When one talks about ensemble dramas in movies that portray romance, love, relationships (both marital and extramarital) and breakdown of relationships in a bigger and wider canvas, the name that immediately comes to mind is that of Karan Johar. After a four year break from direction, KJo as he is fondly called returns to directing yet another Bollywood flick in which he is in his familiar territory.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has a complication in its title if we are to look into its meaning as the title if converted says “This heart is complicated” . Well, the complication just doesn’t end up there as it is more or less shifted into the reel life relationships of the three pivotal characters too. The film dwell upon love, lust, friendship and heart break just like any other KJo movie and tell us to celebrate each of these three aspects.
Ayan and Alizeh portrayed by Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma are the two characters around which the story unfold and the movie basically depict their relationship which is friendship for one and love for the other. Ayan who is immature in nature is a student of MBA pursuing his studies in UK while Alizeh is more matured than the male lead is the girl whom Ayan meets and fall in love with. Their break ups and reunion form the crux of the story that has Aiswarya Rai’s character Saba enter at some stage quite late in the film.
ADHM has an ordinary screenplay with all the elements that one would expect from Karan’s school of movie making. Director has borrowed many aspects from his own previous movies and the drama just recreate scenes bringing back memories of a Kal Ho Na Ho or a Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani and many other flicks. The plot develops at a very snail pace and we get to know where the film is heading up to as the story lacks any sort of freshness in it. But the execution matter the most and this aspect puts the movie in an average zone.
Ranbir and Anushka occupy bulk of the scenes. A lengthy role for both of them which they have done meeting the demands of the character. Ranbir’s character has close resemblance with some of the roles he has played before but still he was able to bring in some fresh appeal to Ayan. Anushka was equally good and she was able to bring in some coolness and charm to the role.
Aiswarya Rai’s character was introduced when the break up between Ayan and Alizeh happen and she looked really hot and seductive and conveyed what was intended from that character though it was a character that appears quite late and vanished abruptly. Anyway leaving aside that, she was apt in that role that had some work on the seduction side. Fawad Khan in an extended cameo was good while KJo’s favorite actor SRK makes a brief appearance. Alia Bhat too join the party in a guest role that was limited to a single scene.
Technically speaking, ADHM has an elaborate and grand look which is nothing new for a Karan Johar film. Beautiful frames, thanks to excellent camera work. Music from Pritham will also grab your attention and the the soundtracks were highly impressive. Background score was not gelling with the scenes initially but it was back to normal thereafter.
So in totality, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a movie that has the Karan Johar stamp all over it. The drama, the sentiments, romance and breakdowns are all we have seen from the director in different formats with the addition of lust and seduction which was a new and welcome addition to KJo kitty. Personally, for me it was an average experience watching the movie that doesn’t have anything fresh to tell, with the major highlights being performances, music and technical aspects.