Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Johar’s Ceremonial Farce!
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The two main protagonists of Karan johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ (ADHM) are Pyar (Love) and Dosti (Friendship) because according to ADHM “Ajeeb kahani hai pyar aur dosti ke rishtey ki … pyar hamara hero, dosti hamari heroine” (The story of love and friendship is strange … love is our hero and friendship is our heroine). Well, ADHM doesn’t stop there it has some more - ‘Mohabath karna hamare bas main nahin hai … us mohabath se door chale jana … woh hamare bas main hai” (It’s not within our control to fall in love… but to go far away from that love … is within our control); “Love teda hai… lekin us teda love mein bhi sukoon paana sirf kuch logon ko aata hai” (Love is crooked… but only some people know how to find peace in that crooked love).
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After listening to these cheesy dialogues, I take the liberty to reframe it for Karan Johar – 1. “Ajeeb kahani hai Karan, ADHM aur audience ke rishtey ki … Karan hamara hero, ADHM hamari heroine aur audience hamara villain” (The story of Karan, ADHM and audience is strange … Karan is our hero, ADHM is our heroine and audience the villain); 2. ‘Mohabath karna filmonse hamare bas main nahin hai … kharabh filmonse se door chale jana … woh hamare bas main hai” (It’s not within our control to fall in love with films… but to go far away from poorly made films … is within our control); and 3. “Mera film teda hai… lekin us teda film mein bhi sukoon paana sirf muje aata hai” (My film is crooked… but only I know how to find peace in that crooked film).
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The stylish, beautiful and handsome actors; beautiful locales; music and its lyrics are the saving grace of ADHM otherwise everything else is absurd and disjointed. ADHM tries hard to show a strong bonding and camaraderie among its characters be it Ayan and Alizeh or Ayan and Saba; the result is superficial situations laced with hollow dialogues; forced bickering throughout the film among the lead characters; a series of illogical and hard to believe breakups; and a laughable climax.
It’s very sad to write such a review on an eagerly awaited movie like ADHM to celebrate Diwali. Karan Johar need to do a serious review of all the feedbacks he is receiving on this movie so that he doesn’t dish out another one like this in the garb of telling his real life story and take his audience for granted. Had ADHM been a highly entertaining and soulful film it would have been a tight slap to all who tried to ban his film because of their dubious intentions to barter a deal for its release but he failed miserably.
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Nevertheless, Ranbir as Ayan tries to do justice to what Karan Johar wanted out of him, Anushka as Alizeh is too good where she breaks down after seeing her ex love and tries to escape from the reality but most of the time she appears to act than live her character on screen, Aishwarya is elegant as Saba and Fawad appears as a dashing young DJ. Pritam’s music and Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are soulful and hummable and their work has turned out to be the major strength of the movie to be in the theatres for some more time I guess.
In short, Karan through his film ADHM appears to be: 1. confused like his characters on screen about love being misinterpreted as causal non-committal physical proximity and make self and others believe that his/her love is ‘Kaamil’ (complete); 2. Love is passion and friendship is peace and then confusing the audience saying that love is ‘Tabaahi’ (catastrophe) and one doesn’t want to get tabaah therefore, is trying to find solace in friendship but its ok to jump in to bed and make love (nonsensical); 3. Jismani rishtey (physical relationship) cannot survive but ironically the characters are fully indulging in this. Well, dear Karan Johar we respect you and value you as a filmmaker who has tried to give some good movies but please try to understand and review your dialogue in regard to making films– “ Ek tarfaa pyar ki taakat hi kuch aur hota hai auron ki rishte ki tarah ye do logon mein nahin bant’ti sirf mera haq hai ispe’ because filmein ek tarfa nahin hosakta dear, isko do tarfa hi rakhe, ek aap aur dusra hum audience ke beech.
Life Connoisseur Movie Rating: 1.5/5
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor (Ayan Sanger), Anushka Sharma (Alizeh), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Saba), Lisa Haydon (Lisa), Imraan Abbas (dr. Faizal), Fawad Khan (Ali), Shah Rukh Khan (Tahir Taliyar Khan, Cameo), Alia Bhatt (special appearance)
Director: Karan Johar
Producers: Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar, Apoorva Mehta
Written by: Karan Johar
Music by: Pritam
Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya
Cinematography: Anil Mehta
Production: Dharma Productions
Distributor: Fox Star Studios
Release Date: 28th October, 2016
Duration: 157 Minutes