It is official. The award for the most unlikable male character of 2016 will be shared by Ranbir Kapoor’s Ayan in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Ranveer Singh’s Dharam in Befikre. These are clueless boys with the emotional and intellectual depth of a nine-year-old with the tumultuous hormones of a teenager and are paired with women who are supposed to mother and mentor and shape them into men. There was not one moment in Ae Dil..to convince us why someone like Aishwarya Rai’s Saba (a poet who lives in a glittering apartment after having walked out of a marriage for supposedly a good reason) would fall for an unevolved, hugely unattractive boy child who clicks her pictures creepily when she is asleep to send them to the girl he can’t get over. There is a telling scene in the film when Anushka’s Alizeh picks Ayan up at a bar and instantly realises he is not her type when he tries to snuggle against her like a baby. She also describes him as an infant in a pram to Saba much later. In Befikre too, Dharam calls his ex-girlfriend ‘Maa’…and with good reason.