Movie review

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

pic-6-573-x-430Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a definite comment on love. It just doesn’t showcase love as one singular feeling of passion and greatness. Instead it breaks love down into several individual feelings. Some platonic, some sexual and some mature, Reports, The Indian Express
The very fact that this film successfully portrays love and its various facets with such deftness and control is its true success. In the end, it does falter a bit, the end to Ranbir Kapoor’s and Anushka Sharma’s love story feels like a cop out. But even then, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil does enough to convince you that love can be an exhausting experience, but even in its challenges, it is the one true emotion that can give meaning to life.
The constant sense of conflict in the story is the contrast with which Ayan and Alizeh view their relationship. She struggles to make him understand about her platonic expectations while he can never quite graduate beyond his physical desires. They both love each other, but take a while to figure out how to fit into the other person’s expectation. Alizeh’s old flame Ali (Fawad Khan) and Ayan’s new obsession Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) complicate the love story further.
Even with its doddering narrative, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s emotions are consistent and bang on. Watching this film and its characters coming to terms with love, heartbreak and the ambition of relationships is fascinating.
The characters are as complex as real individuals. Sometimes they are a bundle of contradiction and at other times they are joyous creatures to behold. Ranbir Kapoor is the soul of this film. His mere presence brings a therav to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. His eyes convey myriad feelings of heartbreak, innocence and passion with consummate ease.
His performance once again, lays the benchmark for quality acting in Hindi cinema. Anushka Sharma’s performance matches Ranbir in every aspect. She is the perfect compliment to Ranbir’s charisma. Pritam’s music is a definite value add to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. So are the dialogues by Niranjan Iyenger and Karan Johar. Some of the lines like ‘Aapke aansoon bade wafadar Hai…’ and ‘Pyaar mein junoon… Dosti mein sukoon…’ are just sublime. The background score though is a bit of a hit and miss.
Sometimes it just becomes too over bearing. Despite its hits and misses, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is an experience worth having. Karan Johar peppers this love story with countless movie references, some his own, some of his mentors at Yash Raj and others of his idols from Hindi cinema. His homage driven treatment adds the right kind of spunk to the film. Barring the minor hiccups in the narrative, this film is easily one of the best efforts of his career. It’s a film that makes you cry, makes you laugh and makes you fall in love.


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