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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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Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar, Tiger Shroff send wishes ahead of Ram Temple inauguration

Today, on January 22, the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lala will take place in the city of Ram, Ayodhya. This historic day, in the history of India, will be recorded for years and years.



Bollywood actors Akshay Kumar and Tiger Shroff have extended their wishes ahead of the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha event. Taking to Instagram, Khiladi Kumar, and Heropanti actor sent their wishes to the people of this country on the auspicious occasion of Ram Mandir’s inauguration.

Kumar, in a video, shared his emotions and beliefs for the Shri Ram. OMG2 actor said on behalf of the two, I would like to wish you all Jai Shri Ram. Today is a very special day for all the Lord Ram devotees across. After a long wait, the day has arrived when Lord Ram will return to his grand temple, Kumar expressed his faith in Lord Ram.

Today, on January 22, the Pran Pratishtha of Ram Lala will take place in the city of Ram, Ayodhya. This historic day, in the history of India, will be recorded for years and years.

On the auspicious occasion of Shri Ram Lala Pran Pratishtha, several dignitaries have reached Ayodhya, including politicians, film stars across industries and sports personalities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today will inaugurate the Ram Mandir, consecration starting from 11 am till 2 pm with all the rituals.

Earlier today, South African left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, a Hindu by birth wished the Indian community in South Africa for the Ram Mandir Pran Pratishtha ceremony in Ayodhya.

Taking to X, he started by greeting everyone saying Namaste. He said he just wanted to wish his Indian community in South Africa for the inauguration of Ram Mandir in  Ayodhya tomorrow. He prayed for peace, harmony and spiritual enlightenment of all. Jai Shri Ram.

Maharaj was in the news for the Ram Siya Ram song played during the test matches and ODIs during India’s tour of South Africa whenever he walked into bat. The song also attracted interested reactions from KL Rahul (during the ODIs) and Virat Kohli (during the Tests). The 33-year-old said it was his way of showing gratitude to God.

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Rashmika Mandanna deepfake video: Delhi Police arrests accused from Andhra Pradesh

Delhi Police on Saturday arrested the main accused from Andhra Pradesh.



In actor Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake video case, Delhi Police on Saturday arrested the main accused from Andhra Pradesh, who was involved in creating a fake, Artificial intelligence (AI) powered video, that went viral on social media platforms.

In the video, the face of actor Rashmika was superimposed on the face of British influencer Zara Patel. After spotting the video on X, Rashmika expressed her concern over the AI-powered fake video. She said I feel really hurt to share this and have to talk about the deepfake video of me being spread online. Something like this is honestly, extremely scary not only for me, but also for each one of us who today is vulnerable to so much harm because of how technology is being misused, the Animal actor added. 

She further said that as a woman and as an actor, I am thankful for my family, friends and well-wishers who are my protection and support system. But if this happened to me when I was in school or college, I genuinely can’t imagine how could I ever tackle this. We need to address this as a community and with urgency before more of us are affected by such identity theft, the Mission Majnu actor said. 

On Rashmika’s fake video, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan shared his concern and said this is a strong case for legal.

Several actors and directors across the film industry expressed their concern over the deepfake videos being circulated on social media platforms and their encounter with such fake videos.

The investigation into the actor case has been going on since November last year.

According to reports, Delhi Police interrogated several social media users who shared Rashmika’s deepfake video but failed to apprehend the accused until now.

Earlier, the Delhi Commission for Women had also requested action in relation to the actor Rashmika Mandanna’s deepfake video that went viral on social media.

On November 18, Ashwini Vaishnaw, the Union Minister for Communications, Electronics, and IT, announced that letters had been sent to all social media sites instructing them to take the appropriate action to locate and delete such content.

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Video: Radhika Apte shares airport nightmare, says airline locked passengers in aerobridge with no access to loo, water

She and her co-passengers were locked inside the aerobridge as the flight was delayed with no access to loo and water.



Bollywood actor Radhika Apte shared a post, narrating her ordeal at the airport that she has gone through, a nightmare. The Bollywood star said that she and her co-passengers were locked inside the aerobridge as the flight was delayed with no access to loo and water. She had not mentioned the city and the airlines in the post.

Taking to Instagram, the Manjhi actor wrote today morning I had a flight at 8:30. It’s 10:50 now and the flight has still not boarded, the actor further said, but the flight said we were boarding and put all the passengers in the aerobridge and locked it, she added.

The Sacred Games actor further added saying the passengers with small babies, and elderly people have been locked in for over an hour. She said the security won’t open the doors. The staff has absolutely no clue, she further added.

Radhika Apte shared a video clip showing a group of people standing behind a locked glass door. Some of the passengers were seen talking to the security staff in the aerobridge. The 38-year-old Bollywood actress said that the airlines had informed them that they would be stuck there for at least an hour more.

Radhika Sarathkumar made a special appearance in the movie Merry Christmas directed by Sriram Raghavan, which hit the theaters last Friday. The film stars Katrina Kaif and Vijay Sethupathi in lead roles and has been presented by Tips Films and Matchbox Pictures.

The movie has been filmed in Hindi and Tamil and features a different set of supporting actors. The Hindi version of the movie stars Sanjay Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Pratima Kannan, and Tinnu Anand, whereas the Tamil version has Radhika Sarathkumar, Shanmugaraja, Kevin Jay Babu, and Rajesh Williams in the same roles. The film also introduces a child actor named Pari.

Merry Christmas has been produced by Ramesh Taurani, Jaya Taurani, Sanjay Routray, and Kewal Garg. Ashwini Kalsekar and Radhika Apte have also made cameo appearances in the movie.

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