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Kho Gaye Hum Kahan: Film Review


Bollywood  •  28 Dec, 2023  •  70,162 Views  •  ⭐ 2.2

Written by Shivani Chourasia


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Do you often hear reminiscences about a bygone era when life was less complex before the advent of mobile phones? Or discussions about the irony of becoming less sociable due to technological advancements intended to enhance communication? This review, which might initially seem like a nostalgic piece penned by someone from an older generation, is a deep dive into Arjun Varain Singh’s first directorial venture, ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’. This film critically examines the challenges posed by social media. The question arises, does it come across as a lecture akin to parental admonishments for excessive phone use? The movie 'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan', featuring the talents of Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Adarsh Gourav, has recently made its way to Netflix. This review aims to shed light on whether the film is a worthwhile watch.

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Film Overview, Setting and Initial Impressions

'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan' features Ananya Panday, Siddhant Chaturvedi, and Adarsh Gourav in pivotal roles, embodying the characters of three inseparable childhood friends – Ahana, Imaad, and Neil. Initially, viewers might find themselves critiquing these characters, particularly their distinctive accents that are emblematic of South Bombay's (SoBo) affluent youth. They inhabit an idealized living space, complete with expansive French windows, set in the heart of Bombay. Their professions – a budding stand-up comedian and a corporate professional with an MBA – seemingly support their opulent lifestyle. Their lives are filled with moments of leisure and relaxation, set against a backdrop of OAFF-inspired aesthetics and the melodies of Ankur Tiwari. Their social life extends to frequenting upscale pubs, where the entry fees alone could deplete a week's earnings.

Characters' Social Media Struggles

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As the story unfolds, there's an opportunity to connect deeper with these characters. The film portrays the universal effects of social media and the emotional experiences that come with it, which are shared by many, transcending the initial judgments of their lifestyles. In 'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan', the central trio is constantly together, each grappling with their individual traumas and insecurities. Their coping mechanism? Seeking affirmation through the world of social media. Imaad, portrayed as a habitual user of Tinder, struggles with the concept of long-term commitment. Ahana, on the other hand, turns to Instagram in a bid to recapture the attention of her former boyfriend, Rohan. Meanwhile, Neil, working as a gym trainer, is on the hunt for celebrity endorsements to aid in achieving his dream of owning a gym. Standing out from his peers due to his less affluent background, Neil frequently finds himself comparing his life to others through their social media posts, leading him down a path of increased self-doubt. This is further compounded when his date, social media influencer Lala (played by Anya Singh), shows reluctance to share his pictures online.

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Screenplay and Direction

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The screenplay, crafted by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti, shines throughout the film, with Arjun Varain Singh being credited for the original story. The narrative deftly weaves through the complexities of social media addiction, scrutinizing friendships, male pride, and unfolding traumas with a delicate touch.

Standout Performances

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The film has been widely lauded for the convincing performances of its cast. Notably, the acting prowess of Ananya Panday as Ahana, a woman in her mid-20s dealing with a breakup, stands out. Her character, after being left by her attractive boyfriend Rohan (played by Rohan Gurbaxani) for someone else, spirals into obsessive behavior on social media. The portrayal of her desperation and eventual self-realization is both poignant and visually striking, particularly in scenes such as her navigating a spiraling staircase, symbolizing her emotional turmoil. This culmination of her journey and her realization towards the end of the film highlights Ananya's remarkable acting skills.

Character Analysis and Development

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In her role, Ananya Panday adeptly uses a Hinglish accent typical of young adults from South Mumbai and South Delhi, a trait often subject to jest, yet she manages to keep it balanced and authentic. Her portrayal in the emotionally charged scenes is commendable, indicating significant growth in her acting prowess.
Adarsh Gourav embodies the character of Neil Pereira with remarkable finesse. Neil, a gym trainer with modest beginnings (interestingly, residing in a building named ‘Roots’), strives to emulate the lifestyle flaunted by his peers on Instagram. A fan of sneakers and riding a Bobber motorcycle for its cool factor, Neil battles deep-rooted insecurities. These insecurities intensify as he faces harsh criticisms online, pushing him to the brink of becoming a troll. In a pivotal plot twist, he attempts to hack into Lala’s account to reveal her true nature, only to realize that this action plunges him further into despair. Gourav’s performance is nuanced, skillfully maintaining a delicate balance throughout the film, once again affirming his exceptional acting talent.

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Film's Relatability

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Siddhant Chaturvedi, as Imaad, delivers a performance with a natural ease that belies the complexity of his character. Imaad, carrying a traumatic past hinted at early in the film and fully revealed later, shows a reluctance to engage in emotionally profound relationships. His bond with his two best friends marks his deepest connection until he encounters Simran (played by Kalki Koechlin), a more seasoned and composed character. His immediate emotional investment in Simran, coupled with his struggle to comprehend and manage these feelings, adds depth to his role. Chaturvedi navigates these layers with skill, bringing authenticity to his character.
Anya Singh, in her role, tends toward caricature, while Rohan Gurbaxani, despite having a more limited role, delivers a solid performance.

Conclusion

'Kho Gaye Hum Kahan' emerges as a poignant and relevant film that skillfully navigates the complexities of modern life in the digital age. At first glance, ‘Kho Gaye Hum Kahan’ might seem like yet another narrative centered on Gen-Z. However, as the film progresses, it distinguishes itself through its relatable content, reflecting experiences common to many. The film is elevated by its strong visual storytelling, excellent scriptwriting, adept direction, and impressive performances. It’s a film that encourages viewers to take a break from social media and reconnect with friends, making it an ideal choice for viewing during a festive period.

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