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A half baked and half hearted effort

Mohit Suri's two aces 'Aashiqui 2' and 'Ek Villian' are reasons enough to pull one to theatres to watch 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'. Add to it brilliant actors like Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao and the expectations are bound to be sky rocketing. However, an outdated storyline and more than some extremely clichéd dialogues let the film down.

Both Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villian were driven with passion and that's what was most missing in Suri's latest outing. Balan plays the protagonist whose husband leaves her with their only child's responsibilities just a year post marriage. To pay her bills, she works as a florist in a 5 star hotel. Enters Hashmi who falls head over heels for her. Initially hesitant, Balan gives in to the wooing only to be shocked by her abusive past getting pestering her to stay with him.

Adhuri is the word that perfectly describes the film. From the plot to the character sketch and screenplay, everything seems half baked and half hearted in the film. Even the best of actors couldn't make the film seem believable and real. Vidya, one of the finest we have in the industry, could have hit a homerun with this character but the writing lets her down. Her role was written keeping a long lost era in mind and so it is dull and boring. Hashmi is himself and tries his best to lift the pace of the movie, but all efforts in vain. Rajkummar Rao is the only one who has been lucky to have the best character out of the three and he nails it well.

Bhatt films are blessed with good music and this one is no exception. With multiple composers on board, the soulful music is the saving grace of the film. Background score is good and cinematography decent. A single mother strangled between true love and a poignant past, the idea has the capabilities of generating a few goose bumps, but poor story telling makes 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani' truly disappointing.

We are going for two stars for this one, purely for the soothing music and the proficient actors that needed more fuel.   

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