“Saba ko pyaar karne ke liye Mujhe Saba ki hi zaroorat nahi” -Those lines of Shahrukh Khan are the essence of this modern tale of love, friendship, and relationship. Well a few people might ask pretty valid questions like – “Why so much confusion and complications in relationships? ” “What is new in this particular love tale of Karan Johar?”

To be honest, nothing was new in the story of ADHM. But it still manages to touch your heart by telling the pain of one sided love and friendship. Though it is biased on the former and shows it beautifully. Ranbir Kapoor proves he’s still in the race and Anushka, as usual, is high on acting. For Aishwarya Rai , this could prove her much needed come back in a typical Karan Johar film. She looks like a beautiful painting as said in the movie also. In a very small role, she steals the show. The new eye candy Fawad Khan has a special appearance as Alizeh’s love. Shahrukh Khan and Alia Bhatt have done cameo appearances.

In the first half, Ayan(Ranbir Kapoor) is seen as a child in a pram and quite a misfit who meets Alizeh Khan(Anushka Sharma) at a club. It is with her, he liberates and loses his inhibitions. Their talks are seasoned richly with typical Bollywood dialogues and share mutual love for 80s bollywood songs. She friendzones him eventually. The second half sees a transformation of Ayan from a child to a charming man who gets involved with a ‘happily Divorced’ poetess Saba(Aishwarya Rai Bachchan). Saba is driven by a feeling of sensuousness yet she is elegant and mature. She soon realises that he can never love her the way he loves Alizeh and decides to part.

Yes, there are complications in love, relationships and people and ADHM is a success in uncomplicating them to a certain extent. It shows how one sided love is complete in every manner. It’s restless and incomprehensible. This comes to real when Ayan shows Alizeh a middle finger at her marriage. ADHM may not tell you a comprehensive story but it tries to portray each side of the story. The twist in the climax may be considered as “Cliche” but I saw it working when I overheard the sobbing sounds of many females in the cinema hall.

The decorative dialogues by Niranjan Jiyenge and Karan Johar in Urdu will not fail to grab your attention. Some of them are

‘Pyaar me junoon hai

Par dosti me sukoon hai’

‘Bade vafaadar hai aapke aansu

Aapki ijaazat k bagair bahar bhi nahi nikalte’

‘Ek tarfa pyaar ki taakat hi kuch aur hoti hai

Auro k rishto ki tarah yeh do logo me nahi batati

Sirf mera haq hai isme’

And the list is endless

The songs are addictive and set in perfect situations. You’ll be humming those on your way back home from a good movie.

For me, the ending was pretty much surprising. It tells you that friendship is the biggest thing a person can offer to another. Moreover, the movie is about companionship. You need not to be a lover for being a companion of someone. It could be your mother, father, sibling, lover or a friend. And in this way Karan rules our heart again. With all his ‘love for friendship’ and ‘friendly love’ in movies. After all the negative buzz, Karan still manages to touch our hearts again by showing this beautiful battle between – Love and Friendship. For all the “Friendzoned” guys and girls – This one is for you!


Aditya Mandloi

Aditya Mandloi

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