From adults dealing with childhood trauma to the complexities of domestic violence, Gehraiyaan has it right!

(TW: The article mentions suicide and domestic violence, which might be a trigger for some readers.)

When Shakun Batra tells a story, you have hope. After Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu hai Kapoor and his sons, expectations were very high from Gehraiyaan. This feature film claimed to be a modern tale of dysfunctional love relationships.

While the trailer hinted that the movie was about infidelity, there was so much more lurking in the depths of Shakun Batra’s world.

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Gehraiyaan’s fate after his release is eerily similar to Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha. There are extreme reviews and people either rejected the movie or accepted it wholeheartedly. Another similarity is his view of complex and twisted modern relationships.

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Amid the drastic reviews and reviews, the film should be given credit where it’s due.

Writers Shakun Batra and Ayesha Devitre, Sumit Roy and Yash Sahai had their hearts in the right place.

Alisha’s (Deepika) scenes with her father (Naseeruddin Shah) and their deep conversations about her childhood trauma and how it shaped her reality about relationships are indeed worth applauding.

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How many times has a mainstream movie presented adults dealing with childhood trauma with fair honesty and sensitivity?

Alisha and Zain, who are seen in unhappy relationships, survived traumatic childhoods.

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While Alisha’s mother committed suicide, Zain, on the other hand, who made several attempts to “rescue” his mother from domestic violence, lives with the guilt of having abandoned his mother.

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The way Shakun and her team have shown the side of women who remain complacent and silent in domestic violence because of the complexities that come with it is striking.

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Gehraiyaan was able to show Alisha’s bouts of anxiety and other mental health issues – like insecurities, emotional dysregulation and impulsive behaviors, especially whenever a current situation teleports her into haunted memories of her childhood – her parents arguing, her mother telling her how ‘she’s stuck’ and much more.

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In one scene, Naseeruddin Shah, who plays Ayesha’s (Deepika) father, sees his daughter attempting to self-harm.

Instead of creating a scene or making it uncomfortable for someone struggling with suicidal thoughts, we see him acting calm and collected. How often do we see Indian parents understanding the emotional complexities their children are going through?

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Fans pointed out how the movie managed to nail it.

This isn’t the first time Shakun has attempted to delve into adults’ childhood trauma. In Kapoor and Sons, released in 2016, we saw Tia (played by Alia Bhatt) have a heart-to-heart conversation with Arjun, telling him why she hates birthdays.

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Tia talks about the trauma of losing her parents and the guilt of not having one last conversation with them.

Despite the film’s criticisms, there is so much more to Gehraiyaan. The way the authors of Gehraiyaan have shown the courage to explore the visual language of human vulnerability and dysfunctions in relationships is worth watching Gehraiyaan!

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Sharon D. Cole