You must have heard this line in the trailer: “”Ek tarfaa pyar ki taqat hi kuch aur hoti hai…..Auron ki ristey ki tarah do logon ki nahi bat.ti….Sirf mera hak hai isspe”
Well, that’s not just a dialogue. That’s the ‘philosophy’ behind this film’s story which has more than 5 characters who are caught in a chain of one sided love. To put it naïve terms it goes like this: B loves A, C loves B, D loves C and E loves D. That’t it. If that is your thing go watch Ae Dil Hai Mushkil! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I mean, think about it, how does anybody end that chain? How can you write an ending to a story that has the above chain which believes in the above dialogue hard core!
Well, Karan Johar must have faced a similar problem while writing the script for this one, which must have culminated in a stroke, and we, the audience are caught in its crossfire. He takes us through an irritating, energy sapping, clichéd climax that stretches for about 45 minutes. Why Karan, why?
The characters are complex. They spit out these lengthy poetic dialogues every other second, which even though are good, will start getting on your nerves in the later half. Too much of a good thing isn’t always good.
But to be fair enough, this film is not all bad though. Because Karan Johar does pull it off entertainingly up until half of second half. This movie rides on Karan Johar’s nostalgic comical references of Bollywood songs, dialogues and films, and I certainly enjoyed that part (as I could relate to those references of some of old Bollywood films)
But the silver lining of this film, as expected, has to be Ranbir Kapoor. Even though I feel that he’s taking up roles that are starting to feel familiar (be it Rockstar, Tamasha or ADHM now), he gives out these amazing performances. I have always told and believed this: Ranbir is one of the best in business. Him, together with Anushka and Aishwarya are the selling point of this drag on film. While the chemistry between Ranbir and Anushka was endearing, lovable and cute, the chemistry between Ranbir and Aishwayra was sizzling hot. The music of the film and the cinematography make this a touch more endurable.
So all in all, to sum it up, the movie is decently entertaining in the first half but falls flat later. If not for the performances, the music and cinematography, this would have gone south further. With a run time that is close to 160 minutes, ADHM tests your patience in the second half with its complex characters and ridiculous ending.
At the end of the film, there is a scene where Ranbir and Anushka are crying, and I kind of cried with them too. Except for different reasons of course. I was just crying for the movie to finally come to an end.
Verdict: Probably a Good time If You Are Drunk