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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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Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer Pathaan OTT release date finalised, know here

The film was released in theaters on January 25, 2023 and has also completed fifty days running in theatres.



Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone

After having a monstrous run at the world box office and thrashing-making several records, Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham starrer Pathaan will now soon be released on an OTT platform.

The release date of the blockbuster movie Pathaan has been finalised, and it is being told that the Siddharth Anand directorial is going to be released on 22 March on the OTT platform Amazon Prime Video.

It will be nothing less than a treat for those fans, who have not been able to see Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and John Abraham’s film in cinema halls yet.

For the unversed, Pathaan is a spy action film made under the banner of Yash Raj Films. Salman Khan also has a cameo role in Pathan. The film was released in theaters on January 25, 2023 and has also completed fifty days running in theatres.

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Shahrukh Khan made a comeback on silver screen after 4 years and Pathaan and his fans made sure that this one turns out to be a mega hot for him. The film has become the highest grossing Hindi film by breaking the record of SS. Rajamouli’s Bahubali 2.

Although Amazon Prime Video has not made its OTT release date official yet. But according to sources, it is believed that Pathaan is going to release on on March 22.

If you intend to watch Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone starrer on OTT, then you will have to buy a subscription to Amazon Prime Video. The annual plan of Amazon Prime Video comes for Rs 1,499. If you want a monthly subscription, then you will have to pay Rs 179 for it.

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Shah Rukh Khan greets fans, shares selfie and thanks them for showering love on Pathaan



Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s starter Pathaan making headlines since the film hit the big screens for all the positive reasons. The movie not only created a storm at box office but also made history by earning a total worldwide gross collection of Rs 832.20 crore. The action-thriller also marked the Badhshah of Bollywood’s return to the big screen after a long resting period of four years. In order to thank all the viewers and fans, Khan shared a post on his official Instagram handle, dedicating the film’s success to the viewers.

Zero actor posts a selfie on Instagram with the caption that reads the Sun is alone….it Burns….and comes out of the darkness to Shine again. Thank u all for letting the Sun shine on #Pathaan, Jab Tak Hai Jaan actor added.

Take a look at the latest post of Shah Rukh Khan on Instragram

Since the upload, the photo has gained millions of likes and share in no time. From celebrities to fans, everyone was also bombarded in the comment section in order to reply to him. One of the fans commented that the sun will always shine…And now, brighter than ever! Waiting for Jawan & Dunki. Another fan wrote that King hasn’t arrived because he never left. While the third one said that the upcoming movies definitely gonna break the record of Pathaan because only Shah Rukh Khan can break his own record.

Meanwhile, after gaining massive popularity and breaking all the records, Pathaan has beaten Aamir Khan’s Dangal and became the highest-grossing Hindi film ever. As far as King Khan’s upcoming projects are concerned, he is all set to win hearts again with his much-awaited films Jawan and Dunki, which is slated to release on June 2, and December 22, 2023, respectively.

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Kiara Advani-Sidharth Malhotra to tie the knot in February, Deets inside

Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra have reportedly been together since 2020.



As the season of wedding in the Bollywood fraternity continues on, the star couple and Shershaah actors Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra are speculated to follow suit. The star couple are rumored to be taking the the relationship to the next level as there are various reported Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra tying the knot in February.

According to reports, the star couple will ring the wedding bells on February 6 and the marriage will be held at Palace hotel in Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer which will only have an exclusive guest list. The wedding plans of the duo comes after they recently made their relationship somewhat public during their interview with director Karan Johar during Koffee with Karan season 7.

It is also reported that the pre-wedding functions are scheduled for February 4 and 5 in which the guests and families will celebrate the customs of Mehendi, Haldi and Sangeet ceremonies.

Kiara Advani and Sidharth Malhotra have reportedly been together since 2020.

Koffee with Karan episode

Actor Kiara Advani sort of confirmed her relationship with the star actor Sidharth Malhotra after was asked a series of questions about her dating life on the couch of Koffee with Karan. The Shershaah actor didn’t directly confirm the relationship but didn’t shy away when asked if Sidharth Malhotra was her close friend as she said that he is more than a close friend.

In a separate episode of Koffee with Karan, Shershaah actor Sidharth Malhotra also confirmed the relationship and his dream of marrying Kiara Advani as the actor was quoted saying that he is manifesting a brighter happier future, to which the Director Karan Johar interjected and asked if the Malhotra was manifesting the brighter happier future with Kiara Advani.

The Thank God actor then went ahead to say that if she would be there in future, it would be great and added that he is manifesting it right now and will have to see what happens.

Career front

On the career front, Sidharth Malhotra was recently seen starring alongside Ajay Devgn in the fantasy comedy drama film helmed by Indra Kumar Thank God. whereas Kiara Advani will be seen next in Satyaprem Ki Katha alongside Kartik Aryan.

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