Pour: Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa, Naseeruddin Shah and Rajat Kapoor
director: Shakun Batra
Evaluation: 2 stars (out of 5)
A sly, soapy relationship drama that operates under the illusion of giving the genre a massive makeover,Gehraiyaan is not dissimilar to the chartered yacht on which many of the film’s key scenes take place. For all its fancy trappings, the film is at sea.
Gehraiyaan, an Amazon Original film, uses the cliched device of crashing sea waves to symbolize the swelling passion of two young people drifting away from their chosen partners, but the plot runs about as deep as a muddy swamp. It’s about secrets people keep to themselves and lies they tell to hide their true selves. Due to an uninspired, laborious, superficial narrative, it sinks into a puddle it made itself.
It’s a 150-minute commercial for the lavish lifestyle of a bunch of pretty people with Bel Air airs, but pretty messed-up minds. One can’t help but feel that the production and costume designers wouldn’t have to work so hard if only the writing wasn’t so fluffy.
The airy aphorisms that Gehraiyaan Threads together are as stirring as WhatsApp Good morning – life is all about choices, believe in yourself, give yourself a chance… How deep! The comfort of shallow water can be terribly misleading, especially when a movie like this one takes it upon itself to show the world how to navigate the waves when they’re attacking you.
The film is about youthful, adventurous love, but it’s completely lacking in humor and pizzazz. When it tries to lighten up, it falls flat. Here is an example: “Soch Rahi Hoon Pottery Classes Shuru Karoon‘ says one of the characters. The reaction that is elicited from her scratches the bottom of the barrel: “Mujhe laga tu potty trained hai!” That’s the kind of depth Gehraiyaan plumb bobs
The film begins as a family tale tarnished by forbidden love, then slowly devolves into a half-baked drama of corporate hyperbole that explores valuation gaps, bad loans and unclean books, and finally takes the contours of a somber view of the consequences of a secret love affair , which went horribly wrong. An act sparked by deadly desperation brings a wobbly triangle to an arduous, unconvincing ending that makes you wonder what all the fuss was about.
Gehraiyaan, director Shakun Batra’s third film, was co-written by him with Ayesha DeVitre Dhillon and Sumit Roy. It has four main characters. They listen to names that are short and sweet – Alisha, Tia, Zain and Karan. But their ways are meandering and tangled. Thanks to their weaknesses and weaknesses, confusion reigns.
One of the two couples breaks up, another begins an affair that quickly turns serious, and another is on the verge of ending. All the emotional ups and downs the quartet indulges in results in empty, repetitive babble.
Three of them – Alisha (Deepika Padukone), Tia (Ananya Panday) and Karan (Dhairya Karwa) have known each other since childhood. The fourth, Zain (Siddhant Chaturvedi), Tia’s boyfriend of three years, is an outsider who reunites cousins Alisha and Tia on a yacht after a long break.
Yoga teacher Alisha and writer-turned advertiser Karan have been dating for six years, but Zain’s entry into the frame upsets the delicate balance between the couple — the former’s income covers household bills, while the latter finds inspiration to open his first novel hard to cover to get. Money also speaks in Tia and Zain’s relationship. The former’s legacy fuels Zain’s real estate ambitions.
The two lovers clearly depend on each other for more than just companionship, and when temptation knocks on Alisha’s door in the form of Zain, she lets herself go with the flow, which translates into a series of spectacularly bleak love scenes under the oversight of an ‘intimacy director’ .
what would Gehraiyaan‘s story of perfidious lovers has denied the existence of dysfunctional families at the root of their impulsive decisions. Alisha, Tia and Zain have problems with dad or mom. One grew up in the shadow of an abusive father who beat his wife and a mother who was willing to put up with domestic violence.
Another disagrees with her cheesemaker father (Naseeruddin Shah in one of his film roles, arguably among the best-signed of all time) who has distanced himself from his wife and daughter. A third is advised by her mother not to be as trusting as she was towards her father. It really is a carousel. Just the circles Gehraiyaan Tissues are not fun at all.
None of the characters, including Zain’s colleague Jitesh (Rajat Kapoor, the only actor in the cast other than Deepika to make an impression at all), have a last name. Suddenly, haphazardly and for no apparent reason, a tertiary character — he’s nabbed by the Enforcement Directorate for making bad loans to a faltering real estate firm — is granted the luxury of a full name, Bejoy Sen.
Alisha, Tia, and Zain’s mutilated and/or missing families are mentioned repeatedly. That doesn’t help us to better understand the backstories of the young protagonists. However, not being rooted is the least of these characters’ downsides. Nothing undermines Gehraiyaan more than the fact that not only is there no real chemistry between Padukone and Chaturvedi, but there is a clear division between the two in terms of quality of performance.
Deepika takes on her role like a fish in water and brings her presence to the film. In contrast, Siddhant sports an expression that vacillates between hangdog and deadpan – one is almost indistinguishable from the other – and is hardly the ideal foil for his infinitely more malleable co-star. The complexity of the scarred Zain – suave, good-natured, and patently flawed – is way out of Siddhant Chaturvedi’s league.
Also, the movie passes off Deepika and Ananya, who are 13 years apart in real life, as concurrent, and that’s a hard stretch to digest. The worst is reserved for Dhairya Karwa – he sweeps in and out of the film like an insignificant twig in the air, floating aimlessly.
Is there any reason anyone should put in two and a half hours?Gehraiyaan? Yes, just one: Deepika Padukone. She stands tall amidst the ruins.
नीचे दिए गए लिंक को क्लिक करे और ज्वाइन करें हमारा टेलीग्राम ग्रुप और उत्तर प्रदेश की ताज़ा खबरों से जुड़े रहें |