The film releasing in 2015 seems to have backfired for the film as it caters to the types of films that were made in the 80s. An abused, sad, single mother whose husband comes out of the blue and orders her to be with him since, as a woman that is what she is supposed to do, is what forms Vidya Balan’s character.
However, she has fallen for Aarav, the hotelier who is on the lookout for romance. It takes a lot of time to figure out if this is an unrequited love story or there is something on both sides. And by the time it does get cleared, everything is already wasted.
What irks the most about Hamari Adhuri Kahani is how the fine performances of the three actors go to waste because of an incongruous script. The all-too-familiar tropes of love and music, unrequited love, and clichéd dialogues have been used. And this is more in tune with what Bollywood had in the 80s.