Too slow a ‘story'

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Oct 2015 11:24:30

Jun 13 (By Farina Salim Quraishi)

Poignant, unfinished love stories definitely have some powerful magic. Told with restrain and subtlety - like in Mr And Mrs Iyer, Raanjhanaa and even Rockstar - the saga of unrequited love moves even the most hardened souls. So, when Bhatts announced Hamari Adhuri Kahani (HAK), a film on the love story of Mahesh Bhatt’s parents, hopes were but obviously raised. But if one was expecting to see a fine movie on the lines of Arth, Zakhm and Woh Lamhe; one is in for a big disappointment. As instead of an emotional roller-coaster of a painful journey, what one gets to see is a sorry story, which confounds more than it moves.


HAK begins as a flashback from Hari’s (Rajkummar Rao) diary. Vasudha Prasad (Vidya Balan) is forced to be a single mom, after her obsessive husband Hari, disappears a year after their marriage. Vasudha is making both ends meet by working as a florist in a luxury hotel. A chance encounter brings her in contact with hotel magnate, Aarav Ruparel (Emraan Hashmi), who is enchanted by Vasudha and her philosophy of life. Drawn irresistibly, Aarav offers her a job in his Dubai hotel. The fact that Hari is now a dreaded Maoist, fails to deter Aarav, who is keen to fill Vasudha’s eyes and heart with happiness.


Vasudha being a pativrata nari, resists all romantic overturns of Aarav, until his mother convinces her otherwise. Soon, Vasudha is ready to love and be loved! But, before they can settle down, the runaway husband Hari, returns to wreck havoc in their haven and wants to begin where he left off five years ago. So does Vasudha make the righteous choice or make the right one, unfolds later in HAK.


The film had a lot of potential but fails to live up to it. The movie could have been about turning down traditions and coming up trumps; it could have been about following one’s heart and not a mangalsutra; it could have been a beautiful love story, but unfortunately, it ends up being just a badly told story. The weak script and heavy melodramatics do not help matters either! HAK’s script by Mahesh Bhatt, who has excelled in exploring pain and rejection, does not evoke any emotion. Director Mohit Suri also fails to lend any depth or coherence to the film and its characters. So, be it Vasudha’s struggles or Aarav’s selfless love or even Hari’s passionate appeal for understanding, leave one cold. The 150-minute-long story swings from being modern, to being regressive, to being plain pointless in the end! Moreover, it’s nothing less than blasphemy to turn the lead actors into cliched caricatures, who mouth some of the cheesiest lines! The lines like - Yeh kaun banjaran hai, jo apni si lagti hai - or the dialogue about even the moon having spots, are hard to digest and irritate no end!


Coming to performance, it is painful to see the very talented Vidya turn into a whispering, whimpering, weakling of a woman. Tearing up in every other scene, when she finally does show spirit and vows against being an abla nari; you want to cheer, but realise it’s a little too late! Emraan breathes life into his role as a brooding beau and mesmerises as a troubled soul. His chemistry with Vidya is crackling and beguiling. Rajkummar shines in his psychotic role, despite it badly written. His older, mumbling avatar will remind many of ‘qaidi no 786’ from Veer Zaara.


All in all, unless you are a die-hard romantic and love inane, timeless romances, the painfully slow and low on logic Hamari Adhuri Kahani is not the movie for you this weekend!



The Hitavada Rating: * *