Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Is Totally Disappointing
By RafiqEbrahim
Glendale Heights, IL


Cine-goers in Pakistan would be thinking that they will be missing the latest star-packed Karan Johar’s flick – AaiDil Hain Mashkil- ( Some .may even be shedding tears.). Don’t do that or feel sorry, because of the recent ban on Bollywood films in Pakistan. You can always get a pirated DVD, watch the film and get disappointed.

AaiDil Hain Mushkil has many shocks to offer:

1.The first half is just fun and fancy-free, dancing and singing in various clubs which create no impact, other than showing that Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka are brainless

2. Impressive but brief appearances of Fawad Khan and Ashwaria Rai; both trying to put some interest into the movie

3.Guest appearances of Shahrukh Khan and Pakistan’s Imran Abbas. Shahrukh has only one scene in which he utters some lifeless philosophy, while Pakistan’s handsome and very good-looking Imran just fills a presence in a get-together of two couples.

4.Anushka and Ranbir’s complicated relationship. Anushka firmly believes that she only loves him as a good friend despite kissing him, teaching him how to kiss a girl and doing sexual acrobatics with him, while Ranbir is head over heels in love with her. Different feelings create a mess.

5.Anushka’s disease, her chemotherapy and loss of hair – all in a jiffy – make her completely bald. RanbirKapoor also shaves his hair to give her moral support, with the result that both baldies reunite and start dancing and singing.

Karan Johar, who produced some memorable movies in the past, has completely gone off the balance this time, giving to the audience nothing short of a junk. He hasn’t been able to handle his top cast in this weak story.

Ashwaria Rai and Fawad Khan are the only ones who look impressive. Yes, there is an intimate scene between Ashwaria and Ranbir, but it is not that deplorable. In fact, there are other scenes in the clubs where Anushka is in a very revealing dress, looking like a seductress and performing what could be called obscene gestures. Ashwaria gives a good performance as a sophisticated poetess. Fawad’s appearance gives a twist to the story, but is very short, and one feels that his talent has been wasted. Ranbir and Anushka look childish, and as said earlier, brainless, but they have lived their role. Instead of giving them such juvenile part with oft-repeated jokes and dialogues, the director could have done better by giving them some hold on the scenes to express their feelings in a natural way.

AaiDil Hain Mushkil has some plus points like imaginative photography in different foreign locations, exploring the beauty of the places. The musical score is above the present-day average and there are some heart-warming songs.

Thanks, Karan Johar for disappointing your fans!



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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