Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Film, Bollywood
3 out of 5 stars
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

Superstar Bollywood director Karan Johar keeps his fans happy with a bittersweet globetrotting romance

Bollywood’s big Diwali release examines love and friendship among the beautiful and super-rich elite in urban India. Fans of Hindi cinema’s biggest director Karan Johar’s candyfloss melodramas will not be disappointed. We know what to expect: exotic locations (London, Paris, Vienna), catchy tunes, big emotions, flowery dialogue, fabulous costumes and, of course, a ‘sometimes happy, sometimes sad’ climax.

Uptight Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) falls for carefree Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) when they meet in a London bar and sing a couple of cheesy ’80s Bollywood tracks. Alas, Ayan’s love is unrequited: Alizeh still has the hots for her ex Ali (Fawad Khan). Ayan then starts a torrid affair with divorcee Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), who teaches him that friendship may be more important that love.

Johar yet again addresses the emotional dilemmas of his characters with a laughter-and-tears approach. He is aided by his four attractive leads, all seasoned performers in the genre, and who have sparkling chemistry. Non-Bollywood fans may not care about these private-jet-owning characters, and the film’s obsessive referencing of old Hindi potboilers may alienate. An unexpected twist towards the end may further infuriate some viewers, but its intended audience will love it and gleefully cry into their tissues.

By: Anil Sinanan

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Release details

Rated:
12A
Release date:
Friday October 28 2016
Duration:
156 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Karan Johar
Cast:
Ranbir Kapoor
Anushka Sharma
Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan