Top film reviews of Gehraiyaan | streaming on Amazon Prime

Starring: Deepika PadukoneSiddhant ChaturvediAnanya Pandeys
Director: Shakun BatraDar Gai
India release date: Feb 11, 2022
Genre: Drama, Romance
Certification: A
Language: Hindi
Duration: 2 hours 28 mins


“A smarty-pants, lathery relationship drama that labours under the delusion that it is giving the genre a massive makeover, Gehraiyaan isn’t unlike the rented yacht on which many of the film’s key scenes take place. For all its fancy trappings, the film is all at sea… uses the cliched device of crashing ocean waves to symbolise the swelling passion of two young people who stray away from their chosen partners, but the plot is about as deep as a muddy swamp.”

Rating: 2 stars | Full review

Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV
Saibal Chatterjee
Gehraiyaan deserves two slaps, but I am giving it two stars because of the valiant efforts of Deepika Padukone, and Ananya Pandey (to a small extent), who carry the bojh of this film on their toned shoulders. Also because Kushal Shah with his smart cinematography and Nitesh Bhatia’s intelligent editing try to inject some soul into this rather vacuous affair. “

Rating: 2 stars | Full review

Suparna Sharma, Rolling Stone India
Suparna Sharma


“A movie about chaotic characters and conflicting feelings, it unfolds with admirable simplicity. It simmers at the right pace, and even when it starts to boil, that transformation feels natural – even expected.”

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Tanul Thakur, The Wire
Tanul Thakur
“Deepika Padukone found her groove a while ago. But when a performance feels like a person, it’s artistry at an altogether different level. As Alisha, she’s raw yet polished, fierce yet soft, volatile yet suppressed, a woman willing to flex herself in every sense of the word. She embodies to perfection the Gehraiyaan in the title.”

Rating: 3.5 stars | Full review

Sukanya Verma, Rediff
Sukanya Verma


“The difference between the bulk of Kashyap’s body of work so far and Batra’s Gehraiyaan lies in the reality that no character in Gehraiyaan is a gangster or hardened criminal or an overtly conscienceless soul. These are ‘normal’ folk, People Like Us so to speak… Padukone is all kinds of breathtaking in the role of Alisha, a troubled woman whose frustration with her situation leads her down a path of recklessness that, on the face of it, is not in her nature. Or is it?”

Rating: 4 stars | Full review

Anna MM Vetticad, First Post
Anna MM Vetticad
“The outsiders of Gehraiyaan are not handled with kid gloves. They are cleverly cast, and the writing sets out to investigate their truth. Most of all, they are both victims and villains of their own fate… The film-making preys on the moral tension of our universe. We’re so invested in the audacity of straying that, at some point, adultery morphs into agency. We try to understand why people react rather than how they act. Every other scene is a composition of identity and time. Things are in control till they’re not; characters are genuine till they’re not. Nobody behaves like a “type” – manipulative, insecure, naive, funny – because people are products of their impulses.”

Rating: stars | Full review

Rahul Desai, Film Companion
Rahul Desai


“The foursome… should have been a throbbing hot mess, but the film doesn’t go deep enough.”

Rating: 2 stars | Full review

Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Shubhra Gupta
“This is really a film about young, cold, clinical, professional ambitions at the base. Something we don’t usually watch messing with movie romances, about good-looking desi people, in general.”

Rating: 3.5 stars | Full review

Mayank Shekhar, Mid Day
Mayank Shekhar


“There aren’t a whole lot of Hindi films on infidelity… and nearly all are about how cheating will make you miserable. Gehraiyaan is almost instantly miserable, yet it gets right the small acts of deception that support a larger one… Padukone demonstrates again how, if nothing else, she’s one of the great criers in Hindi film history.”

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Uday Bhatia, Live Mint
Uday Bhatia
“One wonders what was going on in the minds of the makers that they made such a torturous film that simply numbs the mind.”

Rating: 1 star | Full review

Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, Free Press Journal
Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri


“I forced myself to watch the film just for academic purposes. It took me 3 viewing sessions stretched over 3 days to complete it. The second session ended with my falling fast asleep in front of my TV… All about negative emotions — deceit, betrayal, treachery and greed — and it left me feeling distinctly queasy. And uneasy. I have enough negativity in my life. I don’t want to see it on screen as well.”

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Joy Bimal Roy




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