A promising Valentine weekend OTT film, expected to be classy, a mature take on the modern urban relationships, mid-life crises dealer & healer, intellectual cinema types, that’s what it looks to you, right?
So let’s take a deep dive into this so-called fancy title ‘Gehraiyaan’. Mind you, they literally have tidal wave shots in every fifteen minutes to push you that it’s a thoughtful storyline…
And that the protagonist played by Deepika has her mind as wobbling as the ocean waves about her state of happiness & getting what she wants from life, maybe. But that’s just me thinking so much, I wish the makers too did further.
THE WORLD & THE CHARACTERS
The complete story to be honest is not worth reviewing in detail, the screenplay is to annoy you with unnecessary suspense. Things that can be revealed easily, things that the characters could find out easily but they don’t because we need to fill up for the runtime. Welcome to Dharma world!
There are too many parties, outings, meetings at fancy places just to keep the frame looking beautiful. The lead protagonists are an aspiring writer, a yoga trainer, an upcoming business tycoon & supported by a superrich US-based bimbette, all dressed up in cool costumes & looking sexy because hey, yeh Dharma ka middle-class hai!
THE CULTURE & THE F-WORD!!!
You have unrequired kissing scenes to sell the film, you have disarranged plot chronology for no great reason, you have youngsters passing beer & alcohol all the time just to look cool and the language… The F*****g Sh***y language, the dialogue writers were probably some 16-year-old Bandra college students related to somebody from the film industry. We don’t use the F-word so much in a year which the characters do in the first F****** one hour itself. You see what happened to my language!
THEIR FAVOURITE BIMBETTE
Needless to mention, the hot & rich bimbette is none other than Dharma’s forced starlet Ananya Pandey. She suits the role in this one because you feel she was playing herself. Her boyfriend played by Siddhant Chaturvedi fools her in a way even a teenager could crack but she trusts him.
He enjoys all the benefits a man could think of like making her fund his project, helping him build networks in the business, having sex when he needs and getting her support & care all the time, unreal humans exist here! And that wasn’t enough so now he wants to sleep with her hot & depressed cousin too (which he gets quite easily); the guy never had the guilt even for a second, probably Dharma-world boys…
Deepika’s boyfriend (whoever he was) is shown a nice guy, a very nice guy with just bad behaviour when needed for the plot to justify her infidelity swings; otherwise, he’s a nice guy! Deepika’s character is someone who hates to be cheated but enjoys life while cheating on her partner to get rid of her boredom & depression… Really? You want us to normalize this behaviour too?
Beyond a point, the story moves like a pendulum of a clock. You get bored of the sea wave shots, Deepika’s indecisive nature & dumb thoughts, Siddhant’s attempt to look cool & act frustrated which he fails miserably & Ananya trying to act like a supportive sister & girlfriend.
If you’re still shocked about the old lady in the last scene, it’s obvious she would reveal it to Ananya by mistake & Deepika won’t be able to stop her for her guilt & complacency. Saw the paid fuss on Twitter!
The biggest positive is the past story of Deepika’s parents which is intentionally concealed from the start though you will sense this is yet to come. It finally gets revealed at the end of the long & slow film. It adds some weightage & shows how your perception could be wrong about what you believe to be true all your life. This one somewhere justifies Deepika as a protagonist from looking like an antagonist otherwise. I hope they thought so deep too or was it just me? Still as confused as Deepika’s character!
The title track is a fresh breezy number, the involvement of ED troubling Bollywood here too was unexpected & made me laugh, some relatable problems of people in their 30s & some fresh nuances in presenting the storyline made me watch it till the end, Deepika’s performance is good playing a confused character (her forte) and that’s it… I’m F****** done here, guys!
It’s nowhere massy & not at all classy. Watch at your own risk!
Verdict – 2.5 of 5**