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With an exciting climax and bravura performances GEHRAIYAAN makes for a decent watch


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Gehraiyaan is the story of two couples. Alisha (Deepika Padukone) is a yoga instructor based in Mumbai. She is developing a yoga-based app, for which she needs money. She has a strained relationship with her father Vinod (Naseeruddin Shah). After Vinod forcibly relocated to Nashik with his family, his mother (Pavleen Gujral) died by suicide. She still hasn’t come out of the shock of losing her mother. For 6 years, Alisha is in a relationship with Karan (Dhairya Karva), an advertising professional, who quit her job to write her own novel. Lack of communication also leads to rifts in their relationship. Alisha’s cousin Tia (Ananya Pandey) invites Purva and Karan to Tia’s farmhouse in Alibaug. Tia knows Karan too well and wants Alisha and Karan to meet her boyfriend Zain (Siddhant Chaturvedi). The foursomes meet and Alisha and Zain get attracted to each other without their partners’ knowledge. Zayn is a self-made man who left his violent father and helpless mother at an early age and worked his way up. He’s in the realty business and trying to build an expensive, dreamy project. Tia’s father is also helping Zain in his venture. After spending a wonderful time in Alibaug, they return to Mumbai. Zain and Alisha keep in touch secretly. Zain also goes to Alisha’s yoga studio because he has back pain. Here the two get intimate. Soon, Tia moves to USA to settle some family legal issues while Karan shifts to Alibaug to finish his novel. This gives Alisha and Zain a golden opportunity and they start having an affair. Zain also raises funds for Alisha’s app. After a few days, Karan returns to Mumbai. Alisha learns that he had hidden from her that a publishing house had refused to publish her novel. He also found it difficult to communicate with him and to digest that he was not earning. Therefore, they break. Zain also promises to end his affair with Tia but there is a catch and he has to wait for 6 months. At a party organized to celebrate Zain and Tia’s third anniversary, Zain is informed by his business associate Jitesh (Rajat Kapoor) that they are going to be in big-time and legal and financial trouble when a banker, who has Got their bad debts cleared. Arrested. Zayn is already processing this information when Alisha arrives and tells him she is pregnant with their child. What happens next becomes the rest of the film.

The story of Ayesha Devitre Dhillon and Shakun Batra is layered and offers an interesting look at modern-day relationships, which are rarely seen in our films. The screenplay by Ayesha Devitre Dhillon, Sumit Roy and Shakun Batra (additional screenplay by Yash Sahay) is full of interesting moments. However, the writing is very specific. The first hour is predictable and it takes a while to understand the narrative style of the film. The dialogues of Yash Sahay and Ayesha Devitre Dhillon are conversational and at times acidic. The lines spoken by the actor are very real and straight out of life. There are hardly any funny punchlines and hence, there is very limited scope for humour. However, this is not a problem as there are a lot of interesting things going on throughout the film.

by Shakun Batra Direction is more on the lines of films seen in world cinema. This time, the director is not only touching on the relationship-based complexities, but the business angle as well. Apart from cheating in relationships, the comments he makes on this aspect add a lot to the film. On the other hand, the starting parts are difficult to understand. A lot of information is thrown at the beginning of the film about how the characters relate to each other, and especially to their parents. Moreover, the film has a distinct appeal and hence, a large section of the audience would find it difficult to relate to the goings-on.

GEHRAIYAAN’s opening is a bit shaky. The way Zain and Alisha’s bond grows is neatly and systematically executed. Even the problems they face do not seem sudden and are completely believable. There is a twist in the film when Alisha becomes pregnant and Zain faces problems in his business. Several scenes unfold in the second half, most notably Tia asking Zain if he is cheating on her, Zain and Jitesh’s confrontation and Zain and Tia fight in the parking lot. The last 30 minutes come as a bolt out of the blue is considered. The final scene will leave the audience stunned.

Deepika Padukone has the most screen time and has delivered the best performance of her illustrious career. It is not an easy task and the role required someone of Deepika’s caliber to pull it off well. Watch out for her in the last hour of the film, when she communicates beautifully through her eyes and very little dialogue. Siddhant Chaturvedi gets to play a big role and he delivers it. There is a lot more to his character and his tracks than what is shown in the trailer and he is especially brilliant in the second half. Ananya Panday also tries to give her best and is very memorable in the scene where she confronts Siddhant Chaturvedi and when she tells Dipika the truth about Alibaug’s property. Patience Karva gets limited scope and is decent. As always Naseeruddin Shah is dependable. Rajat Kapoor has an important part and he is brilliant. Pavleen Gujral, Anaya Anand (young Alisha), Vihaan Choudhary (Bijoy; banker), Deepak Kriplani (Karan’s father), Kanika Dang (Karan’s mother), Kamal Adeeb (Lotus; old man trapped in a boat), Mohini Kewalramani (Lotus’s father) Wife) ) and Sheerina Master (Anika) also do a good job.

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The music of Aaf Aur Savera has an international feel and it works well with the film. ‘drown’ Most memorable. title track and ‘Depths (repetition)’ are emotional. ‘Uncontrollable’ Fails to enter. The background score of Aaf Aur Savera is in sync with the story and world-cinema-vibe of the film.

Kaushal Shah’s cinematography is first class, especially the scenes shot in enclosed spaces. TP Abid’s production design is rich and authentic. Anita Shroff Adajania’s costumes are stylish and reflect the upmarket and urban outlook of the characters. Nitesh Bhatia’s editing is effortless – the film is neither too drawn out nor too rushed. Special mention should be made of Dar Gai’s direction of intimacy – the love scenes are handled aesthetically; And Ayush Ahuja’s sound design – the use of sound is quite creative.

Overall, GEHRAIYAN is a mature relationship drama, but it has a distinct appeal. However, the strong acting and thrilling climax makes the film a good watch.