Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Hindi Film     Drama/Romance,     28 Oct 2016

ADHM Review – Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a heartbreaker | Ranbir Kapoor | Aishwarya Rai | Anushka Sharma



Aishwarya Rai Bachchan – Saba Khan
Ranbir Kapoor – Ayan Sanger
Anushka Sharma – Alizeh Khan
Fawad Khan – DJ Ali (Special Appearence)
Shahrukh Khan – Tahir Khan (Guest Appearence)
Lisa Haydon – Lisa (Guest Appearence)
Imran Abbas – Doctor Khan (Guest Appearence)
Alia Bhatt – DJ Alia (Guest Appearence)

Producer: Dharma Productions, Fox Star Studios
Director: Karan Johar
Writer: Karan Johar
Music: Pritam
Cinematography: Anil Mehta

Likes: Heartbreaking one sided love story, Performances of the Lead, Superhit Music.

Dislikes: Fawad Khan’s Special Appearance, age old K-JO style of film-making.

Rating: 3/5 – Thumbs Up.

The Review:


Ayan Sanger is an aspiring singer who is filthy rich. His life revolves around bollywood songs, Mohd. Rafi and lusty relationships. He meets the lively, bubby, outspoken, freaky girl Alizeh Khan (…who is not a terrorist) and falls for her. Little does he know that the love is only one-sided. Alizeh’s ex-boyfriend Ali is her only love and she can only be a friend-with-benefit with Ayan.  He can easily take Alizeh to bed but doesn’t get the love he wants. One fine day Ali enters back into Alizeh’s life and she abandons Ayan for the love of her life. Ayan gets pissed off and leaves Alizeh ‘showing the middle finger’. To overcome this rejection, he tries to occupy himself with music and Saba, who is a poet and is divorced. Just like Ayan, she also has suffered a heartbreak and starts falling for him but she stops the moment she realizes that Ayan just want’s to make Alizeh jealous. Alizeh still looks upto Ayan as a good friend. Ayan however is hellbent on making Alizeh fall in love with him which is beyond just being friends. Will he be able to get true love out of Alizeh? This is what forms the crux of the story.

Technical Aspects

  • Story: ADHM’s story of one sided love is an all new angle to the tried and tested love triangles. ADHM has the many combinations of love, lust and friendship. Be it Ayan-Alizeh-Ali or Ayan-Saba-Alizeh or Ayan-Saba-Tahir, K Jo has magically weaved this story.
  • Dialogues: Right from brilliant urdu phrases to the cliche K Jo style to the regular PJ’s; the dialogues are apt for the situations.
  • Cinematography: Good.
  • Editing: First half is breezy. Minor hick ups in the second half until the climax.
  • Music and Lyrics: ADHM as an album is Chartbuster. The title track, Channa Mereya and the superhit Bulleya are the pick of the lot. Pritam regains his throne with this album.
  • Direction: Karan Johar is a seasoned director but there is nothing new or fresh in his style of film-making. He weaves the stories of Ayan, Saba and Alizeh very well. However, there is an overload of cameos and over stuffing of age old bollywood songs.
  • Star Performances: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shines in each and every scene of ADHM but she doesn’t get a meaty role. Her screen time is lesser than Fawad Khan still they have counted it as a full fledged role and Fawad’s role as a guest appearance. Ranbir Kapoor is likeable but does something he has been doing since Bachna Ae Haseeno and Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani days. As Ayan though he has a better connect with the audience. The shining star of ADHM is undoubtedly Anushka Sharma. She has proved it time and again that she has the capability to match up or even outperform the male lead of the movie. Fawad Khan is a miscast as a DJ, he doesn’t look like one. There are cameos galore in ADHM. SRK and Alia Bhatt will make their fans happy with a blink and miss role. Lisa Haydon gives us some light moments and  Imran Abbas is just about average.

Final Verdict: ADHM is a typical Karan Johan film. The movie has ample dose of entertainment, chartbusting music, good performances by the lead and a heartbreak towards the end. ADHM has gained immense hype due to Fawad Khan’s presence in the movie but, he doesn’t matter in the storyline. Despite the release of another biggie Shivaay, ADHM is hot at the Box Office and being a Diwali release it will hit gold.