Love, if you’re watching a Karan Johar film, is almost always difficult. As far as titles go, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) couldn’t be more apt. The teaser of the film shows Ranbir Kapoor courting Anushka Sharma. Their dalliance is youthful. They spin themselves around revolving doors, dash down streets on a bike, they ice skate and get intimate when no one is looking.

Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma’s dalliance in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is youthful

With Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kapoor comes across as more adult. Their embraces are longer and there’s a longing that marks their gaze. If Johar had to teach geometry, he’d spend a class or two meditating on triangles. But having mastered them elementary particles of love, he may be more suited to chemistry instead.

With Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Kapoor comes across as more adult.

Whether it is Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH) or Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna (KANK), there’s a pathos that is easily identifiable in the cinema of Karan Johar. His characters know only too well the pain of vulnerability and the lasting scars of romantic hurt. In the brief few seconds we see Fawad Khan, we see him anguished, ready for a fight. ADHM won’t end well for everyone. That does seem certain.

In the brief few seconds we see Fawad Khan, we see him anguished, ready for a fight.

With Anushka Sharma’s back turned to him, we hear Ranbir Kapoor’s voiceover – “There’s nothing like the power of unrequited love. Unlike other bonds, it isn’t shared. It’s mine and mine alone.” There is certainly a sense of déjà vu when you see Kapoor walk away from an opulent wedding – the memories of Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani have yet not faded – but everyone from Anjali (Kajol) in KKHH to Aman (Shah Rukh Khan) in Kal Ho Naa Ho will attest to Kapoor’s arguably familiar and poetic deductions.

ADHM could be the vehicle Aishwarya Rai Bachchan needs to decidedly return

Ranbir Kapoor is searching for a hit. We have known this for some time now. Paired opposite his Bombay Velvet co-star Anushka Sharma, there’s some vivacity to their relationship here which seemed missing in their last outing. After Jazbaa and Sarbjit failed to bring Aishwarya Rai Bachchan back to our list of top actresses, ADHM could well be the vehicle she needs to decidedly return. Since Sharma and Johar can do little wrong nowadays, we might possibly have a winner here.

News reports suggest that Kapoor will be playing a singer in ADHM. The one-and-a-half minute teaser doesn’t give us much in the way of dialogue, but it does introduce us to the film’s title track. Sung by Arijit Singh, ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ reacquaints us with the obvious musical talent that is Pritam. Unlike some of his other counterparts, the music director has always stressed on melody. Here too his tune is old-school, but it makes you instantly forget Johnny Walker singing ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Jeena Yahan’. That ‘Bombay Meri Jaan’ is effortlessly substituted by foreign locations where hearts are broken and patched. ADHM releases on October 28. Our Diwali could well be a cracker.

Watch the teaser below:


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