I did a stupid stupid thing, and stayed up until midnight my time so I could see the Karan Johar Ae Dil Hai Mushkil teaser as soon as he posted it at 10am India time. But now that I have stayed up, I might as well write about it real quick before I finally go to sleep!
I’m not gonna keep you in suspense, here is the teaser:
I not only watched it 3 times in a row, I watched it slowed down to half-speed twice! And I still have no idea what is going on. I mean, I get that Ranbir is in love with two ladies and they are in love with him. I get that his connection with Anushka is more about ice skating and laughing and his connection with Aishwarya is more about beauty and sexy looks and long embraces. I get that Fawad is in the mix somehow as well.
Here’s what puzzles me:
- Who is the woman Fawad and Ranbir are fighting over? That’s not like a plot speculation question, I literally cannot tell who’s back of the head we are looking at in the bit where they are fighting. The curse of using the same hair stylist for both heroines! I want to say Aish, but it’s really just a guess.
- What is going on in the formal clothing bit? We see it 3 times, first Ranbir seems happy and goofy, leaning on a pillar and smiling. Then he is being angrily dragged out by Anushka (?), and then he is dramatically striding away with voice over right at the end, looking all heartbroken. What happened to get him all the way from goofy to miserable without changing clothes?
- What’s up with the facial hair? It’s here, it’s gone, it’s back again! Is this going to be two distinct time periods, shaven and unshaven Ranbir? Or was the continuity person just asleep at the wheel?
Most of all, what is with the Kuch Kuch homage at the end! This shot:
Is so similar to this shot:
None of this, by the way, goes against rumor #1 about this film, that it is going to be a reimagining of Doosra Aadmi, in which young lovers Rishi and Neetu have their relationship challenged when troubled older woman Raakhee seduces Rishi because he reminds her of her dead lover Shashi. And then in the end, Raakhee is confronted by her old friend actor-I-can’t-remember and forced to see what she is doing, and ends up deciding to finally marry the old friend and send Rishi back to Neetu. So, obviously, Ranbir=Rishi, Anushka=Neetu, Aishwarya=Raakhee, Fawad=Actor-I-can’t-remember.
Or it’s some other plot entirely! But the Doosra Aadmi rumors were pretty hot for a while, and nothing in this teaser really disproves them.
Oh, and I don’t know about you, but I am hoping he ends up with Anushka, not Aish. Because laughing happy doing activities together relationships are way healthier (and more interesting to watch) than staring-deeply-into-each-other’s-eyes relationships. I mean, look at the poster! Who is he really happier with?