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har naam pe nahi rukte, dhadkano ke bhi usuul hote hai
(Not every name manages to skip a beat, heartbeats have rules of their own.)
Too much mushy trouble and you get one beautiful line. Now that you've read it, you can skip the film. It takes the romance out of pain in love. Could there be a worse crime?Read more
It's been a while since we've had an intense love story. And as unusual a combination Emraan Hashmi, Raj Kumar and Vidya Balan might be, their performances from the trailer look like it is going to be one powerful experience.
While we can be assured that we won't be let down by the acting department, Mohit Suri does have an adequate hand at making tragic romances. Also, the story line implies that Hamari Adhuri Kahaniisn't going to be as much about newfound love as it is about mature love. You don't see too much of that around either.
Hamari Adhuri Kahanihas a lot going for it even before it starts. Let's hope those two hours will prove the hopes right.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So much for expecting intense love because there is so much pain in the trailer. For films that make you look forward to them after the trailer, the least you can say is – all the good bits were in the trailer, leaving nothing new in the film. Hamar Adhuri Kahani gives you no such pleasure by making the intensity snicker-worthy and way too mushy for its own good.
I'm no cynic. Hardly. But, I ain't being swept off the floor by over-dramatized, loud background music and filmy dialogue either. Even if it is being pretended to be said with the utmost sincerity and puppy eyes. The romantic in me needs to the story behind the sadness. I can't just be told “She's sad. He's sadder and oh he's saddest.” Mind you, these lines aren't being said by a voiceover, but by the characters themselves.
Even if you don't hear it out loud it is like one character says to another after having heard of the latter's pain, “I see your tragedy and I raise you to my horrific past.” And guess what? You as an audience, never really get into the thick of the sadness.
It takes the romance out of pain in love. Could there be a worse crime?
Don't I need to see why Vasudha's (Vidya Balan) value system is so strongly ignited when what I know of her actually is that she doesn't believe in it? Don't I need to know why Aarav (Emraan Hashmi) thinks he is devoid of love and affection when what I see is a mother who loves him immensely? Well, even if I haven't been told the opposite, don't I need to be shown why Hari (Rajkummar Rao) is the hateful misogynist he is and yet claims to make the woman of his life so important that he manipulates his whole life around her? Not to mention, why are all of them martyrs? And where did all the feminism come from suddenly? The film was most certainly not about that.
None of the failures above can be blamed on the actors. They all play sad to the best of their abilities. Their only fault might be that they create zero chemistry – of hatred or of love. But, I'd think the actors saw the film as a lost cause scene after scene and just couldn't muster the juice out.
Be done with it – looks like their attitude towards the film - a sentiment echoed in the audience. I could sense, that the houseful 200-seater was waiting in anticipation for something to like about the film. I know I was. As one ridiculously mushy line followed the other, I picked on one that was said randomly by a side character and I will say that is my takeaway from the film.
har naam pe nahi rukte, dhadkano ke bhi usuul hote hai
(Not every name manages to skip a beat, heartbeats have rules of their own.)
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Prateeksha Khot, Bolly Spice : ...Quite a few women face domestic violence and abuse in our country and what could have been a believable movie reflecting our times, turns out to be an average fair because of the script. A one-time watch for romance lovers... full review
So-So, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ...Love triangles are not terribly original. And bad dialogue never helped any film. HAK is guilty on both counts. The only reason one would get through the two hours of this film is on the efforts of the actors or by praising the idea of themes dealing with love and the fallible nature of people. Not too much on offer for a big ticket movie.... full review
So-So, by Zehra Abbas, fullhyd.com : ...Hamari Adhuri Kahani remains as colourless as the all-white room in which Vasudha's son finishes reading her story at the end of the film. It's a tragedy.... full review
So-So, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ...With a protagonist so out of sync with the time and age she lives in, dialogues (Shagufta Rafiq), which seemed to belong to some other bygone era and somehow strayed into 2015, forced intensity and a story defying logic, this film is a disappointment. ... full review
So-So, by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...Vidya and Emraan ensure that the all pervading gloom does not sound hollow. He is known to excel in reaching out for the unattainable and forbidden but this time Emraan also brings grace to the table as the hotelier looking for a permanent address and Vidya complements him with those deep eyes that betray desire and diffidence at the same time. It is a difficult choice for an actor who broke free from the sacrificing types to return and realise that it takes all types of people to make this world and their kahani, howsoever incomplete, is no less important.... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...At a time when we are celebrating a thinking Piku, a rebellious Tanu and her spirited twin Datto; why do we need women characters who whimper? HAK's moments come from its lead cast who pitch in their best for the most part. The music is a soothing balm. Suri should know that even cinema Goliaths cannot rise above the written word. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...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.... full review
Thumbs down, by Tushar Joshi, Bollywood Life : ...Hamari Adhuri Kahani is disappointing because the promo really pumped me up for some serious dramatics, instead what we get is a wafer thin plot and lead actors hamming it up beyond belief. This Kahaani fails to impress!... full review
Thumbs down, by Rahul Desai, FirstPost : ...Suri, who has progressively lost control over his craft with each successive film, is only a step away from fashioning moving pictures out of illustrated music albums. As gratingly mediocre as Ek Villain was, this is easily Suri’s worst film. The Bhatts need to regroup and rethink their obsession with haunted protagonists. And let an actor of Rao’s calibre be.... full review
Thumbs down, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The story had it’s fair share of possibilities but the slap-dash formulaic treatment just doesn’t allow for any breathing space. And the convoluted sub-plots just make it seem like overreaching without anything substantial to hold on to. Go for it only if you want to be seen throwing your money away!... full review
Thumbs down, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Hamari Adhuri Kahani is mostly dependent on its lead actors and they’ve done a satisfactory job. It’s one of those films which reveals its latent potential and then fails to capitalise on it. Hamari Adhuri Kahani is watchable, but it is not likely to ignite a passionate fire in your heart. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Suhani Singh, india today : ...With a foreboding title like Hamari Adhuri Kahani, the real tragedy of this romance is that the tears never come. Instead audiences find themselves whinging at the events on screen. By the time Vasudha's woman-power monologue with a ridiculous plea arrives, this tiring kahani has us wanting to revisit Balan in the other, far better Kahaani (2012).... full review
Thumbs down, Indicine : ...Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ has a good fundamental story which holds promise but the overtly emotional treatment and the baffling bipolar decisions made by the characters, only ends up frustrating the viewer. At one point it promises to be progressive and then meanders into regressive territory once again.... full review
Thumbs down, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...To be fair, the story did have merit, for it is not often that films explore the plight of abused women in a sensitive manner and the makers could have done wonders with the story had they not been sidelined by their need to try too hard to bring a lump to everyone's throats.... full review
Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Well the only dum this movie has is some fantastic songs and decent performances by its lead actors. Besides these minor good points, the movie lacks good screenplay and entertaining direction. Even if the movie would have released in the 90's era when Mahesh Bhatt was a big director, its chances of being successful would have been heart breaking. 'Hamari Adhuri Khani' has been a never ending saga with lots of glitches, over dramatic scenes, highly stretched and boringly predictable screenplay. In short, a big disappointment for all who love good dramatic love stories and were expecting a good emotional drama from the Bhatt camp.... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Hashmi’s character keeps going off to literally smell the flowers, Rao’s character is a possessive neanderthal, and Vidya’s character is plain dumb -- for one thing, she needs to know that yelling “Hari! Hari!” as she runs behind a police jeep will only make the cops drive faster. Now let’s talk about what’s good in Hamari Adhuri Kahani. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...Mohit Suri is a fine director, but has often displayed a misogynistic core in some of his films. That continues here, as the story takes one shockingly regressive turn after the other. It's difficult to process that Mahesh Bhatt has penned this story.... full review
Thumbs down, by Saumil Gandhi, Upper Stall : ...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.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anindita Dev, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Anyway, till the time you read the review, it reminds me I have to take the headache relief medicine as I don't think I can bear the incessant pain any longer. More than a heartache, as it was expected to be, I was left with a heartburn from the overflowing over-the-top dialogues and old school scenes.... full review
zuberkhedawala: Hamari adhuri kahani is a slap on paid critics... luv story of the decade...
zezoalbalushi: Hamari adhuri kahani❤️
zamalshaikh: Hamari Adhuri Kahani! Heart-touching story! Salute to @MaheshNBhatt ! Must watch movie!
yadavyadav327: Me like movies Hamari Adhuri kahani ... . Fantastic story
VishalJalde: Just watched one of the great film of Mohit Suri 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' The film rocks
urdips: Thank you HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI ❤
tnmht5036: Hamari Adhuri Kahani The best romantic love story to have ever been written! @KaranDarra
SRKsAvenger: Zeher Kalyug Aawarapan Murder 2 Ashiqui 2 Ek Villian Hamari Adhuri Kahani MOHIT SURI is A genius
somesh_saurabh: A great movie with a Strong message and a "well-justified" acting by all#hamari_adhuri_kahani (y)
sniraj998: Hamari adhuri kahani I love this movie.. Thanks imaraan
simardeep141995: hamari adhuri kahani romantic emotinal movie sad happy ending that will make u cry mindblowing movie
sheeraz_khalid7: -Hamari adhuri kahani It was amazing. Kamal ki love story.
ShabanaRahman7: Hamari Adhuri Kahani is a Amazing & Surreal movie on True Love&Respect!Every moment is touching!!Truly a Dream to Act!! #HamariAdhuriKahani
SatyamGadala: Hamari adhuri kahani nice movie I like the picture
SanthM: I still can't get over Rajkumar Rao's acting in Hamari Adhuri Kahani. He deserves a best actor award!! #HamariAdhuriKahani
Rukkuxx: The amazing @emraanhashmi in hamari adhuri kahani ... Just loved it
Rockymali1: Hamari Adhuri Kahani....is a butyfull love story...
revanthbandari: Emraan Hashmi's Films were always real Romantic's.Hamari Adhuri Kahani is Beyond words.Beautifully written and Acted really well
ranjithhashmi: Just saw the movie Hamari Adhuri Kahani !!! Wat a movie yaar :O After Aashiqui 2 Director Mohit Suri gave an... https://www.facebook.com/RanjithHashmii/posts/936801913039115
ramyavedicherla: Hamari Adhuri Kahani -classical unrealistic romance at its best. <3 Loved it @mohit11481 especially with the background score! <3
PrakashGaba: Hamari Adhuri Kahani...like it...
ParthsQueen: The movie Hamari Adhuri Kahani is total bliss
PARTH1361HJ: awesome movie hamari adhuri kahani imran hasmi rockssssss
nishurocks26: Watched Hamari Adhuri Kahani... Very emotional heart touching story... I liked it
Nikita_sona: The man I Neva though I will eva fall 4 bt he took my heart n movie away. Hamari Adhuri kahani. Awesome movie of 2015 http://twitter.com/Nikita_sona/status/610014919438630912/photo/1
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msapna150: Superb movie Hamari Adhuri Kahani We Love Aarav Ruparel
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EmraansfanVicky: It touched many hearts Hamari Adhuri Kahani
EHCOBRAMAN: We Love Hamari Adhuri Kahani
DiyadasSd: Really#Hamari Adhuri kahani is sooo sensitive film :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) people must watch it if u hv ever fallen in lv >3
danishmd2003: Amazing movie# Hamari Adhuri Kahani....
b_punk_b_urslf: Hamari Adhuri Kahani loved it..
ashutoshno1: Rula diya ¥r hamari adhuri kahani ne :'( <3 <3 ¿ — feeling emotional
alinashaikh1995: Just watched Hamari Adhuri Kahani Awesome Movie In Love With U Mr.Aarav Ruparel @emraanhashmi Luv u Emraan :)
ajayraj27287756: bhaut achi movie thi hamari adhuri kahani
adnanshahid2603: hamari adhuri kahani is awsm movie watch it now
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7d59a182150e4f9: Awesme movie...hamari adhuri kahani....nthng to say...plz do watch.. Mohabbat v zaroori thi..bichadhna v zaroori tha :-)
420kaexpert: hamari adhuri kahani awesome movie..#HAK
MehrTarar: Imran and the other dude have acted better than Vidya in Hamari Adhuri Kahani. Yep.Not a very good film but the love story breaks your heart
ayeshA_Nausheen: Hamari Adhuri Kahani is technically pretty weak, the dialogues especially, but emotionally very very strong :') Aarav does make you believe
VikasAgarwalll: Watched "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" yesterday. Absolute 3rd class movie.
skjbolly: #HamariAdhuriKahani Review: An epic disaster! Critic's Rating:
Shweta_xx: Hamari Adhuri Kahani....was plain disappointing
RishabhINDIAN32: Hamari Adhuri Kahani Disappointed :( Now next week ABCD 2 :D. First day first show :D this will rock surely :D
ramitmkaul: Hamari Adhuri Kahani .... i wish i could have spent my time better
RajiaUrooj: Feeling Sad for Star Cast #HamariAdhuriKahani Super Cast but on a shallow script...just like NB's #IKNMP
parasrishi: Hamari Adhuri Kahani is such a rondu movie. Headache before even the movie could get over!
narendra1913: Afsos...ho...rha.. I spent money on HAMARI ADHURI KAHANI...coz RAJKUMAR,EMRAAN AND VIDHYA are the best actors...... https://www.facebook.com/narendra1913/posts/907667982633672
mpiyush0000: Sorry but Hamari Adhuri Kahani is a super flop
media_national: Hamari adhuri kahani bahut hi ghatiya movie waste of time waste of money
lankyiyer: If I were the distributor for Hamari Adhuri Kahani, I would have directed the multiplexes to play the movie only till intermission.
KiranAbbassi: "Hamari adhuri kahani" its actually very adhuri for entertainment. #PoorRating
ItsTeeRax: Movie Review : wasted talents of Rajkumar Rao and Vidya Balan in Hamari Adhuri Kahani.. Predictable story & Bad Dialogues are weakest links
idrrajdeep: Heavy duty dialogue-bazi & eternally sombre characters wear you off throughout.Hamari Adhuri Kahani is a laborious task.
hctlittn: Hamari Adhuri Kahani review: Even with Vidya Balan, Emraan and Rajkummar can't save this ...
followsultan: Hamari adhuri kahani...one of d worst day of my life... 13 th of jan
abalajeek: My final verdict - Hamari Adhuri Kahani is an insult to a film viewer's intelligence. Watch it at your own risk. #HamariAdhuriKahani
aasshhhuu: Hamari adhuri kahani. Literally adhoori! :(
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by 127hrs : Very emotionally intense
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Yay! Thumbs Up, by Sushant : Nice Songs
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