Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: A Quick Review

Here comes a complicated, contemporary, mature, quadrilateral love story from Karan Johar…well not actually. It is a story of Love, Love lost and Lust with sprinklings of friendship. KJo- true to his reputation weaves a web for his NRI audience with a multi- country, multi-emotional, musical that has you riveted to your seat for the most part atleast. And thankfully there are no uncles, aunts, bhangra songs or sunflower fields!!!

ae-dil-hai-mushkilFrom teenage romance in SOTY, he seems to have matured to depict new-age layered relationships. Ranbir Kapoor gets back to his comfort zone after a long hiatus, playing a spoilt kid – Ayan- who aspires to be a singer and falls in love with Alizeh [Anushka] who hasn’t yet gotten over her ex – Ali [Fawad Khan]. She bumps in to Ali and gets back to him leaving a broken hearted Ayan to find solace in his lust for the divorced cougar Saba [Aishwarya]. The first half is a breezy romance with explosive chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka and witty dialogues by Karan and Niranjan Iyengar. In fact this is a treat for Bollywood lovers as the dialogues are interspersed with Hindi movie names and the songs with retro Bollywood songs. The second half has interesting twists and tear jerkers with an inexplicable stale and predictable ending that could have been easily avoided.

Ranbir is refreshing and natural in his comfort zone. Anushka seems to have gotten comfortable with her pout and focuses on her acting again. Aishwarya sizzles and is truly a yummy mummy redeeming herself after a disastrous comeback in Jazbaa. We miss her steamy censored scenes which would have done more justice to her role. Fawad justifies his controversial casting with his drop dead gorgeous looks. Music by Pritam is soulful and Arijit croons it memorably. KJo does justice with his cast and the various cities he shoots in like Vienna and London – a welcome change from his fetish for New York. And if this masala wasn’t spicy enough we have SRK, Lisa Haydon and Alia Bhatt in cameo roles.

It’s a good comeback vehicle for Ranbir. To miss this movie would be definitely Mushkil for the Dil!


Note-IndieYogi’s posts are short/quick reviews,catering to the reader on the go. The attempt is to try something new in addition to the regular style of writing/reviewing.

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