Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) & Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) hook up at a bar and soon become fast friends. Things go haywire when Ayan falls in love with Alizeh and Alizeh’s ex-boyfriend Ali (Fawad Khan) returns into her life and Alizeh decides to marry Ali. Heart-broken Ayan finds solace in Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) or has he? Will he get the unrequited love from Alizeh? This forms the crux of the story.
Positive points: –
- The music of the film stands out. Not only has Pritam and his singers have done a wonderful job with the rendition of the songs, but Amitabh Bhattacharya has done a spectacular job with the lyrics also.
- Performance and chemistry of Ranbir and Anushka is excellent.
- The story of unrequited love will touch the hearts of a lot of people around the world as almost every person has had such an experience at least once in his/her life.
- Some of the dialogues & shayaris delivered by Aishwarya and Shah Rukh Khan (in a wonderful cameo) in urdu stand out.
Negative points: –
- At 2 hours and 37 minutes, this movie is too long. The movie could have been easily reduced by half an hour at least.
- There are a few scenes in the first half such as those Chandni moments and all which seemed unnecessary and could have been done away with it.
- The second half starts on a lovely note with the advent of Aishwarya in the film and soon goes out of track as soon as she leaves. Her character was very strong and wasn’t done justice to.
- The second half again was a bit messed up with a lot of sub plots with just the Saba-Ayan relationship making an impact. The subsequent ascent of Ayan of being a successful singer and the re-entry of Alizeh in his life haven’t been done justice to and it would have been better if all these storylines would have merged up instead of coming one after another.
- Lastly the movie has almost all clichés which we see in romantic movies and it is not something which we hadn’t expected. So we can let this go.
Direction, Script and Other Technicalities: –
Karan Johar does his usual job of showing larger than life movies and this time he is sure to have touched the hearts of the broken-hearted people all around. He knows how to bring out the best in the actors and his lead actors nail their job. The script by Niranjar Iyengar and Johar has its moments but it seems like they were confused how to put the story with so many sub-plots. The urdu shayaris and dialogues are really clapworthy and they add a poetic and mature angle to the story.
Then music of the film is its best thing and Pritam is at his usual best. You may not like anything else in this movie but the music because it is extremely well made. Amitabh Bhattacharya does an exceptional job with the lyrics and his choice of words in the title song, Bulleya and Channa Mereya especially is excellent.
Ranbir Kapoor has already done the broken-hearted character previously in Rockstar and Tamasha, hence seeing him in this movie isn’t a new experience. As always he has done a great job especially when he is emotional and sad.
Anushka Sharma has her share of bubbliness as well as emotional turmoil in the movie and it isn’t a surprise that she has done a sterling job with it.
Aishwarya Rai makes a bold and sexy appearance in this movie. What disappoints me is that her character had a lot of strength and sadly wasn’t developed properly by the writer.
Fawad Khan has a short role and doesn’t have much to do. He however does justice to his role which is extremely simple and could have been performed by anyone else. So wasting his talent in the movie didn’t seem justified.
Lisa Haydon and Imran Abbas do good in their short appearances.
Shah Rukh Khan makes a cameo that is impossible to ignore because the scene involving him is the written brilliantly and forms an important part of the movie.
Final verdict: –
I have mixed reviews for this movie. It’s beautiful as well as messed up. It’s touching as well as disengaging at times. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is fueled by great performances from its lead supported by great music. People who are broken-hearted, have been unable to come out of breakups or unrequited love will love this movie. The rest can enjoy it as a one-time watch and forget it soon (save its songs!!).