Glossy, sumptuous but formulaic — My review of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The sheer number of gorgeous people and locations in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil got me in a quandary as I kept zoning out from the story, slipping into reveries — it’s hard to retain one’s equanimity when one gets to eyeball such  perpetually beautiful actors. Beauty can be really meddlesome at times!

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil revolves around Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) and Alizeh (Anushka Sharma). Their relationship changes from friendship to one-sided-love to that of a friend-zone. Ayan, who dreams of becoming the next Mohammad Rafi, is not a quintessential Hindi cinema hero — he’s timid, self-conscious about dancing in front of people, a tad juvenile at times and as Alizeh puts it – a baby without a pram!
But that doesn’t make you complain, because when was the last time we saw a mainstream male protagonist writhing about on the road, crying?
But soon, Ayan mutates into a serious man—still retaining a tinge of boyishness—as he develops profound love for Alizeh, who sadly doesn’t reciprocate.
Alizeh’s only Achilles’ heel—despite coming across as tough and pragmatic—is her love for Ali (Fawad Khan), which abruptly resurrects—much to Ayan’s consternation. Fawad Khan once again charms the audience – also with some dance moves this time.


The beauty quotient goes into the stratosphere with Saba’s (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) entry. Saba, in addition to being a comely, intoxicating, drop-dead gorgeous woman, is also a Shayara –which makes the whole watching-experience headier.
You feel instantly smitten by her persona, which is only heightened by the enamouring Urdu Shayaris.
The second-half of the movie is a bit fast paced. It makes you ask the who-ends-up-with-whom question. It essentially deals with Ayan’s predicament—his dalliance with Saba, but hidden love for Alizeh, who is now married to Ali.
In some places, you fail to connect with the emotions portrayed by these actors as you’re carried away by their beguiling looks. The way it all pans out is specious albeit the emotions are unfeigned.
It takes considerable effort to look beyond the reposeful and dreamy visuals and invest in the story unfolding on the screen.
Though the pre-climax and the climax of the film are unanticipated, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil smacks of predictability. The dialogues are witty and lyrical but also corny and trite.
The music—lilting and catchy— is surely a plus-point. Especially the breakup song is here to stay.

Watch Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for its exciting cameos and special appearances. Watch it for the satisfying and appealing looks and locations. Watch it for the peppy songs. Watch it for Karan Johar’s new, matured take on relationships.

I’m going with 3 out of 5 stars.


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