Ali Ali Ali Alizeh – Ash/Arjit – 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, Shah Rukh Khan, etc.

A wannabe singer Ayan Sanger (Ranbir Kapoor) and Alizeh Khan (Anushka Sharma) meet in London by chance and end up falling in love with each other. Ayan is sexually attracted to Alizeh. But, Alizeh wants a platonic relationship. 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. Years of struggle in his profession later, Ayan has become famous in his chosen field. By chance, one day, he meets Ali, who tells him that Alizeh left him 2 years back and he did not know where she is now.

Ayan goes to Alizeh’s haunt and waits for her for 2 days and nights in the cold. When she comes back, she does with the bad news that she has cancer and the disease had been detected only at the 4th stage. She tries to go back to India. Ayan makes it to the airport in time. Alizeh’s flight is about to lift off and she fakes ill health to come back. Ayan gets a call from the flight crew and he is there in time to meet her. There ends the movie and this song appears at the time of the final titles.

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

The gist of the song is, “I was faithful to you in your presence. Really speaking, I loved you more than you do. I am the pain. You are the medicine. I am the fire. You are the air, Alizeh.”

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

In the movie, this song appears with the end titles without any video content other than the names of the cast and crew. But, I found a promotional video. The video has shots of the movie with Anushka Sharma and Ranbir Kapoor together and parts of some of the preceding songs.

Artists: The playback of the song has been sung by Ash King and Arjit Singh and the onscreen performances are by Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor and others.

Cultural Influence: This typically filmi song is depicting the importance of the heroine in the life of the hero. The song is actually good. The video is watchable for the same.

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