New Delhi: The much-awaited Diwali weekend and corresponding box office clash are both here.

Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, starring Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, is a romantic quadrangle, says Gulf News, that would result if two films—Johar’s own friendship-meets-love saga Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Hollywood tearjerker A Fault In Our Stars—were to indulge in a torrid affair. It takes time to warm up to the characters and the relentless pursuit of unrequited love isn’t entirely convincing. But the endearing performances from the lead cast make this a one-time watch. Read More

Khaleej Times adds that the film’s appeal walks the thin line on how star-crossed and mushy you are. If you’re looking to see if Johar has evolved as a director, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil makes you realise that he is stuck in that comfortable milieu that he can only shake very occasionally. The only good side is that he doesn’t make it into a melodramatic excess; he tries to keep it jovial, seeking comic relief with spoofing—and it sort of works. Read More

Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in a still of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’
Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in a still of ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’

Ajay Devgn’s directorial vehicle Shivaay, in which he stars along with Sayyeshaa Saigal and Erika Kaar, will give his fans absolutely no reason to feel shortchanged with the actor present in virtually every frame, says NDTV Movies. But the film doesn’t propel itself anywhere close to ending on a high. The screenplay is predicated on a weak, arbitrary premise and none of the characters develop into rounded, believable people. Read More

The Indian Express agrees that the 172-minute self-indulgent marathon drags on and on, making it a literal snooze fest after a certain point. The stunts lack the finesse you would expect from an action-packed film and the narrative ultimately suffers from an overdose of action and melodrama, both of which should have been chopped off at the editing table. Read More

In the south, Kannada satirical comedy Mukunda Murari, directed by Nanda Kishore and starring Upendra and Sudeep, a remake of Paresh Rawal’s and Akshay Kumar’s starrer OMG-Oh My God!, is a thought-provoking entertainer but may not work as well for those who’ve watched the original, says The film drags slightly in the second half but the lead performances save the day.

While there are no major Hollywood releases to look forward to, a few south Indian offerings haven’t elicited any reviews yet. These include Tamil fantasy film Kaashmora, directed by Gokul and starring Karthi, Nayantara and Sri Divya; Tamil action thriller Kodi, directed by R.S. Dhurai Senthil Kumar and starring Dhanush and Trishna Krishnan; and Kannada action film Santhu Straight Forward, directed by Mahesh Rao and starring Yash, Radhika Pandit and Shaam.

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