Monday, April 1, 2019

A2Z April Challenge 2019: A is for Ai Dil Hai Mushkil

Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Fawad Khan
Director: Karan Johar
Year of Release: 2016

I loved the way the movie began and hated the way it ended. If this movie has taught me anything - it's how not to force a conflict in a story.

The story starts with Ranbir Kapoor (Ayah Sanger)  narrating how he fell in love with a strange girl. I loved the expression on his face. Innocent and eyes brimming with pain while his lips held on to the smile. I can keep on watching this scene to bring out a passionate conflict between my characters. The story is how he and Anushka Sharma (Alizeh Khan) meet in London and spend the night together. Platonically.

The fate of these two star-crossed lovers is always full of miscommunications. First, Anushka's ex returns and declares his love to her. She decides to marry him, leaving Ranbir heartbroken. Then he meets Aishwarya Rai and uses her to make Anushka jealous. It does not work and he leaves Aish to become a famous singer. He later learns that Anushka is not married but when he tries to reach out to her, he finds out that she has terminal cancer. They remain friends till the end - though he does try to make love to her multiple times and it was exactly this part that makes me want to thrash this movie. 

The Conflict in a Story: should definitely not be forced.  When the scene came when the audience was told that Anushka has cancer, it was a feeling of utter astonishment. And on top of that Ranbir's insistence that they make love was really disgusting. No, not in the prudish sense. But making love is an act of consent between two individuals. So when one says no - it should be a no. 

As an author, I felt, that the part when Anushka had cancer should have been treated with a bit more finesse. Subtly she was fading away and it could have enhanced their love more rather than reducing love to a mere physical form. 

I wrote one scene of my book Destined after I carried home this emotion of disgust from the ending of this movie. In this scene, my heroine Esha is going to the cafe to meet her fiance and he asks her to give up on her dad and go to the USA with him. The disgust she felt for him stems from the same disgust I felt in the scene when Ranbir wanted to make love to the ailing Anushka. They are not related yet the emotions that I carried within me got released after I wrote this scene.....

Esha closed her eyes for a second. She didn't want to spit venom on his face. She, in fact, felt sorry for his mindset. "I don't know about the legalities, Ayush," she said softly. Too softly. "I only know that he is my Dad and I love him very much. He has taught me my first word— Ma. He has taught me to walk and to ride my first bicycle. And today he needs me. What has law got to do with that?" 

"But we have a future together in the USA. We will have kids and we will need money for all these things. We will need every penny we can save. You will not be able to work in the USA if you don't come with a project from your current office and I cannot maintain three families." 

"You never asked me if I gave you the permission to look after your parents." 

He opened his mouth but no sound came out.





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18 Comments:

At April 1, 2019 at 12:26 AM , Blogger Chicky Kadambari said...

Hmmm, I think I haven't seen this movie. (Good for me!) I watch very few Hindi movies. Most of them are too regressive for my tastes.

That scene from your book that you mentioned at the end... it reminded me of Dabangg and Piku. I like your Esha so much better than the heroines of those two movies!

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At April 1, 2019 at 12:46 AM , Blogger Sonia Chatterjee said...

I never really liked the man child character Ranbir played. And after KJo'S interview came out last month about how he wanted to kill Anushka's character because she didn't love Ranbir back, I have really started loathing it. But I like your analysis of this movie and look forward to reading your posts.

 
At April 1, 2019 at 1:39 AM , Blogger Sundari Venkatraman said...

Oh yes! I hated Esha's fiance for this one. You have portrayed this scene beautifully. As for the film, I am so glad that it had some use for you. It was a waste of money

 
At April 1, 2019 at 5:51 AM , Anonymous Parichita singh said...

There was something in the movie you loved. I hated the movie. It was absolutely cringe-worthy for me.

 
At April 1, 2019 at 6:08 AM , Blogger Kavitha Singh said...

Glad to see so many who disliked the movie as much as I did. I didn’t understand why Kjo wasted so much money and time to make a movie about unrequited love in the most illogical way. I could never get over the fact that anukasha’s character gets into a blanket with Ranbir’s character in front of the fireplace after spending a great time in the mountains and expects the man to have a platonic relationship. Why was she leading him on ?

 
At April 1, 2019 at 6:25 AM , Anonymous Shalini said...

My exact thoughts after watching the movie! I, till date, have no idea why they wanted to introduce the cancer element in the movie. I loved your book- Destined, Rubina. You know that!

 
At April 1, 2019 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Shilpa Gupte said...

I haven't seen this movie, and from what you wrote about it, I don't think I ever will!
Would love to read your book, though! :)

 
At April 1, 2019 at 9:54 AM , Blogger Birgit said...

I have not seen this film and I don't think I will. I am not participating this year but still will check out the themes

 
At April 1, 2019 at 11:48 AM , Anonymous Rubina Ramesh said...

Thank you for stopping by Chicky. I think Esha is in every corner of India. At least she's within me.

 
At April 1, 2019 at 11:48 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thank you for stopping by Sonia. Yes, in this movie I didn't like him too or rather the character he was portraying.

 
At April 1, 2019 at 11:49 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thank you for stopping by Sundari. Thanks a lot for saying that. Means a lot. And we always carry something when we come out a movie hall don't we? :D Even if it's how not to write a story :P

 
At April 1, 2019 at 11:50 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

I try my best to like for I do understand the hard work that has gone into it but sometimes it's not just enough. Thank you for stopping by Parichita. <3

 
At April 1, 2019 at 11:51 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Glad to know that I am not alone. When I had posted this on my blog, I think I had got some slapsticks.

 
At April 1, 2019 at 11:58 AM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thank you so much for saying that. Means a lot. The cancer element was just to gather sympathy I felt.

 
At April 1, 2019 at 12:02 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thank you for stopping by Shilpa. You got lucky :D

 
At April 1, 2019 at 12:02 PM , Blogger The Book Club said...

Thank you for stopping by Birgit. Glad that you did.

 
At April 1, 2019 at 5:15 PM , Blogger Aditi Kapur said...

Liked your analysis of the movie, from a different perspective:)

 
At April 2, 2019 at 12:44 PM , Blogger Dola said...

You made me want to see the movie! Good one, Rubina.

 

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