‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ starts off on a promising note. Ranbir Kapoor plays the role of Ayan Sanger, who is an Indian living in London. Ayan is an introvert who comes across Alizeh at a night club in London– a charming and a free-spirited Lucknow girl played by Anushka Sharma. Soon only they both find a lot in common and start bonding and hanging out very often. Everything seems fine between them until Ayan starts falling for Alizeh. But, Alizeh is in love with Ali, played by Fawad Khan from her college days who she has lost touch with over the years and is definitely not in a position to fall for any other person. Ayan and Alizeh often quarrel about this whole situation, but no point. Every time Ayan tries to tell him about his feelings, Alizeh friendzones him and totally ignores his overture. After sometime, situations and time make them go far from each other and they understand their true relationship only when a third person enters their love story.
Predictable to the core, this movie mostly benefits from the palpable chemistry between the leads. Ranbir and Anushka share some endearing chemistry. They really seem like those young couples who are confused between ideas of friendship and love. They make Alizeh and Ayan look very believable and ones people can relate to. Aishwarya plays a poet in the movie and although she has a very small role in the movie, she definitely has sizzling chemistry with Ranbir. Ranbir plays the immaturity and impulsiveness of Ayan with aplomb. We can definitely understand the pain of one-sided and unrequited love that his character goes through. Anushka is also terrific in her scenes and effectively portrays an independent and strong girl who somehow manages to hide her inner sorrows with a smile. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s role in the movie is more of an extended cameo and has little or no significance. She plays her part well and just looks gorgeous. Fawad Khan who has a special appearance in the movie, probably had more screen timing but due to the ongoing Indo-Pakistan tension has most of the scenes chopped. We see very less about Alizeh and Ali’s love story. We definitely wanted to see more of Fawad Khan in the movie.
The first half is brilliant and entertaining. Fast paced and superb chemistry between the leads just propels it. There is a scene in the movie when Alizeh and Ayan travel all the way to Europe for a trip where they try repeating the song sequences from the popular movie ‘Chandni’ which is really entertaining. In the second half, it enters the usual Bollywood drama mode and its screenplay looks very abrupt and superficial. The second half is also over-stretched. This movie has all themes of a Karan Johar movie – superb songs, stellar starcast, multiple cameos – Alia Bhatt, Lisa Hayden and the King of romance Shah Rukh Khan, foreign locales, wedding happening in places no matter what the character’s financial condition is, which is fun. But Karan Johar here tries to bridge a connect between his brand of candy floss romance with some Hollywood inspired mature emotional love story but fails in most parts.
The movie talks about one-sided or unrequited love but the message comes out in a very confused and incomplete manner. A lot more could have been done. An average time watch!
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