Casts: Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan, Rajkummar Rao
Banner: Vishesh Films, Fox Star Studios
Director: Mohit Suri
Producer: Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt
Writers: Mahesh Bhatt and Shagufta Rafiq
Music: Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon, Ami Mishra
Release Date: 12th June 2015
Story line: A woman (Vidya Balan) develops a budding romance with a hotel magnate (Emraan Hashmi), until her past comes back to haunt her. Hamari Adhuri Kahaani movie is based on the love story of Bhatt’s parents, Nanabhai Bhatt, Shirin Mohammad Ali and his stepmother.
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Mohit Suri started his career as an assistant director, and made his debut as a director with the 2005 film Zeher which was a moderate success. He followed it up with Kalyug, which was both a critical and commercial success. His third film Woh Lamhe (2006) did well and received critical acclaim.
His next film Awarapan (2007) was both a critical and commercial success. It was a copy of the Korean film ‘A Bittersweet Life’ from 2005. Ironically, Mohit, in an interview given to Radio Sargam, said, “I am very critical about my own work. I would never ever go out and say that I have made a masterpiece. I just give my best and hope that it’s good enough.” His preceding film Crook, based on the racial attacks on Indian students in Australia was released in 2010. Murder 2, which turned out to be a Blockbuster, a sequel to the 2004 film Murder was released on 8 July 2011.
In 2013, he directed “Aashiqui 2” which was a blockbuster. In 2014, he directed “Ek Villain” which ran successfully and went past the 1 billion mark at box office.
Facts And Figures:
• The leading cast of Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan was finalised on 23 October 2013,marking their third collaboration after The Dirty Picture (2011) and Ghanchakkar (2013). On 12 February 2014, it was confirmed that Rajkummar Rao will be joining the cast of the film. 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”
• 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.
• In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Suri said Vidya Balan had to lose weight for the film and get into shape. 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.On 14 March 2014, Bhatt refutes the news and confirmed that Balan “is still on board”.
• 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.The film also features Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Sarb desert resort. The team shot the rest of the film in Mumbai.The shooting for the film was completed during the mid-January 2015.
My Gut Feel and comments:
I am a big fan of Mohit Suri’s work, his sensibility of cinema is astonishing. Being in mid 20’s he has directed films like Kalyug, Woh Lamhe and Awarapan, which were intense and high on human emotions. Understanding human emotions so well and presenting them on the screen at his age is a remarkable story in its own. He directed all his movies under Mahesh bhatt’s banner except his last film Ek Villan. Partnership of Vishesh films and Mohit Suri put a deliberate attempt to keep a strong content with low budget. Cherry on the cake is the mesmerizing music which worked in their favor both commercially and critically. In Showbizz it’s a difficult task to ensure consistent performance with commercial gains. Mohit Suri has been an exception to this saying as he kept his feat grounded and to large extent credit goes to Mahesh Bhatt as well for this. Humari Adhuri Kahani seems to be no different than his past projects and is a trade mark product of Mohit Suri. Movie is expected to be an intense, mature love story with remarkable performances by all the three leading actors Emraan Hashmi, Vidya Balan and Rajkummar Rao.
Title track of the movie is just out of the world. I heard the complete song several times since yesterday. A thumps up from my side and I am expecting it to be a good movie showcasing interesting side of a love story which we have not seen on celluloid off late.
I would give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars, five days before the release.