Hamari Adhuri Kahani

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Hamari Adhuri Kahani
Hamari Adhuri Kahani official poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mohit Suri
Produced by
Written by
Starring
Music by
Cinematography Vishnu Rao
Production
company
Distributed by Fox Star Studios
Release date
  • 12 June 2015 (2015-06-12)
Running time
129 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 350 million (US$5.4 million)[2]
Box office 412.3 million (US$6.4 million)[3]

Hamari Adhuri Kahani (English: Our Incomplete Story) is a 2015 Indian romantic drama film directed by Mohit Suri and produced by Mahesh Bhatt under the banner Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios. The film stars Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, and Rajkummar Rao. It is based on the love story of Bhatt's parents, Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother.[4] The film was released worldwide on 12 June 2015 receiving mixed reviews from critics.

Plot[edit]

The movie opens with a woman Vasudha (Vidya Balan) alighting from a bus. 15 km before the Bastar district, she stumbles and falls down after walking a few steps. An elderly man, Hari, sees a psychiatrist about hallucinations of his wife. He is then recruited by his daughter-in-law, who takes him to his wife's funeral. There, he steals her ashes and leaves a diary for his son.

The story then jumps to the past, where Vasudha is a single mother whose husband has been missing for five years. Bound to tradition, she has been waiting for him since he left her. Vasudha meets Aarav Ruparel (Emraan Hashmi) in one of his hotels, where she works as a floral arranger. He creates a mock fire drill in order to watch the capabilities of the security department. Vasudha comes to save him. He offers her a job in his hotel in Dubai, which she refuses. Despite her refusal Aarav asks her to reconsider the offer. Vasudha gets to know from the police that her husband Hari (Rajkumar Rao) has murdered five American journalists and he is a member of a terrorist group. The police asks her to inform about Hari if he ever visits her. Worried for her son's future, she accepts the offer given by Aarav.

Despite knowing about Vasudha's past and her son, Aarav falls in love with her. Aarav tells Vasudha about his mother, who was a cabaret singer and a single parent and how she fell in love with a man who tried to commit suicide for failing to save them from poverty. Vasudha shuns his feelings saying that she belongs to someone else and leaves. Vasudha meets Aarav's mother on his request where she accepts Aarav's love and both unite. They both spend romantic moments together. Aarav gives a divorce paper to Vasudha before dropping her home. Vasudha then encounters Hari at home, and tells him about Aarav. Hari then storms out in anger where he is arrested by the police and later jailed for being a wanted criminal. Vasudha asks Aarav to save Hari as he is innocent. Aarav tries to save Hari by bribing the home minister who reveals that Hari himself admitted to his crime. Vasudha refuses to marry Aarav because Hari's action tells her that he sacrifices his life for them to be together. It is then revealed to Aarav that Hari deliberately accepts his crime so that Vasudha will live in guilt as she will think Hari sacrificed himself for their love. In order to free Vasudha out of her guilt, Aarav travels to Bastar where Hari is accused of killing, to prove Hari's innocence. Aarav meets Father Dayal who explains what happened with the journalists and reveals Hari's innocence. On the way back to Mumbai, Aarav smells the scent of the same flowers which first caused him to meet Vasudha. Following the scent, he goes into the jungle, not knowing that the place has mines. He accidentally steps on one of the mines. Realising his predicament, Aarav smiles just before taking his foot off the mine. Vasudha receives the news of Aarav's death and is shattered. Vasudha leaves Hari, who searches for her for two years. After finding her, she reveals to him that she knows about his fake sacrifice and tells him that she is not afraid of any traditions and boundaries. He warns her that she will come back to him one day. Hari waits for Vasudha twenty-one years in vain.

Back in the present, it is now clear that the woman who gets off the bus is Vasudha and she wanted to be reunited with Aarav where he died. In the end Hari takes Vasudha's ashes to scatter them in the forest of Bastar where Aarav died. Thus Aarav and Vasudha reunite after death.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On 23 October 2013, Vishesh Films and Fox Star Studios extended their association and announced a three-film deal, City Lights, Hamari Adhuri Kahani and Mr. X.[5] It was then revealed that the film will be directed by Mohit Suri, and will release on 7 November 2013.[5] Initially it was decided the cast will start filming in May–June 2014, however the dates shifted to October 2014, owing to Emraan Hashmi's son's illness.[6] On February 2014, in an interview with Bombay Times, producer of the film Mahesh Bhatt revealed that the story of the film will be written by himself and it is based on the love story of his parents, Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother.[7] In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Suri said Vidya Balan had to lose weight for the film and get into shape.[8] Before the development of the film, rumours spread that Balan opted out of the film "as she needs some time for herself" and her character is replaced by Shraddha Kapoor.[9] On 14 March 2014, Bhatt refutes the news and confirmed that Balan "is still on board".[10] On 13 June 2014, reports finalising the release date of film – 12 June 2015 – was released.[11]

Casting[edit]

The leading cast of Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan was finalised on 23 October 2013,[5] marking their third collaboration after The Dirty Picture (2011) and Ghanchakkar (2013).[6] On 12 February 2014, it was confirmed that Rajkummar Rao will be joining the cast of the film.[6] On 6 October 2014, it was suggested that Rao will be playing the role of the husband of the character portrayed by Balan, to which he confirmed that he plays a "pivotal role but not in terms of screen time".[12][13] On 15 December 2014, it was reported Amala Akkineni will be seen in a cameo appearance in the film,[14] and she will be singing and enacting the title song of the film.[15][16] On 26 December 2014, it was revealed that Sara Khan will also be joining the cast of the film.[17]

Filming[edit]

Initially, the first schedule was planned to be widely shot in Cape Town, South Africa.[18] Filming began in Kolkata on 2 October 2014.[19] A portion of the climax scene of the film was shot on 3 October 2014, where Balan and Hashmi joined the immersion processions on the city's crowded roads overlooking the iconic Howrah Bridge.[19][20] The other portion of the scene was shot on 5 January 2015, inside a bardy style old house in Kolkata.[21]

After wrapping shooting in Kolkata, it was reported that the crew of the film started filming in Dubai for a total of sixteen days. The schedule was planned for a month back but shifted due to the weather conditions in the area.[22] On 20 October 2014, Balan and Hashmi were spotted shooting scenes at Dubai International Airport and further shoots took place around the city, including on Sheikh Zayed Road, Business Bay, Heritage Village, and other locations around Bur Dubai, Jumeirah and Dubai Marina.[23] After Dubai schedule, the team resumed their shoot in Cape Town before visiting back to Dubai for a further two days of shooting.[24] Most of the scenes for the two days shooting took place in Meena Bazaar along with its views of the dhows on Dubai Creek.[24]

The final scene of the United Arab Emirates schedule, was shot on 17 November 2014, in Miracle Garden and Suri added that though the city was generally treated for its high-tech buildings and modern landscapes, he wanted to romanticise it and show its softer side.[25] The film also features Abu Dhabi's Qasr Al Sarb desert resort.[22] The team shot the rest of the film in Mumbai.[26] The shooting for the film was completed during the mid-January 2015.[27]

Soundtrack[edit]

Hamari Adhuri Kahani
Soundtrack album by
Released 20 May 2015 (2015-05-20)
Genre Feature Film Soundtrack
Length 42:21
Label Sony Music
Jeet Ganguly chronology
Ishqedarriyaan
(2015)Ishqedarriyaan2015
Hamari Adhuri Kahani
(2015)
Phir Se...
(2015)
Mithoon chronology
Alone
(2015) Alone2015
Hamari Adhuri Kahani
(2015) Hamari Adhuri Kahani2015
Shab
(2015) Shab2015
Phir Se...2015

Music for the film is given by Ami Mishra, Jeet Gannguli and Mithoon.[28][29] Lyrics are penned by Rashmi Virag, Sayeed Quadri, Kunaal Vermaa. Zaroori Tha song from the film was originally a soundtrack of singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's album Back 2 Love. The album was named "Best Bollywood Album of June 2015" by Deccan Music[30]

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Hamari Adhuri Kahani" Rashmi Virag Jeet Ganguly Arijit Singh 6:38
2. "Humnava" Sayeed Quadri Mithoon Papon 5:29
3. "Yeh Kaisi Jagah" Rashmi Virag Jeet Ganguly Deepali Sathe, Zubeen Garg 4:37
4. "Hasi" Kunaal Vermaa Ami Mishra Ami Mishra 4:32
5. "Hasi (Female)" Kunaal Vermaa Ami Mishra Shreya Ghoshal 3:12
6. "Hamari Adhuri Kahani (Encore)" Rashmi Virag Jeet Ganguly Jeet Ganguly 6:39
7. "Zaroori Tha[31][32]" Imran Raza Sahir Ali Bugga Rahat Fateh Ali Khan 5:42
Total length: 42:21

Release[edit]

Hamari Adhuri Kahani released worldwide on 12 June 2015.[33][34] As of 2 July, the film's worldwide gross was 412.3 million (US$6.4 million) on a budget of 350 million (US$5.4 million).[2][3] The pre-release sale of television, home video and music rights added a further 225 million (US$3.5 million) making the film a commercially average.[2][35] [36]

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