Love is indeed complicated and Karan Johar has beautifully portrayed it in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. He has an interesting take on love which makes Ae Dil Hai Mushkil a special one. Film starts off very well with a casual scene exploring the protagonists and from there on you are into the film with the characters. You feel like a roller coaster ride as the film gradually moves on and Karan Johar just does not stop to surprise you with every single scene. From the very first scene itself he grabs your attention. His execution style to connect to the current generation is commendable. He has taken some extra efforts to write such stuff and that is clearly visible on screen. Too many old Hindi songs are recreated in the film and they are highly enjoyable. Ranbir’s and Anushka’s character are very well written. They are adorable and easy to relate. Everyone will find themselves somewhere in Aayan and Alizeh.
First half of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is fun filled, but there comes a point where fun becomes monotonous and boring. Screenplay dips for sometime but Karan Johar smartly changes the track. When the film takes an unexpected turn that particular situation may not go well with everyone but it’s a bravely written scene. Towards the interval film becomes highly interesting and entertaining. Second half of the film is quite problematic. It is predictable, a bit dragged, too many cliches and at times also lacks novelty. Many times you are remembered of other films and towards the end it is like Karan Johar just could not think anything better. In spite of all these loopholes Karan Johar makes sure that you don’t feel restless or bored.
Anushka Sharma is the star of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Her performance in this one is going to be a milestone in her career. After Band Baaja Baaraat her performance in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will be remembered for lifetime. She is phenomenal and overshadows the entire cast. There is no doubt Ranbir Kapoor is a great actor and like always he never disappoints. This one is no different for him he is outstanding in this one as well. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has a limited role and she does her bit quite nicely. Fawad Khan does not have a prominent role. His fans may be happy to see him on big screen but that particular role could have been done by any other actor. Too many special appearances in the film; Lisa Haydon, Imran Abbas, Alia Bhatt and most special of them all is Shah Rukh Khan. Lisa is surprisingly good and Shah Rukh Khan’s charm works big time. Must say Karan Johar has successfully got out the best from his actors. Performance wise Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is highly impressive.
Karan Johar has own style of direction but this time he has pushed the envelope and succeeded in that. He has co written the dialogues with Niranjan Iyengar. They may be cheesy at times, sound funny at times but they are heart touching, meaningful and most importantly the soul of the film. Pritam’s music is outstanding. Film has just five tracks; too less for a Karan Johar film. The album is worth finding a place in your collection. The background score of the film is amazing. Lifts up the scene and just increases the intensity of the film. Film is well shot. Every single frame is nothing short of beauty.
Overall Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is beautiful and since its about love, the film will be loved by everyone. I recommend this one.