Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

Cast – Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan

Director – Karan Johar

Writer – Karan Johar, Vihan Malik

Those of you who were expecting it to be a typical Karan Johar movie should gear up to find it a very different and mature version of a typical KJo romance.

It has all the glitter comprising of good looking characters, stylised fashionable wardrobes and impressive accessories, upmarket lifestyles, chic homes and condos, fashionable places like London, Paris and Vienna and of course picturesque locations.

The movie is a complex take at relationships portraying the varied shades like friendship, platonic love, romance, heartbreak and the centre point of the movie – unreciprocated love. The story is a love quadrangle of sorts.

Performances are good. The ace team of actors put in their level best. Ranbir was good as the immature and later angst ridden lover. The usual vibrant Anushka looks very good. Aishwarya looks very sensual, extremely good looking and enigmatic. Fawad is good in his minuscule role (such ruckus over that 5 min role of his!!!!)

But…unfortunately and surprisingly, all the good things listed above failed to make it a good watch.

The characters had too many shades of previous characters. There was a lot of Tamasha, Rockstar, Ek Mai aur ek Tu, and even Katti Batti touch to the script.

The first half was full of juvenile antics and insane club hopping which got very repetitive. That part could have been shorter. They were perhaps trying to build up the lead pair’s relationship, but somehow it got a bit boring and stretched. It got better when complexities in relationships were thrown in and Aishwarya and Fawad entered the story. But their characters were very brief and superficial.

I might be refuted by many but I failed to find that intense chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka. Ranbir has done much better as similar characters in Tamasha and Rockstar . Though he’s good here but was not as good.

Towards the end, the Katti Batti kind of a twist thrown in was not required and made us actually desperately wait for the predictable climax.

So overall , in spite of all the gleamy, polished look of the movie and an interesting angle to love and relationships, I found the movie very boring.

Score 6 on 10 (1 point here is purely for the honest performances and the different take at varied shades of love )

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