I love Bollywood movies and have loved them all my life. Hindi movies were a big part of my household growing up, and I can safely say there are countless Bollywood movies that I’m pretty sentimental about.
Why am I openly professing my love for Bollywood movies?
Because this is a crucial piece of information before you read on, and bash me for hating Hindi movies as a whole. I’m not and I couldn’t: I absolutely adore them, no matter how trashy a few are.
But, that being said, I could not swallow the movie that is Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. It takes a lot for me to hate a Bollywood movie, but this movie really pushed my buttons the wrong way. And, here are 5 reasons why:
1. In what world do two people form relationships this fast?
Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that movies are made for entertainment and aren’t always meant to be seen in a realistic light. I understand that not every film is “based on a real story.” But C’mon, even this is stretching it too far.
Within the first 5 minutes of the movie, we have the two protagonists go from making out (extremely awkwardly) to being absolute chaddi buddies. I mean, really?
2. The constant stream of Mughal-esque Urdu
Throughout the entire movie, I was constantly wondering who in the world talks like these characters. Not only that, but there were scenes where the Urdu used made no sense within the context. Scenes with Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan) are heavily riddled with hardcore Urdu. My native language is Urdu, and not even my grandmother, God rest her soul, spoke like this.
Last I checked, I was watching Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, not Mughal-e-Azam.
3. Feminist or nah?
The movie does not seem to know where it stands with feminism.
At one point, the heroine, Alizeh, states that Ayan (the hero) stinks of chauvinism. However, the film also completely objectifies Lisa, Ayan’s girlfriend. Right at the beginning of the movie, Ayan mentions that he’s had a fight with Lisa, and eventually, she texts him an apology. It’s at this point where Alizeh asks just how rich Ayan is, because apparently unless the man is stinking rich, no girl will ever apologize for her mistakes.
This is especially horrifying, considering that it’s one woman putting down another. Why do we need to do that again?
4. Overly glorified stalker hero
I felt uncomfortable throughout the whole movie. Why?
Because of how heavily the film relies on and advocates stalker culture.
At one point in the film, another character tells Ayan that unrequited love is great, as the only one with any right to it is the one-sided aashiq. This is where the problem lies because this dialogue alone solidifies the idea that stalkers are right in their mentality. Even though the girl they’re pursuing (read: harassing) is not interested in them, their “love” is sacred still. Lord knows we do not need that kind of thinking any more than it already exists.
A lot of men seemed to really like the movie, and I guess now we know why.
5. “I friend you.” “I friend you too.” WTF?
This line. I swear to God, this line. It actually exists in the movie.
It was at this point where I completely lost it, and I shit you not, I could not stop laughing for ten minutes straight. I don’t even think I need to say anything more about this.