Directed by Karan Johar and starring Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor in lead roles, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) released this weekend after all the controversy it generated in the last few months. Does it work? Let’s check it out.
Ayan (Ranbir) is a rich dude who ‘seems’ to be pursuing MBA (or Mere Baap ki Arzoo as he says) and has so much money that he travels on his personal jet. Alizeh (Anushka) is a young woman who is sorted and knows what she wants in love and friendship.
Saba (Aishwarya) is a poetess who is divorced and ends up falling for Ayan. Are Ayan and Alizeh just friends or more? Will Saba get the happiness she wants? Will love triumph over friendship? The rest of the movie talks about all this and more.
Karan had the best actors in the business to do the job. But his screenplay falters right from the start. The relationships in the movie seem really superficial and it feels as though the depth in these relationships is never established for the viewer to feel for the characters.
While the sequences of friendship between Ayan and Alizeh has it’s moments in the 1980s Bollywoodish style draamebazi, things get repetitive after a point. It sadly just becomes a mish-mash of pub hopping, lustful relationships and random emotional sequences thrown here and there.
While dialogues like “Pyaar mein junoon hai par dosti mein sukoon hai” sound catchy, Alizeh and Ayan’s relationship seemed more like friends with benefits than anything else.
The cinematography with the beautiful locations of Paris, Austria, London and more is striking as always. Some of the songs like ‘Bulleya‘ and ‘Channa Mereya‘ do stand out. But unfortunately these songs only seem as though they are papering over the cracks of the wafer thin plot. They act more as obstacles in the narrative.
Anushka and Ranbir have a pretty good chemistry going and are efficient in their portrayal of their respective characters despite losing their way in the shoddy script. But it’s time that Ranbir stops accepting similar “rich confused dude” kind of characters. He’s surely much better than that.
Aishwarya, Fawad Khan and Imran Abbas are wasted in their respective roles as they honestly don’t have much to do. I honestly feel that few scenes of the latter two were chopped off after all the controversy. Lisa Haydon is quite irritating in her avatar. Alia Bhatt and Shahrukh Khan add nothing more than star appeal in their blink-and-you-miss appearances.
All in all, this seems a mishmash of Rockstar, Jab We Met and Kal Ho Na Ho. Poor effort.
Rating – 1/5