Movie: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Directed by: Karan Johar
Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan
Rating: 3/5 TTN stars
When you mix 2 portions of Kuch Kuch Hotha Hai, 1 portion of Rockstar and 1 portion of Kal Ho Na Ho and serve it in a glass of good acting, what you get is a cocktail called Ae Dil Hai Mushkil which surely tastes good but fails to give you a high. With the usual melodrama and extravaganza, KJo pulls off another of his typical Rom Coms that would entertain the mass but irk the meticulous.
Awkward Boy meets Cool Girl in a random disco and messes up his first chance of making out with her only to get doomed to the oh-so-dreadful friend zone. Cool Girl and Awkward Boy have platonic fun in exotic European locations for a long time and just when he thinks he has almost qualified as a lover, enters Hot DJ, ex of Cool Girl, stealing her away from right under his nose. Awkward Boy runs away to start a fresh friendship (with benefits) with Poetic Cougar who is divorced from her Overrated Painter Lover and ends up falling in love with Awkward Boy. By this time you are already slightly tired and have started wondering how would the script wrap up such a long chain of one sided love? And then comes the unbeatable twist! Of course, there is only 1 way to end this mess. Except that you have already seen that too many times in other movies and mildly expected KJo to do something different this time.
Karan Johar tried to pay keen attention to the emotional quotient of the movie but in some places failed to convince the audience because the characters lacked sufficient believable background stories. It is difficult for the mass to relate with the miseries of a “private jet type” man and an apparently jobless woman although that very conveniently explains the time and money required to wander around in European countries.
With no experimental shots, cinematography was rather safe and boring except for the uncomfortable closeups! You can almost count the number of diamonds in Anushka’s nose stud and hair on Ranbir’s face!
Dialogs are overall intriguing and enjoyable except for the occasional parts where you are too busy trying to decipher the literal meaning of the fairly complicated Urdu Shayeri-inflicted dialogs being constantly thrown at you to relish its figurative interpretation. It’s like watching Romeo & Juliet in Shakespearean English, unless, of course, you are a pro in the language! Music was undoubtedly good and well placed in the movie doing justice to the storyline.
The biggest highlight of the movie is, however, the Anushka and Ranbir duo. They have acted their hearts out and that’s the primary reason you should watch it. Aishwarya was unnecessarily trying too hard to pose extra sexy and elegant, despite both the qualities being natural in her. Even her dialog delivery was slightly superficial. SRK did enough to keep his fans happy with his cameo. Fawad looked unfairly more handsome than ever but had very less scope of acting. However, his Bollywood-style dancing skill has visibly improved. Too bad he might not get to use it in near future, owing to the ongoing controversy surrounding Pakistani artists in India.
Sure, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is not an intellectual treat but it’s not a torture either. It’s a good directorial attempt by KJo but yes, he definitely needs to pay more attention to technical details. I would give it 3/5 TTN stars.
Do watch the movie yourself and let us know in the comments section, how much you want to rate it.