I cannot stress enough and say that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is most definitely Karan Johar’s best film till date. If Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was your first favorite Hindi film you ever laid your eyes on, then there is a high chance you may have fallen in love with director Karan Johar a whole lot more after seeing Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Everything in life is really complicated, but there is no doubt love in this day-n-age is one of the most complicating feeling to grasp onto. Today’s generation most definitely has trouble falling in love, and when we do it becomes difficult to fall out of it or face the complications it brings to us. In today’s world most have broken the concept of a’ guy and girl being best friends as well.’
Love is passion, and friendship is peace.
This dialogue has resonated within me after I walked out of today’s extremely Filmy-Friday-Film. And its this dialogue, and much, much more that I just thoroughly enjoyed watching this evening. Like any Karan Johar film, ADHM was visually beautiful and attractive. But its not over the top like what we have expierenced in past Kjo films, this time it is a pinch of suave and lot’s of beautifully written dialogues that have layers of meaning behind them. In fact every little or big moment in the film had a justified reasoning behind it, and it only all comes together towards the end that will leave you with a smile on your face and tears sitting at the lid of your eyes.
What I loved the most about ADHM was the bittersweetness that was conveyed through every scene in the film. In one second you are laughing and the other you have a moment to think and then to brush it off you feel like getting up and dancing to the extremely catchy tunes like The Break Up Song or Cutiepie! If you are a film-buff and I mean you enjoy old Hindi songs and you enjoy the 90s music and can still fall in love with Arijit Singh’s timeless voice, then there is a high chance you will enjoy the filmy-ness of ADHM. Kjo did not spare us away from reminding us of unforgettable moments from his past films, and some other classic Hindi films, but without overdoing it he just added the right hint of Bollywood-ness. A person like myself loved every moment of it.
Where do I begin with the cast of the film?! Mind blowing, sexy, comical, emotional, and picture perfect. There is no doubt a cast like Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the hottest trio I’ve seen ever on-screen together…the performance portrayed on the big-screen swept me towards the edge of my seat as each scene appeared on-screen.
If I had to select three fine performances by Aishwarya Rai Bachchan the first would be Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, secondly Provoked, and third Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Anushka Sharma on the other hand never fails to exceed the audience expectations every time in her films, and I hope she doesn’t stop all that she does. Ranbir Kapoor, I am aware those who know me know how biased this entire review may sound because of how passionate I feel about every performance by Ranbir. I know I am a total fan girl over him, but its not just about his looks… Ranbir is an actor and he is a good actor. A story of a film may suck, but he never fails to get into full-on character and do his part. From dancing in a towel, to Ayan in ADHM- just wow! The chemistry between Ranbir-Anushka vs the chemistry between Ranbir-Aishwarya were two total different entities and set of emotions for the actors to portray and I think Karan Johar did a spectacular job at writing these emotions within the characters.
There is no Karan Johar film without some beautiful special appearances, but this time there was true reasoning behind each special appearance character. From Lisa Haydon, Fawad Khan to Alia Bhatt and Shah Rukh Khan I loved seeing all of them appear briefly making some sort of impact on the story of the film.
If you did not enjoy the film, you had to have at least enjoyed the music of the film. Pritam is a music god for creating such a soundtrack. Lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya has written such beautiful lyrics it seriously touches every emotional point. And the lead voice behind ADHM Arijit Singh- well there truly are no words to describe this one-of-a-kind artist. The soundtrack of ADHM is the single puzzle piece of the film that makes it whole.
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil totally swooned me. As soon as the film ended I turned to my mom and said I want to watch it again. I am fully wrapped into the world of Karan Johar all over again and as a filmmaker-in-the-making I have become extremely motivated to work with this living legend in the near future.
Urban Asian’s review of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is
I hate to pick and choose what my favorite song of the film is, but there’s no doubt Channa Mereya has been on repeat since it released!