Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Review: Heartbreaking one-sided love story!

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Director: Karan Johar
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan
Rating: 3.5/5

The much awaited and controversial Karan Johar directorial venture Ae Dil Hai Mushkil finally hit the screens this Friday (Oct 28, 2016) ringing in the auspicious festival of Diwali. Bollywood has been always given romance drama films but it’s been a long time since we have had a chance to see a good one. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is one such romance drama that hits you with all kinds of emotions.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil traces the life of Ayan Sanger (Ranbir Kapoor), who is a famous singer giving an interview about how he started his career. Cut to flashback, we see Ranbir Kapoor, who is a rich father’s son and is doing MBA as per his father’s wishes. But, he is an aspiring singer who wants to make his career in music. He is dating Lisa ( Lisa Haydon) and thinks is in ‘love’ with her. Eventually, he meets Alizeh Khan (Anushka Sharma) and later become close buddies. She is dating Imran Abbas because he was chosen by her parents. Both of them break up with their better halves after something goes wrong at a double date party. Alizeh and Ayan head to their ‘Heartbreak Trip’ to Paris where they have a super fun time reminiscing 80s and 90s Bollywood songs. The close bond between Alizeh and Ayan evolves and Ayan eventually falls for her but Alizeh believes they will be together forever being really close friends. It’s here in Paris when Alizeh bumps into her former boyfriend Ali (Fawad Khan) and all her past feelings come rushing back to her. This is when Ayan starts to realize his feelings for Alizeh and that’s how one-sided love story begins.

We move onto the second half of the story where Ayan meets the very charming and beautiful Saba Khan (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). They meet at the airport where Ayan spills everything about his story and that’s how they end up developing a bond. She is a poetess and a divorcee who doesn’t want to be in love or relationship. As an independent and smart woman, she is poised and very charming. The story then revolves around these three people’s lives and who Ranbir will eventually end up with. The best part is the twist at the end that no one was really expecting in the film.

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Coming to performances, Ranbir Kapoor is a pure talent who is irreplaceable. He really needs a hit after facing three failures back to back. No matter whether how good or bad the movie is, Ranbir has never failed to give a brilliant performance and it’s the same in this film. Ranbir’s character Ayan is goofy, emotional and lovely. Not many actors show off their emotional side this beautifully onscreen. This is totally a Ranbir show with a roller coaster ride of his emotions.

Anushka Sharma, on the other hand, is a lively girl Alizeh Khan who has not made her tough break up everything. She is living her life to fullest and knows exactly what she wants in her life. Anushka does justice to her character and her chemistry with Ranbir is adorable. Both share this unique understanding between each other that one can see their real life friendship in Alizeh and Ayan. It looks very authentic and real.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, in a never seen before avatar, is really impressive. Her character Saba is a charming lady who knows her self-importance.

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Coming to Fawad Khan, it’s sad most of his scenes were mercilessly chopped off because of the protests and ban. Well, in the little onscreen time he has, Fawad proves that a good actor can stand out even with a few seconds of his or her performance. We don’t get to see more of Alizeh and Ali because of the cuts but they do share an amazing chemistry and I really hope we get to see this chemistry some day in future (if at all, the ban is lifted).

Shah Rukh Khan has very small screen time in his guest appearance and comes at a very crucial time in the movie. The little of SRK is enough as he takes over the screen with beautiful dialogues. Alia Bhatt’s cameo is a teeny-tiny one but definitely a cute.

Karan Johar’s direction and writing have surely changed since his debut in Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. The pain is more real, relatable and most importantly, it hurts the most. He proves that he is one the best filmmakers to tell romantic stories in the best way possible. Also, kudos to him on the plans to reprise of old melodies from the 80s and 90s and bring it back for the new generation.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a new take on the relationships keeping it real for the audience. The music stands out in the film. This Diwali entertainer is must watch for those who enjoy soulful music, romance and in all Karan Johar and the cast. It is winning the box office and hearts for sure.

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