Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (transl. O heart, it is difficult) is the soundtrack album composed by Pritam, with lyrics written by Amitabh Bhattacharya for the 2016 Hindi romance film of the same name directed by Karan Johar. The soundtrack album marks first collaboration of Johar and Pritam, although the latter composed for several films produced by Dharma Productions. It is based on film's theme on unrequited love, consisting situational numbers portraying emotions of characters Ayan (Ranbir Kapoor), Saba (Aishwarya Rai Bachchan), Alizeh (Anushka Sharma) and Ali (Fawad Khan). Given the intensity of the screenplay, Pritam composed mix of romantic, intense and fun songs unlike routine romantic numbers. The title track, which served the first single from the soundtrack was an instantaneously composed with predictable rhymes. As per trends by Google, the track was the topmost Hindi song in India during 2016-17. The tracks "Bulleya" and "Channa Mereya" served as second and third singles both were successful at the Radio Mirchi music charts and set new streaming records on digital music platforms in India. "Bulleya" incorporates the sufi genre whereas the "Channa Mereya" is a fusion folk track. The standard edition of the soundtrack consists of six original songs and was released by Sony Music India. Owing to the positive critical reception of music in the film and audience response, the deluxe edition was released with three additional tracks, reprise and unplugged versions of "Bulleya" and "Channa Mereya" respectively and a dubstep remix of the track "Aaj Jaane Ki Zid Na Karo". Instrumental versions of the standard edition of the soundtrack were also released. Additionally, the song "An Evening in Paris" was released a bonus single by Saregama. The music of the film was nominated for several awards, including Filmfare Awards where Pritam won the Best Music Director Award, Bhattacharya and Arijit Singh won the Best Lyricist ("Channa Mereya") and Best Playback Singer (Male) titles. Amit Mishra was awarded the R. D. Burman Award for New Music Talent by Filmfare for the track "Bulleya".
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