Adhuri is the right word for this movie, which stars Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao. When the trio comes together, the general assumption is that the movie would be as promising as its lead actors are. But the movie is all empty.
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You get no sentiment at all in all the emotional scenes. The movie did not do that well at the box office in its first weekend, either. You can’t really imagine what can go wrong with a movie that has these promising actors. However, while watching it, one comes across five weird things which might have been the reason Hamari Adhuri Kahani went this way.
There’s one scene where Vidya Balan says, ‘Main kisi aur ki milkiyat hoon‘. Yes, ‘milkiyat’. Are you serious; who says thatthese days! The dialogues in Hamari Adhuri Kahani remind you of those old-fashioned and antediluvian movies which are best forgotten. While watching the film, there will be a point when you’ll get mad at the number of times the words “sachcha prem” is used in it.
The ultimate among this plethora of cheesy dialogues is ‘Maang meri, sindooor tumhare naam ka, kokh meri, bachcha tumhare naam ka‘. Rajkummar Rao, who plays the role of Vidya’s husband, keeps on repeating, “Main pati hoon tera,” as if Vidya suffers from a short-term memory loss issue the way Aamir Khan’s character did in Ghajini.
The mangalsutra mania
There’s too much of mangalsutra in the film. In this age, when we’re well past even the Kama Sutra times. You see Vidya carrying the mangalsutra wherever she goes. When liberated women like Piku or Datto are being celebrated on the silver screen nowadays, you see Vasudha (Vidya) trying to save her already-dead marriage by sticking to her mangalsutra all through the film. One scene that acts pretty much as the nail in the coffin is when Vasudha’s own ‘Sasu Maa’ asks her to throw the mangalsutra away, and she replies,
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“Mujhse nahi hoga, main yeh nahi kar sakti.” Though her heart is all aflutter each time Emraan looks at her, the presence of that relic of her marriage reminds her that yearning for another man is a sin. Why watch this movie, when one can watch Ekta Kapoor’s numerous TV soaps to see all the mangalsutras!
Click-click ki baatein
During the course of the film, Emraan repeatedly asks Vidya to send him her pictures for his ‘company’s magazine’, which never makes its appearance. There is a scene where Vidya pouts and pushes her hair back and poses for a selfie. While watching the film, one doesn’t really find any sense why Emraan constantly asks for or clicks Vidya’s pictures. For example, when Vidya is in tears and Emraan asks her for a photo in that situation, the person watching them on screen is bound to go all ‘Come on! Let her get done with the crying first!’.
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Bastar: Where everything happens
Hamari Adhuri Kahani has several sequences based in Bastar, the Naxal-occupied district in Chattisgarh. While the characters make no sense in the film, it is this place that becomes the motif of all the major happenings in it. Vidya’s husband, who is apparently a terrorist (or so the police say), had taken four American journalists to Bastar and killed them. But after Hari (Rajkummar Rao) comes back to his wife’s life, she gets to know that he himself was abducted in Bastar.
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Aarav (Emraan Hashmi), too, goes to Bastar to save Vasudha’s husband, and dies there. Vasudha’s body is also found at Bastar, yet again. At the end, you see that Hari also goes to Bastar with Vasudha’s ashes to unite the two lovers – Vasudha and Aarav. The number of times Bastar makes an appearance in the film tends to get a bit disturbing after a point of time.
Emraan Hashmi is homeless
No, no! Do not be mistaken. He is not a poor person in the movie. But he is genuinely homeless. He owns some 108 hotels, but does not have a home of his own. Quite strange, but true. He keeps on travelling from one place to another, but doesn’t stay anywhere for long. His address is basically ‘the business class of a plane’.