Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Movie : Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Category : New Age Indian Film Industry
Cast:Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai, Fawad Khan
Director: Karan Johar
Music: Pritam

Expectations from a Karan Johar movie are pretty much entrenched. Breathtaking locations, glamorous costumes, catchy music, good-looking cast and a heart-wrenching story. If you are expecting anything else then you are bluffing yourself!

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil offers you just that. Karan Johar takes you through exotic locations in London and Europe in quintessential filmy style. The story begins with Ranbir (Ayan) and Anushka (Alizeh) dealing breakups with their love interests. Alizeh dazzles Ayan with a live life to the fullest attitude and brings in the missing madness in his life. Needless to say, he is floored by her presence.

The duo run away to Paris for a “breakup vacation” and what follows is unseemingly honest camaraderie. Enter Alezh’s one true love Fawad (Ali), leaving a shattered Ayan to realise he was in her “Friend Zone”.

Cliched series of events follow – broken heart makes you sing better, that is exactly what happens to Ayan. He takes up his long burning desire to be a singer as his profession and meets the gorgeous poetess Aishwarya (Saba). The whole mushkil bit for Ayan is when Alizeh resurfaces back into his life.

Ranbir convinces you yet again he is here to stay. Be it crying on the footpath like a heartbroken kid or jeopardising his relationship to make someone jealous, he pulls it off like a pro. He doesn’t need dialogues to convey the audience whether he is in love with the woman he is currently romancing with. You just know it.

Anushka proves you can pull off kurtas with oodles of kajal absolutely anywhere you go. Her chirpiness is infectious, so is her conviction towards the man she is in love with. She does absolute justice to her character who is very head strong about the way she feels.

The highlight of the movie is the implausible chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka. For me, that is what held the movie together. It is so palpable, you seldom reckon they are acting the scenes written in the script. Especially when they swoon to old bollywood numbers, you absolutely adore their charismatic screen presence.

While Karan Johar made his best efforts to establish the depth in Ayan and Alizeh’s characters, Saba’s character lacks some serious depth. You don’t really connect with her character, even when she spells out the most exquisite of Urdu poetry. So much are her lines poetic, at one point Ayan queries “Aap ye rehearse karke aate ho kya!”. Although I must admit, Aishwarya looks absolutely alluring in this one. Her screen presence teamed with some stunning attires were etheral!

The cinematography in the movie is brilliant. The camera motions and angles are in sync with the ongoing emotions of the characters. Music is catchy, you can’t resist humming the peppy numbers composed by Pritam.

Overall the movie leaves an impact on you which stays for a while before you could get on with your routine. Achieving that in today’s world of cinema is quite an attainment!

Rating – 3.5/5


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