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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

October 28, 2016
2hr 37min
Status: released

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Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Details:

Movie NameAe Dil Hai Mushkil
Country India
Language Hindi
GenreRomance, Musical, Drama
Release DateOctober 28, 2016
Running Time2hr 37min
CastRanbir Kapoor
Anushka Sharma
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Directed by Karan Johar
Written byKaran Johar (screenplay & story)
Niranjan Iyengar (dialogue)
Produced byHiroo Yash Johar
Karan Johar
Apoorva Mehta
Cinematography by Anil Mehta
Edited by Manik Dawar
Music byPritam
Production CompanyDharma Productions
Distributor Fox Star Studios (India)
Magic Cloud Media & Entertainment (Overseas)
Budget₹50 crore
Box Office Collection₹239.67 crore

Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie Cast and Characters:


This story explores love – the shapes it takes, the ways it changes us and the exhilarating and often terrifying ride it takes us on. It is the journey of two characters, Alizeh and Ayan, as they navigate life, love and heartbreak.

About Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Movie:

  • Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was first announced in November 2014. At the time, writer-director Karan Johar, who had previously helmed Student of the Year (2012), said that for the past year and a half, he had been developing a story that he needed to work on for several months.
  • However, while he was in New York, the idea for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (named after a song from the 1956 film C.I.D. starring Dev Anand and Waheeda Rehman) came to him and he wrote the screenplay in 30 days. When he came back to India, he spoke to the three lead actors and they all signed on immediately.
  • Johar stated that he was motivated to cast Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the film after getting to know them as a co-star in Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet (2015), which marked Johar’s leading screen debut.
  • Johar added that he was excited to cast Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after several unsuccessful attempts to cast her in his previous films Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006).
  • Fawad Khan, who had recently appeared in Johar-produced Kapoor & Sons (2016), was cast to play the role of a DJ, described as “not exactly a cameo as it becomes a backbone for a certain conflict of a character” in the film. It marked the last Hindi film for Khan.
  • Lisa Haydon also confirmed that she will appear in the film. At the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2016, Johar confirmed that Shah Rukh Khan had also filmed a scene for the film.
  • On 6 February at the India Conference at Harvard, Johar revealed that in the film, Kapoor plays the character of a Hindu boy named Ayan, and Sharma plays a Muslim girl named Alizeh.
  • Principal photography began in September 2015 with Sharma and Kapoor in London. At the end of September, the team filmed some portions in Paris.
  • In October, they began shooting in various locations in Austria, including the city of Vienna. Rai Bachchan joined the crew in Vienna in mid-October after the release of her film Jazbaa (2015).
  • In March 2016, Kapoor, Sharma, and Khan were seen filming in Mandawa, Rajasthan. In July 2016, Johar tweeted a photo of Kapoor and Sharma on set in Mumbai for the last schedule.
  • Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was released worldwide on 28 October 2016 coinciding with the festival of Diwali. The film’s soundtrack composed by Pritam was an instant blockbuster, thus enhancing its hype, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya and songs sung by Arijit Singh.
  • Despite having clashed with Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay, it went on to gross ₹237.56 crore (US$30 million) worldwide. The film proved to be one of the year’s top-grossing films in domestic and overseas markets.
  • It received positive reviews from critics upon release, with praise for its direction, music, cinematography, and performances of the cast, with particular praise directed towards Sharma, Kapoor and Rai’s performances.
  • At the 62nd Filmfare Awards, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil received a leading 9 nominations (tying with Udta Punjab), including Best Film, Best Director (Johar), Best Actress (Sharma) and Best Actor (Kapoor), and won 4 awards, including Best Music Director (Pritam), Best Lyricist (Bhattacharya for “Channa Mereya”) and Best Male Playback Singer (Arijit Singh for “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”).