Movie Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Ranbir wins Dil without any Mushkil

ADHM-movie-reviewKaran Johar movies are essentially escapist cinema which is more of candy floss with beautiful actors wearing high end clothes, amazing locations and high profile song sequences, with a story of the rich and the famous. Barring “My Name is Khan” all his other movies till date have the above formula.

“Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” the much awaited Diwali release tells the story of Ayan Sengar (Ranbir Kapoor) who is a rich brat from London who is doing his MBA (Mere Baap Ki Aarzoo)but who wants to be a singer . Things change for him when he meets Alizeh Khan (Anushka Sharma) a free spirited girl who does not live her life by the rules. Both forge a strong friendship, but things get complicated when Alizeh’s ex lover DJ Ali (Fawad Khan) enters their life and Alizeh decides to marry Ali, not knowing that Ayan has started loving her. After Alizeh’s marriage Ayan distances himself from Alizeh’s life and starts life a fresh with Saba (Aishwarya Rai) a Shayara, what happens next as to whether Ayan is successful in forgetting Alizeh and whether Ayan & Saba take their relationship to next level is what the rest of the movie all about…

Written by Karan Johar, the movie celebrates friendship and love with equal fervour, it defines the relationship between a girl and a boy in today’s world. It explores the pain and tribulations of unrequited love through its main protagonist Ayan. Karan in the first half pays tribute to Bollywood with various hit Bollywood songs and gives us many sequences which give us hearty laugh. What Karan gets bang on is the crackling chemistry of Ayan and Alizeh right from the first frame. Some sequences are beautifully written and executed like the Alizeh’s marriage sequence or the dinner table sequence between Ayan, Alizeh and Saba, Karan uses only expressions of these characters to convey the message. The twist at the end just puts the story in a different pedestal. Overall Karan with ADHM tries to drop the candy and keeps the floss intact rather for the first time you see some matured writing from Karan. It is undoubtedly a brave attempt to break the clichés of a love story and presenting a completely different perspective of love, the matured love and the platonic love. The script borders between being chic and modern to melodramatic but with equal balance.

Dialogues in ADHM by Karan and Niranjan Iyengar lifts the script, the first half speaks more of an urban language of youngsters whereas the second half takes a 360 degree and the dialogues are more of shayari and matured.

Well is won’t be wrong to say that ADHM is a Ranbir Kapoor show all the way, and he does not disappoint a wee bit, rather his earnestness in his performance wins your heart as Ayan. Whether the gawky act in the first half to a heart broken and matured lover in the second half, Ranbir does complete justice and carries the movie on his shoulders brilliantly, definitely an actor par excellence. Anushka Sharma as Alizeh brings the required freshness and madness to the character and gives a brilliant performance. Rather it the chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka is what makes ADHM worth a watch. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as Saba, the poetess and seductress shows shades of Rekha in her performance, but she holds her own and does complete justice to the character, rather she brings stability to the madness of Ranbir and Anushka. Fawad Khan in a special appearance as DJ Ali rocks. Lisa Haydon as Lisa, Ayan’s girl friend brings the required quirkiness which was required for the character with élan, but at times you feel she overdoes it. Imran Abbas as Faisal looks lost in the bunch of brilliant actors. Shahrukh Khan in a cameo just melts your heart. Overall the performances of the cast do complete justice…

Anil Mehta’s cinematography is like a poem which captures every nuance beautifully, whether it is the picturesque locations of London, Vienna, Paris, Austria or Rajasthan or the emotions portrayed by the actors. Production design by Amrita Mahal was apt as per the premise of the movie.

In a Karan Johar movie costumes play a vital role and ADHM is no exception, the clothes in the movie would easily be a trendsetter, what with some brilliant work by Manish Malhotra, Anahita Shroff Adajania and Samidha Wangnoo…

Another highlight of any KJo movie is its music and Pritam scores some really soulful music for this movie, namely the title song, Bulleya & Channa Mereya, some peppy numbers like the now hugely popular Break Up Song and Cutie pie. All the songs are melody with the superb lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya especially for the title song, Bulleya & Channa Mereya….Music is definitely a high point of ADHM…

Karan Johar has been a king of candy floss in Bollywood but he shows depth in the emotions in ADHM, so in a nut shell the candy is out and the floss remains intact. He makes us laugh even in morbid scenes which shows his inherent humour that he posses and he also shows how big Bollywood fan he is. Portraying unrequited love with entertainment intact and celebrating friendship and platonic relationship with such vigour, kudos to Karan for doing so…

ADHM may not be Karan Johar’s best and may not be a classic but ADHM definitely has its soul intact which is important, I will go with 4 stars….

Movie Rating: (4 / 5)

Latest Movie Trailers: Kapoor & Sons

Kapoor & Sons- Synopsis

Dharma Production is back with a triangular love story “Kapoor & Sons” which is primarily a story of two brothers Rahul (Fawad Khan) and Arjun (Sidharth Malhotra) who fall for the same girl Tia (Alia Bhatt). Well you wonder what is new, the new twist is the backdrop of a dysfunctional family of the Kapoors which includes the GrandpaOfficial Trailer of Kapoor & Sons (Rishi Kapoor), the parents played by Rajat Kapoor the father and Ratna Pathak Shah the mother. Written by Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra “Kapoor & Sons” is a heady mix of a triangular love story with a quirky dysfunctional element makes it a bit different…

The ensemble cast of Rishi Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Fawad Khan, Rajat Kapoor & Ratna Pathak Shah makes it more compelling…

Shakun Batra is back wearing the director’s hat for the second time after “Ek Main Aur Ek Tum”(2012). Dharma Production’s latest offering has music by a band of music directors Amaal Mallik, Badshah, Fazilpuria, Arko Parvo Mukherjee, Benny Dayal, Nucleya & Tanishka Bagchi, well which makes the music much awaited…

The cinematography is by Jeffery F Bierman and Edited by Shivkumar V Panickar…..

“Kapoor & Sons” is produced by Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar & Apoorva Mehta and distributed by Fox Star Studios and hits theatres 18th March 2016….

Till then enjoy the Official Trailer Below….

Movie Review : Khoobsurat 2014

Khoobsurat: A Beautifully gift wrapped Bland Story

Khoobsurat_Poster_2“Khoobsurat” is the first Offering of Disney in India in association with Anil Kapoor Productions. The producers claimed that it was the remake of Hrishikesh Mukerjee’s 1980’s classic of the same name.

So a fantastic script and a reputed banner which is famous worldwide for making fairy tale romances, you expect a beautiful fairy tale saga. But alas that did not happen. The original story of D.N Mukherjee is adapted and contemporized by Indira Bisht. The story shifts from an upper middle class set up as per the original to a Royal Family of Sambhalpur. The Queen Nirmala Devi is a strict disciplinarian and no nonsense woman whose life is like a time table and she expects the same from her son Vikram Rathod (Fawad Khan), her daughter and her husband the King of Sambhalpur (Aamir Raza Hussain). Things become topsy turvy for them when Dr Milli Chakravorty (Sonam Kapoor) a physiotherapist enters their life.

The screenplay by Indira Bisht lacks the soul which was the main attraction of the original; instead what we get is a run down version of the original. One of the flaw is the pace, it is too lethargic and slow. Secondly the love story between the Prince and Milli just does not pick up. Thirdly most of the characters look unreal and cardboard like. The only good thing about the screenplay is the interactions of Milli with her mother Manju on Skype. In a nutshell till the end the script does not pick up and lacks depth.
Dialogues by Juhi Chaturvedi make the narration a bit interesting with some witty and funny dialogues but even she could not salvage a weak script.

It is the performances by the ensemble cast that keeps the interest level to some extent. Ratna Pathak Shah as Rani Nirmala Devi, a role which was enacted by her mother Dina Pathak in the original, gives a good performance. Kirron Kher as Manju Chakrovorty, Milli’s mother gives a crackling performance and is the highlight of the movie; she makes you laugh and keeps the interest intact. Aamir Raza Hussain as the King does a decent job but his character falls flat because of the weak writing. Fawad Khan the heartthrob of Pakistan who debuts in this movie and plays the Prince, Vikram Singh Rathod, does a good job and shows the spark albeit in his case as well the writing pulls down his performance, but his charm does the job. Now the main character Dr Milli Chakravorty played by Sonam Kapoor is the most inconsistent performance of the movie, in some sequences she goes overboard in her goofy acts, and after some time you are tired. I do not blame her completely but the script pulls her down as well. I think she was a miss cast as Dr Milli Chakravorty.

Shashanka Ghosh after an impressive “Waisa Bhi Hota Hai Part II” and the quirky over the top movie “QuiK Gun Murugan” gives us an unimpressive remake of “Khoobsurat”. I think he went overboard in making this movie into a fairy tale but lost the plot in the bargain.

Sneha Khanwalkar’s music is different but I thought that it did not gel with the concept of the movie; the music should have been frothier for such a movie. Production Design by Shruti Gupte is good and gives a fairy tale touch to the narration. Costumes by Uma Biju, Karuna Laungani and Raghavendra Rathore is spot on, especially Raghvendra Rathore’s designs for the royal family.

Only if a look of a movie was enough for a interesting watch but unfortunately you need a tight script to make the narration interesting, and “Khoobsurat” lacks an interesting script I will go with 2 and a Half stars (Half additional for Kirron Kher’s performance)…..

Trailer Khoobsurat (2014)

Sonam Kapoor is back with “Khoobsurat”…..a remake of Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s movie of the same name……It introduces Pakistan’s latest heartthrob Fawad Khan….directed by Shashank Ghosh the movie releases 19th Sept’14… [su_youtube url=”http://youtu.be/1em8DBrqCck” width=”500″ height=”300″]

Khoobsurat Cast & Crew: Banner : Walt Disney Pictures,Anil Kapoor Films Company Release Date : 19 Sep 2014 Genre: Comedy Director : Shashank Ghosh Star Cast : Sonam Kapoor,Ratna Pathak,Prosenjit Chatterjee,Fawad Khan,Kirron Kher,Aamir Raza Hussain