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For someone who is a music lover, melodies and harmonies have always caught my attention. So when I got a chance a couple of days back to sit at Karan Johar's swanky new Dharma office in Andheri and watch the teaser for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil for the very first time, it weren't the images that played on screen that stayed with me as much as the thumping mellow drums in the background and the lyrical genius that the title track is. I instantly knew that this song is going to blow up and become an instant favourite on my playlist.
So after playing it for over 20 times on my phone ever since the track was available to purchase I realised one simple thing - this is a song that will resonate with everyone in some way or the other. Karan knows his music, but that's not the point so does Mohit Suri whose Aashiqui 2 is the musical blockbuster or the decade. Karan and Mohit come from different schools of filmmaking, the former relying more on narrating stories close to his heart while the latter a master at creating scenes and moments that stay with you even after the final scene fades out.
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So what is so great about the Ae Dil Hai Mushkil title track that has got me writing a piece raving and ranting about it. I can say this with confidence that this my all time favourite song to come from a Karan Johar film (beating Kabira who owned that tag!). You might not agree with me and that's OK, but I haven't been able to stop myself from listening to Arijit break it down in the bridge and Amitabh Bhattacharya's poetic lyrics that go beyond just talking about heart break and pain. Credit goes to Pritam for not copying his mentor Jeet Gangguly and retaining his stamp all over the song. Pritam is good with pain and misery (work wise), a perfect example is the Life in a Metro soundtrack that has melodies and synths that talk of losing that chance of finding love again.
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With Ae Dil Hai Mushkil the pain and suffering is of a different sort. The lyrics talk about finding solace in the beauty of the journey and not the destination (safar khoobsurat hai manzil se bhi) and that is real magic. Like the images playing up on the screen of Ranbir Kapoor, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Anushka Sharma and Fawad Khan fighting, hugging, loving, pushing and pulling each other, the song too takes you to places in your life that perhaps you want to escape, or maybe revisit and just stay there for that moment till the song fades out and you once again hit the play button cause pain sometimes can be addictive!
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