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Gehraiyaan Movie Review And Rating {3/5}: Deepika Padukone Dives Deep And Emerges With A Poetic Performance

Story

Story

Alisha
(Deepika
Padukone),
a
yoga
trainer
believes
that
she
is
in
shambles,
both
in
personal
as
well
as
on
professional
front.
She
is
running
low
on
luck
in
finding
an
investor
for
her
fitness
app
and
her
six-year-long
relationship
with
her
boyfriend
Karan,
a
struggling
writer,
too
has
hit
a
boredom
wall.

Just
when
she
convinces
herself
of
her
monotonous
life,
there
enters
her
stinking
rich
cousin
(Ananya
Panday)
and
her
hot-shot
fiancé
Zain
(Siddhant
Chaturvedi).
Within
no
time,
Alisha
and
Zain
find
themselves
inexplicably
attracted
towards
each
other
and
begin
a
torrid
love
affair,
keeping
their
respective
partners
in
dark.

Amid
their
romantic
rendezvous
and
passionate
love-making
sessions,
the
duo
bond
over
their
troubled
past;
unaware
of
the
storm
waiting
to
catch
up
with
them.

Direction

Direction

While
Shakun
Batra’s
last
outing
Kapoor
&
Sons
revolved
around
two
estranged
brothers
and
their
dysfunctional
family,
his
latest
release

Gehraiyaan

deals
with
the
intricacies
of
modern
day
relationships
with
infidelity
as
its
central
theme.
The
filmmaker
dips
his
brush
in
grey
to
sketch
his
two
central
characters-
Zain
and
Alisha
and
takes
us
through
a
maze
of
emotions
like
love,
lust,
pain,
jealousy,
betrayal,
greed
and
rage.
Batra’s
story-telling
is
intimate
and
one
can’t
ignore
the
influence
of
Wooden
Alley’s

Matchpoint
.

In

Gehraiyaan
,
Shakun
steps
away
from
the
concept
of
monogamy
and
dives
deeper
into
the
human
psyche
to
create
a
dark,
gripping
watch.
In
his
film,
there
are
three
characters
who
feel
themselves
‘stuck’
in
life.
How
they
each
deal
with
this
conflict
creates
a
ripple
effect
in
the
lives
of
people
around
them.

However
this
domestic
noir
also
has
its
set
of
flaws.
One
wished
that
Shakun
and
his
team
of
writers
Sumit
Roy,
Ayesha
Devitre
and
Yash
Sahai
had
fleshed
out
some
more
details
for
Ananya
Panday’s
Tia
and
Dhairya
Karwa’s
Karan.
The
duo
start
on
a
promising
note
only
to
wither
off
in
their
later
portions
since
their
characters
lack
depth.

Another
major
thing
which
sticks
out
like
a
sore
thumb
is
that
Shakun
barely
depicts
the
emotional
intimacy
between
Alisha
and
Zain
in
his
film.
Barring
a
scene
or
two
where
we
see
them
spilling
their
deepest
secrets
to
each
other,
their
relationship
is
mostly
confined
to
the
physical
aspects.
Because
of
this,
when
the
narrative
moves
ahead
and
their
characters
grow
a
bit
darker,
it
leaves
you
a
bit
perplexed
when
it
comes
to
‘love’
in
their
relationship.
Also,
certain
creative
liberties
that
Shakun
takes
in
the
pre-climax
act
kills
some
of
the
fun.

Performances

Performances

Deepika
Padukone
takes
away
your
breath
with
her
portrayal
of
Alisha,
a
likable
and
pleasant
girl
who
struggles
to
deal
with
the
ghost
from
her
past.
She
is
calmer
on
outside,
but
there’s
a
whirlwind
of
emotions
waiting
to
explode
inside
her.
Be
it
her
shaky
breath
and
the
trembling
hands
during
an
anxiety
attack
or
rushing
into
her
lover’s
arms
each
time
they
meet,
it
feels
like
the
actress
literally
‘lives’ that
situation
in
her
head
for
that
time
being.

Gehraiyaan

is
definitely
one
of
Deepika’s
most
profound
works
so
far.
The
actress
delivers
a
bravura
performance
as
the
fragile,
disturbed
Alisha
with
daddy
issues.

Sharing
spotlight
with
her
is
her
co-star
Siddhant
Chaturvedi
who
is
simply
irresistible
as
the
smooth-talker
and
flirtatious
Zain.
The
young
boy
springs
a
surprise
and
pulls
off
the
various
shades
of
his
character
with
maturity.

His
on
screen
chemistry
with
Deepika
Padukone
oozes
plenty
of
sizzle
which
is
perfectly
defined
by
the
lines,
Lo
kashtiyan
hamari
yoon
takra
gayi,
lehar
lehar
dono
ka
dil
besafar,
besafar
besafar,
Haan
doobey
haan
doobey
haan
doobey,
Ek
dooje
mein
yahan
.”

Ananya
Panday
delivers
a
likable
act
out
of
what’s
offered
to
her.
Except
a
scene
or
two,

Gehraiyaan

barely
offers
her
a
chance
to
tap
into
her
potentials.
The
same
holds
true
for
Dhairya
Karwa
who
is
affable
on
screen
but
is
simply
reduced
to
a
guy
suffering
from
writer’s
block.

Rajat
Kapoor
and
Naseeruddin
Shah
make
a
mark
in
their
respective
roles.

Technical Aspects

Technical
Aspects

Kaushal
Shah
deserves
a
pat
on
his
back
for
his
impressive
camera
work.
His
visuals
are
strikingly
beautiful
and
it’s
interesting
how
he
makes
use
of
sea
tides
to
depict
the
changing
equation
between
Alisha
and
Zain
in
the
initial
portion.
Nitesh
Bhatia’s
editing
works
in
favour
of
the
film.

Music

Music


Gehraiyaan

has
some
refreshing
tunes
to
offer.
If
‘Doobey’
makes
you
float
in
the
air
with
its
addictive
lyrics
and
groovy
music,
the
title
track
is
some
food
for
thought
for
the
messed
up
souls.
‘Bekaboo’
makes
for
a
pleasant
hear.

Verdict

Verdict

During
an
emotionally
vulnerable
moment
when
Alisha
confides
in
Zain
that
she
doesn’t
want
to
get
‘stuck’
like
her
mother,
he
tries
to
put
her
fear
to
rest
and
advises
her
by
saying,
You
just
got
to
make
different
choices.
” In
real
life,
popular
novelist
Graham
Brown
too
says,
“Life
is
about
choices.
Some
we
regret,
some
we’re
proud
of.
Some
will
haunt
us
forever.
The
message:
We
are
what
we
choose
to
be.”

Amidst
the
winds
and
storms,
Shakun
Batra’s

Gehraiyaan

reaches
the
shore
with
minimal
damage;
all
thanks
to
Deepika
Padukone’s
nuanced
act.
While
this
relationship
drama
might
not
everyone’s
cup
of
tea,
you
can
‘choose’
to
give
it
a
chance
if
you
like
to
look
at
relationships
without
rose-tinted
glasses.


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