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Gehraiyaan Movie Review: Deepika Padukone Excels In This Passion-Less Affair

Gehraiyaan does take the baton forward from its predecessors like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna in the past, but fails to hit the bulls eye. This movie screams lazy writing and an average affair. 

Gehraiyaan Movie Review
Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan starring Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday and Dhairya Karwa finally arrived at Amazon’s Prime Video platform on Friday. (Image: PrimeVideo)

WIDELY termed as ‘a film exploring the complexities of the human heart’, Gehraiyaan barely tugs at any heartstrings all through the long and winding two and a half hours. 

Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan starring Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday and Dhairya Karwa finally arrived at Amazon’s Prime Video platform on Friday. 

 After a barrage of remakes and biographies in Bollywood lately, this one definitely comes as a refresher. The movie revolves around two cousins, Alisha (Deepika Padukone) and Tia (Ananya Panday), who used to be tight-knit once but have grown apart. Alisha is the stunning yoga teacher who lives a mundane life and has been in a 6-year-long relationship with a struggling novelist Karan (Dhairya Karwa), and yearns for an escape from reality.

The modern day love story starts off well with a trip both the sisters decide to take along with their partners to rejuvenate. Ananya’s Tia has a boyfriend, Zain (Siddhant Chaturvedi) who has flown from LA and kicks off flirting with Tia’s sister from the word go. Before you know it, Alisha and Zain’s exchange of glances turns into a steamy, clandestine affair, choreographed carefully to lo fi songs. 

While both Karan and Tia are unaware of what’s happening behind their backs, Alisha and Zain’s passionate affair grows deeper, muddling lives and relationships around them. The differences in the cousin’s fortunes, questions on one’s morality and guilt, and the curiosity and suspense surrounding the steamy romance are what this movie is all about.

Director Shakun Batra, who has co-written the script along with Sumit Roy, Ayesha Devitre and Yash Sahai, does have a knack of exploring the intricacies and complexities of human relationships, having made films like Kapoor and Sons in the past.

The characters are each flawed and relatable, making you root for absolutely no one. And that for me is a win in itself. It’s not just a romantic drama, but also delves into the everyday issues of consequences of choices, financial stature, respect and family issues.

Even though the movie has its heart at the right place, it lacks an X-factor. There are questions unanswered, issues unresolved and honestly, it doesn’t even deliver on the fiery chemistry between Deepika’s Alisha and Siddhant’s Zain that the audiences were eyeing by the looks of the trailer!

The casting of the film isn’t really convincing. Deepika and Ananya play cousins who happen to be around the same age, and look not even a bit on those lines.

Deepika Padukone is the star of the show and steals your focus every frame she walks in. She proves once again why she is the best at delivering complex characters with utmost ease with her effortless portrayal of Alisha. Deepika not only looks breathtaking, she gives her heart and soul to the vulnerabilities of her character and delivers a top-notch act.

Siddhant has definitely come a long way from his Gully Boy days, but still lacks confidence when he is the same frame as Deepika. This movie fails to make his character stand out, with his intense scenes failing to leave any impact. It is disappointing to see a character who could have done so much but ends up not fulfilling its potential.

As for Ananya, she is pretty convincing as the rich-spoilt brat but hasn’t quite developed the niche to nail an emotional scene yet. 

Dhairya excels in the screen time he has been given, his character is not even given a backstory to make his character grow or have a stronger arc.

There aren’t any sparks flying between Deepika and Siddhant and make you wonder what the hype around the appointment of an intimacy director like Dar Gai was all about. The duo lack any intense, passionate chemistry that got the town talking and don’t really make for a convincing couple, making the intimate scenes seem mechanical.

Rajat Kapoor (Zain’s business partner) and Nasseerudin Shah (Deepika’s father) are one of the saving graces of Gehraiyaan but are sadly, underused. Naseerudin’s scenes with Deepika Padukone are the only few minutes of the film that leave a strong impact with their realistic portrayals and dialogues.

The music by composer duo Kabeer Kathpalia (OAFF) and Savera Mehta is moving and does stand out in the otherwise lustre-less scenes.

Even after investing 2 hours into this movie, you’ll end up feeling completely detached from the plot and the characters. The movie fails to leave any impact, failing to score any ‘wow’ moment as such. The plot seems dull and overall seems to have a lot of loose ends here and there.

Gehraiyaan does take the baton forward from its predecessors like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna in the past, but fails to hit the bulls eye. This movie screams lazy writing and an average affair. 

Watch this one solely for the gorgeous gorgeous Deepika Padukone!

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