Movie Review: Gehraiyaan GEHRAIYAAN is a mature relationship drama with niche appeal, bravura performances and an exciting climax.


<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GEHRAIYAAN</a> is a story of two couples. Alisha (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Deepika Padukone</a>) is a yoga instructor based in Mumbai. She is developing a yoga-based app, for which she requires funding. She has a strained relationship with her father Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah). Her mother (Pavleen Gujral) died by suicide, after Vinod forcibly relocated to Nashik with his family. She has still not been able to come out of the trauma of losing her mother. Since 6 years, Alisha is in a relationship with Karan (Dhairya Karwa), an advertising professional who quit his job to write his novel. Their relationship also develops cracks due to lack of communication. Alisha’s cousin Tia (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ananya Panday</a>) invites the former and Karan to Tia’s farmhouse in Alibaug. Tia knows Karan very well too and she wants Alisha and Karan to meet her boyfriend, Zain (<a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Siddhant Chaturvedi</a>). The foursome meet and Alisha and Zain get attracted to each other, without the knowledge of their respective partners. Zain is a self-made man who left his violent father and helpless mother at a young age and worked his way up. He’s into the realty business and is trying to put together an expensive, dream project. Tia’s father is also helping Zain in his venture. After having a gala time in Alibaug, they return to Mumbai. Zain and Alisha keep in touch, secretly. Zain even visits Alisha’s yoga studio as he has a back pain. Here, both get intimate. Soon, Tia leaves for USA to settle some family legal issues while Karan relocates to Alibaug to finish his novel. This gives a golden opportunity to Alisha and Zain and they both start an affair. Zain also raises funds for Alisha’s app. After a few days, Karan returns to Mumbai. Alisha realizes that he hid from her that a publishing house declined to publish his novel. She also found it difficult to communicate with him and to digest that he has not been earning. Hence, they break up. Zain also promises to end his affair with Tia but there’s a catch and he needs to wait for 6 months. At a party thrown to celebrate Zain and Tia’s third anniversary, Zain is informed by his business associate Jitesh (Rajat Kapoor) that they are going to be in a big time and legal and financial mess after a banker, who approved their bad loan, got arrested. Zain is already processing this information when Alisha turns up and tells him that she’s pregnant with his child. What happens next forms the rest of the film.

fails to register. Oaff and Savera’s background score blends with the narrative and world-cinema-vibe of the movie.

Kaushal Shah’s cinematography is first-rate, especially the scenes shot in enclosed spaces. T P Abid’s production design is rich and authentic. Anaita Shroff Adajania’s costumes are stylish and reflect the upmarket and urbane outlook of the characters. Nitesh Bhatia’s editing is smooth – the film is neither too dragging nor too quick. Special mention should be made of Dar Gai’s intimacy direction – the lovemaking scenes are aesthetically handled; and Ayush Ahuja’s sound design – the use of sound is quite creative.

On the whole, GEHRAIYAAN is a mature relationship drama but has a niche appeal. However the bravura performances and the exciting climax makes the film a decent watch.

Orinigally posted on : Bollywood Hungama


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