Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – One sided love stories and friendship goals


I was really excited for the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil – so much so that I didn’t even watch the trailer, and tried to avoid music videos as much as I could. I wanted to go in without any preconceived notions.

In Köln, screening of Indian movies is a rare treat, and we weren’t sure if Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will make it to cinemas near me. So, surprise planner that he is, Mister bought tickets to the first show at a cinema in a neighbouring city. Isn’t he the absolute best?! 😀


Now the movie. It was a treat for many reasons. Karan Johar has outdone himself as the writer and director of the movie, recreating romance of yesteryears. Music for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has been out for a while, and ruling charts since then. They have also remixed hits of 1980s, bringing back the era of Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar.

The movie is shot in retrospect, where Ayan Sargar (Ranbir Kapoor) is being interviewed about his singing career and inspirations. He narrates the story, which begins with him and Alizeh Khan (Anushka Sharma) trying to hook-up at a party. It turns into an epic disaster (embarrassing kissing failure), and they decide to just hang out, without realising that it is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.


They are both in flimsy relationships at the time; Lisa Haydon romances Ayan for his bank account, and Imran Abbas is chosen by Alizeh’s father as an appropriate match. But soon, both relationships are over, and Ayan and Alizeh are left with each other.

They are what friendship goals are made of. From traveling to eating to shopping to being the other’s wing man, they do it all together. Alizeh treasures their friendship, but soon, Ayan wants more. He finds himself falling for her.


All hell breaks lose when the quintessential bad boy, Fawad Khan, enters the scene. He’s Alizeh ex, and her one true love. He is a DJ, with tattoos and a mouth that could be mistaken for chimney. He comes back as a storm, and before you know it, Alizey and DJ Ali are getting married.

This is when Ayan realises the true extent of his feelings, goes in to confess his feelings, only to be friend-zoned. Heartbroken, Ayan decides to leave, and is on his way out of Alizeh’s life when he meets the ravishing Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachan).

This is only half of the movie. You need to see this blockbuster (yes, I am not going to wait for revenues to decide it – it’s a hit!) to find out how this movie continues. What hearts eventually find home, which ones are left on the sidewalk and how relationships don’t always have to progress into something we had hoped for.


I loved the way relationships have been defined and directed in the movie. You feel the heartbreak as well as jubilation; it’s an emotional roller coaster, which finally addresses – can a man and a woman just be friends? It also highlights the importance of friends in your life, the need to let go when relationships become toxic and the power of one-sided love affairs.

Also, the dialogues are beautifully penned, raising the bar for script writing. I loved the way Urdu poetry has been laced with Hindi; and the one liners are definitely going to stick around in conversations.

Two people who have done a tremendous job to make this movie a hit is Karan Johar and Anushka Sharma. This woman can pack a punch when it comes to acting. And under Karan’s direction, you can see glimpses of Kajol and acting that gets to you.

Another equally important aspect of a movie for me is costumes and makeup. Both Anushka and Aishwarya look stunning. I loved Anushka’s long kurta with sky-high side slits, over denim, with bouncy voluminous hair and kohl rimmed eyes. Ash, on the other hand, was elegant yet sultry. She sported nude lips with smoldering eyes, and a wardrobe that mirrored chic and sexy.

Boys looked well too. I liked Ayan much more after his heart broke – there is something about red eyes and overgrown stubble (just before it become a full-blown beard) that pulls my strings. Fawad Khan, in his brief screen presence, was pretty good too. I hope I am not the only one who thinks that that beard would have been better with an inch off it. And maybe some love to his messy hair. But he’s our homeboy – we’d love him anyway.


Talking of cameos, there are two more. And you’d never guess who plays Saba’s husband!

If I have to point out flaws in this movie, which is really hard by the way, it’d be the jerky transition from one scene to another. That’s about it.

Overall, it’s an amazing movie, and I think you need to get a ticket and watch it as soon as possible. If you are, amm, in Pakistan… I am sorry.

Rating: 4.5/5

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1 Comment

  1. So many people on my FB slated this, but I think it’s one of Karan Johar’s best work yet. It doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s left more ambiguous, which I really liked but had enough catchy numbers and throwbacks to classic Bollywood movies to make it an insiders movie.

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