Kho Gaye Hum Kahan (2023) Review: Ananya Pandey’s career best performance

Kho Gaye Hum Kahan (2023) Cast:

Siddhant Chaturvedi, Ananya Panday, Adarsh Gourav, Kalki Koechlin, Anya Singh, Rohan Gurbaxani, Rahul Vohra, Vijay Maurya, Divya Jagdale, Garima Yagnik

Director: Arjun Varain Singh

Release Date:

The coming-of-age drama film was released on Netflix on 26th December 2023

Kho Gaye Hum Kahan (2023) Review: Arjun Varain Singh’s dream directorial debut

Arjun Varain Singh, formerly the assistant director of Gully Boy, makes his directorial debut with Kho Gaye Hum Kahan. The film's narrative centers around three best friends: Imaad Ali (Siddhant Chaturvedi), a stand-up comic; Ahana Singh (Ananya Panday), a corporate consultant; and Neil Pereira (Adarsh Gourav), a personal trainer at a gym.

Ahana Singh is in a serious relationship with Rohan Bhatia (Rohan Gurbaxani), who decides to part ways, citing the need for space and a focus on his career. Imaad Ali, known for fleeting encounters, eventually finds a meaningful connection with Simran Kohli (Kalki Koechlin), a photographer with admirable qualities. Neil Pereira is romantically involved with his high-profile client Laxmi Lalvani, aka Lala (Anya Singh), an influencer.

The trio decides to embark on a business venture named Jungle Gym. With Ahana's MBA background from Harvard University, she brings forth the business idea, and Imaad agrees to be the investor. The film unravels how these friends navigate personal struggles and build their careers through Jungle Gym.

Kho Gaye Hum Kahan masterfully captures the essence of the Gen Z story, resonating with those born in the late 1990s or early 2000s. Arjun Varain Singh skillfully makes each scene relevant and a pleasure to watch.

The film addresses various crucial aspects affecting daily life. For instance, a scene depicts a neighbor taking pictures of Lala without consent and sharing them on social media, oblivious to the ethical breach. Kho Gaye Hum Kahan adeptly sheds light on common issues, such as excessive phone engagement, neglect of loved ones, and dissatisfaction with what we have.

Ananya Panday continues her commendable streak of choosing noteworthy characters, delivering a standout performance in Kho Gaye Hum Kahan, arguably her best to date. Siddhant Chaturvedi, famed for Gully Boy, impresses with a stellar portrayal of Imaad. His stage performance on Neil's relationship is particularly noteworthy. Adarsh Gourav, known for his remarkable performance in The White Tiger, once again steals the show with his compelling character. Kalki Koechlin and Anya Singh make decent contributions in their respective roles.

Co-produced by Excel Entertainment and Tiger Baby Films, the film boasts a runtime of 2 hours and 15 minutes. The script, penned by Arjun Varain Singh, Zoya Akhtar, Reema Kagti, and Yash Sahai, is commendable, complementing Arjun Varain Singh's storytelling and Sid Shirodkar's captivating background score.

Tanay Satam's cinematography and Nitin Baid's editing are solid. As we approach 2024, don't overlook the 5 resolutions presented in the film's climax; embracing at least three of them might pave the way for a happier 2024 and beyond.


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