Being a die-hard Ranbir Kapoor fan, this movie was one that I anticipated more than anything else this Diwali. After creating a lot of buzz, ADHM finally released on 28th October, giving us a chance to find out what the excitement was all about.
A glimpse of the story
Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor) is a typical NRI and a wealthy MBA student in London, aspiring to be a musician. One fine night, he faces a strange encounter with the cheerful happy- go- lucky Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) who makes him see a different side of life. Thus begins their friendship/ love saga. Ayan is in love with Alizeh who restricts him to the 'friend-zone' while she seems to be emotionally involved with her ex-boyfriend Ali (Fawad Khan). The twist in the tale arises when Ayan meets Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bacchan) a charming poetess. The difficult decisions he makes for his love and his dreams form the rest of the story.
From the critic's perspective
From the summary, it's easy to figure out how this plot was tailored. Any ardent Bollywood fan can readily identify how the same characters fit into the roles of their counterparts in another popular flick. The clichéd the storyline seems to be getting "inspirational" traces from several other Karan Johar flicks, and some of Ranbir's previous films as well!
On the bright side, the movie shines visually. It showcases beautiful stars in expensive clothes, roaming around in picturesque locations of Paris and Vienna. Every actor in the movie gives life to the characters with their outstanding portrayals, which would have otherwise left the movie totally empty. The film's background score does more than enough justice the story deserves. Kudos to their efforts for giving the audience a hint of happiness and pain while leaving the theatre, instead of an outright dismissal of the movie.
Rating : 2.5/5