Written and directed by Imtiaz Ali, this movie portrays a story of a man named Ved, played by Ranbir Kapoor, who has always loved hearing and telling stories since childhood. However, due to familial pressures, he ends up becoming an engineer. He meets a girl named Tara, played by Deepika Padukone, in Corsica. They fall in love; however, they decide not to reveal each other's true identities. She ultimately finds him in India, where she helps him realize that he is not his true self in real life. This realization shakes up his whole identity as it brings back the repressed frustrations of following familial expectations, which has led to his daily mundane routine in life. How he finally breaks free and is able to follow his dream of becoming a storyteller is what forms the crux of the second half of this flick.
Just like film critic Anupama Chopra, some may compare this film to 3 Idiots as the concept is similar. However, I think it was still enjoyable and was made quite differently. There were two aspects to the story that made this movie relatable in my opinion. Firstly, quite a few people out there forgo their dreams due to familial expectations. They end up leading miserable lives because they hate their jobs. The moral of the story is not to follow social conventions, create your own story and follow your dreams. Secondly, sometimes, you meet that one person that changes your life completely. That was Tara for Ved. If these reasons are not enough to convince you, I highly recommend this film just to watch Kapoor's commendable performance. How he demonstrates a dual personality when his repressed frustrations are brought to light is indeed remarkable to watch! With this flick, he proves that he is indeed a fine actor.