young people. All films are set in a certain age, but that does not mean that the film belongs to only that age bracket," Mukerji said in an interview to IANS.

Ranbir-Deepika-Aditya-Kalki in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Mukerji has high hopes from the film which features real life exes Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in the lead.

"We hope to cross the mark...The Rs.100 crore club is taking away from allowing people to creatively make films. If YJHD does not make it, we will feel bad. (Rs.100 crore) It is a standard, but not a good one," he said.

Both critics ratings and ticket window collections are important, he says.

"A combination of the two matters. One does not give you happiness without the other. The film must make money, entertain people and have value," said Mukerji.

Even though he likes to work with stars, he feels the system should be done away with.

"I like the idea of being able to work with stars...But, in the western way of working this star system has disappeared. The brand of films comes with the genre of the films. It would be empowering for us as filmmakers if we are not dependent on star system and films sold more than stars," he said.

"The success will make me happy. It will not change the way I look at things. But it will be good for everyone who has worked on the film. It will allow me more freedom and I will be able to dream bigger," he explained.

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani is produced by Karan Johar and also features Kalki Koechlin and Aditya Roy Kapur. It hits theatres 31 May 2013.

Theatrical trailer: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

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