Hamari Adhuri Kahani review: Not only is the Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan film half done, it’s also not well begun

Hamari Adhuri Kahani review: This is a shockingly empty film, with the entire cast desperately 'acting away', and not one sentiment that feels real.

Rating: 0.5 out of 5
Written by Shubhra Gupta | New Delhi | Updated: June 14, 2015 2:43 pm
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Meet Vasudha, young mom of little boy, making a hard living in the hospitality business; Hari, her husband, burdened with a dark past; and Arav, handsome tycoon, thirsting for romance. You are promised a touching love story; you get zilch.

When the trio of Vidya Balan, Rajkummar Rao and Emraan Hashmi — competent actors all, Rao even better — comes together, you expect something. At the very least, a tug at the heartstrings. Because a ‘prem kahani’ is nothing if it doesn’t touch you deep inside, and make you yearn.

What ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ does is the exact opposite. It purports to be an unusual triangle, and perhaps on paper, it may have come off as one. But this is a shockingly empty film, with the entire cast desperately ‘acting away’, and not one sentiment that feels real.

And that can be put down to the terrible writing. Jerky, stagey sequences are piled upon each other. Characters are arrayed against static backdrops, and made to spout the kind of dialogue which remind you of creaky yesteryear movies best forgotten.

This is the kind of part–a woman ricocheting between a brutish husband, a noble lover, and a son –that Vidya Balan could have aced. She tries hard, her eyes swimming frequently, but drowns in such lines as these: ‘main kisi aur ki miliqiyat hoon.’ ‘Miliqiyat’? Seriously? In 2015?

Rajkummar Rao could have made something of his unfortunate trying to grapple with a situation not of his making, but he is given the worst strand, which takes him to Maoist-insurgency laden jungles, and incarcerates him in cells. Maoist? Don’t ask. No wonder the poor man is left mumbling and stumbling, breaking off occasionally to threaten Vidya Balan with this priceless line: ‘pati hoon main tera’. Just in case she’s forgotten this crucial fact.

And Emraan Hashmi, whom I find underrated because he can do more, is saddled with sharp suits and first class flights and faithful assistants, and not much more. But he also gets many dialogues which he blurts out dutifully, for our delectation. He tears out of his about-to-leave flight, skidding to a halt in a flower shop, saying: ‘yeh phool mujshe kuch keh rahe hain’, or words to that effect. We are as bewildered as his friend-and-Man-Friday, who has the most revealing line of the film – I don’t get you, man, he says. We don’t either.

Given his early track-record of creating engaging drama, Mohit Suri should have made a full meal of the film, but his material defeats him: it is not only half done, it’s also not well begun.

If this was ‘adhuri’, I shudder to think what would have happened if it was ‘poori’.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani movie review
Star Cast: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajkummar Rao
Director: Mohit Suri

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    deepak
    Feb 2, 2017 at 8:43 am
    AWESOME MOVIE WITH GREAT ACTING AND GREAT STORY. One of my favourite movie. Great work done by Imran and vidya. how can you give only half a star to this movie ?.
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      deepak
      Feb 2, 2017 at 8:47 am
      awesome
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        vanitha
        Feb 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm
        This person who wrote this review must be a frigid. She/he has got no feeling or can't feel anything. Must be made of brick!. I am really speechless . How can a human being say that this movie is empty. THis person's brain is empty!
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          John
          Mar 30, 2016 at 5:42 pm
          One of the good movie, vidya balan great acting.....
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            Soumyamitra
            Apr 29, 2016 at 3:32 pm
            Pathetic review...AWSOME MOVIE I HAVE EVER EVER SEEN...WISH BOLLYWOOD COULD MAKE MORE MOVIES OF DIS KIND...TO BE HONEST IT MADE ME CRY!!!!!lt;br/gt;GR8 EMOTIONS...KEEP IT IP BHATT!!!
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