Movie Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
Just returned from the theater, and still having headache after watching the mash up version of KKHH, KANK & Kal Ho Na Ho which is the new movie – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – ADHM. With wafer thin script, how did KJo even think of making the movie out of nothing baffled me. Let’s talk about the usual suspects; Story and Screenplay, which have been the biggest letdown of almost 80% Bollywood movies, with ADHM it hits the bull’s-eye. Story and the screenplay which is the backbone of every movie is the weakest link in the movie. There is no definite flow in the narration nor has any strong foundation for the characters. Actors in the movie seems to be acting upon director’s whim without caring about the characters scope, identity, behavior or the storyline.
Then comes the choppy editing, but we can be excuse for this movie as all he had was garbage from which he had to choose worse among the worst.
Even in terms of direction we don’t see anything different or progressive from maverick KJo, he seems to have lost his charm from olden days. Is he suffering from RGV syndrome? that’s what came into my mind after watching the movie. Who on earth would spend Crore’s of Rupees, bring in some of the most popular names in the industry and torture entire nation by serving such half baked movie.
The storyline is pretty simple, Ranbir falls in love with Anushka, after few meeting, especially when he breaks up with his then girl friend Lisa. Anushka doesn’t reciprocate the same, she thinks of him more of her BFF as she thinks relationships don’t last while friendship last forever based upon her previous relationship. One fateful day, Anushka meets Fawad. Fawad had broken her heart in the past, so he tries to woo her back. Anushka falls for him and gets married to him, while Ranbir’s heart breaks.
Enters Aishwarya, a divorcee and a poet, she finds Ranbir entertaining and gets in ‘No Strings Attached’ kind of relationship with Ranbir. Aishwarya’s ex husband is SRK, who tells Ranbir how he still loves her and all about one sided love. Ranbir remembers Anushka once again he invites Anushka for dinner with Aishwarya. Post dinner Aishwarya realizes Ranbir cannot love her like he loves Anushka, so she breaks up with him. Disheartened Ranbir tries to get Anushka, but he fails. Years later he meets Fawad and who tells him that Anushka had already left him few years back. Ranbir searches Anushka and finds her only to know she is fighting with cancer. Finally Ranbir lives along with Anushka, tries to convince her to love him back like he loves her, but cannot succeed even till the end.
As mentioned before the movie is just rehash of KJo’s old productions like Kuch Kuch Hota Hain, Ek Mein Aur Ek Tu, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna & Kal Ho Na Ho. Had the makers thought more of better screenplay, the movie would have been bearable. So the story and screenplay are the biggest letdown of the movie.
Dialogues, surprisingly amuses at times with few funny, witty and poetic lines.
Performance wise Anushka shines in the first half, only time Ranbir manages to sparkle was during ‘Channa’ song and few scenes after that.
The trump card, Aishwarya overshadows everyone with her extended cameo that too post interval. She had well defined character and she steals the show with her looks & act. Among other cameos, SRK gets something to speak worthwhile. Fawad doesn’t get anything better to in the movie than ‘Kapoor & Sons’. Alia gets ‘whatever’ kind of cameo which doesn’t add any value in the movie. Lisa’s funny cameo was better than Alia or even Neha Dhupia where we just get to hear her voice.
Musicwise Song ‘Channa’ is cut short, but was aptly placed. ‘Bulleya’ is another winner in terms of lyrics, music and voice. Title song and other few songs seems to be out of place in the movie.
Cinematography as usual with Dharma production is candy floss. But we do are get to see more of tight close up shots depicting emotions and expressions from main cast than ‘Gucci’ & ‘Prada’ apparels.
We can understand as KJo is growing old, he is trying to evolve with the complicated real issues of human relationships rather than glossy family sagas or rom-coms. But good intention doesn’t always turn into good movie unless you have good script. ADHM once again proves if you don’t have good and coherent script no matter how big production house or director is making the movie, the movie cannot win audience. As the producer and director, KJo falters big this time with ADHM.
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