A fan’s letter to Karan Johar after watching Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Surviving your film was mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: If you are a Karan Johar fan then this film is nothing beyond sheer disappointment.

Written by A. Kameshwari | New Delhi | Updated: October 30, 2016 12:39 pm
ranbir kapoor, anushka sharma, ae dil hai mushkil Karan Johar stretches the concept of one-sided love to the point of breaking in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.

After months of writing about Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and getting frustrated with it getting embroiled in controversy for casting a Pakistani actor, okay two Pakistani actors, the film finally released in theatres on Friday? And as a Karan Johar fan, I came back disappointed. (Spoilers ahead)

What hurt the most was that if you are a Bollywood freak and have watched films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Rockstar and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge again and again, all you will get from Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan film is déjà vu.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil movie review: This Karan Johar film is all over the place and stretched at ends. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: This Karan Johar film is all over the place and stretched at ends.

The whole film is an ode to Bollywood references. Dialogues such as ‘Alizeh Khan, I am not a terrorist’, ‘Rahul Naam Toh Suna Hi Hoga’ or ‘ Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Ayan, Tum Nahi samjhoge’ keep on coming your way with uncanny regularity. Talking of being self-referential, the famous dance sequence in KKHH has been recreated — where Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol dance in the rain. We rest our case.

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And now, let’s come to the film’s central premise – Ayan (Ranbir) is in love with Alizeh (Anushka) but she has friend-zoned him. So far, so good. Being friend-zoned is part and parcel of relationships today. Either it has happened to us or we know of somebody who is dealing with it. But Karan Johar stretches this concept to the point of breaking. It is hard to digest Ayan and Alizeh’s non-existent love (at least on her part) in the over two-and-a-half film. Soon the plot, with acting and dialogue, start showing signs of strain due to this.

The film’s highlights were Fawad Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. He is Alizeh’s past, her handsome ex-lover who is the most interesting part of the film. He makes you go aww and feel Kuch Kuch Hota hai at least looking at him, if not anything else.

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Aishwarya is the other half of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s hotness quotient. She looks absolutely stunning in every frame and gives a tough competition to Anushka when they both share the screen space. We so wish both of them had more to do in the film. Ranbir, meanwhile, again does what he has already aced in his previous films – playing the heartbroken lover.

The film’s climax is a cliché and is unbearably long drawn. You look at your watch every few minutes as we wish for tighter editing.

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The only thing that gives you a breather is Arijit Singh’s voice and some old songs, which have been revamped for this film. And mind you, there are a lot of songs in the film beyond the one you have already heard.

Karan, this wasn’t surely your best and I say that as a fan who has watched every film you made over the years and loved them all. I obsessed about the film, worried about it when there were chances it would not release and said a silent hooray when it finally did. Now even though disappointed, I am waiting for your next.

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First Published on: October 30, 2016 11:07 am
  1. R
    Oct 30, 2016 at 9:47 pm
    Total sickness, people don't come in Diwali to cry , more then half of the movie is sulking. Go watch if you don't have a life.
    1. A
      Oct 31, 2016 at 4:06 am
      First Half is ok second half boring lt;br/gt;Waste of time
      1. R
        R. P.
        Oct 30, 2016 at 5:27 pm
        Totally disappointed
        1. N
          Oct 30, 2016 at 6:04 pm
          The Movie Sucks.
          1. A
            Alisha mir
            Oct 30, 2016 at 10:20 am
            Had gone to watch Ae dil hai mushkil with high expectations,,, but felt extremely sad,,,and disappointed,, I am a genuine karan johar fan. After watching kkhh,,,,now might not watch any of his movies,,,,, sad
            1. A
              Alisha mir
              Oct 30, 2016 at 10:22 am
              watching shivaay,, must watch,,, it's a movie for all fathers,,,,
              1. S
                Oct 30, 2016 at 9:12 am
                The Worst Movie of the year... Beyond doubt.Total Waste of time and money. Karan totally disappointed by your third cl movie of the year...
                1. A
                  Ashok tiwary
                  Oct 30, 2016 at 6:06 pm
                  The name of film is " Main Kutta Houn "(I am a Dog) Where is Dil hai Muskil. Nothing in film Only Headache
                  1. C
                    Oct 30, 2016 at 4:26 pm
                    not good one. just high cl people hanging out throught out movie. nothng is there just boring.
                    1. R
                      Rahul sharma
                      Nov 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm
                      Bhai tu rehne de..spewing hate won't help...grow up both in terms of movies and mindset... it was about love not found..tu aisa kar rehne de.
                      1. F
                        Oct 31, 2016 at 11:53 am
                        I dont agree with the review at all, you put down a great story for what you think was the best - ashwariya and fawaad based purley on how they looked! that makes for a very superfcial review. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I loved the movie and the overall message and Karan delivers this message in a haunting and touching way. Karan references other movies because that's what we normal people do in our own lives so what can be more of a realistic touch than that!
                        1. G
                          Oct 31, 2016 at 6:22 pm
                          The most disgusting movie ever seen. I feel like a fool for having wasted my money on this trash made by KJ. Never ever will I see a movie made by him!
                          1. R
                            Oct 31, 2016 at 3:44 pm
                            I totally agree. The movie was such a bore I wanted to scream in the theater! OK I understand all the Bollywood references but did it have to be this bland?!lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;music and songs were good, though!
                            1. W
                              Oct 30, 2016 at 12:01 pm
                              I am surprised that nobody pointed out its an exaggerated version of Rockstar. Only difference being that Rockstar is an awesome movie
                              1. H
                                Oct 31, 2016 at 2:23 pm
                                I enjo the film alot. Well everyone has their views. I am not a fan of Ranbir Kapoor, only liked "Rocket Singh". But his performance in this movie was good. Overall a wonderful movie experience. Don't agree with this review. Seems motivated.
                                1. M
                                  Oct 30, 2016 at 8:51 am
                                  Totally agree with you. Was completely dissapointed with this movie.
                                  1. S
                                    Sachin singh
                                    Oct 30, 2016 at 10:06 am
                                    Shivaay and ae dil hai mushkil saw but really believe me shivaay touch my heart...the story of god shivaay is awsome.love between daughter and father was so touching....last climax was loving ..i cried a lot ...looks like i have never felt such a nice emotional sceneslt;br/gt;Superb ajay sir ....you really gifted me this diwali
                                    1. S
                                      Oct 30, 2016 at 4:55 pm
                                      Film is all about facing intangible feelings of love and care. Repeating concept pre and post interval tweaked this feeling and finally presented unbearable and horrible story
                                      1. S
                                        Oct 30, 2016 at 5:20 pm
                                        Absolutely agree!
                                        1. R
                                          Oct 30, 2016 at 7:00 am
                                          Hi Ajay. Shivaay is a flop.
                                          1. S
                                            Oct 31, 2016 at 10:27 am
                                            1st half was enjoyable but later on movie lost d flow also the ending was not at all acceptable!! also this was a ok movie with outstanding songs by pritam i survived d film only bcz of d songs nd srk's cameo!!
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