Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan
Director: Karan Johar
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) gives us the same story of love and friendship which he had given in his past films but with few twists.. The cliché dialogues and lengthy storyline test your patience and you might like it only if you are a die-hard romantic.
Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) is very rich and wants to be a singer. One night, at a pub, he meets Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) and they gradually bond with each other. Soon, they become best friends with roaming and enjoying night lives and doing things their typical filmy way. While Ayan has already fallen in love with Alizeh, she doesn’t feel the same way about him. Alizeh accidentally meets Ali (Fawad Khan) at a night club, where he is a DJ. Ali is Alizeh’s ex-lover. Now, when you feel this is a love triangle, there is also an inclusion of another one, Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) who is a poet. ADHM is a story of these four characters and their understanding of what love and friendship are and which is more important.
Script of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil comes off as the same old concept Karan Johar has used for so many years. So, it offers nothing new. We are given insights about love, its power, unrequited love and its vitality and finally, the integrity of friendship and why it is the most important thing of all.
Four characters who take turns in falling in love then separating and then some more dilemma about love and friendship make the film complex. The start of the film where two lead characters Ayan and Alizeh have fun in clubs and different places are so irritating with cliché dialogues and excessive references to Bollywood quotes and songs, that after a while you feel, this film is a summarization of Bollywood from 1970s till date. Karan could have easily written these narratives with today’s relevant conversations a youth uses. Amidst these flaws, I liked the ending of the film which is sweet.
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Karan Johar impresses with the character development of Ayan and Saba. Ayan’s emotional attachment to Alizeh and pain is expressed effectively by him. The treatment given to the film in the initial phase was too dramatic and gives the hint that this is a typical romantic film which doesn’t have any depth or newness. Ayan-Alizeh’s fun friendship in the start and their double dates were horribly directed. The film only becomes interesting when Alizeh meets Ali; from there on it rides on its core intention. I loved the picturization of Channa Mereya song which beautifully narrated the pain Ayan is going through.
The second half of the film was better. Introduction of Saba made it interesting. Songs were a real treat, with Bulleya giving a boost to the story. After a while, the story becomes predictable. I don’t understand why film-makers don’t pay attention to the film’s length. The second half was stretched when it could have been reduced by 10-15 minutes. Like I said, I liked the end but then Karan kept giving further possibilities to the end. You don’t have to show the obviousness of it.
Ranbir Kapoor leads the film with his impressive performance. After ‘Rockstar’, this role is obviously easy for him where he has to show the pain through singing which he does best. He is stunning in his dialogue delivery and his chemistry with both Anushka and Aishwarya was splendid. You can relate to the pain of one sided love through his acting. Anushka Sharma gives an elegant performance. She is funny, dominating and emotes friendship in amazing way. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was so pleasing and I don’t mean just looks but her personality and expressions blow you over. Fawad Khan doesn’t have much to do in the film apart from playing DJ and smoking cigarettes.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is the same story of love and friendship with a new cast and a few fresh approaches. It has good moments in the second half but only in fragments. The mundane script and length of the film fail to make it an engaging movie.