Film, Hindi, Review

Hamari Adhuri Kahani

The writers of the film take their title too seriously, and the result is a half-baked story that fails to make any impact in its final form.

Hamari Adhuri Kahani would be perfect as a short story. Stretched to a 131 minute film script, the writers falter badly in creating credible material for a cohesive narrative. The point becomes dangerously apparent in the first twenty minutes, and you quickly realize the best hope you have is in damage control.

This hope dissipates with an alarmingly silly chain of events in the second half. A contrived attempt to create some conflict ends in the stupidest of resolutions of each of the three characters. Once can see the attempt at a poetic ending that the director Mohit Suri was aiming for, but he fails spectacularly with the treatment. Emraan’s track ends in ridiculous circumstances, and Rajkummar Rao’s ends with a change in heart for absolutely no explicit of implicit reason. It is explained away in a line of dialogue, and that’s that.

Perhaps the only thing that bothers you more than the lack of a script is Vidya Balan’s gnawingly frustrating Vasudha. Her adherence to being the ideal India wife is no different from the oft criticized regressive bahus of Indian television. It is not her beliefs that frustrate you as much as the lack of a basis for them. Her character is central to the film, and the poorly sketched role badly affects the credibility of the film. In fact, all three lead roles are poorly let down by the writing, and it is indeed a waste of fine acting talent.

Mohit Suri and the writers of Hamari Adhuri Kahani were hoping for an epic love story. Unfortunately, they let themselves be defeated by something that’s not present in the film – a good script.

Hindi, Drama, Romance, Color

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