Both Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma were considered to play the female lead in the film. The role, however, eventually went to Deepika Padukone.
Furthermore, Bobby Deol was initially offered to play Taran in the film. However, since he was busy filming Yamla Pagla Deewana 2, the role went to Kunaal Roy Kapur.
Moreover, Muzammil Ibrahim was offered Aditya Roy Kapur’s role in the movie, which he eventually turned down.
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”.
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.
In fact, the former Chief Minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, was not very happy about the attribution of the filming location to Manali, while the movie was actually predominantly shot in Gulmarg. The production house, however, did credit the crew in Kashmir.
On the other hand, the Oberoi Udaivilas in Udaipur served as the filming location for Aditi’s (Kalki Koechlin) wedding.
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.
Owing to her faith in Ayan and Ranbir, Deepika said yes to the film without even reading the script.
Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani was also released in Israel and was dubbed in Hebrew. It did so after Devdas in 2002, after a gap of more than a decade.
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 a lawsuit was filed by its manufacturer.
Ayan made Ranbir, Deepika, Aditya, and Kalki drive from Chandigarh to Manali so that they could build a special rapport that would then translate on screen. While the trip was supposed to take six hours, Ranbir was adamant on finding a restaurant that apparently served the best butter chicken. Owing to this detour, the trip took 14 hours to complete.
The film currently ranks at 38 in the 50 highest-grossing Indian films. It made ₹319.6 crore (US$54.54 million) worldwide.