Kho Gaye Hum Kahan Review: Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Adarsh Gourav Film Deserves A Right Swipe

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Kho Gaye Hum Kahan Review: Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Adarsh Gourav Film Deserves A Right Swipe
hauterrfly Rating: 3.5 / 5

The much-awaited Christmas/New Year movie of 2023, Kho Gaye Hum Kahan starring Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Adarsh Gourav dropped on the OTT platform Netflix earlier on December 26. This coming-of-age drama marks the directorial debut of Arjun Varain Singh who also wrote the film alongside Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti. Produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti and Farhan Akhtar under the banner of Excel Entertainment and Tiger Baby films, Kho Gaye Hum Kahan explores an interesting premise. It’s a slow-paced drama which is relevant in today’s digital era and social media generation. It carefully explores the complexity of human relationships and emotions in the virtual world as well as IRL.

The Plot of Kho Gaye Hum Kahan

This film is named after a song of the same name from the 2016 film Baar Baar Dekho. It follows the story of three best friends Imaad Ali (played by Siddhant Chaturvedi), Ahana Singh (Ananya Panday) and Neil Pereira (Adarsh Gourav) as they struggle to achieve their IRL goals while trying to balance their online lives. The story revolves around Imaad’s struggle with emotional intimacy as he explores online dating, Ahana’s need for validation and using social media to gain attention from her ex and Neil’s aspirations of a luxurious life that he sees online, all this while they deal with their interpersonal relationship as well as their hurricane of emotions.

This film also stars Rohan Gurbaxani, Kalki Koechlin, Anya Singh, Narendra Jetley, Vijay Maurya, Sanat Sawant and more.

Performances

Ananya Panday as Ahana Singh: So far, this is Ananya Panday’s best work. The actress makes you see yourself in Ahana and she makes you want to protect her from her douchebag of an ex. I had several moments when I could relate to Ahana and also when I wanted to violently shake some sense into her and remind her that her self-worth does not depend on a man and stop her from seeking validation online. It was just as easy to love Ananya’s Ahana who stands for women and blames her cheating ex and not the woman whose arms he ran into. Ananya played Ahana’s vulnerability while balancing her strength of an independent woman with perfection.

 

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Siddhant Chaturvedi as Imaad Ali: I can’t count on both my hands the number of times I wanted to smack Imaad for shitting the bed and that, my friend, goes to show how Siddhant Chaturvedi aced the role. I hated Imaad for being the clichéd fuckboy who woke up and left the girl only to never see her again but at the same time, I could see the pain in his eyes. His fear of emotional intimacy was just as relatable.

 

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Adarsh Gourav as Neil Pereira: Adarsh Gourav brought his honesty to breathe life into Neil Pereira as he perfectly portrayed his character’s aspiration and drive and how it drove him to do the wrong thing every now and then. It made me want to hug Neil and then proceed to talk some sense into him as well. Adarsh Gourav makes you fall in love with his character’s vulnerability as he proves his mettle in acting. Only a true artist can make the viewers feel emotions the way Adarsh Gourav did. Also, I might have a teeny-weeny crush on him now that I’ve seen him shirtless for nearly 2 hours.

 

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Supporting Cast:

Rohan Gurbaxani makes you like him and then hate him with equal passion as Kalki Koechlin brings her emotionally driven performance to elevate her character. Anya Singh also nails the role of a superficial, materialist “influencer” lost in her own aspirations. Vijay Maurya, Narendra Jetley, Sanat Sawant and all other supporting cast played their characters with honesty and provided the support this complex story needed.

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Verdict: Ananya Panday, Siddant Chaturvedi And Adarsh Gourav Deserve A Standing Ovation

Let’s begin with what works for Kho Gaye Hum Kahan. The premise picked by the storyteller is 100% relatable for millennials as well as Gen Z which makes it a film that needs to be talked about. It’s so easy to fake it in the reel world while you struggle to make it in the real world and that’s precisely what this film explores. In today’s digital era, we’re all so busy posting stories and cute pictures that we forget to live in the real world and form real connections. We’re all busy escaping into the virtual world in order to not deal with the problems of our real life but life has a way of catching up with us.

Elevated by Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi and Adarsh Gourav’s stellar performances, this film explores the complex human emotions, relationships, friendships and the very grey world of social media. This emotionally driven film paired with brilliant storytelling, reminds us to put our phones down and take a look at the real world we live in without any filters and be our truest selves. It’s a reminder that there is light at the end of the tunnel but to see that light, we must get off the social media and walk the path. The film explores friendships, love, infidelity, child sexual abuse, trolling, mental health and so much more.

Kho Gaye Hum Kahan will remind you all the times you let your follower count and the urge to check who saw your story drive you insane enough to miss out on more important things in life. And what’s even better is that this film does all of this without being preachy. It’s one of the few films which calls out the digital generation for being out of touch with reality with sensitivity and love. The strong screen presence of the actors works in favour of the film as it touches your heart.

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Now, here’s what doesn’t work for the film. The dialogues aren’t particularly memorable and we’ve heard better music, honestly. While all actors have a great screen presence, would it kill the makers to give Siddhant Chaturvedi’s Imaad a funnier script for his stand-up comedy set? The sombre stand-up comedy made me want to turn my brain off. To add to it, the film is rather slow-paced in the first half which can make it tough to keep up but I promise you, it’s all worth it in the end.

The need for the makers to touch upon too many issues makes the film a little overwhelming at certain points. For example, we did not need to see Ananya Panday’s Ahana’s parents celebrating her birthday with a meal at home or her mother reminding her that marriage is not important (where do we find desi parents like that?) or witness Adarsh Gourav’s Neil being disrespectful to his parents, we get it. He’s not well off and wants luxuries from life, aspiration does not have to come with disdain for his father for being a middle-class man. That being said, this film does deserve your attention.

ICYMI, Kho Gaye Hum Kahan is currently streaming on Netflix.

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