Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Review

Karan Johar is inarguably the biggest brand when it comes to directors in India. He is more well recognized and more famous than many leading actors. He and Aditya Chopra are responsible for setting the tone of Bollywood in the late 90s and 2000s. So when he makes a movie after 4 years, fireworks are to be expected. Ranbir, Anushka and Aishwarya make for a fascinating trio of actors and couple that with the blockbuster music, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is one hot film. Does it live up to the hype?

Story: Ayan (Ranbir) is a famous globetrotting musician who falls in love with Alizeh (Anushka) after their first meeting. But Alizeh keeps spurning his advances by friendzoning him. That doesn’t stop Ayan from giving his feelings away. All of his requests for a love affair are spurned. Things get interesting when the character of hot poetess and older married woman Saba (Aishwarya) enters the life of Ayan. This love triangle culminates in a climax which has a touch of morose drama about it. Does Ayan get Alizeh? What happens to Saba? Find out more in theatres near you.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil feels like a Bollywood romantic drama movie, if we have ever had one in recent years. Karan Johar does well to highlight the moments of bonding and friendship between his two young leads and then uses the lightness of those moments to trap the viewer into feeling for the characters. He is skilled at extracting emotions from every line of dialogue and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is no exception. The gripe that people can have with the movie, however, are the decisions taken by the characters, which border on stupidity. Still, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is an entertaining movie which keeps things interesting till the climax.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Review

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a beautifully shot film which has been made on a big canvas and every frame feels manicured. The designer clothes and foreign locals make the movie look pretty. The production designer deserves credit. The editing of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a bit on the loose side as the movie stretched on for more minutes than required towards the climax.

The music of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is one of the highlights of the movie. All the songs vie for attention and most of them suit the tone and context of the movie perfectly. The title track is melancholic and enlists a sad charm about it. Bulleya has a rock vibe to it. Channa Mereya is probably the pick of the soundtrack as it encapsulates heartbreak in its lyrics. The breakup song, Alizeh and Cutiepie all contribute towards making ADHM sound beautiful.

Acting: Ranbir Kapoor is a bonefide star and his last few flops can’t change that about him. He is tremendous as Ayan. He portrays the initial goofiness of Ayan and the tragedy of the latter Ayan brilliantly. Anushka Sharma provides him able company and even outshines him in a few scenes. She seems like a natural at this role and it’s a movie which could go on her showreel. Aishwarya is enchanting as Saba and it filled us with happiness seeing her back in a charismatic and stylish role like this one. Fawad Khan, whose presence gave the film a lot of publicity, shows his acting class in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. There are quite a few special appearances in the film, which the audience will love.

Conclusion: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil takes us back to the forlorn era of movie making where movies tended to rely on the drama of events and the punch of dialogues. It is not without its faults by any means. The characters are borderline frustrating and the second half is very heavy on the heart. Inspite of all that, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil flows fluidly and entertains all the way through. The music doesn’t provide a hindrance and the acting elevates the drama. Any and every lover of Indian classical movies should check out this classical tale of romance in a modern garb called Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.


  • Anushka, Ranbir and Aishwarya are terrific
  • The music is blockbuster
  • The movie looks stylish because of the production design and costume design
  • Has an old world charm about it
  • Entertains throughout the length of the movie


  • Some of the decisions the characters take can feel frustrating at times.
  • The morosity of drama in the second half was hyper elevated
  • Movie feels a bit long towards the end
Rating: ★★★½☆


  • Means in short its same old story presented with new generation actors…….
    Boring movie …will fall flat from monday itself..complete waste……media and srk illogical fans will hype it like anything….

  • so finally indicine has found a blemishless movie and a review that it can be proud of after a long time. Its been ages since indicine gave such a drooling review for a film .. the review itself is flawless the movie also would be so.!!

    indicine once finds something delectable goes raving and raving and that kills it..!!!

  • Thank you Team Indicine for this review, earlier during Tamasha time I thought you’re biased against Ranbir since I personally loved the movie a lot. Now I understood you, Komal Nahata ji and all review the movies keeping in mind the buisiness prospect.

  • It seems karan johar sponsered indicine to watch this movie so that indicine can give positive reviews at as early as 10 o’clock morning.. That is why still no signs of shivay review even after 5 hrs of adhm review..

  • ADHM is already won when SHIVAAY trailer release they put 20 cr opening and now finish with 10 cr but I am sure it will finisish below 9 cr opening ajy need flop

  • Too much fun watching Ajay and Salman fans still trying to bring down this film.

    “Nothing new” : well many critics said that Shivaay looked like a rip-off of Taken. Good vfx don’t mean that your stupid film is original.

    “Paid medias” : as Indicine said it in last QnA, Shivaay was the hotter film in trade from 1st day itself, and be honest, medias over-hyped this crap after a first average trailer that they called epic.

    “Indian audiance too dumb for Shivaay” : like…seriously guys ????! Considering you thinking, Action Jackson was a masterpiece that wasn’t well understood then, is that it ?!

    Anyway, Shivaay reviews are negative while ADHM get mixed to postivie reviews. ADHM occupancy is 45% vs 35% for Shivaay. If the WOM follows the same, then ADHM is sure to be the big winner and Shivaay is sure to be a big flop. I’m happy to see Ajay tasting his own medecine after all his dirty games.

    #AeDilKiDiwali #ThisDiwaliShivaay’sDestruction

  • this hero ranbir always doing same kind of
    movies,where he plays a care free naughty guy
    ,roaming behind actress here and there etc etc at 1st
    half.then in 2nd half he gives lectures on life,childhood,
    relationship etc what boring actor. 10 years passed still
    he doesn’t have an action movie..coz he can’t do that.
    ADHM is nothing different, 1st half hero goes with heroin
    here n there,they some kiddish stuff then in 2nd half
    there is lectures on relationship, one sided live, blah blah
    Girls,couples, will only love it

  • now Ajay and bhaitards are like—-tadap tadap Kar ees dil se aag nikalti Rahi,khud ko saja do paap ki,lut gaye hum kit gaye.

    Yes lut gaye after

    Ajay fans seeing acting by Ranbir and Direction by KJO SIR

    and bhaitards after watching chemistry between Aiswarya and Ranbir.

    Sleepless nights for these x grade movie watching retards.

    NOW KJO SIR finally brought this koyla to the road and will soon make him beg like a shameless,rofl.

    AND FINALLY THANKS A LOT TO KJO SIR for thrashing this koyla who conspired against JTHJ.FINALLY WE TOOK OUR REVENGE.

    And finally koyla will retire after this.


  • As an unbiased movie viewer, i felt 1st half good. But in 2nd half I thought of leaving the theater a few times. A bit overacting by ranbir and anushka. Couldn’t get emotionally connected with the film. Difficult to even watch once. I will go with 2/5


    a) music
    b) performances are good but overacting in some frames. overall good.
    c) aishwarya looking stunning
    d) first part entertaining

    a) bit stretchy or dragged unneccesary in 2nd part
    b) over dramatic. too confusion among characters about relation.
    c) not looking like kjo’s direction from any view
    d) not so entertaining movie and resembles from old bolly movies means nothing new.

    overall its not a diwali material at all. shivaay & adhm both should not be diwali releases.
    so 2.5/5 acc to me.

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