This Karan Johar’s movie was in a much controversy since quite a some time now, and also it had quite a good amount of expectations ever since from its casting. In addition, the impressive promos and interesting storyline ignited the fuel in everyone’s expectations. Now let us see how far this expectation has gone far to fulfill the need.
The story revolves around two friends – Ayaan (Ranbir Kapoor) and Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) – who are inseparable to each other. One fine day, they both go on a date with their respective lovers (Lisa Haydon and Imran Abbas), where something happens and lovers broke-up with each other. Now to celebrate their break-up, Ayaan and Alizeh heads to Paris, where they find an ideal comfort in each other’s company. Now in spite of confessing his love constantly in front of Alizeh, the latter maintains to be just good and best friend kind of relationship with Ayaan.
Now here comes a twist, where one fine day Alizeh met her ex-lover Ali (Fawad Khan) at some club in Paris playing DJ Console. She confesses her love for Ali and expresses to get married with him. Alizeh shared the same news to Ayaan, and the latter’s heart got broke. He now meets with the stunning beauty Sabah (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) who is happily divorced single woman. Ayaan and Sabah are having some great live-in relationship with each other, but still the latter finds something amiss.
However, one more twist comes, where Ayaan gets to know something shocking truth about Alizeh that changes everybody’s life. What’s that shocking truth, what finally happens with Ayaan and Sabah’s relationship, and with whom does Ayaan get settle down in the end, forms the crux of the story.
Now what’s a typical Karan Johar’s movie? The story is focused between emotions and relationships, portrayed in some larger than life canvas, along with some great music. ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ also falls in similar space, which is written and directed by Karan Johar itself. And so, there’s nothing new to offer here. However, what matters the most here is the way it has been treated, projected and showed to the audience. And therefore, the film is surely gonna be likable among every age groups, despite being clichéd or mature storyline.
Karan Johar is a pro in presenting his storyline through direction – be it Kuch Kuch Hota Hai or Student of the Year. Now with ADHM, he again excels in projecting a simple and clichéd story in some class manner. Full marks to KJo in that, where he always projects emotions in a beautiful way without showing it in a melodramatic way.
However, the only minus points here that the film offers nothing new with respect to its storyline, and a fall down in the pace during second half. As a result, the film’s length plays a villainous role here.
As far as the performances goes, this is surely the best one of Ranbir Kapoor after ‘Rockstar’. After some non-stop debacles, I believe ADHM will certainly lift his career, not to the peak, but at least some steps towards the success. It also certainly won’t be wrong to justify that ADHM is an out-an-out Ranbir Kapoor film.
On the other hand, Anushka Sharma plays her character very well, and the chemistry between her and Ranbir is likeable ever since ‘Bombay Velvet’. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan surprises us in her different role this time, and as usual manages to impress with her charm, beauty and classy like always she is. Although she is having just about 20 mins role in the movie, but her chemistry with Ranbir is quite passionate and they both look too good on the screen. Fawad Khan, whose role has been chopped off due to controversy, is having very limited screen time here. Cameos of Imran Abbas and Alia Bhatt are passable, but cameos of Shah Rukh Khan and Lisa Haydon are interesting.
Cinematography is good, and music is already a super-hit. Film’s editing could have been a little tighter to make it crisper, especially during the second-half.
So is it a Paisa-Vasool film? We all know what to expect from a typical Karan Johar’s movie, and I believe he somehow has managed impress his fans. It’s a perfect Diwali entertainer film and a must-watch for all those who are looking forward to witness some good, nice and pleasant love-story on the big-screen this festival.
Rating: 3.5 Stars