Watched What? Gehraiyaan – Film
Watched Where? Amazon Prime
Language / Genre: Hindi+English. Drama
What’s it about? Alisha (Deepika Padukone) is someone whose life, career, & relationship is going nowhere. Her live-in boyfriend (Dhariya Karwa) has quit his job to stay home and write a book. She is tired to be the one earning, running the house, living in a dingy apartment, counting pennies, and in a stale relationship.
Alisha reunites with her estranged cousin, Tia (Ananya Pandey) whose fiance, Zain (Siddhanth Chaturvedi), accompanies her, both of whom seem to be living THE life. They have studied abroad, traveled, and are planning a destination wedding. Zain and Tia hire a yacht for a year, on which the two couples go for a brief holiday.
The disparity in their lives makes Alisha feel even more miserable.
Soon Zain starts hitting on her, and Alisha obliges. Lust turns to love, which turns to greed, and things go out of hand.
What did I think of it?
Bad script, excruciatingly slow pace, and characters who are insipid & unconvincing. I could not empathize with any of the characters.
I waited to see how they would cover the much-hyped infidelity & childhood trauma angles. My yawn at both is more exciting. I read that an ‘Intimacy Director’ was brought in to film ‘those’ scenes. I’m trying to figure out what exactly he did, as the scenes were so awkward and lacked both intimacy and direction.
The script seems as confused as the actors & director who can’t seem to decide whether it wants to focus on relationships or money.
If you want to make a film about infidelity, make it. If you want to make a film about greed, make it. But make it convincing enough for the viewer to believe it. Flesh out your characters and the script right. Let the audience root for the character or hate them. As an audience I want to see a different perspective, I want to understand why a character does what they do, I want to form my own opinion about them. In Gehraiyaan, the only thing I felt for all 4 of the characters was annoyance.
Siddhanth Chaturvedi is too raw for the role of this caliber. Deepika Padukone looks like she suffered a bad tan and is stressed and in pain because of it. I also couldn’t understand the pursed lips and the hunch. Dhariya Karwa has a ‘what am I doing here’ expression throughout.
The entire team of this film seems to have had a big Hollywood hangover, & the film seems to have been made while they were hungover.
Wow or not now? Iron your clothes. Clean the grout in your bathroom. Do whatever you have to; just skip this film. Gehrayiaan is a film about a bunch of ungrateful people, two of whom use their ‘childhood trauma’ to ruin multiple lives and the audience’s time.
The only good thing about this film was Ananya Pandey. She looked and seemed to feel as bewildered as I did while watching the film.
* 1 Star to Gehraiyaan
#WhatMWatched Rating Chart:
* I should have counted the stars instead.
** I watched it while I played Candy Crush on my phone.
*** Totally worth it!
**** Loved it so much, I wish I had starred in it!
***** Why haven’t others watched it? I am going to spam everyone I know with this review, till they do!
This blog post is part of the blog challenge, ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla