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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Review

Review by IndiaGlitz [ Friday, October 28, 2016 • Hindi ]
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Review
Dharma Productions
Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan
Karan Johar


Karan Johar has always been in the news due to the box-office performances of his films, questions related to his sexuality and some controversies surrounded around his films. The latest controversies were related to his film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil'.

The movie was almost on its verge of missing its theatrical release date, despite of interesting star cast, fantastic music and an intriguing trailer. All these factors have managed to raise the expectation level, making 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' one of the most anticipated films of this year.


'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' is a story of a rich, spoiled brat Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) who meets Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) in a random party. Both are going through a rough phase in their personal lives and thus connect with each other as good friends. Their friendship keeps growing stronger and stronger until the time when Ayan starts developing romantic feelings for Alizeh. Before he could take his love forward, Alizeh meets her ex-lover Ali (Fawad Khan) and decides to lead a married life with him. Heartbroken Ayan seeks solace in a high society poet Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) but fails to forget Alizeh and his feelings for her.

The 'Glitz' Factor

The first half is totally interesting as well as highly entertaining. The whole Ranbir - Anushka bonding track is amusing.There are some enjoyable scenes which go perfectly with the flow and mood of the film.

It's only the songs and some enjoyable moments that keep you glued to the silver screen. Dialogues are captivating, especially in case of Anushka and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.

The cinematography by Anil Mehta is of top notch and matches up to the brand image of the Karan Johar style of films.

Music by Pritam is superb. All the songs are catchy as well as chartbusters. The title track is the soul of the film while 'Bulleya' has full intensity and passion attached to it. 'Channa Mereya' is soulful. 'The Breakup Song' and 'Cutipie' lifts up the mood. The movie is entertaining in the first half and drags a lot in the second half.

Ranbir Kapoor looks fantastic and does his part with total grace. Anushka Sharma is superb in her role. The movie belongs to her as she is fabulous. Cameo by Lisa Haydon is highly hilarious followed by a cameo by Shahrukh Khan.

The 'Non-Glitz' Factor

The story has lots of similarities with one of Ranbir Kapoor's best films 'Rockstar', especially in the second half of the film. It's just that 'Rockstar' was intense while out here everything is glamorously presented.

On the flip side, couple of Ranbir's acts in the first half were a bit weird followed by the lack of intensity in Aishwarya's half-baked track. There are lot of repetitive situations where Ranbir is only shown running from one end to another.

The finale moments are highly dragging and unconvincing at times. The ending is bit abrupt. The graph of the movie highly slides downwards in the second half of the film. The relationships are not properly justified.

The screenplay in the second half is weak, dragging and forced. It's an average effort by the filmmaker where there is nothing new or uniqueness attached to it.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks stunningly gorgeous, but her part was half-baked and lacked the intensity. Fawad Khan is highly wasted in the movie.

Final 'Glitz'

'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' is a heartfelt repetitive drama from the banner of Karan Johar. It has everything a Karan Johar type of film requires, except for some uniqueness and organized screenplay.

Rating: 2.50 / 5.0

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