Ae dil hai mushkil – Arijit Singh – Pritam – Ranbir Kapoor | 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, Shah Rukh 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. A chance meeting with Saba’s ex-husband painter Tahir Taliyar Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) teaches Ayan that one-sided love is a strong motivator. Till then Ayan had blocked Alizeh’s number on his cell phone. He unblocks her now and speaks to her. He tells her that he has a very beautiful girlfriend now and asks her if she is jealous. She is just happy that he called her up.

Ayan and Saba invite Alizeh for dinner at her home. During the conversation at the dinner, Saba realizes that Ayan is still in love with Alizeh and Saba is falling in love with him. Alizeh is not in love with Ayan, at least not the way he wants, with the involvement of sex. Saba does not want to fall in love with him and tells him to leave. It is at this time that Ayan sings this song.

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

The gist of the song is, “You are my journey. You are my destination. I can’t live without you. O heart, this is difficult.”

Video: Cinematography is by Anil Mehta.

The video opens with some shots of Ranbir Kapoor with Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai at separate occasions. This again is one of the promotional videos. The music has already begun. Ranbir Kapoor begins the song. Fawad Khan has one of the pivotal roles in this movie. But, the footage he is in, has been used in this video only.

Ranbir Kapoor is seen playing the piano at the place he practices with his band. He is also seen performing the song on stage. But, the audience is not seen. The lighting behind him looks like it is a stage. The song and the video end with a dialogue from the movie.

Artists: The playback of the song has been sung by Arijit Singh and the onscreen performances are by Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai, Anushka Sharma, Fawad Khan and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is another lament of losing a beloved. The lyrics are actually good.

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