She was the queen of all she surveyed, until not too long ago. Then Vidya Balan's films started flopping. After Ghanchakkar, Shaadi Ke Side Effects and Bobby Jasoos she seemed to be moving on the back-foot.
The trailer of her new film Hamaari Adhuri Kahani dispels all doubts about Vidya's emotive propensity. The handpicked scenes show her to be at the peak of her histrionic abilities. Playing a brutalized housewife who finds solace outside marriage, Vidya Balan shakes you up as only she can.
In the film, she plays producer Mahesh Bhatt's mother. And that's the first real-life character for this naturalistic actress… unless we believe Vidya played Silk Smitha in Dirty Picture.
Says producer Mahesh Bhatt, "Vidya plays my mother. In Vidya's eyes we see the same pain and longing of virah (separation) that Krishna saw in Radha's eyes."
Adds Taran Adarsh, "With Mohit Suri in the director's seat one can be assured of an interesting plot premise and some riveting drama. Also, the first trailer has evoked tremendous response. People have loved the drama emotions and lyricism."
Says trade analyst Atul Mohan, "Hamaari Adhuri Kahani has to work big-time and I hope it does. Mohit Suri's has a track-record of successes. After Aashiqui 2 and Ek Villain he is considered the most bankable director of successful musicals. Hamaari Adhuri Kahani should rejuvenate the careers of Emraan Hashmi and Vidya Balan and also bring some smile to the producers the Bhatts and Fox Star."
Mahesh Bhatt gets poetic as he looks ahead at the release of this autobiographical tale. "Spring will be here very soon. Haven't you heard its footsteps?"
Overlooking the shabby performance of his last two productions Mahesh Bhatt says, "It's raining love at the turnstiles. When it rains it washes the dust off all the yesteryear and makes everything sparkle. The world's response to the trailer of Hamaari Adhuri Kahani indicates it will infuse a fresh surge of life to the careers of Vidya and Emraan. This true love story will make them glow."