The very recent movie Gehraiyaan directed by Shakun Batra has divided the audience. The film deals with infidelity and adultery. Deepika Padukone featuring in this film as a woman who has an affair with her cousin’s fiance. Siddhant Chaturvedi has played the role of fiance, with Ananya Panday playing the cousin.
The movie has earned largely positive reviews from critics. But the audiences’ feedback has been quite polarising. Some netizens are not impressed after watching the movie. In a recent interview director, Shakun Batra reveals that he has received rather contrasting feedback, ranging from abusive e-mails to appreciation.
In a discussion with film critic Sucharita Tyagi on her YouTube channel, Shakun said, “I had an e-mail where the subject was B****d (a Hindi cuss word). Then the mail just said, ‘B****d picture banani Nahi aati hai to kyun banata hai? Kuch aur kar leta (If you don’t know how to make a film, why do you? Do something else).”
The filmmaker added that he has also got some positive responses. He told, “Then, I had an email from a psychologist in Brisbane who said the psychology of the characters added up to him. I feel cognitive dissonance. I have made peace with two completely opposing thoughts in my mind. I don’t know how it happened. But, I think forget about the movie, it’s growth in me to have accepted the polarisation. I think I have grown.”
Besides the criticism, many film lovers also appreciated the film for a mature take on adult, non-judgemental relationships and infidelity in the film. They give their feedback on social media. One fan sarcastically said on Facebook that till now Indians are not mature to watch this movie.
After the success of Gehraiyaan, Deepika revealed her parents’ reaction. The actress disclosed that her parents felt extremely proud after watching her in Gehraiyaan. Deepika said, “They are extremely proud. And of course, they do find it a little difficult to disassociate me from the actor, so they usually take time. It does affect them. They’re my family, my parents. Of course, it affects them, but they were extremely appreciative and proud of my performance.”
Gehraiyaan was released on February 11 on Amazon Prime Video. Naseeruddin Shah, Dhairya Karwa and Rajat Kapoor also feature in this film is very important roles.