Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – Promises made not kept by the movie
Critic’s rating: 2.5/5
Star cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan, Alia Bhatt & Shah Rukh Khan (Cameos)
Director: Karan Johar
Running time: 158 minutes
Story Scan :
Ayaan (Ranbir Kapoor) and Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) meet at a night club and after a clumsy attempt at a one night stand, discover that both are kindred souls. They enjoy each other’s company and begin to get the best out of each other, helping each other deal with their own demons. They decide to keep their friendship purely platonic believing in the adage “Love destroys everything”. Enter the third party, Alizeh’s ex, the person who has broken her heart before. He rushes back into her life, making Ayaan realizing his deep feelings for Alizeh.
Nurturing a wounded heart, he finds solace in the arms of Saba (Aishwarya), who herself has left behind a broken heart in the form of her ex husband. They get into a “No strings attached“ relationship when Alizeh comes back into his life.
What happens next is for the audience to find out after watching the film.
It is a movie about unrequited love and marketed rightly so. Almost all the characters carry huge baggages about heart break and lost love. They try to mend wounds by finding their place in some other hearts, but all that is left behind are broken pieces.
In typical Karan Johar style, it is a story about people who have all the time in the world to pursue their loved ones in private jets. Both the female characters are extremely strong and well crafted. The male characters are lost, egoistical, over entitled and don’t know how to deal with these strong women.
The movie looks beautiful, which is a Karan Johar trademark, but the plot gets lost in the imagery. In the battle between friendship and love, he has tried to give friendship the upper hand. Some angles feel like they have been added just to keep the story in line with the theme of unrequited love. The movie seems too long and loses the grip on the audience quite a few times.
The acting which heavily underlines pain and heart break is a saving grace. Ranbir and Anushka pair well. They have given justice to the characters of Ayaan and Alizeh. Aishwarya just lights up the screen. You cannot look at anybody else when she is there.
The movie takes us through a journey of these characters dealing with love and heart break at different stages in their life. Ayaan goes through it as a man-child and then as a man. Saba deals with it in a much more subtle way, not losing control of the situation or herself. Alizeh deals with it at different stages of her life in different ways.
Shah Rukh Khan comes in for one scene, talking in poetic language about the beauty of unrequited love. Beauty, poetry, love and Shah Rukh Khan, what else can one ask for?
Karan Johar sits on the director’s chair after a long time. His last release was Student Of The Year. He has not lost his charm a bit or the intensity with which he deals with emotions. Nobody can depict heart break more beautifully than him. But he still lacks the crispness of short and sweet story telling. These days audience is appreciating shorter, crisper movies much more.