You enter the cinema hall to watch a latest release Bollywood romance drama, and you see friendship, proposal, rejection, love, complications, break up, divorce, a new love again – but none of these leave a great impact or feelings for the character except for a few. That is how I would call my theatrical experience of watching Karan Johar’s ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. The first half was pretty decent, whereas the second half was too sluggish and totally faltering towards the climax.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ has got a plot and characters that we have been seeing very often in Hindi cinema – triangular romance, complicated relationships and other stuffs that we see frequently in Imtiaz Ali Aditya Chopra’s films and other popular directors whose forte is romance. I could not help myself from experiencing a lot of ‘Déjà vu’ moments all through the film – starting from the scenes in first half where the lead female character helps the protagonist in moulding him, the conversations between them and the way they look at the world and people with similar thoughts. In the second half, I had to reassure myself if I am watching a new release or a redirected version of the 2011 release ‘Rockstar’ (so much of similarities and resemblances)!

Definitely, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ is not a bad film but it is not a great film or ‘must watch’ film too. The film has extra-ordinary songs, some great performances, a lovable cameo appearance and some beautiful scenes and sharp dialogues here and there – but those are not enough to hold the audience for its running time. The characterization looks inconsistent at places, or in other words the director fails to make the magic happen by letting the characters grow into us. Except the pre-interval portion and the episode where Alizeh meets Saba, most of the scenes just pass by with no feelings or empathizing for the characters – reason being the story is too far from relating ourselves to it.

If you are someone who love romance films irrespective of how mediocre it is or if you are an ardent lover of Karan Johar’s overcooked dramas, you can try ADHM – chances are that you will like it! Others can watch it only for the performances and music, or just skip it.

‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ – 150 minutes of a long ‘Deja-Vu’ travel!


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