Saturday, June 13, 2015

Movie Review: Hamari Adhuri Kahani - It's Adhuri Indeed

Mohit Suri's Humari Adhuri Kahani is the story of Vasudha (Vidhya Balan) who is leading the life of single mother since her husband Hari (Rajkumar Rao) went missing 5 years ago. Though, even when he was around, Vashudha wasn't living a life of love. All in all, she was struggling with her loveless past and lifeless present when ace hotelier Aarav (Emraan Hashmi) enters her life. They eventually for in love and just when they are set to lead a life together, Hari re-enters Vasudha's life, leaving her in a flux. The story progresses in such a way that in spite of their love for each other Vasudha and Aarav never really get to spend their life together. Their love story remains incomplete, thus the title "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" But trust me there are enough reasons beyond the incomplete love story that ensure that the movie stays incomplete. 

The movie can be divided into two broad themes - an abusive marriage and a soulful love story. However, none of the themes have been crafted well. While the story of Vasudha and Hari's abusive marriage lacked the intensity to make the audience truly pity Vasudha; the soulful love story of Aarav and Vasudha was over-dramatic to say the least. 

I must say that the movie has a few deep dialogues for sure, however, they appear to have been forced into the plot as opposed to being seamlessly integrated into the story line - my honest reaction to the way they were placed in the movie was "WTF?"

Talking about Aarav's love for Vasudha in the movie, to me it appeared more of an attempt to re-create the missing elements of his childhood as opposed to being a genuine liking for Vasudha. What he thought was love was actually his subconscious attempt to be to Vasudha what Dayal was to his mother. It appears that he was trying to complete his mother's "adhuri kahani" than his own.

Coming to the rating, I give this movie 1.5 stars, only because it was tolerable enough for me to watch it till the end.


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