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Gehraiyaan Movie Review: Raw, dark, and absorbing

Shakun Batra directorial features Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, and Dhairya Karwa in the lead roles. Besides, Naseeruddin Shah and Rajat Kapur play pivotal roles.




By Shruti Kaushal

Director: Shakun Batra
Gehraiyaan cast: Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Dhairya Karwa, Naseeruddin Shah, Rajat Kapoor
Ratings: 4/5

“We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us”: Andrew Ryan

We have been told many times over by filmmakers and philosophers that the choices we make dictate our lives. Life is nothing but the choices we make; and how they impact our lives.

Shakun Batra-helmed Gehraiyaan, featuring Deepika Padukone, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, and Dhairya Karwa, takes you on a ride of choices with a twisted tale of relationships. This romantic movie will not just leave you mushy. Instead, it will make your heart race with the waves and the pulse of love and the complicated bond we share with ones close to us.

Gehraiyaan begins by showing how it feels to be stuck even when you are with ones you love the most. The key characters in the movie are Alisha (Deepika Padukone), a yoga instructor, Karan- Alisha’s boyfriend, a struggling writer (Dhairya Karwa), Alisha’s cousin Tia (Ananya Panday), and her fiance Zain (Siddhant Chaturvedi), who is a real-estate entrepreneur.

The film not just revolves around the four characters but also shows flashbacks of Alisha’s mother and why they slipped out from their plush life and things that will make you question, till the end, what did happen.

At the beginning of the movie, everything will seem so simple, yet complicated. The couples get entangled when four of them head off for a holiday at an Alibaug beach house where Alisha and Tia spent most of their childhood. The four of them meet on a yacht along the Mumbai coast. Alisha and Zain share a few glances and are enamoured of each other. And, of course, heedless Tia and Karan indulge in good-natured banter.

The makers have done a splendid job and enveloped the trailer with kisses and lovemaking scenes. When it comes to storytelling, Shakun Batra always steals the cake. The two sexually drawn people cheat on their partners and ends tragically for all concerned. Burdened by her miserable childhood, Alisha is not able to let go of the memories of her mother and her parents’ dysfunctional relationship. Alisha’s character is the one that most people will relate to since the overwhelming fear most face is not to end up tragically like someone we know.

Promises, lies, cheating, and complication is the new definition of love these days, explains Gehraiyaan. Things take a U-turn after Zain decides to leave Tia in six months and start a new life with Alisha. Deepika Padukone beautifully portrays a complicated character like Alisha and illustrates each layer of her character- ambitious, strong-headed, and vulnerable. Siddhant brings out Zain, who too has had a rough childhood, aspires to crack every deal by hook or by crook. However, his expressions require more depth and polishing. Rajat Kapoor plays Jitesh who helps Zain to save the company from the wrath of the Enforcement Directorate. Ananya is impeccable as she pretty much plays herself as Tia, a privileged woman living in a posh Mumbai apartment and longing for love. Dhairya as Karan has the least amount of screen time, however, plays a significant part in the not-so-anticipated twist and turns.

Composed by Kabeer Kathpalia aka OAFF, the music of the film is raw and mellow and Tu Marz Hai Dawa Bhi lines sum up the essence of each character. Besides, Deepika’s acting prowess what stunned me was her flawless nude makeup. Her looks in the film prove that minimalistic makeup underlines grace.

Shakun Batra has exquisitely used waves as a metaphor to show the depth of each character. Few scenes like the aesthetic Arabian Sea, the bird’s-eye view of the yacht, Alisha’s miscarriage while crying out loud in the shower, and of course Alisha-Zain lovemaking are too many cherries on a single cake. Moreover, the plot twist 28 minutes before the climax deserves standing ovation.

The 2 hours 30 minutes-long film Gehraiyaan is raw, dark, and absorbing. Dysfunctional family, flawed characters, and mind-boggling twists in Shakun Batra’s film are enough to keep the audience glued to their seats and their mobiles till the end.

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Naga Chaitanya surprises fans on his birthday, releases Custody’s first look

On the occasion of Naga Chaitanya’s birthday, the makers have shared the first poster of his film Custody.



Naga Chaitanya surprises fans on his birthday, releases Custody's first look

Naga Chaitanya, the South Indian actor turned 36 today on Wednesday. Having a huge fanbase, wishes have been pouring from all corners of the country. But on this birthday its Naga Chaitanya who gave a gift to the fans on the occasion of his birthday.

Actually the first look of the actor from Naga Chaitanya’s new film Custody has come to the fore. The strong style of the actor is being seen in the poster. On the occasion of Naga Chaitanya’s birthday, the makers have shared the first poster of his film Custody.

Fans are also hugely sharing this poster on social media and congratulating him on his birthday. Chaitanya has also shared this poster on his social media account. As usual Naga is looking dashing in the poster as he can be seen in police custody with multiple guns pointed at him.

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Looking at the poster of Custody, it seems like Chaitanya is going to be seen in some strong action sequences in this film. His fans are showering a lot of love on this poster and the film is being made under the banner of Srinivasa Chitturi Srinivasa Silver Screen. At present, the release date of this film has not been announced. Although the fans are eagerly waiting for more updates of this film.

On the work front, Naga was last seen in Aamir Khan’s Laal Singh Chaddha and Vikram K Kumar’s Thank You. His upcoming film NC 22 will release this December. It is a romantic entertainer movie directed by Venkat Prabhu. NC 22 casts Naga Chaitanya in the main lead role and apart from him, Arvind Swami, Krithi Shetty, and Priyamani are also playing pivotal roles. The film is produced by Srinivasaa Chitturi under Srinivasaa Silver Screen banner.

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Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover welcome daughter after 6 years of marriage

The actor in August announced the news of her pregnancy in in an iconic way as she uploaded pictures of her and her husband in white shirts as both of them hold Bipasha’s pregnant belly.



Actor Bipasha Basu and her Husband Karan Singh Grover on Saturday welcomed their newborn into the world. The star couple, who had been married for 6 years, welcomed a baby girl into their life. The couple shared the good news of the pregnancy back in August and Actor Bipasha has been posting about her journey of pregnancy regularly.

Five days ago, Bipasha shared a reel on her social media where she was seen dancing with a pregnant belly as her husband Karan joined her in the dance. The caption of the post wrote, can barely move nor groove anymore, suggesting how pregnancy has inhibited her from doing many things.

However, the actor did embrace it as she took pride in being a parent and a mother. The star actor also used a love yourself hashtag in her post, suggesting that she is happy where she is in her life.

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The couple held a baby shower after sharing the good news with the world about their expecting. At the baby shower, the actor was accompanied by her sister, mother, and other family members.

The actor also uploaded a snippet from the baby shower where it can be seen that her family members were performing prayers for her and her baby’s health.

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Bipasha Basu’s iconic pregnancy announcement

The actor in August announced the news of her pregnancy in in an iconic way as she uploaded pictures of her and her husband in white shirts as both of them hold Bipasha’s pregnant belly. The iconic pictures took the world by storm and broke the internet.

Bipasha in her pregnancy announcement termed it as a new phase of her life and her husband’s life. She also thanked her fans for their support and also called upon the blessings of goddess Durga.

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According to reports, Bipasha Basu and Karan had been trying to conceive a baby since before the pandemic hit, however, after the pandemic was over the couple had given up on trying. However, in 2021 the couple recalibrated and tried again and now have welcomed a daughter into their family.

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Shah Rukh Khan shares special video of his birthday celebration from Mannat, fans call him a true living legend



Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, who just turned 57 on November 2, shared an overwhelming video message and a Twitter post on Wednesday, thanking all his fans for sending love on his birthday. The king of Bollywood documented the moment when thousands of fans gathered outside his Mumbai residence Mannat.

Jab Tak Hai Jaan actor tweeted the special video from his official handles. He also used a long caption that reads the sea of love as he sees it. He thanked everyone for being there and making his special day even brighter. Gratitude…and only Love to you all, the actor added in his Twitter post.

Take a look at the special video of Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday celebration from Mannat

In the video, the Zero actor can be seen coming out from his residence Mannat, walking towards his balcony in order to greet his thousands of fans who were gathered outside his house. As the video moves further, Badshah Khan was seen climbing on his balcony’s grills and showing gratitude toward fans by folding and waving both hands.

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Like every year on his birthday, Khan also shared a selfie where he tried to take every single person in the frame from Mannat.

Seeing his great gesture toward his fans, many internet users were bombarded into the comment section to share their opinions about him. One of the users wrote that the Shah Rukh Khan is the only actor that created a whole next-level stardom with his hard work. Another user wrote that no one can take his place ever. While the third user compared him with Salman Khan and call him a bigger superstar.

Meanwhile, to mark Khan’s 57th birthday, Dubai also lit up and displayed his photo on the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa on Wednesday.

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