Gehraiyaan Movie Review: A Surreal Portrayal Of Complex Modern Love

Gehraiyaan Movie Review: A Surreal Portrayal Of Complex Modern Love

A millennial romance among consenting adults at cross purpose. Gehraiyaan is such a Bollywood movie that showed the courage to portray no holds barred physicality on screen. A film that finally took the mature views seriously. But how far did it succeed in its portrayal? Let us find that out with this Gehraiyaan movie review.

Gehraiyaan Movie Review: The Plot

Before we delve into Gehraiyaan movie review, let us get a snippet about the Gehraiyaan movie plot. The rush of waves covers the spirit of life — turbulence, monotony, and abandon. Gehraiyaan sees this parallel via the complex relationship between its distinctly varied protagonists, Alisha played by Deepika Padukone and Zain played by Siddhant Chaturvedi as they find suffering and solace in each other. Watch the Gehraiyaan trailer now.

Gehraiyaan Movie Review: Complex Portrayal Of Modern Affection

Now let us begin with the Gehraiyaan movie review. Alisha, happens to be a yoga instructor and Zain, a real estate hotshot, are immediately attracted to each other from the time they meet. A heady phase of passion engulfed the two until reality hit them in the face. Deep into their relationship, the couple finds themselves on a slippery slope as things turn complicated. Zain is engaged to Tia played by Ananya Panday who happens to be Alisha’s cousin and Alisha happens to be in a live-in relationship with her partner for the last six years Karan played by Dhairya Karwa. 

Infidelity is just the edge of the iceberg. With Gehraiyaan movie, director Shakun Batra dives his teeth into an unknown territory as far Hindi cinemas are concerned which is the domestic noir. This film clearly derived inspiration from Woody Allen’s psychological thriller ‘Match Point’ (2005), the take of Batra on intimacy goes far deeper than just being physical. Can you be naked emotionally in front of those you love? If you can, does the world make you regret your moments of weakness and vulnerability?

Driven by anxiety, Alisha, put up with the baggage of her troubled childhood, is unable to let go of the evil spirit that plagued her mother. We subconsciously carry the weight of how our parents perceive love, don’t we? Batra’s unfiltered observation of dysfunctional families and relationships as even seen in his previous film Kapoor & Sons is just remarkable. Nothing is surface level. He tries to decode complicated human behavior and also its consequences, via a story that is difficult to narrate.

Deepika Padukone delivers some heart-wrenching scenes without batting an eye. Siddhant too, holds his own in individualistic a character that is deeply layered and also conflicted. Both are outstanding in their own roles that expect their heart to burst and face to maintain an impassive silence. There could not have been a better casting for this love story that silently unfolds like a thriller and attracts the audience into its deep dark parallel world. The silence of its casts is juxtaposed against the roaring of waves. Like the ticking of a time bomb, the audience fear the consequences the two might have to encounter. The cinematography and sound also play a prominent part in the subtly dramatic canvas of the movie. Scenes are drawn with a lot of silences and pauses, which are for us to interpret and grasp and seem more realistics. With this Gehraiyaan movie review, here is the Gehraiyaan movie explained. 

Gehraiyaan Movie Cast

After the enchanting yet soothing Gehraiyaan movie review, let us have a look at the complete cast of the film. 

  • Deepika Padukone as Alisha Khanna
  • Ananya Anand as Young Alisha Khanna
  • Siddhant Chaturvedi as Zain Oberoi
  • Ananya Panday as Tia Khanna
  • Arzoo as Young Tia Khanna
  • Dhairya Karwa as Karan Arora
  • Naseeruddin Shah as Vinod Khanna
  • Imran Chappar as Young Vinod Khanna
  • Rajat Kapoor as Jitesh
  • Vihaan Chaudhary as Bejoy Sen
  • Pavleen Gujral 
  • Deepak Kripalani 
  • Kanika Dang
  • Natasha Rastogi
  • Anup Sharma
  • Shataf Figar
  • Yamini Joshi


After the Gehraiyaan movie review, what sticks out like a sore thumb here is the length of the film and its scarcity of clarity. The story digresses to a great extent in the latter half and makes the audience wonder where it is headed to. With a runtime of 2 hours 28 minutes, it does get a bit monotonous and tiring. Overall, the movie has some lovely lingering scenes. If you want to see beyond the usual, Gehraiyaan definitely has depth that  is worthy of being explored. As per the Gehraiyaan movie rating, it has received a 6.5 IMDb rating.

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