Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Review – A mature and realistic take on modern day relationships

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review – ADHM Film Rating

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil movie cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lisa Haydon, Fawad Khan
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil movie director: Karan Johar

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Ratings: 4 stars

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a very mature take on modern day relationships. It will pinch the commitment phobic, and is like a mirror image for all one sided lovers. Ae Dil is not what it looked like in the trailer. It’s not an out and out intense movie like it appears to be in the trailer. Ten minutes into the film, you’ll be giggling, with back to back surprises and some really refreshing twist to the intense tale.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil movie story

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a roller coaster ride between lovers, which mirrors the ups and downs of their lives. The film starts off with the introduction of the singer Ayaan Sehgal (Ranbir Kapoor) giving an interview, wherein he talks about the inspiration behind his successful singing career. The story, then enters a flashback that has Ayaan and the free spirited Alizeh Khan (Anushka Sharma) meeting at a night club. They start enjoying each other’s company as friends, so much so that, that they become inseparable. One day, when Ayaan and Alizeh go on a double date with their respective lovers (Lisa Haydon and Imran Abbas), an untoward incident happens which leads to them breaking up with their lovers. And to ‘celebrate’ their break up, Ayaan and Alizeh head to Paris, where they find seamless comfort in each other’s company. Despite Ayaan repeatedly confessing his love for Alizeh, she maintains that they are only best friends and nothing more than that. One day, when Ayaan and Alizeh go to party at a club, Alizeh finds her ex-lover Ali (Fawad Khan) playing at the DJ console. Alizeh, who now finds her love rekindled for Ali, announces her decision to Ayaan. She tells Ayaan that she wants to get married to Ali, who happened to be the only person whom she ever loved. A heartbroken Ayaan, then meets the stunning Sabah (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), a poetess who is happily divorced. Despite the two having a great live-in relationship, Sabah finds something amiss in their relationship. Amidst all this, Ayaan gets to know something shocking about Alizeh that changes everyone’s lives forever. What is it about Alizeh that leaves Ayaan shell-shocked, what happens to his relationship with Sabah and whom does Ayaan settle the rest of his life with, is what forms the rest of the story.

Review/Star Cast Performances

After having directed smash hit films like KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM, KABHI ALVIDA NAA KEHNA, MY NAME IS KHAN, and STUDENT OF THE YEAR, Karan Johar helms the directorial chair for AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL. The film, in totality, bears the trademarked ‘Karan Johar’s impeccable style of filmmaking.

Ranbir Kapoor as Ayan, the one sided lover who finds a rebound in Ash has put in tremendous effort in this film. Anushka however, steals the show! Her eyes do the talking which proves she’s come a long way since Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and her contemporaries better not undermine her talent. She looks drop dead gorgeous in all frames. Girls would want to steal all her kurtas, jackets, scarfs and boots. Her entire wardrobe is the most outstanding thing about ADHM’s styling.

Fawad Khan has a considerably shorter yet important role in the movie. There are surprises for his fans in store which they can see for themselves when they watch the movie. Wait until you see those gifs and screen shots floating!

Thumbs up for Lisa Haydon’s short stint where she’ll remind you of Lara Aunty from YJHD. The few minutes of Shah Rukh Khan in the movie are very well scripted and Karan has made sure that he leaves an impact. He says, “Dare huye log aksar alfazon ke peechhe chhupte hain,” which somehow sums up all our guilt and introvert streaks. He renders the famous dialogue of the film, “Ek tarfa pyaar ki takat…” and you’ll lose focus on Ranbir and Ash when SRK is in the frame. He’s superb and his role is crisp. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan fares well in her role as a failed poet. She’s tried hard to deliver all the shayaris as a shyara and she succeeds to some extent. Your eyes will be on her clothes and breathtaking home all the time, where I’d like to give full marks to the art director. Karan’s movies are scenery, frame by frame, such that even Alizeh’s or Ayan’s messed up houses look beautiful. Get over Iktara, you’ll not get home décor goals from ADHM, especially for a bachelor’s pad.

AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL’s music (Pritam) is already a superhit, and the songs manage to give an extraordinary feel to the story. Tracks like ‘Bulleya’ and the title track lifts up the tempo of the film to another level altogether. The film’s background score (Pritam) is equally good and helps the film immensely.

The film’s cinematography (Anil Mehta) is superlative. The way in which he has shot the foreign locales are extremely top-notch. Even though the film’s editing (Manik Dawar) is good, it definitely could have been tighter, majorly in the film’s second half. Had the length of the film been a bit shorter, it would have definitely worked in the film’s favour.

Final Verdict

On the whole, AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL is a contemporary and a progressive take on relationships from the master story teller Karan Johar. It is a perfect Diwali entertainer which packages rich visuals, chartbuster music and an engrossing screenplay on a large canvas. At the Box-Office, the tremendous hype, combined with the festive period and an extended weekend will translate into amazing returns for the makers. In a nutshell, AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL has got ‘S-U-P-E-R-H-I-T’ written all over it. 

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