'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'
'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'Mohit Suri/Twitter

IBTimes India Rating: 1

Times like these call for that kind of meme. What my parents think I do: Sip on colas while enjoying a movie; What my friends think I do: Fridays mean movie dates with the 'special' one; What I really do: Go on a self-slapping spree to keep myself awake.

Calling Mohit Suri's "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" a snooze fest would be like honouring it with a prestigious award.

Hari (Rajkummar Rao), the obsessive husband, goes missing, and in those five long years wife Vasudha (Vidya Balan), who works as a florist in a plush hotel, falls for its owner Aarav (Emraan Hashmi). 

This tragic love story that could have tugged at the heart strings, instead ends up being a laugh riot. Laced with dialogues well past expiry date, the narrative further falls prey to clich├ęs.

Even then, the plot could have been salvaged had the brilliant set of actors been given well-written characters with depth. None are in their element.

Emraan isn't convincing in his portrayal of the multi-millionaire hotelier helplessly in love with a florist, who knows no better than to shed tears at the drop of a hat. Rajkummar's role is scanty and rushed, not giving enough scope to unleash his acting skills.

Suri has now done too many tear-jerkers to officially feature in a dictionary as a synonym for sappiness. "HAK" is mawkishly emotional and never fills you up. What's worse is the haphazard events don't allow one to build a connection with the characters, leaving little room for empathy.

The only saving grace, however, is the music. Beautiful and soul-stirring, "Humnava" and "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" stay with you.

In a nutshell, it's a blessing that it's 'adhuri'. To see a soppy love story through to the end would have been another adventure.