Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Aishwarya Rai, Anil Mehta, Anushka Sharma, Apoorva Mehta, bollywood, Dharma Productions, Fawad Khan, Fox Studios, Hiroo Johar, Iain Andrews, Lisa Haydon, Manik Dawar, Marijke Desouza, movie review, Niranjan Iyengar, Pritam, Ranbir Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan, Shanoo Sharma, Sony music
After Student of The Year, I had lost all faith and if the songs of this film were not so good (Even though big chunks of the songs have been copied from various ‘secret’ sources, they are still hummable.), I would have never gone to watch this film.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is the refreshing delight that Bollywood had been waiting for a long time. Apart from a few casting glitches, I can’t really find any flaws in the film.
The first one hour is an absolute laugh riot. It is cheesy but utterly sophisticated. Something only Karan johar can achieve. Something that gives a movie a good ‘re-watch value’. What appears to be a simple statement of feelings in the first half of the film slowly turns into a complex web of emotions as the story progresses. Although the film does not have a new story to tell (for sure) but the little tweeking here and there keeps you amused and smiling most of the time. The emotional tuning of the film is just right. You are with the characters throughout the film and feel each and every bit of all the emotions they go through.
The number of characters is limited and all of them are well written and nicely fleshed out. The second half could have been a little bit shorter but nowhere during the does one find it a drag. The innocence and the honesty of the characters shines through each and every frame of the film.
After a long time we have got a well made old fashioned romantic drama that is a treat to watch. The magic and charm of love and romance comes alive as it used to in the olden days. With this film, a gap that had been lying vacant for long, has been filled.
Watching the film, one can sense that Karan has once again made a film with all his heart after a very, very long time, set in the city he loves the most – London. And he has finally answered the questions which he left hanging way back in time when he made Kuch Kuch Hota Hai – the difference between love and friendship.
A real and honest portrayal of emotions in today’s age, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is definitely worth a watch!