Review | Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM): Nicely packaged cliches | Rating 2.5/5

adhm review

Karan Johar has given hit films based on a proven formula and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) is no different. As usual he starts with picking the prettiest faces in Bollywood (and also from Pakistan – Fawad Khan) and then moves them around displaying plastic emotions in exotic locales – Vienna, Paris and London.

In the original story Ali, Alizeh, Faisal and Saba’s characters were supposedly Pakistani, Bollywood’s attempt to redeem a terror-haven’s image, but later changed to Indian Muslims from Lucknow because of boycott ‘threat’ from Indian nationalists. ADHM is a depiction of how Pakistan looks like in Karan Johar’s eyes.

This is one of those movies that’s liked more by professional critics than common folks. Fortunately for Karan Johar, the huge free publicity ADHM received due to Pakistani actor in the film is bound to help its box office collection.

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ADHM is a story of rich Muslim liberal brats  – Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor), Alizeh (Anushka Sharma), Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) and Ali (Fawad Khan).They have their typical rich ambitions and aspirations while having fun with each other.

Ayan is super-rich (great excuse to show cool locales and billionaire homes) but wants nothing more than to be a singer (so cute na!).  Alizeh loves Ali and Saba, the happily divorced (so liberal na!), is looking for new love. And they create the predictable nicely-directed drama that you can expect from Karan Johar film.

But the story keep meandering, different pairs keep flirting, falling in love and then getting out of it, ideal set-pieces for showing those fake emotions and occasional shayari but you will feel that you have seen all this many times. The songs too sound as if they have been heard before in bits and pieces.


The first half of the film moves at a nice pace, holding the audience’s interest in anticipation of deeper things to come. However, the second half slows down seriously, giving a feel of 108-episode Saas-bhi-kabhi-Bahu-Thi serial.
Anushka is her usual self, while Aishwarya looks good in her role as the older, sensuous woman. Fawad Khan has nothing much to do except look good. However, it’s Ranbir who manages to bring some real emotion in the sea of plastic expressions. In fact the best pair in ADHM is Ranbir-Fawad, who share an interesting bro-chemistry between them for some time.

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lisa Haydon, Fawad Khan

Director: Karan Johar

Rating:  2.5/5 –  Watch ADHM to ogle at great looking people doing things in great looking locales.

Take a look at the ADHM trailer.