Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review : Karan Johar re-invented

Are emotions inherently adolescent? Karan Johar thinks so, as he gets Ranbir Kapoor – who has built his career playing the man-child needing a relationship to grow up – to play his surrogate. He names his character Ayan – of course after his still-growing-up protege Ayan Mukherjee (director of 2 movies starring Ranbir getting life lessons from sorted women) – who is an adolescent navigating a world of adult relationships, finding it impossible to deal with his one-sided love. In the process of making Ayan realise “That’s life buddy!!!”, Karan Johar comes up with a movie which is essentially a distillation of all Imtiaz Ali movies into a tremendously clear minded closure to unrequited love and everything that comes along with it.Continue reading “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review : Karan Johar re-invented”

Musings Over The Diwali Releases: ADHM v/s Shivaay

This is not a review of either of the Hindi Diwali releases that hit the theatres over the weekend. Neither is this post devoid of spoilers, so read ahead only if you are okay with those two warnings.Continue reading “Musings Over The Diwali Releases: ADHM v/s Shivaay”

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!!!Continue reading “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: A Quick Review”

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review: Except for the Last 30 Minutes, the Film is a Total Hoot

aedilhaimushkil-ranbir-aishwarya-anushkaAll of us are becoming increasingly impatient. Before you even read this review, you perhaps want to know whether you should watch Ae Dil Hai Mushkil or not; and if the film is worth all the hype and expectations. I usually reserve this verdict for the later part of the review but considering this is the season of Diwali generosity and more importantly some things need to be stated first up, I will answer that coveted question by putting forth a single argument or plea. if you want to call it that.Continue reading “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review: Except for the Last 30 Minutes, the Film is a Total Hoot”

Missing Roots in Bollywood

As I was watching the trailer of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, what struck me was yet again it is a Karan Johar film which is not rooted anywhere. It is not rooted locally or in the cultural milieu that we are familiar with.I may be wrong about the movie and will reserve my opinion till the film hits the theatres but what struck me was the thought that why most of our films are not rooted anywhere.

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