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  • ...is a contemporary and a progressive take on relationships from the master story teller Karan Johar.

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  • Go watch it for a relatable portrayal of modern-day relationships.

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  • It is an infectiously buoyant, emotionally engaging and superbly acted drama that could disarm even the most inveterate of cynics.

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  • The film slices and dices emotional relationships in many, many ways. Watch but please not with cynical unromantics.

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  • The heart wants what it wants, and sometimes all we need is a compelling reason to cry. Thank you, Karan Johar. For this film feels like a sob.

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  • Love comes in all shapes and sizes — sometimes it comes with violins, sometimes it shows you the middle finger. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil is the latter, maybe that is why it feels so real.

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  • ...the big argument is why is Karan Johar still grappled with the temptations of repeating himself instead of forging a fresh path even after delivering the goods in My Name Is Khan six years ago.

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  • ...splendidly romantic and richly satisfying...

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  • It’s a film that makes you cry, makes you laugh and makes you fall in love.

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  • I suspect you’ll be a slobbering mess at the end of the film, a puddle of tears when the lights come back on. Johar knows how to do that. It’s a skill that’s stayed with him even if his grammar has changed.

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  • The biggest letdown is that despite all the focus on relationships, the film lacks the capacity to choke you with emotion.

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  • This is very much "Bollywood", a style of storytelling that few if anyone understands better than director Karan Johar, whose EQ (emotional quotient) borders on genius levels, if you ask me.

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  • For the first time, Karan Johar comes across like a filmmaker who’s going to end up making love stories with a happily-never-after.

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  • Johar’s latest movie is somewhere in between. He is trying to move away from the large-canvas romances on which he has built his career, but his foundation remains the popular Hindi film idiom, especially Yash Chopra’s cinema.

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  • The scenic invariably overpowers the cynic in Karan Johar’s cinema. He loves the good things in life and dislikes the thought of the makeup being washed by tears of desolation.

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  • ...offers little in terms of story and fails to get the audience empathise or feel for the characters and events in the movie. What it does offer is brilliance in the name of Ranbir and Anushka

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  • ...is the latest in the brand of cinema that isn’t so much as plot driven as it is focused on characters, relationships and interactions.

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  • Extending the boundaries of his pet theme of love and friendship, Johar attempts to be Imtiaz Ali here. But in this regard, he fails miserably in drafting his character's journey.

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  • It’s all warm and fuzzy and quite nice till we encounter a mash-up of Kal Ho Naa Ho and Rockstar.

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  • ...is not an immersive experience and after a while I lost interest in its rigmarole of relationships, the many datings and matings, break-ups and patch-ups, marriages, divorces, friendships and the one-way scenarios involved.

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  • ...the film becomes more of a mushkil than a tale of dils. Suffering from a case of 'One-sided love'? Then rest assured, you will be cured of the affliction.

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  • Karan Johar has penned an ode to friendship. Like most of his films, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil too has everything superficial that is required to take his film ahead.

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  • ...hope that Johar will come up with something newer and sharper the next time around.

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  • Instead of confronting its central question—what do you do if the person you love doesn’t love you back?—the film sidesteps it with a shameless deus ex machina.

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