Bollywood films based on adultery is a well-known genre of films among moviegoers. Gehraiyaan starring Deepika Padukone, Ananya Panday, and Siddhanth Chaturvedi, is also an addition to the list of films in the genre. It will essentially examine tension and drama in a relationship between three modern individuals.
According to the trailer, Gehraiyaan revolves around infidelity involving Padukone and Chaturvedi. Bollywood has rarely shied away from dealing with the whole range of extramarital affairs throughout the years, and films like Gehraiyaan will undoubtedly contribute to the conversation.
The interest in subjects like infidelity and adultery in Bollywood is well known among moviegoers. Many outstanding films have tackled the subject with maturity. Movies have treated the issues with great care, keeping in mind the Indian family systems and the fabric that links all the relationships.
Here are some films on the same issue which you can watch before Gehraiyaan release:
Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Rekha, and Shashi Kapoor played the lead roles in the film. Following Shekhar’s (Shashi Kapoor) death in an aircraft disaster, his brother Amit (Amitabh Bachchan) divorces his lover Chandni (Rekha) and marries Shekhar’s pregnant fiancée Shobha (Jaya Bachchan).
The idea of a past lover was handled with a poetic elegance, and the reunion of Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha on Silsila brought tears to everyone in the audience. Even though their respective partners’ sadness is obvious, the rekindled romance and their second courtship have you wishing for a happy ending.
2. Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
KANK is a film about two couples who are unhappy in their marriages, directed by Karan Johar. Dev (Shah Rukh Khan) and Maya (Rani Mukerji), who are already married, fall in love and have an extramarital affair in the film.
Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, which also starred Amitabh Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Abhishek Bachchan, and Kirron Kher, was a nuanced perspective on extramarital affairs and the mirage of blissful marriages.
Taapsee Pannu played the role of a woman who is more than what meets the eye in this one-of-a-kind film. The “affair” also raises some important issues about female agency and individuality. The drama in this episode was called terrible by many viewers. Taapsee finds herself in a same condition of indecision in Haseen Dillruba, torn between two men: the one she wants and the one she settles for.
4. Life In A… Metro
Shilpa Shetty (Shikha) has an extramarital affair with a theatrical artist played by Shiney Ahuja in the film. While her husband (Ranjeet), portrayed by Kay Kay Menon, is dating his office subordinate, played by Kangana Ranaut (Neha). The film, directed by Anurag Basu, does not conclude on a happy note, with Shikha returning to her family. Shilpa Shetty described why the finale sequence, in which she was meant to leave her husband and go with the artist, was changed. She chose to stay with her family since Basu believed that other Indian women would do the same. The adultery shown in the film was true to life, as was the aftermath.
Astitva, a film by Mahesh Manjrekar, was a compassionate and comprehensive examination at how chauvinism can destroy a marriage. Tabu and Sachin Khedekar play a couple whose lives are turned upside down when her lover’s will arrives unexpectedly in the mail. The husband refuses to get past his feudal ideals and, while he accepts her as his wife, he refuses to have a friendly connection with her. Tabu, on the other hand, continues to demonstrate the disparity in treatment between men and women in cases of adultery.
Aitraaz takes on the topic of sexual harassment in a novel way by portraying the man as the survivor and the woman as the perpetrator. You may still watch this difficult issue without squirming in your seat because the female protagonist is an adulterous, dishonest, and treacherous woman. Aitraaz is a tremendous hit with audiences searching for a change.
Although not specifically extramarital, it demonstrated how apathy in many Indian marriages is a common cause of relationship breakdown, with any semblance of warm, human interaction becoming a means of escape from the routine. This film is especially renowned for Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Nimrat Kaur’s outstanding performances.
Simran (Mallika Sherawat) had an affair with Sunny (Emraan Hashmi), her ex-boyfriend, outside her marriage. The film isn’t about the tumultuous relationship. Following the murder, an investigation is launched into which the spouse Sudhir (Ashmit Patel) is thrown into the mix.
This Anurag Basu directorial was a classic in every sense of the term, with all the elements of a revenge thriller, one man’s obsession, and the devastating consequences of extramarital affairs.
9. Bombay Talkies
The way Bombay Talkies have dealt with contemporary themes is what makes them so wonderful. Randeep Hooda (Dev) is married to Rani Mukerji (Gayatri), who is a closeted gay. Gayatri and Dev’s marriage is miserable since Gayatri is a repressed homemaker. This instalment of Karan Johar’s four-part film is titled Ajeeb Dastan Hain Ye.
Avinash, Gayatri’s pleasant intern (Saqib Saleem), manages to make her laugh and offer her husband a good experience. Ajeeb Dastan Hain Ye is a unique take on infidelity that has received critical appreciation.