Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Run Time:158 mins
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
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Heartbreak and unrequited love are gut-wrenching. Director Karan Johar makes it his mission to emotionally pummel us with them in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
Led by a supremely good-looking quartet, this romantic quadrangle is the lovechild that would result if two films — Johar’s own friendship-meets-love saga Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, and the Hollywood tearjerker A Fault In Our Stars — were to indulge in a torrid affair.
The free-sprited Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) meets a wealthy bachelor with his own private jet Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) at a nightclub in London.
They dance raunchily and hook up briefly in the loft above the nightclub, but Alizeh writes him off swiftly because she claims he’s a lousy kisser.
Ayan doesn’t take that constructive criticism to heart, but they hit it off as best friends (their initial scenes displaying the beginning of a deep bond seem painfully contrived).
Unfortunately for Ayan, Alizeh refuses to let him go beyond the proverbial first base with her. What’s frustrating is that she holds on to that opinion until the end of the film. Her belief that friends should never become lovers is exhausting for Ayan. Viewers, too, get tired of her life philosophy after a point.
Kapoor is like an adorable, angst-prone puppy. But he is thick-headed too. Being spurned multiple times by the same woman doesn’t make him any wiser and his relentless pursuit of Alizeh isn’t too convincing.
Why would a guy with a private jet who becomes an internet sensation like Justin Bieber yearn for the same woman for so many years? It just seems like a waste of a good life. We gave our hearts to Devdas once. Do we need a modern Devdas? No, thank you.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who plays an alluring poetess, does what’s asked of her. Saba, her character, pouts and purrs. But her role doesn’t go beyond what you see in the trailer.
Also, loving Alizeh and Ayaan wasn’t instantaneous. It takes time to warm up to them. By the time you connect to them, Johar inserts an emotionally-manipulative, tragic twist to the entire farce.
Fawad Khan, who is written on the credit rolls as “special appearance” isn’t given much heft to make his role special. His love story with Alizeh, which showed immense promise, seems to have been killed unceremoniously. What went wrong between Alizeh and his character is skimmed over and leaves you wanting more.
So why would you give this love story a chance? The endearing performances from the lead cast.
Kapoor steals the thunder from the two women. His anguish and his propensity to wail when he’s dumped makes him immensely lovable. Reserve this for a one-time watch. What’s not to love about a posh posse who are stupid and stubborn in love?