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MOVIE REVIEW: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

This Diwali, celebrate love on this journey of Ayan (Ranbir), Alizeh (Anushka) and Saba (Aishwarya).

Release Date: Oct 28th 2016
Cast: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan
Written & Directed by: Karan Johar
Produced by: Dharma productions
Distributed by: Fox Star Studios

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The movie has generated interest due to the cast, especially due to an intimate scene between Aish and Ranbir. India Today reported both Aishwarya and Karon saying that the scene is portrayed in a classy manner without any lip-lock or skin-show.

The movie was also in the news post Oct 8th terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir last September, 2016 following which Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) party called for a ban on the movie due to Fawad Khan (a Pakistani actor) being a part of the cast. Cinema Owners Exhibitors Association of India decided to prevent the release of films with Pakistani actors in four states - Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Goa. However, the movie is set to be released as planed after Karan Johar promised to not cast actors from Pakistan in his future projects, as per a report on India Today.



Lets talk about the bad first in this case-

1. The movie is a very slow saga of relationship and is extremely (yyyyy...) long. Well certainly seemed so.

2. The theme is very relationship-y, it talks, repeats and bests the h*** out of the "friendship" angle for its entire length.

3. I would like to think that Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's character was meant to have much more depth than she managed to convey. Let me rephrase that, she managed to convey that her character has depth but focused so much on her looks and on looking and feeling glamorous that it took away from the depth. often looking superficial. If that sounds conflicting, it actually was. As for the much publicized intimate scene between her and Ranbir, there really isn't much to talk about, let alone to look at. The scene comes and goes like any other scene, proving that the hype is in the mind of the people who want to make the sensuous actress conscious of her "Bachchan Bahu" status which is a shame. It is exactly this kind of attitude that women actors have to unnecessarily face compared to their male counterparts.

Talking of Ranbir- he offers nothing new in the movie, not in his role as the "younger man", neither as a "friend". He has been doing similar roles for quite sometime. Where are the film-makers that bring forth newness for the audience? 

As for Anushka, even though I can hardly say you see her in an all new avatar, at least you love watching her in every shot- her clothes, her make-up, the accessories- are all stare-worthy.

Fawad Khan is a waste in the film. I don't care that he is a Pakistani, just that he is too talented to belong in this role.


So lets talk about the good. 

1. The Beautiful Cast:- Aishwarya looks astonishing, Anushka looks eye-catching, Ranbir- his usual youthful self.

2. Stunning Sets: The movie is more about the sets rather than the outdoor locations. The contemporary huge flats/ apartments ( even the smaller) ones were stare-worthy.

3. The Urdu poems are enchanting and few lines from the old gazals revived were a treat, even though the poetess, in the form of Aishwarya Rai, makes an appearance in the second half.

4. Music by Pritam (several of the songs sung by Arijit Singh) is melodious.



Overall, the film's cast is good, but it is nobody's best. The different dialogues on relationship are excellent, but every aspect is dragged on for eternity. Each scene is captivating, but the tale doesn't really call for the extravagance, not to the extent showcased. All that said, the film is worth the watch with your spouse for a good discussion on relationship (if he/she is generally open to it) or for a good old-fashioned girlfriends time. The movie is not for kids (for "talk-y" content, rather than scenes). You may wait for home-watching experience rather than theater.


The movie earned Rs 26.4 crore at the box office within two days of its release as per analyst Taran Adarsh which is good going by any standards.

By Sonal Kulshrestha

(Sonal is a computer programmer by profession and a writer by passion. She is an avid movie goer. She lives in Texas, USA) 


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