Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Fawad Khan, Lisa Haydon, Imraan Abbas and the surprise package in the form of Shahrukh Khan and Alia Bhatt.
Director: Karan Johar
Producer: Apoorva Mehta, Hiroo Yash Johar, Karan Johar
Writers: Karan Johar
What's Yay: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, cracking dialogues, chartbuster songs, glossy locations.
What's Nay: KJo gives a 'Fault In The Stars' twist to his story which ends up looking rather vague and disjointed.
Popcorn Refill: Strictly Interval
The Iconic Moment: Ranbir's confrontation scenes with Anushka leave you with a lump in the throat.
Plot: A charming boy Ayaan (Ranbir Kapoor) bumps into an effervescent girl, Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) at a London bar. A few lingering kisses follow. Just when things are expected to get hot and steamy, Alizeh stumbles upon Ayan's man-child persona. The two end up becoming friends as thick as thieves instead and bond over some mugs of beers and their love for filmy dialogues.
Later, a double date goes horribly wrong when Ayaan stumbles upon his girl-friend Lisa (Lisa Haydon) cheating on him with Alizeh's to-be-husband (Imran Abbas). Alizeh helps Ayaan in dumping her and the two whisk off on a heartbreak vacation.
Amidst all this Ayaan discovers that he is slowly falling for Alizeh while the later admits that she has no such feelings for him. But like Ayaan puts it, 'Kisi ne kabhi aapko suddenly chantaa maara hai, uss chantey ko ishq kehte hai aur woh chantaa aur zor se lagta hai jab koi teesra aa jaata hai.' Enter Alizeh's love aka her 'tabaahi' Ali (Fawad Khan) who works as a nightclub DJ and was her former flame.
Ali admits that he still loves Alizeh and she takes him back in her life. Poor Ayaan, he is left with nothing but unrequited pangs of love! Just when things look bleak for him, a chance encounter with a doe-eyed 'shayarani' Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) gives him a different prospective about love, loss and belonging as the two begin a tempestuous affair.
Will it be 'mushkil' for Ayaan to get over his heartbreak? Where does Alizeh stand in his life now? The rest of the film revolves around this plot.
Direction: After six years Karan Johar is back on the director's chair with a fresh perspective on love, friendship and heartbreaks. Yes, throughout the movie you might find him referring to some of his previous filmography but that doesn't deter you from investing in his tale.
He talks about unrequited love and you so feel for his characters which could be any one of us in the real world.
On the flip side there are times post interval where the narrative slips and the plot loses some steam. KJo ends up adding an unnecessary sub-plot on cancer, to make us shed some more tears but it only adds minutes to the run-time.
Acting: Ranbir Kapoor steals away the thunder when it comes to the whirlwind of emotions. Be it his longing for love, pain, turmoil or anguish, the young lad makes you bleed hearts and you would just want to give him a tight hug. Yet another tailor-made role for the Kapoor scion!
Anushka Sharma is at her charming best and she is a total fun to watch! Her warm camaraderie with Ranbir is highly infectious and together they give you a joy ride.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looks gorgeous and sensuous in every frame but sadly suffers from an underwritten role.
The dishy Fawad Khan ends up with wasted cameo but succeeds in making the girls skip a heartbeat with his good looks.
Imran Abbas puts up a fair job whereas Lisa Haydon's cameo will leave you in splits.
Alia Bhatt makes a friendly appearance and not to forget the icing on the cake - Shahrukh Khan saying to Ranbir's Ayaan, 'Ek tarfa pyaar ki taaqat hi kuch aur hota hai, auron ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahin batatey.'
Other Technical Aspects: One of the things that make Ae Dil Hai Mushkil a winner, are its engaging dialogues that hits you straight in the heart and makes sure that you never suffer from a dull moment.
Anil Mehta's top-notch cinematography and some crispy editing works in the film's favour.
Music: The title track and 'Bulleya' are already our hot favourites. 'Breakup Song' is a foot-tapping number with catchy vibes whereas 'Channa Mereya' leaves you all emotional. 'Cutepie' is another fun song. Overall, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has some chartbuster music.
Verdict: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is one of Ranbir's honest performances where he gives you ample of reasons to love him. 'Ajeeb kahaani hai pyaar aur dosti ke rishtein ki...pyaar hamara hero, dosti hamari heroine' and the actor makes sure to give you lessons in both! This one is worth a watch.