Cast: Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Pandey, Dhairya Karwa, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor Director: Shakun BatraScore: ★ ★streaming on amazon prime
If 13 years of movie reviews have taught me anything, it’s this: when production companies spend a lot of time, money, and effort promoting gossip and gimmicks to excite and generate interest in their movie before it’s released, samajh jana chahiye que there is little else to talk about in the film.
Everyone involved in the making, marketing, and PR of gehraiyaan has been wasting our time for the past few weeks with their constant talk about the intimate scenes in the film. now we know why.
gehraiyaan, directed by shakun batra, is a match point hash from woody allen (2005) and haunted by karan johar’s (2006) kabhi alvida na kehna’s persistent aatma. even her poster is a copy of kank. but batra, who wrote the movie script with the help of three others, couldn’t even do this copy and paste job well. he racks up b-grade bakwaas about real estate deals, shell companies, corporate fraud, ed investigation, blackmail, and a family secret, and turns the movie into a weird and deranged thriller.
nothing about gehraiyaan is profound. the film paddles in the shallow end of the emotional pool with two armband floats and yet drowns.
batra’s gehraiyaan deserves two slaps, but I’m giving it two stars thanks to the valiant efforts of deepika padukone and ananya pandey (to a small extent), who carry this film’s bojh on their toned shoulders. also because kushal shah with his clever cinematography and nitesh bhatia’s clever editing try to inject some soul into this rather empty affair.
gehraiyaan is the story of two couples; where one half is happy or indifferent, and the other seeks happiness.
alisha (deepika padukone) is a yoga instructor and her boyfriend is karan (dhairya karwa). they live in the same house but criticize each other from separate rooms. Karan has quit her job and is writing a book but won’t be sharing the draft with Alisha even though she is doing all kinds of up and down dog and half frog asanas to pay the bills and keep the house in order. functioning.
alisha is haunted by sad childhood memories of her mother and bears a grudge against her father (naseeruddin shah). her biggest fear is ending up like her mom, so she takes anxiety pills and suffers from karan’s sarcastic and moody comments. . tia and zain invite alisha and karan to spend a few days at her beautiful beach house.
aunt is happy, cheerful and makes a lot of money, although I’m not sure how. she’s got an engagement on the horizon and she’s excited about planning her wedding in tuscany. but zain doesn’t seem very interested in that or in tia. and cringes every time tia’s mummyji calls to talk about how much money tia’s daddyji has invested in zain’s company.
zain wants to escape the smothering clutches of aunt and her mummyji, so the moment he sees alisha, he sets off with his ‘let’s-use-the-luxury-yacht-plan. to-beat-up-the-cousin’ and the two unhappy people start their own side activity.
I liked this first half of gehraiyaan kissed by the sea breeze, despite the fact that alisha and zain’s brief lips and jhaptoing were only mildly sexy. I have been given more exciting scenes in the last metro of delhi to gurugram.
The part about people stuck in unhappy relationships and wanting more is nice. And this is where the film feels like it’s the slender little screen daughter of the big bollywood blockbuster, kabhi alvida na kehna, drinking kale juice.
Instead of the swag, scale, razzmatazz, and emotional embrace of kank, gehraiyaan has the pursed-lipped formality of modern people whose backpacks have yoga mats and plates are sprinkled with healthy affectations. Made up of taut bodies in posh locations, Alisha’s long eloquent silences, her dimpled smile and furtive glances, this part of the film is shot in moody shades of blue and is quite beautiful and captivating.
Instead of the alluring new york skyline that kank had, here the waves of the sea rise and surge in dramatic scenes to give them meaning. but soon after, when the cheaters reach that point in their relationship that requires a visit to the gynecologist, the match point, the movie goes crazy. the lies pile up, one business goes out of business, another needs to be bailed out with mortgages, a father returns, and the movie ties itself up before signing a stupid, predictable note.
many movies are boring or bad. but some specials really annoy you. gehrainyaan is a safe movie. the two and a half hours I wasted would have been better spent cleaning the toilet over and over again.
It’s been barely two hours since I finished watching the movie and yet I find it hard to remember siddhant chaturvedi. he’s on screen a lot, but in a unique and forgettable way.
kudos to deepika padukone, who, like alisha, starts out unhappy and continues to take anxiety pills. she then turns on the movie when she is excited and happy to be making lips around zain, until her anxieties come back and she freaks out, just like the movie.
There were many moments in gehraaiyaan where I wanted to say to him, “go ahead, pass me the pills, please.” but I think she needed them more to keep going.