Movies Review: ‘Humari Adhuri Kahaani’ by Neha Ravindran

Movie: Hamari Adhuri Kahaani

Director: Mohit Suri

Cast: Vidya Balan, Emraan Hashmi, Rajkumar Rao

Genre: Romance

There are some movies which are fundamentally. Sometimes the storyline just doesn’t make sense, at other times the actors are unable to justify the script or the worst of it is when at the end of the movie you wonder whether to clap that it’s finaly over or cry with grief that you lost 3 hours and some good cash over a dud movie. Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is a new entry into this category, read on to know the reasons.

Vasudha (Vidya Balan) works as a florist in a luxury hotel. She is married to Hari Prasad (Rajkumar Rao), who has been missing for 5 years, and has a 4 year old son from the marriage. Aarav Ruprael (Emraan Hashmi) is a famous industrialist who develops a soft corner for Vasudha. Vasudha also wanst to be with him but will she ever be able to step out of her marriage or will Hari keep haunting her forever?

So, now let me cite my reasons as to what are fundamentally wrong with the movie:

1. Hamari Adhuri Kahaani is a serious- tragic love story and I was doubling up with laughter in every other scene. Yep, you read it right, I was laughing all through the movie. It has the corniest dialogues possible in the most unexpected situation. For example, Emraan Hashmi makes a love-lost puppy face and says, “Humein kisi se pyaar tabhi hota hai jab hum khudse pyaar karna chod dein.” #facepalm

2. Vasudha hints at her marriage being a torture, one that has sucked out the happiness from her life. And there is no explanation for the same except that she keeps remembering how he made her get his name tattooed on her hand (yawn). Basically she hates him for the tattoo and maybe for being absconding for the past 5 years. But then she also is worried that he has been kidnapped and keeps visiting the police station (what the heck is happening!). So because I was left to draw my own logical conclusion, I think Hari is ………..#Voldermort (wicked grin!).

3. There is a song in the backdrop of Diwali celebrations in Dubai in the middle of the Desert. Sounds pretty right?! In that song, every Indian female you can land your eyes on is dressed in pretty dresses and gowns. But our sanskaari Gori memes were draped beautiful cotton sarees. Aha! What an imagination.

4. Finally, characters of Hari, Vasudha and Aarav all seem to be lifted out of a depressing soap saga. They are depressed, they don’t know why; they have to fight the world for their love, as usual and they are the ever adjusting, ever compromising and will die for their love. #episode5

The cinematography by Vishnu Rao is splendid, some of the scenes are breathtaking. The songs by Ami Mishra, Jeet Gannguli and Mithoon are melodious and soulful and have already become a favourite with radio stations.

Unless you are a sucker for tragic, nonsensical love stories, this movie is a no go. Let’s wait for next weekend guys!

My verdict: **

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