Saturday, October 29, 2016

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil 

Joharesque Gloss

A word like Joharesque can be coined now, for the kind of films Karan Johar makes, and so do others of his generation and affluent film backgrounds.

Their films are also about people like themselves, for whom traipsing around in picturesque foreign locations is quite normal. They don’t have much to worry about except matters of the heart, and all of them—most certainly Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) in Johar’s latest Ae Dil Hai Mushkil—live in a state of perpetual carefree youth. It has come to the point that Johar references his own and other popular Bollywood films in his movies

Johar’s films are lush looking, with beautiful people wearing designer clothes; they are smart, witty and unabashedly mushy when need be. 

Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) is private jet kind of billionaire, who dream of being a singer. He meets Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) at a nightclub, and hit it off, but there is old heartbreak festering (Fawad Khan in a brief role that caused all that trouble), and the eternal conflict between love and friendship—she prefers it platonic.

Ayan deals with his heartbreak by having an affair with poetess Saba, (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), but that has to be just a temporary balm. There is an interesting romantic dynamic at play, and despite the banality of emotions, and the predictability in the way the narrative proceeds, Johar brings to the film the flair that is expected from his films, and peppers it with hummable music.

Even though Ranbir Kapoor has played the man-child many times before, and the bubbly girl is almost Anushka Sharma’s forte, the two of them are wonderful together. They make the film pleasantly watchable.


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