REVIEW: AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL


When I got up yesterday morning, it was like virtually every morning in the last three weeks. The refrain of the beautiful title song of Karan Johar´s latest movie AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL wafted through my mind and along with it was the visual of Ranbir Kapoor superbly emoting the angst expressed in Amitabh Bhattacharya´s lyrics and as was captured in the teaser for the movie. Easily the best song in 2016, Arijit Singh´s rendering of this high pitched song catapults this number into my all-time favourites. The movie was slated to be released in the Gulf yesterday and here I was stranded in Cologne. Not in my wildest of dreams could I have visualized myself sitting in a theatre in Cologne and watching this movie yesterday night, but that is precisely what happened. In a theatre with a capacity of about 500 seats, which was quite full and with more than 50 percent of the audience being locals, I watched my first Bollywood movie with German sub-titles!
In the song about which I have spoken above, there is a line in the second stanza which goes like this: Safar, Safar Khoobsoorat Hai Manzil Se Bhi. How true this statement is, and in my context, the joy of discovering that the movie was playing in Cologne and the thrill of booking the ticket and walking all the way to the theatre peaked just as the movie began..and after that, it was downhill all the way. Was I expecting too much out of this movie?
Love, Friendship and Time are three parameters which Karan Johar tries to play with in AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL and in the process makes watching the movie a MUSHKIL experience. Simply postulated, A could be friends with B but not in love at one point of time; at an earlier point of time, A could be in love, but could be just friends with B presently; C could be in love with D, but D may not be in love with C, but rather with E while wanting to retain best friend status with C; A may not want to be in love, but may want to be desired by C. Any particular reason why this happens? No, but Karan Johar may feel that love doesn’t require a reason, only a season. But for such a movie to make an impact, one requires a solid story; not just concepts! This is the biggest drawback of AE DIL HAI MUSHKIL. And having realized this perhaps, Karan Johar brings in the dreaded C (not the character C) to usher in some sympathy from the audience, and succeeds only in making sure everyone loses out in the end.
Ranbir Kapoor´s acting is top class and he stands tall amongst the ruins and remains the only reason why one could see the movie. Anushka is good and that makes watching the movie less Mushkil. SRK fans may throng the halls for catching a fleeting glimpse and hearing him mouth an interesting dialogue; and I must say that I was surprised when his presence on the screen was greeted by a thunderous clapping by the locals too!
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Tujhko Flop Hone se Bachana Mushkil!
RATING: 2.5 out of 5
October 28, 2016

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About Vijay from Muscat

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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