Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Indeed,
No other movie has captured as much attention as ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ lately. We finally see Karan Johar behind the camera since ‘Student of the Year’ and we see the return of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in a more glamorous role than her previous one in ‘Jazbaa’ and ‘Sarbjit’.
The film introduces us to Ayan Sanger played by Ranbir Kapoor, a Musician. We’re swiftly moved on to his past youth where Alizeh enters. Alizeh played by Anushka Sharma is a fearless, witty and no nonsense kind of woman. All the more, it makes her a very attractive character in the film. She’s definitely playing the girl, that all desi girls find in themselves at some stage or other. Some great laugh out loud moments. Some Bollywood humour for all those who love what Karan Johar has given us.Lisa Haydon character is hilarious and over the top but brings out some great comedic moments, especially when she’s introduced to Anushka Sharma and Imran Abbas characters. Funniest scene in the movie in my opinion.
Its nice to see Pakistani actors crossing the border, its even better to see two established Pakistani actors to share screen space in a Bollywood film. Who would of ever thought that would happen? Alia Bhatt pops up as a cameo, but its what KJo is synonymous with. He has stars at the tips of his fingers. Its only the first half of the film and what irks me is that it feels a lot like that Ranbir Kapoor playing himself, his character feels no different from ‘Wake up Sid’, ‘Rockstar’ and even ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. Fawad Khan entry is unexpected so early in the film, but no so remarkable. There’s not much to grasp of his character but I expect he is just a buffer for the story to move along.
The heartbreak is predictable, but still very sad when it comes.
In the first half, I have to say Anushka Sharma character comes out really well, the actress shines as Alizeh, if I’m honest it can become a game changer for her as Cocktail was for Deepika Padukone. Considering how much of the promos has Aishwarya Rai, she is still nowhere to be seen. Disappointing, as she was in the promos way more than the main characters.
Finally we are given what we’re looking forward to. Aishwarya Rai’s entry is spectacular especially how the camera pans toward her. Ethereal as ever. Saba played by Aishwarya is meant to be a catalyst in the story. I can’t say how much her role lives up to that without giving away a spoiler.
The Urdu shahiri (poetry) is beautiful. Its been a while since I’ve heard word like Tauheen (insult), Zubaan (Tongue) and Takreeban (Almost). Its interesting to see the spotlight on the Urdu language in a film.
SRK’s entry was unnecessary in my opinion but it being a KJo film and a Diwali blockbuster, no stone is left unturned. Some highlights for me came in the form of ‘Noor Jehan’ mention, no generation in Pakistan is unaware of her importance in Pakistani music. Many may not know that Noor Jehan’s granddaughter Sonia Jehan played SRK sister in law in ‘My name is Khan’.
Half way through the second part, the movie headed in a very different direction.
I’ll try to brief with my spoilers.
The introduction of the Cancer illness in one of the main characters wasn’t necessary but intended to put a sense of urgency in the story but Bollywood films have a tendency to over do it and this was no exception. From that point, Friendship and Love get in to a messy situation. The film ends on an anti-climactic note. Karan Johar where is my happy ending?! All in all, a good watch, dramatic as it was meant to be, I laughed through it and appreciated the performances.
The songs are still all the rage, Break Up Song is still my favourite as per my Monday Music Recommendation. Cutie pie is lost on me but I guess no film is complete without one cheesy song nowadays. Channa Meraya, with the story, breaks your heart. But I expect with such great lyrics, I will be listening to it for a long time to come. Bulleya is angst filled and the lyrics have such great meaning. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (Title Song) will definitely be my sad song for long walks. The soundtrack is definitely highlight of 2016, packing a great mix of genres which no other soundtrack has done in 2016.
The film is worth a watch for the performances but story wise, it leaves something amiss.