Bulleya – Amit/Shilpa – Pritam | Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)

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Movie: This song appeared in 2016 romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (O Heart, this is Difficult) directed by Karan Johar, under the banner of Dharma Productions. The movie starred Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Lisa Haydon, Imran Abbas, Fawad Khan, etc.

A wannabe singer Ayan Sanger (Ranbir Kapoor) and Alizeh Khan (Anushka Sharma) meet in London by chance and end up kissing instinctively. They spend the night together talking to each other about themselves and come close. They begin double dating each other with his live-in girlfriend Lisa D’Souza (Lisa Haydon) and her betrothed Dr. Faisal Khan (Imran Abbas). On one such date, they meet at a silent discotheque and Alizeh tells the DJ (Alia Bhatt) to play the breakup song.

Before the night is over, Lisa and Dr. Faisal are seen making out together in the gents washroom. Ayan and Alizeh breakup with their girlfriend and boyfriend, respectively. Post a comic and dramatic withdrawal of Ayan from his girlfriend, Alizeh plans a trip to Paris with Ayan. They are happy together. But, she meets her former boyfriend Ali (Fawad Khan) and everything goes topsy-turvy. Alizeh tells Ayan to leave and goes with Ali to Lucknow where he proposes to her and they decide to get married. Alizeh asks Ayan to be present in the wedding and after some hesitation, he arrives at the wedding.

Ayan’s exit from the midst of the wedding is dramatic and tearful. At the airport, he meets a poet Saba (Aishwarya Rai) and she gifts him her book of poems with her number. 3 months later Ayan contacts the number and she welcomes him. They grow close to each other and Ayan uses Saba’s poems for his songs. He takes music in earnest and sings this song with his newly formed band.

Song: The music of this song was scored by Pritam and the lyrics were penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.

The gist of the song is, “The bird of my soul is fluttering. But, I don’t find the island of solace. Console me, even if you fake it.”

Video: Cinematography is by Anil Mehta. Dance choreography is by Tushar Kalia.

The video opens with some shots from the movie preceding this song. This again seems to be another promotional video. Then, Ranbir Kapoor practices the song with his band. He remembers the times he had with Aishwarya Rai. The sequence of shots is interspersed by those of Anushka Sharma.

The song rises to a crescendo and the video ends as Ranbir Kapoor and Aishwarya Rai walk away from each other.

Artists: The playback of the song has been sung by Amit Mishra and Shilpa Rao and the onscreen performances are by Aishwarya Rai, Ranbir Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is the beginning of the fulfillment of the hero’s dreams. There is something really disgusting about the scene preceding this song. Why does a man need to behave like a gigolo to achieve his passion? Love is not a deal between 2 people. At least, this is not real love. Real love is giving of one’s all to their beloved, not expecting anything back. Like Radha and Meera did for their Lord Krishna. Sex is not love, though sex can be part of love. Call me old-fashioned but this is what I felt.

And Karan Johar, you have disappointed me once again after the Student of the Year. I agree the relationships today have become very shallow. But, if big filmmakers like you keep showing it in your movies, people will think you are endorsing it. Imagine, what will happen then. People will leave one and go for another relationship in short spans of time. What will happen to the institutions of marriage and family? You won’t have them eventually anywhere. They will be lost. There will be chaos.

Why do even big filmmakers see women as a sex-object and give female actors such roles only, even in the 21st century? Having a long sequence of footage and plenty of dialogues does not make a role, a big one.

I also think a movie should drive a message home to the viewers and your movie does not drive through the intended message about one-sided love. You are not following trends, but setting the wrong example. As a maker, you have a responsibility toward the viewers, which should be used with discretion.

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