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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: Is It Really? 

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Ae dil aakhir kyun hai mushkil?
There are instances in life that shake us and break us, they move us to tears but they aren’t in our control. Nothing’s ever what we expect, one moment we’re planning our whole life with someone and the next we’re ending up with someone completely different or not ending up with anyone at all. This is the irony of life – the bitter reality. Some of us live our lives under the shadow of regrets; things we wish we would’ve done when we could’ve, explored new horizons, looked at life through another perspective, truly felt alive.

I’ve always said that love is a subjective term and I still hold the same stance, however, how true is it in terms of loving something to the extent of letting it go when you know it can never truly be yours?

Can a person ever be so selfless as to let the one thing that they loved the most in their life slip away? It can’t be easy. It is not child’s play. Forced circumstances in life lead to drastic measures…measures that inflict never healing wounds and scars that last a lifetime. It’s a tug of war between the head and the heart, between what the heart wants and what the mind dictates. Who wins the battle? Is it even fair play?

Why does the heart always have to bow down in front of rationality and practicality? Can’t the heart want what it wants? Why constrict it? Why even have a heart when all the world asks of you is to listen to your head? It makes no sense.

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is a movie that deals with all these questions and the underlying emotions that bind us humans together. Karan Johar is known as the king of romance, and quite honestly, he knows how to get the work done. The plot revolves around themes of heartbreak, betrayal, friendship and the grey complexities that surround relationships. The music is exceptional, Arijit Singh has done a fine job in the romantic numbers.

The cinematography could be improved, however the actors’ phenomenal dialogue delivery makes up for any flaws in direction. Ranbir Kapoor has outdone himself as Ayan, Anushka Sharma was the perfect choice for the role of Alizeh, Aishwariya Rai did fairly well. Fawad Khan’s acting was sub par, he failed to deliver in comparison to Ranbir or Imran Abbas and Shahrukh Khan (who made cameo appearances).

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has to be Karan Johar’s finest work till date. It’s a tale that moves you, it touches the depths of your heart. The superb dialogue delivery and well constructed script makes this movie worth watching for any die hard romantic. This one’s a real tear jerker, not for the faint of heart.

Let me know what you think of the movie in the comments. 🙂

Bajrangi Bhaijaan: Rula Diya Paglay

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After all the raving reviews on Bajrangi Bhaijaan, I was compelled to go and watch it and see for myself what all the hoopla was about. Needless to say, by the end of the movie, my eyes were filled with tears (read: There was something in my eyes) and my heart was heavy as I left the movie theater. Bajrangi Bhaijaan was a tale of compassion and love in its purest form. As the movie began, and the first catchy song “Selfie Le Le Re” came on (which by the way is perfect for the upcoming Shaadi (wedding) season!) I thought that it was going to be a typical Salman Khan “masala” film, but I was pleasantly surprised.

The first half of the movie was slow, and the comical timing was amiss, but as the plot thickened, it gained momentum. Atif Aslam’s melodious voice in “Tu Chahiye” made it one of the best songs in the movie apart from “Tu Jo Mila” by K.K and “Bhar Dou Jholi” by Adnan Sami. The little one, Harshaali Malhotra as Munni/Shahida was phenomenal, her innocence and naivety as the mute girl from Pakistan truly reflected on screen and resonated with the audience. The bond between Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Munni/Shahida was one that could melt the coldest of hearts. The storyline of the movie was balanced, it was an unbiased view of the strained ties between Pakistan and India and it depicted the pros and cons of both sides, rather than shamelessly bashing Pakistan as the place where “terrorists are bred” as done in countless other movies.

Kareena Kapoor’s character in the movie was one that really boggled my mind, why? because it seemed as if her presence wasn’t even needed in the movie. Whatever screen presence she had, it was as if it was a forced attempt to add a clichè love story to the mix.  It just wasn’t required. Although her character wasn’t entirely essential, it had depth to it and Kareena did justice to it. Kareena/Rasika’s appearance and demeanor throughout the movie reminded me of her character in the film “Chameli”.

The cinematography and the soundtrack was exceptional and the sets and locations were on point. It wasn’t just another run of the mill depiction of Pakistan in a poorly attempted film, it was as accurate as it could get, and the director paid close attention to detail.

Bajrangi Bhaijaan is one of those timeless movies that hit the theaters and take them by storm. It is in fact a thought provoking, powerful tale that I would highly recommend you to watch (If you still haven’t seen it since there was a massive shortage of tickets all around). Grab the tissue box, this one’s a tear jerker!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5