Starring: Ranbir Kapoor (Ayan Sanger), Anushka Sharma (Alizeh Khan), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Saba), Lisa Haydon (Lisa), Imran Abbas (Faisal), Fawad Khan (Ali)
Director: Karan Johar
Cinematography: Anil Mehta
“Ek ladka aur ladki sirf ost nai reh sakte” says a frustrated and emotionally traumatized Ranbir Kapoor, which is pretty much the summary of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Expected to be one of the better love stories of the year, the film had all what it takes to be a blockbuster hit. An accomplished star cast, sensational music, the genius of Karan Johar behind the camera with his overloaded stream of emotions flowing in the film for the entire 150 minutes is a synopsis of Dharma production’s latest.
To first chunk of this journey is well organised and is over flooded with references to Karan Johar’s previous films making the film attractive and adorable. The direction, story flow, characterization and all important stations are well covered by the veteran director for his Diwali release. The film features a lot of cameos by well-known actors, which is nothing new to Karan’s films.
Amongst all its scoring points in the first half, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil gives you the entertainment, well-built emotions and intense music to complement those emotions, which is rare in films today.
The return of Karan Johar as the director once again gives the audience a lot of emotional stuffto deal with. The directors methods of close face shots and amazing locations in Paris and London add a better flavor to the film.
After a touching first half, the second half of this journey gives us a heart broken Ranbir transform into a dashing musician romancing the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai. Dialogues are another powerful asset this film has. The fusion of the music and the poetic convrsaions take the sensuous Ranbir-Aishwarya romance to an altogether new level. Ae Dil hai Mushkil manages to maintain its glossy touch for almost two hours before the journey starts getting unbearable and “Mushkil” to sit through.
As soon as all the songs are over, this emotional saga turns into a heart wrenching dilemma which proves that Mr. Johar has forgotten some of his finishing skills as a director. The last half an hour is more than enough to ruin the name this film could have made. The film conveys a great message for the couples of the age who generally tend to confuse cross gender friendship with love and brilliantly explains the consequences in such cases.
The film is very similar to those journeys where the whole route is entertaining and happening but the last few stations or moments ruin the fun. After weighing its positives and negatives, I end up giving Ae Dil Hai Mushkil a 3rd AC rating in which the AC tends to go off at a point and all what is left is a claustrophobic coach.
My Rating: 2.5/5 (3rd AC Uncomfortable Journey)