Mahesh Bhatt

Mohit Suri

Shagufta Rafique

Film Review
Humari Adhuri Kahani:Drama Transgressing into Melodrama

Humari Adhuri Kahani  
Adhuri Kahani Poora Melodrama

We all have witnessed a version of “Indian Culture” where a women has to bear all the troubles in the name of her husband in the form of mangalsutra, sindoor, and the promise to be with him no matter what. A woman is expected to tolerate her husbands’ irrelevant insane acts and if she doesn’t, she is not considered to be good enough to be respected in society; something which we have seen in the family films of 80s era and a lighter version of that experienced in our life too. Mohit Suri’s latest directorial venture has a story which revolves around “this” version of Indian Culture.

    Mahesh Bhatt, the man who is an extreme modernist, has very surprisingly penned this story which is full of heart-wrenching emotions, depicting exactly what true love is, though with a very pessimistic approach. The story goes in flashback when Rajkumar Rao’s son reads his father’s diary intentionally left by him to be read. Vasudha, played by Vidya Balan, dies in the very first scene (well not to worry, that’s not a spoiler) and Hari, Vasudha’s husband, played by Rajkumar, refuses to pour her ashes in Ganga; instead, he goes somewhere else to pour it. The movie is so predictable that you are quite easily able to guess where he would have gone to pour her ashes. And the moment you succeed in guessing that, you actually have known the crux of the story. In the flashback, Hari is missing for more than five years leaving Vasudha alone managing the work and handling her child. Emraan Hashmi has amazingly played his character Aarav who is a rich owner of 108+1 hotels around the world named ‘Ruparel’ which is after his surname. Co-incidentally another 5-star hotel which he plans to buy has Vasudha as a florist. The rest is anybody’s guess - Two of them falling in love and the coming back of her husband. However, thereafter the film does take an interesting turn, where Rajkumar blows you away with his tremendous performance. His character is although abnormal, yet that is the most realistic character in the film. Unlike most Emraan Hashmi films, this has much less of good romantic moments. It is rather filled with pain, suffering and sacrifice in love. It is definitely one of the best performances by Emraan as you can see apt expressions on his otherwise expressionless face. His character is the most adorable one. Aarav is an amazing human being and a person to be inspired from.

There are some easily recognizable flaws in the screenplay and some very insanely melodramatic elements. Some of the flaws are too major to overlook even if you are invested in the premise. Beginning with the Protagonist Vasudha. First she believes the story given by Police then she believes another one given by Hari. She falls for Aarav and then she is highly concerned for Hari. Even if we would have followed her as a confused and gullible character till here, her want, motivation and action don't come out clearly. At one point she even says that she won’t be passively watching the show anymore, but all she does is nothing.. and then disappear.
Hari seems to be made forcibly villainous. First you see him as a criminal then he is shown as a victim himself. This keeps the audience confused and it becomes difficult to identify with anything. In the name of showing him torturous, just one scene is shown multiple times leaving no other convincing proof of him being a bad husband. When he returns, his angry reaction to Vasudha’s affair is obvious and justifying as he had no voluntary involvement in his five-year exile. Then his surrendering to police with false confession is also far fetched when he says, by dying he will keep her conscience burdened. In the Third Act, also why he has to come as difficult, he could explain himself to his kids, if he has certainly reformed. Why make the whole thing difficult again by disappearing? 
Aarav in the meanwhile, takes up a job of rescuing Hari when he is supposed to be convinced that Hari is a bad husband. When Vasudha had decided to distance herelf from Hari; her extreme concern for him to an extent that Aarav risks his life and business empire for such Good for Nothing guy, also seems unbelievable.  
All these forced logics make the screenplay look contrived and thus it fails to connect at all levels with all the characters.
There are a few minor errors too, that even when the kitchen of her house was damaged by Hari in the next scene it looks all intact.
Some scenes were extremely melodramatic like that of Vasudha leaving Dubai, walking in the desert all alone holding her suitcase as if she had thought that she wouldn’t be stopped by Aarav. It all seemed like a planned drama though it is not, intentionally. Couldn't she take a taxi or how did Aarav know she was walking into deserts with her luggage?

Dialogue by Shagufta Rafique also add to the detriment by spoiling some poignant moments in the film. Overtly philosophized dialogues are deeply hollow from inside. We would hear such lines in old 80s films or in daily soaps.

I should have cried. I should have cried a lot. Such an emotional story it was. But I didn’t. Instead, I laughed. I laughed at some overdramatic sequences and philosophically melodramatic dialogues. Mohit Suri has his own set of audience and this Mahesh Bhatt’s incomplete saga on true love will definitely satisfy them.

Humari Adhuri Kahani – A good story suffers the misery of good storytelling.

   Prakhar Khare

A film buff who loves to read, write and analyze cinema, literature and music and connect them with life..

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