Ae Dil Hai Mushkil movie review: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan steals the thunder from Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma

Ae dil hai mushkil

Ae dil hai mushkil

Karan Johar’s Diwali offering Ae Dil Hai Mushkil featuring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has finally hit theatres along with Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay. Is the movie worth your time this Diwali? Read our review to find out!

What’s it about:

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a film about love and it’s many shades. There is a track of unrequited love, one that’s a purely platonic, another that deals with the physical attraction, but more or less the film is about companionship and realising that one side love can also be fulfilling. Ranbir Kapoor plays Ayan an aspiring singer whose chance meeting with Alizeh played by Anushka Sharma results in the two experiencing and realising emotions their never felt before. Ayan and Alizeh start off as friends, both coming off breakups, one a serious relationship while the other a casual affair. Despite the length of it both Alizeh and Ayan experience heart break and process it differently. The storyline gets a dramatic twist when Ayan’s love for Alizeh isn’t reciprocated as per his expectation. Fawad Khan plays her ex boyfriend Ali who begs her to give their relationship another chance resulting in marriage. A heart broken Ayan finds love or rather lust the second time around in the arms of a poet Sabah played by the gorgeous Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Things get seriously complicated in the second half when Alizeh is diagnosed with cancer. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is complex and long. It is also indulgent yet relatable to situations we all have been through.

What’s hot:

Karan Johar’s forte is using popular culture to narrate a story with an universal appeal. His take on love and relationships is deep and flakey at the same time. The first half is light and the banter between Ranbir and Anushka extremely engaging. Props to the writers for using words and language that is not only current but also entertaining. References to other films, namely the ones from the 80s and KAran’s own are a major highlight. Like every other Karan Johar film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is glossy and extremely good looking. Performances are a major highlight with Ranbir being the stand out act. He owns Ayan like he’s felt every emotion being played out. It’s not just the heavy duty long monologues where he shines but even the small subtle reaction scenes to his co-actors make his performance that much more endearing. Fawad Khan manages to make a striking presence felt with his good looks and charm, only if he had a longer role. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks like she’s sashayed out of a beauty pageant and her moments with Ranbir have intense sensuality and passion. Lisa Haydon’s cameo is funny and the ‘vaatavaran’ line will soon become a catch phrase.

What’s not: 

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s biggest flaw is the lack of chemistry between its lead pair. For a film whose protagonist experiences love and loss multiple times with different people the execution of the narrative gets lost in translation. Ayan and Alizeh start off as friends only to get caught in a web of mutually unresolved feelings. When we revisit them in the second half their track is still stuck on an endless loop. Dialogues are too heavy and sound off when used in every day conversation. Sabah being a poet can speak in that dialect but when Alizeh and Ayan start their banter it just gets repetitive. Shah Rukh’s much hyped cameo fizzles out before you take that collective sigh. The plot goes downhill once Alizeh’s terminal illness track sets in. The scenes gets heavy and that cloud of ‘been there seen that’ looms till the very end.

What to do:

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has some really nice moments, but they are few and suffer the curse of a weak second half. Nevertheless watch it for Ranbir and Karan’s interpretation of love, loss and longing.

Rating:2.5 out of 5

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7 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil controversies that SHOCKED the internet

Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Aishwarya Rai and Ranbir Kapoor in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil might be one of the most awaited films of this year but its journey definitely hasn’t been that easy. Whether it was the sudden ban on Pakistani artists following the Uri attacks or the MNS protests against retaining Fawad Khan’s scenes in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Karan Johar was literally made to apologise and beg for his film’s release. I mean, the way how protests were heating up with every passing day, we almost thought Ae Dil Hai Mushkil will either get postponed or will never see the light of the day. But fortunately things settled right before the release and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil as per scheduled, is all set to release tomorrow. Here’s looking back at 7 other controversies surrounding Ae Dil Hai Mushkil- a film which also stars Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anushka Sharma in prominent roles. Read on…

The Bachchans vs Aishwarya

Before the Indo-Pak clash, it was the fuss surrounding Aishwarya’s hot love making scenes with Ranbir Kapoor in the film that had shocked the internet. The trailer and the songs came as a perfect tease proving there’s going to be some helluva passionate love between Ranbir and Aishwarya in the film. But this in return got the industry talking as to how did Bachchans allow Aishwarya to go so bold onscreen? Yes! While some reports suggested that Abhishek and Amitabh Bachchan are pretty upset with Ash for going way beyond her inhibitions. Many even speculated if Ash has fallen out with the Bachchans. But soon came a clarification that neither Bachchans nor Aishwarya had any clashes over the bold scenes in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. In fact, Abhishek and Amitabh support her role for she’s only representing a character with so much conviction. Ahem, so be it then!

The KRK effect

Now we all knew for a fact that Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is clashing with Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay at the box office and the competition was bound to get aggressive. But little did anyone expect Kamaal R Khan would step in to create unimaginable trouble between Karan and Ajay over ugly politics. It all started after Ajay leaked an audio tape of Kamaal R Khan spilling the beans to one of his associates that Karan bribed him Rs 25 lakh to sabotage Shivaay. While usually such cheap tricks don’t get any much importance. Ajay instead took it way too seriously and actually doubted Karan for dropping his standards so low. In fact, Karan’s lucky charm Kajol too decided to go with Ajay over the same lines and gave up on Karan, once and for all. Sadly, the result of which is now here for you to see today – Kajol for the first time is NOT playing a cameo in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ajay for all that you know is going on records taking constant digs at Karan. What destiny holds for this broken relationship? Only time will tell…

Pakistan artistes ban

Now the Uri attacks was unfortunate and India’s decision to cut ties with Pakistan is totally justified. But blame it on its fate, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil became the instant target to face the ire of this ban for it’s the first film to release with a Pakistani actor- Fawad Khan. While Karan Johar helplessly pleaded to be spared for once. This ban also got the industry divided with an outburst like never before. Why ban artists? Artists are not terrorists? Argued Salman Khan and many others who believed ban on Pakistani artistes is not the solution. But the Indian government and IMPAA made sure they keep India as their only priority and passed the judgement that films which have been already shot with Pakistani actors can release but henceforth, there’ll be no collaboration with Pakistan in future. Phew! But the moment we thought Ae Dil has been spared, here came the villains of this scenario – The MNS!

Fawad Go Back!

Despite the government and IMPAA coming into mutual agreement that the films which have been already shot with Pakistani actors can release, MNS cheif Raj Thackeray saw no reason why Ae Dil Hai Mushkil should be spared. His fight against Karan Johar continued where he threatened that there’ll be protests against Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, if at all it hits the screens. In fact, MNS is the one who also gave a 48hours ultimatum to Fawad Khan and all the other Pakistani actors to leave India or they will have to face major consequences. Karan’s worry eventually went from bad to worse..

Exhibitors Boycott over Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Fearing the MNS protests, the cinema exhibitors association then decided that they too won’t run the film in single screens at cities including Mumbai, Pune. The decision came in reaction to the protests. What if MNS party burns down the theatre? What if they cause damage to our cinema halls? Argued one of the exhibitor stating they stand by the MNS decision and won’t screen Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

The ‘Final’ Rs 5 crore settlement

Finally, Karan Johar was left with no choice but to abide by the MNS demands. Not that he agreed to replace Fawad Khan in the film but in a crucial meeting with Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Producers guild head Mukesh Bhatt, Karan pledged that he will never collaborate with any Pakistani artists in future. He even agreed to donate Rs 5 crore to the Indian Army Welfare Foundation, as demanded by Fadnavis. In fact, if that’s not all Karan has also agreed to run a few minutes visual paying his obituary to the late martyrs of our country who lost their lives in the Uri attacks. Following which, Raj Thackeray then agreed to withdraw his protests against Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and has allowed a stress free release, only on these above conditions. Phew!

Censor Certificate Leaked!

As if the political issues were any less, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’s Censor Board certificate too got leaked on the internet a few days back. Although it has received an U/A certificate but unlike reports that suggested the film was passed with barely any cuts, the certificate showed a total of as many as 5 cuts with a major 50 percent cut on Anushka’s smooching scenes.

All said and done, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has successfully overcome all these above hurdles and is FINALLY releasing tomorrow. One last time, let’s hear it for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil!!! How excited are you???


Is This The Sexiest Ranbir Kapoor-Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Photo You’ve Seen?

Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai‘s chemistry has got everyone raving ever since the trailer ofAe Dil Hai Mushkil released. Inarguably so, the unique pair has become a huge talking point for the film.

Aish and Ranbir teamed up for a magazine cover and we got our hands on one of the images from the photo shoot. How are they managing to look SO good?!

Check out the photo here!


Phew! So hot.


Whoa! Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Is Ready To Work With Salman Khan… On This Condition!

Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Salman Khan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

Salman Khan‘s Bigg Boss is all set to go on air from October 16th. And Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is going to hit the theatres on 28th October. Naturally, everyone’s wondering if the  film’s team will pay a visit on the sets of the popular reality show. I think Karan Johar and Anushka Sharmamight go there to promote the movie as they both share a good rapport with the B-town bhai.

But will Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Ranbir Kapoor also join them? It’s quite hard to tell considering both of them don’t really have a cordial equation with Salman.

But guess what? According to one of the most esteemed film journalists of our country – Rajeev Masand, Ash is now willing to work with Salman again. Masand revealed in his column that the Bachchan bahu is completely over her history with Salman and is not a tad bit affected by anything related to him. In fact, Rajeev has also stated that apparently, she is ready to sign a film with Salman on one condition – the script and the director should be extraordinary.

We hope Sanjay Leela Bhansali is aware of this recent development!

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Are The Bachchans Mad At Aishwarya Rai For Doing Intimate Scenes With Ranbir Kapoor?

Rajeev Masand‘s blind item in Open Magazine alluded to it and various online portals straight up said it. It seems like the Bachchan family is mad at Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for shooting intimate scenes with Ranbir Kapoor. This has happened before when the family was not very happy to see their to-be-bahu lock lips with Hrithik Roshan in Dhoom 2 (which turned out to be the most underwhelming kiss of the century). In Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Ash refused to kiss Ranbir, but they apparently have many steamy scenes together, some which involve licking chocolate off each other. Reportedly, the Bachchan’s want the portions to be edited and they’ve communicated this to Karan Johar.

But sources close to some publications say that this news is baseless and they don’t interfere with Aishwarya’s work. Good only.

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Sarbjit to be sent for Oscars 2017 by makers!


Officially, or independently. Movie will definitely be sent!

Omung Kumar’s biopic Sarbjit stunned everyone with stellar performances and rock-solid content in May 2016. The movie was based on life of an Indian farmer, Sarabjit who was accused of terrorism and was imprisoned in Lahore jail. Randeep Hooda played the titular character and Aishwarya Rai played Sarabjit’s sister Dalbir Kaur. Performances by the actors were very well appreciated. The movie was undoubtedly one of the best movies of 2016. And now after winning hearts, the movie is also aspiring to be in race for winning an Oscar.

Makers of the film have decided that they will be sending the critically acclaimed film to the Oscars this year in the Best Foreign Film category. Film’s producer Vashu Bhagnani said “We will send it as an entry, independently or in the race with other films. We will channelise our energy to make sure Sarbjit is in the race to become India’s entry to the Oscar this year.”

However here’s the thing–Sarbjit won’t be the only movie sent from India. There will be other movies competing with the biopic. Then finally one of them will qualify in the final nomination. And that will be decided by the Oscar Panel.

The film has already been screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 where the film was highly appreciated and loved by the audiences. Bhagnani also added “We will also enrol the film as one of the competitors in the bid for National Awards.”

Good luck to the Sarabjit team already!

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Here’s The Real Reason Why Abhishek Bachchan Left Aishwarya Rai At The Red Carpet


A lot of us were shocked yesterday when a video of Abhishek Bachchan walking away from Aishwarya Rai at the Sarbjit premiere surfaced on the Internet. Abhishek is famously known for his easy-going demeanor and constant support for his wife’s work, that’s why people were taken aback when he stopped posing with Ash on the red carpet and asked the photographers to click her alone instead. While we thought this happened probably because of a little tiff they must have had before the event, a source close to the couple says otherwise –

“There’s no trouble in paradise at all. Abhishek and Aishwarya are very secure people. Abhishek did not want to take the centre stage and felt that it was Aishwarya’s film and her moment at the red carpet. They were just there as family to stand by her and her film. That is why he left the stage to her.”

Husband no.1?


Aishwarya Rai Refuses To Kiss Ranbir Kapoor!


Apparently during the scripting stages, Karan Johar‘s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil had a kissing scene between the hero and the older woman he falls in love with. Now that Aishwarya Rai has been cast in this important role, it looks like the kiss will be scraped from the movie. According to a report in DNA, Aishwarya is not comfortable doing intimate scenes post marriage and she conveyed her displeasure to the director. Karan himself didn’t want any awkwardness, so he has agreed to shoot the scene in such a way that it won’t involve an actual kiss, nor will there be any skin-show required by the actress.

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Sanjay Leela Bhansali Has A Poster Of Bajirao Mastani With Salman Khan & Aishwarya Rai In It!


Everyone knows that Bajirao Mastani was originally envisioned with Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai in mind. Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are finally playing the parts Sanjay Leela Bhansali had written about 12 years ago, but reportedly, Sanjay still has a relic of the original cast. The director apparently has a poster of Bajirao Mastani with Salman and Aishwarya in full costume! Cool na?

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