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Mam, I could not stop laughing after reading your take on Ae Dil Hai Mushkil! I had the same feelings when I was watching the film with my friends. We see Karan Johar moving from “Pyaar dosti hai”( Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) to “Pyaar mein junoon hai, par dosti mein sukoon hai” ( Ae Dil Hai Mushkil). We all can make fun of whatever is shown in romantic movies, but we also have to accept that certain section of the audience likes watching such movies. Ae Dil Hai Mushkil had made a collection of around Rs. 112.5 Crore(Net) in the domestic market and Rs. 86.50 Crore (gross) in the overseas market. This made it a Box Office hit. I agree with mam`s take on the storyline of the movie, but somehow I could relate to the characters of the movie. This may be because of the brilliant acting of Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai. Maybe that is the reason the movie worked at the box office. But, the story had nothing in it that made me feel it was a great movie. But, from a producer`s point of view, it was a profitable venture. So I cannot completely blame Karan Johar for such a movie. Every director knows what great cinema is what cinema is commercially viable. Unless we stop watching films which are no brainers, lack content; we cannot prevent such films from being made. One can argue that a director has the social responsibility of making cinema of high standards. But for that to happen he needs the backing of good actors, producers willing to shell money on such movies and in the end the backing of an audience willing to watch such movies in theatres. Majority of the audience in India want to watch a feel good movie. A movie with good looking actors, having exotic locations, peppy songs etc. They want to enjoy themselves while watching a movie. Cinema with high standards may not always be enjoyable. According to me, there is only one director who has understood the mind set of Indian audiences very well and is making movies which are both commercially viable and of a high standard. He is none other than Rajkumar Hirani. He has directed 4 movies till date namely –“ Munna Bhai MBBS”, “Lage Raho Munna Bhai”, “3 Idiots” and “PK”. He is in true sense modern day film genius. All his movies had compelling stories which have achieved cult status and were also commercially successful. In fact, his last two movies remained the highest grosser movies in Bollywood for a considerable time. In the recent times, the audience has also evolved. In 2017 movies with poor storylines were abandoned by audience be it “Tubelight” or “ Jab Harry Met Sejal”. The movies that worked in 2017 include “Hindi Medium”, “ The Ghazi Attack”, “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” which were of a high cinematic standard. The filmmakers should be encouraged by these trends and make films high on content. High content movies will ensure commercial success and it can also evolve the audiences of today.

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