Movie Name: Gehraiyaan
Directed by: Shakun Batra
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Anaaya Anand, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Release Date: 25 January, 2022
Running Time: 148 Minutes
OTT Platform: Amazon Prime Video
Deepika Padukone outdoes herself in Shakun Batra’s film but it isn’t enough
Gehraiyaan is an upcoming Indian Hindi-language romantic drama film directed by Shakun Batra, and written by Batra, Sumit Roy and Ayesha Devitre. The film is jointly produced by Dharma Productions, Viacom18 Studios and Jouska Films. The film stars Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday with Naseeruddin Shah and Rajat Kapoor in supporting roles. The film will premiere on 25 January 2022 on Amazon Prime Video.
Pre-production of the film began in March 2020. Initially, filming was to proceed in Sri Lanka, however, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown, the shoot was delayed by six months and moved to Goa, India, owing to its similar landscapes. The first schedule began in September 2020 and lasted approximately one month. The team returned to Mumbai, India in November 2020, where filming resumed for another month. Shooting for the next schedule commenced in Mumbai at the end of March, 2021. Filming was wrapped up in August, 2021.
After being known as Production No. 70 for two years, a teaser was released on 20 December 2021, revealing the title and release date of the film. The film will be available for streaming globally on January 25, 2022, through Amazon Prime Video.
Gehraiyaan: Movie Trailer
Deepika Padukone and Siddhant Chaturvedi are unable to start a fire in this Shakun Batra film
A twisted tale of love, lies, trust, betrayal, complex relationships and moving on with the dark realities of your past, Gehraiyaan is an intimate film. While this is not the first time Bollywood has shown infidelity on screen, the narrative has surely matured, the characters are allowed more depth, and it’s no longer merely about simple attraction.
From Kabhie Alvida Na Kehna in 2006, where many audiences couldn’t wrap their heads around the concept of finding love after marriage, to right now in 2022, when a film like Gehraiyaan delves deep into reasons why relationships reach deadlocks, it’s been quite the progressive journey. And yes, relatable, too.
Gehraiyaan (2022) – Movie Review | Pratik’s Film Theories
Starring Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Dhairya Karwa in lead roles, Shakun Batra’s Gehraiyaan is a modern-day love story where it’s natural to fall out of love and find it again elsewhere. Alisha (Deepika) and Karan (Dhairya) have been together for six years now and they plan a meet-up with her cousin Tia (Ananya) and her fiance Zain from LA. A few words and sweet glances later Alisha and Zain are instantly drawn towards each other.
In her own world, Tia is oblivious to what’s happening behind her back, and so is Karan, who is struggling to get his book published and also run a household with Alisha. Amid all this, lies get uncovered while some stay hidden.
While the trailer gave away quite a lot about the film’s plot, I am glad it kept an equal amount of curiosity, suspense and twists to unearth as the story unfolds.
Gehraiyaan Movie Review by KRK!
Shakun’s story, that he has co-written with Sumit Roy, Ayesha Devitre and Yash Sahai, has its heart at the right place yet it falters at many places. You are often left wondering, ‘why’, ‘how’ and ‘is that it?’ Some questions are left unanswered, some issues are assumed to have been sorted. Characters in this film so easily move on in their lives without ever wanting to know what really conspired. Despite these flaws, Gehraiyaan unravels the intricacies of relationships and the extent one can go to save or destroy them.
There was much hullabaloo about Gehraiyaan having appointed an intimacy director for scenes between Siddhant and Deepika’s characters. Did we really need that in the first place? Well, you watch the film to find out. Sadly, I didn’t feel any sparks between Deepika and Siddhant in those particular scenes even though Deepika was terrific and pretty comfortable throughout.
Deepika, it seems, has got a knack for picking complicated characters and portraying them with so much conviction. Her extremely nuanced performance in Gehraiyaan reminded me Veronica in Cocktail and Tara in Tamasha. As Alisha, she is strong-headed, ambitious, yet goes through her moments of weakness and vulnerability.
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Ananya, on the other, pretty much plays herself in a major portion of the film. In the second half, however, Shakun Batra does give her ample scenes to show her acting chops. Dhairya’s character, I felt, was half-baked and needed so much more. Though he excelled at whatever he did on screen but there was so much his story could have added to the film, but that was completely missing.
And lastly, Siddhant’s Gully Boy set expectation way too high and Gehraiyaan doesn’t really bring the best out of him. His dialogue delivery as a romantic hero needs polishing. The way he emotes during intense scenes needs more involvement, and portions where he shows anger don’t really hit you hard. It was a bit of a disappointment to see his character not standing out despite so much that he had to do.
The pace of the film somehow works in its favour as it doesn’t linger or tries to lose track. You get drowned in the story while the characters try to untangle issues in their lives. That being said, I kept waiting for that one big wow moment that would leave me spellbound, but something just felt incomplete towards the end. And no, I am not saying all stories need a happy ending but sometimes, you want to know more than what you already do.
Nonetheless, Gehraiyaan moves past the length of ‘necklines and hemlines’ of the outfits the actors have worn in the film and it’s the depth of the narrative, story and the emotions that you connect with. Watch it for Deepika because she truly has outdone herself, once again.
Gehraiyaan: Movie Songs
Song Title: Doobey
Lyrics: Kausar Munir
Music Composer: Kabeer Kathpalia, Savera Mehta
Singer(s): Lothika Jha, Savera Mehta