Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review:Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, a humongous old home painted anewWhen a humongous old home painted anew, it not only gives a feel of grandeur and glory, it forces upon you nausea of new paint, varnish and other glitter props. Karan Johar’s new all-star movie, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil arouses almost the same feeling in viewers after it left us with an exhausting ride through falling in love, break ups, falling in love again, and a brief intervention of lust honeyed with coming of age. The movie never disappoints a Karan Johar regular who expects glossy locations, polished people, expensive costumes, and atmospheric cities spanning two or three continents.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is an emotional cat and mouse game of a quadruple consisted of Ayaan, played by Ranbir Kapoor, Alizeh, played by Anushka Sharma, Saba, played by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Ali, played by Fawad Khan. The silver spoon, rich kid Ayaan is an aspiring singer and going through “it’s complicated” type of relationship with Alizeh. She, to the disappointment of both Ayaan and viewers, falls for Ali. In the meantime, Ayaan falls in lust with the seductress divorcee Saba, who taught him some important lessons about love, lust and dealing with the gray area of overlapping. How the quadruple piece them together and find their respective places in life is the rest of the story.All the four lead actors have given their best to the characters and Fawad Khan steals the show with his relatively tiny share. The actor conveys emotions effortlessly and clearly surpassing other actors with his screen presence. Ranbir and Anushka look stunning when then come together on screen and Aishwarya sets the frames on fire with sensual undertones radiation all around her. But, apart from the predefined and concrete templates of characters, they never set foot outside into the unpredictable realm, hidden inside the core of the subject, which deals with the vulnerability of the human mind.
Karan Johar did all requited decorative work to look his movie refined and beautiful. The movie indeed a treat for the viewer’s eyes like palace turned into a museum. But, as a filmmaker, he never shows interest to explore the internal world of his characters, who often gone through an emotional predicament. This negligence leaves Ae Dil Hai Mushkil a hollow movie digs superficially on the plot. There are lots of references to classical Bollywood one liners and songs to compensate this vacuum at the core, but in vain.The cinematography and costume department deserve a stand up ovation for the effort they put into the movie. While the characters wander without knowing where to harbor their emotion, the well-crafted songs come as a great relief. The flaws in characterization leave the viewers in a state of alienation with the characters, even though there would be a glint of empathy for them. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is all beautiful and worthy of a weekend appointment, without much digging into the plot.