Let’s face it. There’s much more to Emraan Hashmi than just kissing and he has proved that time and again with strong performances in ‘Zehar’, ‘Tum Mile’, ‘Shanghai’ and ‘The Dirty Picture’, yet the ‘serial kisser’ tag chases him like the Vodafone dog. Not anymore, for he is the only silver lining you can come home with from the dark cloud by the noun of Mohit Suri’s latest offering ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’.
1. Dark cloud. Yes. The movie is dark. It’s regressive and that’s the first and foremost reason, it cannot work in India in 2015. Take ‘Piku’. Take ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’. And then take ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ where the “woman” does an Ekta-esque shutting-her-ears-thing when her own “sasu maa” asks to throw her “mangalsutra” away. No way, Mohit. It won’t work.
There’s too much of ‘mangalsutra’ in the age of ‘kamasutra’. And when you get to see such ‘sutras’ at your home on your TV, why would you waste Rs 300 for a movie ticket?
2. The movie is beautiful, to say the least. Especially, the last sequence. Aaah! But picture this. A silent, blank, walking Vidya (as Vasudha) goes near Emraan, who plays Aarav, and jumps, literally and figuratively, to touch his feet. The scene makes one laugh. Too much drama, we say. We live in 2015. Yes, you respect people, show too; but not like, “‘tum bhagwaan ho’, let me touch your feet.” Toooooo 90ish.
3. There’ll be a point in the movie when you’ll get frustated with the number of times “sachcha prem” is said in the movie. And we are forgetting the number of times such over-the-top, too dramatic dialogues hit the ears and damage ear drums. The ultimate was ‘maang meri, sindooor tumhare naam ka, kokh meri bachcha tumhare naam ka…’ Ms Dialogue writer, here’s it: ‘Tickets meri, nuksaan tumhare naam ka…’
4. Half way into the movie and the opening lines from BR Chopra’s ‘Mahabharata’ – “Main Samay Hoon” – reverberate in your mind. ‘Samay’ is totally wrong. You have had fun movies like ‘Piku’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ released in the past weeks. It’s summer vacations for most. Movies like ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ will work, despite critics asking to skip it, for they are fun and match the mood of vacations. And no parent would want to take their on-vacation kid to a movie that forces you to cry because it’s emotional.
‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ forms the perfect example of good-gone-bad. The movie is picturesque, exquisite but as the lines from the movie only go, “too much perfection spoils the beauty.” Barring the screenplay, which is wonderful, and the actors, every reason is the reason why the movie can’t work in 2015. Might have in 1975.
5. ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ is emotional, heart-touching with Vidya Balan, Rajkummar Rao and Emraan Hashmi doing more-than-full justice to their roles. Mohit Suri is the culprit. Blame him. He infused pointless drama into scenes which could have done wonders with just plain eyes, gestures and tears. And when you have an actress like Vidya Balan, why not use her for these?
But still, give the movie a dekko. At least for Vidya Balan, who tries hard. For Rajkummar, who effortlessly makes you squirm in your seat with his wickedness. For Emraan Hashmi, who happily surprises you. And for the beauty of love, that if you actually believe in “sachcha prem”.