One year of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil: 10 things you might not know about the film
As Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil celebrates its first anniversary today, here’s looking at some lesser-known facts about the film.bollywood Updated: Oct 29, 2017 15:38 IST
Karan Johar’s brand of romance is both sweet and intense — be it the storyline or its treatment on screen. So was Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Anushka Sharma, Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Fawad Khan. The film tells the story of Ayan (Ranbir), who is in love with Alizeh (Anushka) and continues to love her even when she marries her boyfriend Ali (Fawad Khan). Though Ayan tries to find solace in poet Saba (Aishwarya) for some time, his heart still beats for Alizeh. The way Karan wove the story of unrequited love touched fans and resonates with them even today.
Apart from the story, the powerful acting by all the lead actors and the cameos by Shah Rukh Khan and Alia Bhatt added to the film. What also worked in favour was the brilliant music composed by Pritam, not to forget both quirky and romantic lyrics penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya.
As the film completes its first anniversary today (October 27), we take a look at some interesting facts that you might not know.
1. The film was previously titled ‘Ae Dil’. But after Karan heard the title track of the film, composed by Pritam, he loved it enough to change the title of the film to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
2. Karan had been keen on working with Aishwarya. He had reportedly offered her Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) and Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna (2006), but things didn’t fall in place. He could finally get her on board for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. In one of his earlier interviews, Karan had said that if Ranbir and Anushka don’t work out, he will think of casting other actors, but as far as Aishwarya’s character was concerned,she was the only choice. “With the casting, I gave Ranbir and Anushka an option, that if you don’t do it, I might go out to look for someone else. But with Aishwarya I didn’t give her any option. I told her I will beg, borrow, steal you. I told myself, ‘she has to say yes, she can’t be thinking about it while listening to the narration’,” he was quoted as saying.
3. Interestingly, Karan wrote the script of the film in 30 days. It was a 55-day shoot schedule across London, Paris and Vienna .
4. For a scene in the film, Ranbir imitated actor Jeetendra’s famous dance steps from the title song of his film Tohfa (1984). And it was Karan who actually taught him the moves.
5. Karan reunited with Shah Rukh Khan after seven years for this film. The last film they had worked together on was My Name Is Khan (2010). Talking about it, Karan had said, “Shah Rukh and I have this natural synergy. There was a scene, he knew what I wanted and I knew what he was going to give me. In that moment, there was a give and take that was so beautifully organic that it made me believe that sometimes you just have that connection with some people.”
6. Ranbir revealed that every time he felt that a certain scene or shot in the film wasn’t working out well, Karan would immediately make changes or come up with an alternative.
7. The film is partially based on Doosra Aadmi (1977) and many also found the ending of the film similar to The Fault in Our Stars (2014).
8. Actor Saif Ali Khan was supposed to play the character of Tahir Taliyar Khan in the film. But due to his injury, Shah Rukh Khan replaced him in the film.
9. There was more of Fawad and Aishwarya in the film than what finally made it to the film. Five to six deleted scenes of the movie, featuring the stars, surfaced online last year.
10. The film reunited Aishwarya and SRK after 14 years. They last worked together in Devdas (2002). This was their sixth film together.
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