Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is actually NOT a love story, or sort-of love-triangle thing. On the contrary it is 'One-sided Love Throb'. Remarkably this is the case with all the four characters ( Ayan Sanger, Alizeh Khan, Ali, Saba Taliyar Khan ). The bond between Ayan and Alizeh is beautifully build through very normal, light yet impactful moments. Those starting 40-45 minutes of the first half is very quirky and full-on entertaining. Where fun angle is more in first half because of that tone of the movie, there is more mature and sufi touch ( at-least they try ) to the second half with real good dialogues ( which sometimes go very philosophical too ). Except Alizeh the other characters are very plain and, even lacks depthness such as of Saba's. Over-dramatisation is made out of the attempt when making intense a situation. Definitely as audience you will connect with the film but won't feel much for the characters.
Performance wise Anushka Sharma is ingeniously natural and entices her each screen presence. We see in her the potential of next DHARMA Heroine. Ranbir Kapoor has delievered quite well that was expected from him. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's grace presence made felt but she was little over the board in bold scenes. Fawad Khan was like the cherry on top, he was exotic and flawless except the 'Cutiepie' song where he takes an Indian wedding dancing very serious. Guest appearences by SRK, Alia Bhatt are just okay.
Visuals are always the high point of a Dharma movie and with ADHM being beautifully shot and captured (London and Vienna), it gives a paisa-wasool feel. Kudos to Cinemotography, Set-Design, Costume, Make-Up and Art Departments.
Dialogues are the takeaways from the film that even SRK's small duration got few great shayara one liners, but at times get over the top. One of the problems is with the screenplay be it repitition of few scenes or extensity to good portions or overuse of reference to old movies or the climax itself. Editing could have been better. The direct disadvantage is felt with movie's duration and loose in direction towards the end of the film including the stretched climax and cliched twist of destiny. Background Score for such a movie needed a lot more though the songs are decently used. Music is the plus point of the film and when come they uplift the mood.
Opinion : It's a sure one entertaining Dharma movie where chances of getting sentimental is likely. We definitely recommend it but don't expect a saga.
We rate ADHM ★ ★ ★ out of 5.
[ Article by Altamash ]