Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Karan Johar’s best

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kal Ho Na Ho, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has it all. Even Alia Bhatt from Student of the Year is there. Free mei  bat raha hai sab kuch, lelo!

On a serious note, ADHM took us by storm. Ranbir Kapoor’s  performance as a whole, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s moist-eyed dialogue delivery, Anushka Sharma’a smile and her full of life attitude, Fawad Khan’s charm and Karan Johar’s direction, all amalgamate and form a plethora of emotions. And what acts as a cherry on the cake are Manish Malhotra’s impeccable costumes…


Title: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Directed by: Karan Johar

Produced by: Apoorv Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar and Karan Johar

Starring: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fawad Khan

Production Company: Dharma Productions

Release date: 28th October, 2016

Language: Hindi

Genre: Drama

The story is not something new. Ayan and Alizeh meet at a bar, they hook up and eventually become best friends. But then, problem ho jaati hai. Ayan falls in love with Alizeh, but she wants nothing more than friendship. Why? Kyuki pyaar mei junoon hai. Dosti mei sukoon hai. And she also already loves someone yaar, that too since college. Enter Fawad Khan. Then DJ Ali and Alizeh get married and Ayan takes a flight back home. Guess who he meets in the lounge at the airport. Correct! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Saba is a divorced poetess, a shayra to be precise and is looking for love. Though she says that ‘uski zindagi mei rishte ki koi jagah nahi hai’, her eyes speak of her want for a person who she can love. And then there is more to the story, but I cannot reveal it!



Speaking of the direction, Karan Johar is a master of his art, and maybe, his heart too. But in Ae Dil, I felt that the writer in him took over the director. The characters are so well written, the scenes  so well shot and the dialogues so perfectly written by Karan and Niranjan Iyengar that you don’t want to even blink your eyes. A dialogue by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan goes like, “Kuch zakhmo ke karz lavzo se ada nahi hote. Lekin mere paas lavzo ke alawa kuch nahi hai.” And talking about relationships, as Karan always does, he gives Saba a very powerful dialogue. In a scene where Saba and Ayan meet her ex-husband, played by Shah Rukh Khan, Saba says to Tahir, “Rishto ki geeli zameen par log aksar fisal jaate hai.”


Karan Johar has made it a point to include songs/incidences/dialogues from all of his previous movies, some from Yash Raj Films and some from some really iconic movies in Hindi cinema. And this works so perfectly for the film. Alizeh wants a chiffon saree scene in the Alps, and it is there. It is her Bollywood dream of a man stopping her at the airport, and it is there. There is also a scene towards the end when Alizeh and Ayan dance to lag Ja Gale. That scene is jaw dropping beautiful. You can feel the emotions, the love.


In one particular sequence, when Ayan starts singing Channa Mereya, you have to look into Alizeh’s eyes. In a split of a second, she understands that Ayan ka dil toota hai. In another scene, when Ayan, Alizeh and Saba are at the dinner table, and Saba asks Alizeh as to how did she not fall in love with Ayan, you can feel the awkwardness. The emotions of the characters are so well portrayed that you want the scene to end so that you can do away with the awkwardness.

Ranbir Kapoor as Ayan is outstanding. Initially, Ayan is a shallow man who has never been in true love and Anushka Sharma just reminds him of the same when she says “yeh jo tumhara dil hai na, yeh bikhra hai, toota nahi.” But eventually, he falls in love with Alizeh and Ranbir just gets more beautiful. After Barfi, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani, Rockstar and many more films, Ranbir Kapoor has again set a benchmark for acting in Hindi Cinema. Anushka Sharma as Alizeh is nowhere behind him. She is at par with him, complimenting Ranbir in the best possible way. She is effortless to say the least. The actor in her shouts out loud. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, through Ae Dil, proves that she is eternally beautiful and she leaves us with a choice to make . It is we who have to decide what is more beautiful: she herself, or her dialogue delivery, her Urdu! Fawad Khan and SRK appear as special appearances, but they too add too much drama and conflict to the narrative.

Not to forget, Anil Mehta’s cinematography. A breathtaking London, a beautiful Paris an even more beautiful Lucknow and an amazing Vienna. Also, look out for the homes, Ayan’s, Alizeh’s and Saba’s. They have so much to say about each of them. Hats off to Manish Malhotra. He makes Saba and Alizeh look oh-so-beautiful in the film…

The ending of ADHM is nice, but it is not possibly the best option Karan Johar had. It is not the best way to end an amalgamated tale of emotions. The background score is really not what I wanted and doesn’t work for the film. It, in a way, ruins the ‘vatavaran’ of the story.

All in all, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is Karan Johar’s most mature film. It is his take on love which is not necessarily the greatest thing on earth. In fact, maybe, friendship is, sacrifice even. And when I saw the film, I could only think of my girl-best friend. I saw her in Alizeh. Woh meri aashiqui nahi hai, lekin mera sabkuch hai…

My Rating: 4/5




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