Movie Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil



Movie Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil       Release: October 28th 2016

Director: Karan Johar                               Genre: Romantic Drama

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is this Diwali’s “masala” film – love, laughter,  romance and tears. The story is about an aspiring singer and MBA student, Ayan, who falls in love with a happy-go-lucky girl, Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) on a European adventure. Alizeh, however, doesn’t love him back –  she’s still in love with her ex, DJ Ali (Fawad Khan). The story questions, can a guy and girl be “just friends”? Can you fall in love again if you’ve been in love before? What is it like to love somebody who will never love you back?

The positives:

  1. The return of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. If this is the only reason you go see this movie, it’s worth it. She’s hot, beautiful, and sexy all in one. She plays a divorcee who is ready to entice you with her Urdu “shayari.”
  1. Exceptional acting by Ranbir, Anushka, and Fawad – this was quite possibly one of their best performances so far. The excellent chemistry on-screen makes their characters so convincing.
  1. The soundtrack by Arijit Singh and Pritam Chakraborty is definitely a strong suit of this movie. My favorites were: “Break Up Dance,” “Channa Mereya” and “Bulleya.” Here’s the link to the full video playlist, with some behind the scenes shots!
  1. Special appearances! Some of Karan Johar’s favorites will surprise you!

The negatives:

  1. The drag. The first half keeps you entertained pretty well, but you’re often wondering…where is the twist? If it weren’t for Aish’s appearance in the second half, I probably could have been happy just watching the first half of the movie.
  1. The ending. Quite possibly one of the poorest endings I’ve seen in a Karan Johar movie…completely irrelevant and inconsistent with the rest of the storyline. I can’t give this away so you’ll just have to see for yourself!
  1. Warning: this is a tear-jerker for sure. Whether that’s a good or bad thing for you, plan on bringing a few tissues!

On the whole, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is this year’s romantic drama that has Karan Johar’s love life written all over it. If you’re a fan of his type of movie, or want to see Aish on the big screen, then definitely check it out in theater. Otherwise, leave it to watch for a date night at home.

Fun Facts: Did you know this is Aishwarya’s first time starring in a Karan Johar film?


Acting: 4/5
Story: 3/5
Costumes: 3/5
Choreography: 3/5
Sets/Filming Location: 3/5
Songs: 5/5
Eye Candy: 4/5
Length of Movie: 2/5
Overall: *** (3/5) or 6/10

Rated: R (not suitable for children under 17)

* = flop, don’t even bother
** = time pass, you’ll live if you don’t see it
*** = worth a watch
**** = A hit, see it in the theater!
***** = Bollywood Blockbuster


Valentine’s Day Bollywood Playlists


Here it is…two wonderful playlists ready for Valentine’s day! Whether you’re into new Bollywood romance or the golden oldies, these playlists are meant for you. I guarantee these hits will complement any romantic evening you share with a loved one this weekend. Happy Valentine’s Day!


New Romance (1990-2013)

Full Video Playlist compiled on YouTube

1. Pehla Nasha – Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar (1992)
2. Koi Ladki Hai – Dil To Pagal Hai (1995)
3. Tujhe Dekha To Ye – Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
4. Tu Hi Re – Bombay (1995)
5. Suraj Hua Maddham – Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
6. Chand Sifarish – Fanaa (2006)
7. Mein Agar Kahoon – Om Shanti Om (2007)
8. Tujh Mein Rab Dikhta Hai – Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008)
9. Jeene Laga Hoon – Ramaiya Vastavaiya (2013)
10. Tum Hi Ho – Aashiqi 2 (2013)



Old is Gold (1960-1980)

Full Video Playlist compiled on YouTube

1. Pyar Kiya to Darna Kya – Mughal-E-Azam (1960)
2. Saranga Tere Yaad Mein – Saranga (1960)
3. Abhi Na Jao Chhod Kar Ke Dil Abhi Bhara Nahin – Hum Dono (1961)
4. Aap Ki Nazron Ne Samjha – Anpadh (1962)
5. Hum Tere Pyar Mein Sara Alam Kho Baithe – Dil ek Mandir (1963)
6. Honton Mein Aisi Baath – Jewel Thief (1967)
7. Bindiya Chamkegi Chudi Khankegi– Do Raaste (1969)
8. Tere Mere Milan – Abhimaan (1973)
9. Kabhi Kabhi Mere Dil Mein – Kabhi Kabhi (1976)
10. Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain – Khuddar ¬ (1982)