Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Film Review – Friend-zone Redefined

Verdict: Karan Johar’s take on unrequited love leaves you wanting more.  

The characters in any Karan Johar film look perfect in every scene. It doesn’t matter if they are drunk, heartbroken, or have just gotten out of bed, as their hair, costumes, and make-up is always on fleek. They are also filthy rich and can travel across Europe, simply to get over a breakup. And not to forget, their usual mode of transport is their private jet.

Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) meets Ayaan (Ranbir Kapoor) at a pub in London and it takes just a few drinks for them to become friends. During a trip to Paris, Ayaan reveals that he is attracted to Alizeh but without wasting time, she friend-zones him. Later, she bumps into her ex-boyfriend Ali (Fawad Khan) as she is partying with Ayaan. As time goes by, the relationship between these three characters changes drastically. Another subplot includes Saba (the stunning Aishwarya Rai, who looks gorgeous throughout), a poetess, who Ayaan dates in order to get over Alizeh. 

Ranbir Kapoor was going through a rough patch in his career as his last movies failed to work but with Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, he reminds you exactly why he was considered to be the next superstar. His comic timing is brilliant but Kapoor will also make you cry in the song, 'Channa Mereya'. You can't help but feel his pain when he confesses his love for Alizeh on her wedding day. The star of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil though is undoubtedly Anushka Sharma. She’s fabulous in the emotional scenes and completely owns the first half of the movie. With Sultan earlier this year and now Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Sharma has catapulted herself to the spot of Number One actress in Bollywood. Fawad Khan enjoys not more than fifteen minutes of screen time but his character is important to the narrative. 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Pritam deserves a thumbs up for giving such a diverse and wonderful album in which every song is better than the other. 'Bulleya' and the title track are the standout numbers but it won't take time for 'Cutie Pie' to be played at every Indian wedding. It is hard to find a flaw in Johar's direction. He brings out the best in all his actors as even the unpredictable Aishwarya Rai Bachchan gives a top-class performance. It is Karan Johar’s script that stops ADHM from being more than just a one-time watch. After a point, the hero’s obsession with a woman who refuses to love him, seems weird. The twist in the end, too, looks forced only to make the audience sympathize with a particular character. 

Why You Should Watch This Movie:

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a typical Dharma film as it has a bit of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Kal Ho Na Ho. The film stars good-looking actors, who are in prime form; has a musical score that’ll be on your playlist for a while, and an unconventional love story that will touch your heart. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil isn't Karan Johar's best film but is good enough to keep you entertained for 2 hours 38 minutes. 

Release Date: 28 Oct, 2016
Language: Hindi
Director: Karan Johar
Genre: Drama, Romance
Cast & Crew: Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Fawad Khan
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