Gehraiyaan film review: Deepika Padukone outdoes herself in Shakun Batra’s film but it’s not enough | Bollywood

A twisted story of love, lies, trust, betrayal, complex relationships and evolving with the dark realities of your past, Gehraiyaan is an intimate film. While this isn’t the first time Bollywood has shown infidelity on screen, surely the narrative has matured, the characters have more depth, and it’s no longer just a mere attraction.

From Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna in 2006, where many audiences couldn’t understand the concept of finding love after marriage, to now in 2022, when a film like Gehraiyaan delves deep into why relationships hit dead ends. , it was quite the progressive course. And yes, relatable too.

Starring Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Dhairya Karwa in the lead roles, Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan is a modern love story where it’s natural to fall in love and find it somewhere else. Alisha (Deepika) and Karan (Dhairya) have been together for six years now and plan to meet her cousin Tia (Ananya) and her fiancé Zain from Los Angeles. A few words and sweet looks later, Alisha and Zain are instantly attracted to each other.

In her own world, Tia is oblivious to what’s going on behind her back, much like Karan, who struggles to get her book published and run a household with Alisha. In the midst of it all, lies are uncovered while some remain hidden.

While the trailer revealed a lot about the plot of the film, I’m glad it kept an equal amount of curiosity, suspense, and twists to discover as the story unfolds. .

Shakun’s story, which he co-wrote with Sumit Roy, Ayesha Devitre and Yash Sahai, has its heart in the right place but it falters in many places. Do you often wonder “why”, “how” and “is that it?” Some questions remain unanswered, some issues are assumed to have been sorted out. The characters in this movie move so easily through their lives never wanting to know what really conspired. Despite these flaws, Gehraiyaan uncovers the intricacies of relationships and how far one can go to save or destroy them.

Gehraiyaan is directed by Shakun Batra.

There was a lot of noise about Gehraiyaan having appointed an intimacy director for the scenes between the characters of Siddhant and Deepika. Do we really need this in the first place? Well, you watch the movie to find out. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel any spark between Deepika and Siddhant in those particular scenes, even though Deepika was terrific and quite comfortable throughout.

Deepika, it seems, has a knack for picking out complicated characters and portraying them with such conviction. Her extremely nuanced performance in Gehraiyaan reminded me of Veronica in Cocktail and Tara in Tamasha. As Alisha, she is strong, ambitious, but goes through her moments of weakness and vulnerability.

Ananya, on the other, pretty much plays herself out in much of the film. In the second half, however, Shakun Batra gives her plenty of scenes to show off her acting skills. The Dhairya character, in my opinion, was half-baked and needed so much more. Although he excelled in everything he did on screen, his story could have added so much to the film, but it was completely lacking.

And finally, Siddhant’s Gully Boy has set expectations way too high and Gehraiyaan isn’t really getting the best out of him. His dialogue delivery as a romantic hero needs polishing. The way he blunts during intense scenes requires more involvement, and the parts where he shows anger don’t really hit you hard. It was a little disappointing to see his character not stand out despite all he had to do.

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The pacing of the movie sort of works in its favor because it doesn’t linger or try to lose the thread. You are drowned in the story as the characters try to sort out the issues in their lives. That being said, I kept waiting for that big wow moment that would leave me spellbound, but something felt incomplete towards the end. And no, I’m not saying that every story needs a happy ending, but sometimes you want to know more than you already do.

Nonetheless, Gehraiyaan goes beyond the length of the “necklines and hemlines” of the outfits the actors wore in the film and it’s the depth of the narrative, the story, and the emotions that you connect with. Watch it for Deepika because she really outdid herself, once again.

Gehraiyaan
Director: Chakun Batra
To throw: Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Dhairya Karwa

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