If you happen to be an over sentimental type whose heart melts at the sight of the heroine weeping a torrent of tears, then Hamari Adhuri Kahani is your surefire ticket to a weekend of sadness and melancholy.
Far from being ‘adhuri’, the film overflows with the tear-jerking melodrama that will make you cry for reasons other than intended. Vidya Balan’s character Vasudha is in a perpetual cry mode. She weeps tears of sadness, tears of joy, tears of terror, tears of relief, tears of longing, tears of shock, tears of pain and so on and so forth. The situation notwithstanding, her floodgates open with clockwork consistency to irrigate her flush cheeks.
The story of ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ is told in a flashback, through the diary of an old man Hari (Rajkummar Rao) who steals the ashes of his dead wife from the son who hates him.
Twenty years back in time, Hari is a possessive husband compelled by circumstances to leave his wife Vasudha. She works as a florist in a hotel whose owner falls in love with her the moment he claps his eyes on her. This man Aarav (Emraan Hashmi) is a self-made billionaire and owner of many hotels. But he leads an unfulfilled, ‘adhuri’ life. Something tells him Vasudha will complete him.
Thereby begins a forbidden love story between Vasudha and Aarav. The plot thickens when Hari returns as a worse douche bag than before. And then more and more tears follow.
From the get go, ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ comes across as a sad film in which characters excel in giving a variety of pained expressions, perhaps more due to the sentimental drivel they are made to utter before camera than for character portrayal. Writers Mahesh Bhatt and Shagufta Rafique (dialogues) pelt us relentlessly with words like ‘magalsutra’, ‘milqiyat’, ‘ishq’, ‘ateet’ (that’s past), ‘dard’ and ‘aansoo’.
Of all these, ‘dard’ is the only one you genuinely feel when you watch an actress of Vidya Balan’s caliber wasted in a role that requires more glycerin than talent. Emraan Hashmi goes through the motions of his character half-heartedly and Rajkummar Rao ends up howling and growling.
Director Mohit Suri fails to make the grade with ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’. The film has a few moments that may leave you with a lump in the throat, but the oversentimentality takes the sting out of the emotions. What you get in the end is a vacuous, empty tale with too much rona-dhona.